The Kansas Democratic Party’s update of the biggest things going on in the state party and the state government.

Weekly Rundown #52

March 23rd, 2020|

Friday, March 20, 2020 Welcome to the KDP Weekly Rundown – 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? KDP update on COVID-19 and statewide precautions, COVID-19 exposes the need for Medicaid Expansion [...]

The Kansas Democratic Party’s update of the biggest things going on in the state party and the state government.

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Weekly Rundown #52

March 23rd, 2020|

Friday, March 20, 2020 Welcome to the KDP Weekly Rundown – 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? KDP update on COVID-19 and statewide precautions, COVID-19 exposes the need for Medicaid Expansion [...]

Weekly Rundown #51

March 19th, 2020|

Friday, March 13, 2020 Welcome to the KDP Weekly Rundown – 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? COVID-19 Precautions, Kansans demand bipartisanship to pass Medicaid Expansion, the KDP aims to [...]

Weekly Rundown #50

March 19th, 2020|

Friday, March 6, 2020 Welcome to the KDP Weekly Rundown – 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? Washington Days 2020, updated 2020 Primary ballot released, three former Republican Senate [...]

Weekly Rundown #49

February 28th, 2020|

Friday, February 28, 2020 Welcome to the KDP Weekly Rundown – 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? 2020 Washington Days featured speakers announced, State GOP continues to block [...]

Weekly Rundown #48

February 21st, 2020|

Friday, February 21, 2020 Welcome to the KDP Weekly Rundown – 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? Sen. Susan Wagle's political agenda, Secretary of State Scott Schwab's delayed implementation of [...]

Weekly Rundown #46

February 7th, 2020|

Welcome to the KDP Weekly Rundown – 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? The Kansas Primary, the anti-abortion amendment, and SOTU speech.

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Weekly Rundown #52

March 23rd, 2020|

Friday, March 20, 2020 Welcome to the KDP Weekly Rundown – 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? KDP update on COVID-19 and statewide precautions, COVID-19 exposes the need for Medicaid Expansion in Kansas, Republican Senators "play politics" with limits on Governor's power, this week's 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary Results and more. The KDP Team has released a 2020 Primary Toolkit for Democrats across Kansas! Please feel free to utilize the included resources to inform others about important dates and deadlines concerning the upcoming primary election. We will update the drive as we produce more graphics and informational content. KDP STATEMENT ON COVID-19 The KDP issued the following statement on March 16, 2020: The Kansas Democratic Party wants to assure our members that we are following the lead of local, state, and federal health officials to address and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Our priority moving forward is to ensure the health, safety and security of all Kansans and as we make decisions about future KDP programming we will continue to act with complete transparency. We will continue to update our members as quickly as possible through our website, social media channels and to the press as necessary. In light of new COVID-19 campaigning practices, the KDP kicked off an email campaign this week urging Democrats to join its small dollar monthly giving program to help expand its reach while organizing communities statewide. Share this fundraising page with your contacts to ensure the KDP can deliver its message in new and accessible ways for the 2020 election cycle.  COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS What's happening? Governor Laura Kelly issued an emergency declaration for the State of Kansas in response to COVID-19. The declaration authorizes the use of state resources and personnel to assist with response and recovery operations in affected counties that meet certain criteria. Governor Laura Kelly: Our state is well prepared. With this emergency declaration we can activate our response and coordinate fully. This is part of the process and will make access to important resources more accessible. We continue to work closely with our local, state and federal partners. If you have symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath and believe you may have had contact or have had contact with someone with a laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19, stay home and call your healthcare provider. You may also call the KDHE phone bank at 1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF) today Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information about COVID-19, visit KDHE’s website and Frequently Asked Questions at kdheks.gov/coronavirus/ and cdc.gov/coronavirus. Where can I learn more? Governor Issues Emergency Declaration for COVID-19. March 12, 2020. KDHE Website CDC Website Gov. Kelly issues order limiting gatherings to stop spread of COVID-19. Wyandotte Daily, March 18, 2020. Kansas coronavirus update: Gov. Laura Kelly closes schools, sending state workers home. Topeka Capitol-Journal, March 17, 2020. Gov. Kelly bans home and business evictions until May 1. KSN, March 18, 2020. Evictions, foreclosures halted in Kansas. It’s either ‘extreme overreach’ or [...]

