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 [...]
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 Medicaid expansion despite wide support, Wagle votes in billionaire's interest before asking for job reference, Governor's KPERS plan rejected, House approves bill to address missing indigenous people, Dodge City election official faulted, Johnson County election commissioner appointed, the Nevada caucus, and more! KANSAS DEMS ANNOUNCE 2020 WASHINGTON DAYS SPEAKERS What's happening? This year's slate of speakers will include: State Auditor and candidate for Governor of Missouri Nicole Galloway, former KS-02 Representative Jim Slattery, Lieutenant Governor Lynn Rogers and Governor Laura Kelly! You don't want to miss this year’s Washington Days lineup; reserve your spot now to make sure you’re present at Kansas’ largest gathering of Democrats, March 6-8! STATE GOP CONTINUES TO BLOCK MEDICAID EXPANSION DESPITE WIDE SUPPORT What's happening? (The Wichita Eagle) - As the Legislature heads into a critical week full of votes on possibly dozens of bills, there’s no sign Medicaid expansion will be among them. Early hopes among supporters that they could pass the proposal in the first few weeks of session are quickly fading. Senate President Susan Wagle, a Wichita Republican, has vowed to continue a blockade of expansion until the House advances an amendment asserting that the Kansas Constitution doesn’t guarantee the right to an abortion. The continuing standoff means two expansion proposals – including the Kelly-Denning compromise – will remain stuck in a Senate committee. Sen. Gene Suellentrop, R-Wichita: "WE WILL kick a Medicaid Expansion Bill out of this Committee” when the amendment passes the House. Where can I learn more? Bipartisan Kansas Medicaid deal ‘locked down’ as abortion amendment standoff continues. The Wichita Eagle, February 25, 2020. Kansas lawmakers will have failed if Medicaid expansion, abortion amendment are derailed. The Kansas City Star, February 26, 2020. Used to giving grders, Kansas abortion foes can't cut a deal. The Associated Press, February 28, 2020. KANSAS NUNS URGE LEGISLATURE TO PASS MEDICAID EXPANSION What's happening? (The Topeka Capital-Journal) - Seventy-six Kansas Catholic nuns have signed a letter to legislators urging them to pass Medicaid expansion as a desperately needed life-saving benefit for suffering Kansans. The nuns wrote: Expansion increases access to high-quality care for those who would otherwise go without health care. We implore you to approve Medicaid expansion because we cannot wait any longer to give Kansans the care they so desperately need. Where can I learn more? Kansas nuns urge Legislature to pass Medicaid expansion. The Topeka Capital-Journal, February 25, 2020. KANSAS RECORDS SHOW 4 MEDICAID ABORTIONS IN 7 YEARS What's happening? (KCUR-NPR) - Republican legislative leaders blocking a push to give Medicaid coverage to about 130,000 more Kansans say they fear the expansion’s impact on publicly funded abortions. Other Republicans and Democrats reject that argument as a red herring. The Kansas News Service has learned that Medicaid has paid for a total of four abortions in the [...]
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 election law, Kris Kobach's ties to the Trump administration as a US Senate Candidate, the ballot order for 2020 Presidential Primary, and Rep. Tom Sawyer's take on KPERS. 2018 LETTER SHOWS WAGLE WANTED OUT OF KANSAS POLITICS What's happening? (MSN) - One of the biggest names in the current U.S. Senate race in Kansas wanted out of the Sunflower State and into the Trump administration before launching her campaign. In the spring of 2018, Susan Wagle wanted to leave Kansas politics. KMBC 9 News obtained a copy of a letter Wagle wrote to a political consultant with strong connections to the White House. Wagle: I'm thinking it's an excellent time to transition out of Kansas politics as we elect a new governor. I'm willing to discuss any opening. But I am particularly interested in becoming an ambassador at large for women's global issues. Where can I learn more? 2018 Letter Shows Senate Candidate Wanted Out Of Kansas Politics. MSN, February 19, 2020. DEMOCRATS SUE OVER KANSAS DELAY IN START OF 'VOTE ANYWHERE' What's happening? TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas and national Democratic Party groups last Friday sued the Republican official who oversees the state's elections, accusing him of violating voters' rights by delaying the implementation of a law designed to make voting on Election Day more convenient. Kansas Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, a Topeka Democrat, said three weeks ago that he and others were contemplating a lawsuit. Hensley: Schwab is dragging his feet to enforce a bill that became law that had widespread bipartisan support to make it more convenient to vote. Maybe this will encourage him to enforce the law. Where can I learn more? Democrats sue over Kansas delay in start of 'vote anywhere'. AP News, February 14, 2020. Democrats sue Kansas secretary of state over failure to launch Vote Anywhere law. CJ Online, February 14, 2020. SCHWAB WANTS SIGNIFICANT TECHNICAL CHANGES IN THE MIDDLE OF ELECTION SEASON What's happening? (The Wichita Eagle) - Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab is pushing to make the state’s central voter registration database more secure by changing how counties tap into it, but some officials are nervous about what they see as a big project in a busy election year. [...] Schwab's plan generally has bipartisan support, but some are concerned it is too much to undertake this close to primaries and a Presidential election. Douglas County Clerk Democrat Jamie Shew: We’d have to rewire our entire office. There’s serious logistical challenges. Where can I learn more? Kansas secretary of state wants voter data more secure. The Wichita Eagle, February 17, 2020. Kansas secretary of state calls for changes in election offices. KFDI, February 17, 2020. Douglas County, others see ‘serious logistical challenges’ in Kansas [...]
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.