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Friday, August 20, 2021

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Welcome to the KDP Weekly Newsletter – the Kansas Democratic Party’s update of the biggest things going on in the state party and the state government. What are we focused on this week? Redistricting, COVID-19, 2022 Elections, Climate Change, Afghanistan, Kansas Hospitals, Democrats Care, Social Media Updates, KDP Merch and more!

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VICKI HIATT: THE KANSAS GOP IS TRYING TO DRAW SHARICE DAVIDS OUT OF HER CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

Last week, Kansas Republicans leading the committee that will redraw congressional districts in the state rushed through one of the most essential parts of the redistricting process: listening to the people.

The committee crammed all 14 of its town halls into the span of just one week, and conducted the majority of them during the middle of the workday. To make the matter worse — and perhaps anticipating the backlash they’d eventually receive about their sham process — the town halls were announced by Republicans in the waning hours of the Friday evening before the meetings would start.

  • Read more about the news here.

UPCOMING KDP TRAININGS

In an effort to ramp up training for upcoming elections in 2021 and beyond, the Kansas Democratic Party, together with the DNC Best Practices Institute, are excited to offer a series of virtual trainings over the course of the next few months. These programs will enhance the skills of progressive activists and volunteers by ensuring comprehensive training is free and accessible for Democrats all over the country. The training and its description is listed below:

  • BPI State Party Leadership and Staff Resources 
    • The BPI’s 9-part DEI Training Course is now available for use by County Parties. Learn more about the process for implementing the BPI DEI Training Course in your state HERE. Those interested should email bpi@dnc.org to schedule a call with the BPI team.
  • Democrats Care Projects
    • Are you working on a community service project in your area? KDP and the DNC would like to amplify your work as part of the new Democrats care project.
    • To learn about the program, you can read more here.

 

Press Releases

 

 

KANSAS REPUBLICANS WORK TO RESTRICT REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS

What’s happening?

(WIBW) – Kansas legislators worked to keep taxpayers from funding abortions in new federal legislation.

Kansas Representative Jake LaTurner says he recently spoke on the House floor to defend the Hyde Amendment, a 40-year-old provision that prohibits taxpayer money from funding abortions.

On July 27, Rep. LaTurner said he spoke about the history of the amendment, its bipartisan support and the need for it to be maintained in law as the House debated a funding package that would have removed the protection.

Three days later, Senator Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) said he joined 26 other Senators to issue a public comment letter that opposed the Biden Administration’s attempt to ignore congressional intent and unequivocal legal requirements regarding abortion coverage offered through the Affordable Care Act.

 

ATTORNEY GENERAL DEREK SCHMIDT AGAINST EFFECTIVE MEASURES TO SLOW DELTA VARIANT

What’s happening?

(Kansas Reflector) – The surging delta variant of COVID-19 and rising hospitalizations and deaths among Kansans in the past month couldn’t shake Republican gubernatorial candidate Derek Schmidt’s objection to government-issued mask or vaccination mandates.

Schmidt, who has served as the state’s attorney general for a decade, said the more hands-off responses of South Dakota, Florida and Texas to the pandemic enabled residents of those states to weather the threat just about as well as states such as Kansas that waded into the pandemic with sweeping executive orders.

“The instinct to mandate as a sort of necessary tool in order to respond to the pandemic has really been proven inadvisable, ” Schmidt said on the Kansas Reflector podcast. “It’s not necessary to mandate in order to get an effective public health response.”

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CLIMATE CHANGE DENIER MIKE POMPEO JOKES ABOUT CLIMATE CRISIS

What’s happening?

(The Wichita Eagle) – Back in his former congressional district, Mike Pompeo used his keynote address at the Kansas Independent Oil & Gas Association convention Monday to lambaste the Biden administration and talk up his own achievements as former secretary of state.

Pompeo, who spearheaded the Trump administration’s 2020 peace deal with the Taliban, called Biden’s approach to withdrawing troops from Afghanistan “leading with weakness.”

At the time of the peace deal last February, Pompeo suggested that the Taliban could become an important counterterrorism partner for the U.S.

Pompeo told the oil and gas business leaders that energy was central to much of his work at the State Department and got a laugh from the crowd by pointing out that he “never started a meeting talking about climate change.”

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SEN. MARSHALL SPREADS COVID MISINFORMATION, REJECTS MASK MANDATES 

What’s happening?

(The Topeka Capital-Journal) – Kansas Sen. Roger Marshall has taken aim at face masks, especially at school, as COVID-19 surges across the state.

“I’m against mandates,” Marshall said last week during an interview with Newsmax. “I mean, really, no one has convinced me that masks really work, especially for people that have already had the vaccine or natural immunity. The masks might give a little bit of protection to my parents, but I just think that we’re kidding ourselves if we think kids wearing masks helps. It probably even makes it worse.”

The senator also said, “We know that no child in America has died from COVID unless they had a serious underlying condition.”

Marshall is an obstetrician and gynecologist but not a pediatrician nor an epidemiologist. Many pediatricians and epidemiologists don’t share his opinion on the efficacy of masks.

 

GOVERNOR LAURA KELLY VALUES IN PERSON LEARNING, KEEPING OUR STUDENTS SAFE   

What’s happening?

(The Clay County Dispatch) – Governor Laura Kelly addressed the safe reopening of Kansas schools, along with a series of additional issues facing rural communities like Clay Center, in a short phone interview with The Dispatch on Tuesday.

Kelly said her administration had been set on finding a safe route for opening schools to in-person learning this year, citing studies into the positive impact classroom learning has on a child’s education.

“This administration values in-person learning. It has all along,” said Kelly, whose administration mirrored the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in recommending children return to in-person learning with universal indoor masking for K-12 schools.

 

REP. DAVIDS’ BREAKTHROUGH COVID CASE, URGES EVERYONE TO GET VACCINATED  

What’s happening?

(The Washington Post) – Two weeks ago, while home recovering from a surgery on my parathyroid glands, I took a sip of coffee and realized I couldn’t taste it. I sprayed perfume on my wrist and inhaled — nothing. I ran to the kitchen and ate the strongest-tasting thing I could think of: raw onion. I might as well have been eating my newspaper.

I called my doctor and received a positive result from a PCR test, confirming what I suspected. Though fully vaccinated for months, I had just contracted covid-19. As the latest public figure to become a “breakthrough” coronavirus case, I have one message from this experience: Everyone should get vaccinated as soon as possible.

 

PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN STANDS BEHIND HIS DECISION ON AFGHANISTAN

What’s happening?

(The Topeka Capital-Journal) – President Biden said he stands “squarely behind his decision” to withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan on Monday but admitted that the swift collapse of the central government caught the U.S. off guard, telling the nation “the buck stops with me” as chaotic efforts to evacuate U.S. personnel and Afghan allies from Kabul continue.

“I stand squarely behind my decision,” Mr. Biden said from the White House, defending his timeline for withdrawing U.S. troops. “After 20 years, I’ve learned the hard way that there was never a good time to withdraw U.S. forces.”

“American troops cannot and should not be fighting in a war and dying in a war that Afghan forces are not willing to fight for themselves,” Mr. Biden said.

 

 

What’s happening?

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