Weekly Rundown #51

March 19th, 2020|

Friday, March 13, 2020 Welcome to the KDP Weekly Rundown – 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? COVID-19 Precautions, Kansans demand bipartisanship to pass Medicaid Expansion, the KDP aims to end Republican Supermajority, Laura Lombard hopes to unseat Ron Estes in KS-04, proposal would increase funding for top Republicans, Watkins' under investigation for campaign contributions, Super Tuesday II Results and more. Furthermore, the KDP Team is releasing a 2020 Primary Toolkit for Democrats across Kansas! Please feel free to utilize the included resources to inform others about important dates and deadlines concerning the upcoming primary election. We will update the drive as we produce more graphics and informational content. COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS What's happening? Governor Laura Kelly has issued an emergency declaration for the State of Kansas in response to COVID-19 (coronavirus). The declaration authorizes the use of state resources and personnel to assist with response and recovery operations in affected counties that meet certain criteria. Governor Laura Kelly: Our state is well prepared. With this emergency declaration we can activate our response and coordinate fully. This is part of the process and will make access to important resources more accessible. We continue to work closely with our local, state and federal partners. If you have symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath and believe you may have had contact or have had contact with someone with a laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19, stay home and call your healthcare provider. You may also call the KDHE phone bank at 1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF) today Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information about COVID-19, visit KDHE’s website and Frequently Asked Questions at kdheks.gov/coronavirus/ and cdc.gov/coronavirus. (Hawver's Capitol Report Flash #56) - The House this morning, fearing that the COVID-19 disease may shorten the legislative session, passed 116-0 to the Senate a resolution that will give Gov. Laura Kelly extensive authority to deal with the disease outbreak statewide, including assisting local units of government response to the disease and moving money around within the budget for that purpose. Where can I learn more? Governor Issues Emergency Declaration for COVID-19. March 12, 2020. KDHE Website CDC Website KANSANS DEMAND BIPARTISANSHIP TO PASS MEDICAID EXPANSION What's happening? (The Topeka Capital-Journal) - Repeated polling has shown the vast majority of Kansas support expanding the insurance program that covers those with low incomes. Repeated studies show that such coverage improves health outcomes across the board. Some 150,000 Kansans would benefit. Bipartisanship is not a dirty word. Indeed, it is what the people of Kansas deserve and expect. Working across the aisle shouldn’t be a rare exception. It should be the rule in making a state that does the best for all of its residents, not just voters in the Republican primary. Where can I learn more? Editorial: Kansas Senate leader’s threats against fellow Republican set new standard for cynicism. The Kansas City Star, March 9, 2020. Editorial: Behavior of Senate Republicans unworthy of office. The Topeka Capital Journal, [...]

Weekly Rundown #50

March 19th, 2020|

Friday, March 6, 2020 Welcome to the KDP Weekly Rundown – 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? Washington Days 2020, updated 2020 Primary ballot released, three former Republican Senate President's condemn Susan Wagle, Republican leadership discourages bipartisan cooperation on Medicaid expansion, Senate passes bill focusing on foster children's education, Kansas moves to get suspended drivers back on the road, Biden wins South Carolina, Super Tuesday results, Former Governor Colyer to lead rural healthcare for Trump and more!  2020 WASHINGTON DAYS KICKS OFF TODAY What's happening? Join us this weekend for Washington Days, our annual convention and the largest gathering of Democrats in the state! Registration begins at 4 PM on Friday, March 6th. Visit our website for more details, tickets will be available for purchase onsite while supplies last! Where can I learn more? Map of Events Complete Event Schedule KANSAS PRIMARY BALLOT INFORMATION RELEASED What's happening? The Kansas Democratic Party began printing ballots for the 2020 Presidential Primary on March 5th.This year, the KDP will administer a primary including ranked choice voting and a vote-by-mail option. KDP Chair, Vicki Hiatt: In a competitive primary election where a candidate’s road to success continually fluctuates, we believe that ranked choice voting is an ideal process to determine Kansas’s delegate distribution at the 2020 Democratic National Convention. Furthermore, the KDP Team is releasing a 2020 Primary Toolkit for Democrats across Kansas! Please feel free to utilize the included resources to inform others about important dates and deadlines concerning the upcoming primary election. We will update the drive as we produce more graphics and informational content. THREE FORMER REPUBLICAN SENATE PRESIDENT'S CONDEMN SUSAN WAGLE What's happening? Dick Bond, Dave Kerr, and Steve Morris: This bipartisan compromise warrants open discussion, debate and a vote in the full Senate. Instead, this important bill and others may fall prey to the political whims of a Senate president seeking to boost her campaign for higher office. Recent news of her attempt last year to land an ambassadorship in the Trump administration through questionable means was yet another troubling sign of her focus on herself rather than on Kansas. During our time in the Legislature, the duties of Senate president demanded our full attention. The current officeholder seems more focused on personal political gain than governing — and at significant cost to the people and future of our great state. Kansans deserve better. Where can I learn more? Dick Bond, Dave Kerr and Steve Morris: Wagle needs to put people of Kansas first. Leavenworth Times, February 29, 2020. GOP SENATE LEADERSHIP BLASTS BIPARTISAN COOPERATION ON MEDICAID EXPANSION What's happening? (The Wichita Eagle) - Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, a Democrat, and Senate Republican Leader Jim Denning ramped up a pressure campaign Monday to break Senate President Susan Wagle’s blockade of their Medicaid expansion compromise, which Kelly called “immoral.” Governor Laura Kelly: We all know we have an issue with the Senate president, who is tying this issue to the constitutional amendment and not allowing debate on either [...]

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