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Friday, October 8, 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? Laura Kelly, COVID-19, US Senate Candidate, Cyber Security, Medical Marijiauna, #KSLEG, Democrats Care, Social Media Updates, KDP Merch and more!

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GOVERNOR LAURA KELLY LEADS 2022 POLLS

A recent poll released by EMILY’s List shows that Governor Laura Kelly is popular with Kansas voters and starts the 2022 gubernatorial race ahead of her likely opponent, Attorney General Derek Schmidt. Governor Kelly has proven to be a champion for Kansans during an unprecedented economic and health crisis. The numbers show that the majority of Kansans across party lines approve of Governor Kelly’s strong leadership throughout her first term.

  • Read more about the poll here.

 

 

KDP TRAININGS AND UPDATES

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 are 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.
  • The DNC Disability Caucus Council
    • The DNC Disability Council is in the process of collecting the signatures needed from members to convert to a Caucus. If you are interested in signing on to support this transition, please use this link.
  • How has the Biden Administration impacted you? Let the DNC know!
    • The DNC is putting together a story bank of real people who have been positively impacted by the Biden agenda. They are looking for people from every state, every identity, every professional, and activist behind every issue! If you are interested, please fill out this form.
  • Looking to support a campaign in 2022? Check out the DNC’s Campaign Readiness Project!
    • The Campaign Readiness Project is a train-to-hire bootcamp pipeline at the DNC with the goal of supporting states in their recruitment, training, and hiring of diverse, talented, and local staff for specific roles and skill sets on coordinated campaigns. The application closed on October 6, but the bootcamp will be held virtually October 22-24. To learn more, click here.

 

 

Press Releases

 

 

FORMER KCK MAYOR MARK HOLLAND MAKING A BID FOR U.S SENATE 

What’s happening?

(KPR) –  Mark Holland, who served as mayor of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County from 2013 to 2017, will launch a campaign for the U.S. Senate on Monday, sources tell KCUR.

Kansas Republican Senator Jerry Moran has held the seat since 2011.

Because of his base in heavily Democratic Wyandotte County, Holland, 52, would have a strong shot at winning his party’s nomination. The only other Democrat who has announced a campaign is Michael Soetaert of Alta Vista, Kansas, who filed in April.

Where can I learn more?

Former Kansas City, Kansas, Mayor Mark Holland Making Bid for the U.S SenateKPR, October 3, 2021.

 

KANSAS CANNABIS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FORMED BY KANSANS TO PUSH MEDICAL MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION 

What’s happening?

(Kansas Reflector) –  Advocates of legalizing marijuana sales formed the Kansas Cannabis Chamber of Commerce to move the political, business and health debate forward in a state bordered by dispensaries in Colorado, Oklahoma and Missouri and a renewed push to open markets in Nebraska.

The Kansas House overwhelmingly approved a bill during the 2021 session that would have created a highly regulated medical cannabis structure, but it wasn’t taken up by the Kansas Senate.

Gov. Laura Kelly said she would sign medical marijuana legislation, if the Legislature sent a package to her desk. Polling last year indicated two-thirds of Kansas adults supported legalization of marijuana sales.

Where can I learn more?

 

LAURA KELLY INTRODUCES GRANTS TO AID CHILD CARE SERVICES AMID THE PANDEMIC 

What’s happening?

(KSNT) Child care centers across Kansas are getting thousands of dollars to help keep up with business during the pandemic.

Some centers struggled during pandemic lockdowns, especially those that stayed open to help essential workers.

Governor Laura Kelly announced additional grants, Child Care Sustainability Grants, through a partnership with Kansas DCF and Child Care Aware of Kansas, to support child care providers in the state just last month. The grants range from $5,000 for family programs to $60,000 for large centers.

Where can I learn more?

LAURA KELLY INTRODUCES NEW PROGRAM TO BOOST KANSAS’ SUPPLY CHAIN

What’s happening?

(Kansas Governors Office) –  Governor Laura Kelly announced the official launch of CONNEX™ Kansas, a new program from Kansas Manufacturing Solutions (KMS) and the Kansas Department of Commerce, designed to strengthen the Kansas manufacturing supply chain.

CONNEX™ Kansas is an online manufacturer database and connectivity platform provided as a free resource for Kansas manufacturers. The platform is designed to allow manufacturers in Kansas to connect with each other, find local and domestic suppliers, explore production capabilities and manage their supply chain.

Where can I learn more?

 

FEDERAL REPORT SHOWS COVID VACCINES SAVED 700 KANSAN LIVES BETWEEN JANUARY AND MAY

What’s happening?

(The Topeka Capital Journal) –  A new federal report estimates that COVID-19 vaccines saved the lives of 700 older adults in Kansas during the first five months of the calendar year.

The report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, released Tuesday, estimates that COVID-19 vaccines prevented an estimated 4,300 new infections, 1,700 hospitalizations and 700 deaths among the Medicare population between January and May.

The report found that across the country, vaccinations were linked to a reduction of about 265,000 COVID-19 infections, 107,000 hospitalizations, and 39,000 deaths among Medicare beneficiaries. The researchers also found that counties with higher vaccination rates had better outcomes.

Where can I learn more?

 

SHAWNEE TRIBE CHIEF BELIEVES CHILDREN ARE BURIED AT JOHNSON COUNTY HISTORIC SITE

What’s happening?

(Fox 4) –  Shawnee Tribe Chief Ben Barnes believes a nearly 200-year-old historic site deserves a new level of scrutiny.

“We know that children died here,” Barnes told FOX4. “We don’t know how many, and we don’t know where.”

Barnes made the comments on the grounds of the Shawnee Indian Mission Historic Site in Johnson County. The historic mission, adjacent to Bishop Miege High School, once occupied thousands of acres. From 1839 until 1862, the mission also served as a boarding school for Native American children from multiple tribes.

Where can I learn more?

 

 

What’s happening?

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Saturday, October 9th:

  • Leavenworth County Dems – Monthly Meeting
    • When: 9:30am – 11:30am
  • JoCo Dems – Virtual Breakfast
    • When: 10am – 11am

Monday, October 11th:

  • Lyon County Democratic Party – Monthly Meeting
    • When: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Wednesday, October 13th:

  • Atchison County Democrats – Monthly Meeting
    • When: 6:30pm – 8:00pm
  • Sedgwick County Democratic Party – Monthly Meeting
    • When: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Thursday, October 14th:

  • Finney County Democrats – Monthly Meeting
    • When: 5:30pm – 6:30pm
  • Jefferson County Dems – Monthly Meeting
    • When: 6pm – 7pm
  • Woodson County Democrats – Monthly Meeting
    • When: 7pm – 9pm
  • Cherokee County Democrats – Monthly Meeting
    • When: 7pm – 8pm

 

Onward,

KDP Team

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