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

Weekly Rundown #66

June 26th, 2020|

Friday, June 26, 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? New KDP Merchandise, Sunflower Showcase update, Kansas GOP to feature noted hate [...]

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 #61

May 22nd, 2020|

Friday, May 22, 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? Governor Kelly announces the beginning of phase 2.0 to safely reopen Kansas, [...]

Weekly Rundown #60

May 15th, 2020|

Friday, May 15, 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 Delegate Selection Process, Governor Kelly announces the beginning of phase [...]

Weekly Rundown #59

May 8th, 2020|

Friday, May 8, 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 Primary results and the delegate selection process, U.S. Senate Candidate [...]

Weekly Rundown #58

May 1st, 2020|

Friday, May  1, 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? A 2020 Primary update, Kansas GOP Senate Primary race continues to [...]

Weekly Rundown #57

April 24th, 2020|

Friday, April 24, 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? A 2020 Primary update, Kansas GOP fracturing from U.S. Senate Race, Kansas expands [...]

Weekly Rundown #56

April 17th, 2020|

Friday, April 17, 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? A 2020 Primary update and the importance of vote-by-mail, the disparate [...]

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Weekly Rundown #64

June 12th, 2020|

Friday, June 12, 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? Sunflower Showcase update, Kansas GOP to feature noted hate group at Republican Expo, Governor Kelly announces new statewide COVID-19 testing strategy, Governor Laura Kelly signs compromise COVID-19 bill to continue protecting our communities, Kansas campaign updates, Trump's inadequate response to COVID-19, and In Memoriam. Interested in helping the Party get out our messaging to encourage Kansans to vote blue? Sign up for our new Letter to the Editor program here! SUNFLOWER SHOWCASE: THIS WEEK Join us this Wednesday as we host State Senator Oletha Faust-Goudeau (SD-29), State Representative Jim Ward (HD-86), State Senator Mary Ware (SD-25), and State House Candidate Matt Fox (HD-87) for our weekly virtual meet-and-greet event. We’re offering a limited time deal for the remaining seven events – if you sign up now, you’ll receive access to every Sunflower Showcase event for a discounted price of $60. You can sign up for the Sunflower Showcase HERE. We hope to see you there! KANSAS GOP TO FEATURE NOTED HATE GROUP AT REPUBLICAN EXPO What's happening? The Dodge City Republican Expo organized by the Kansas Republican Party’s First Congressional District will feature the Vice President of Understanding the Threat, a noted anti-Islamic extremist hate group, as its keynote speaker later this month. Scheduled guests include U.S. Senate candidates Roger Marshall, Kris Kobach and Dave Lindstrom, along with KS-01 candidates Bill Clifford and Tracey Mann. Established by disgraced FBI agent John Guandolo, the Dallas-based organization has been classified as an anti-muslim hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Understanding the Threat President John Guandolo has previously made headlines for religiously profiling a Southwest Airlines employee, calling on Donald Trump to execute John Brennan, Jim Comey and other government officials for treason and assaulting a Minnesota sheriff for questioning his discriminatory claims. In response to the Kansas GOP featuring hateful, inflammatory and Islamophobic rhetoric, Kansas Democratic Party officials released the following statement. Sign our petition against Islamophobia and discrimination of any kind here.  GOVERNOR KELLY ANNOUNCES NEW STATEWIDE COVID-19 TESTING STRATEGY What's happening? (Kansas City Star) - Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has set a goal of testing 60,000 residents each month — approximately 2 percent of the state’s population— for the coronavirus as life returns to a semblance of normal across the state. Where can I learn more? Kansas governor wants to test 2% of residents - 60K people - for COVID-19 every month. Kansas City Star, June 11, 2020. Gov. Kelly announces new statewide COVID-19 testing strategies. WIBW, June 11, 2020. GOVERNOR LAURA KELLY SIGNS COMPROMISE COVID-19 BILL TO CONTINUE PROTECTING OUR COMMUNITIES What's happening? (Topeka Capital-Journal) - Gov. Laura Kelly has signed a COVID-19 bill that allocates more than $1.25 billion in federal aid and gives county officials more emergency powers. (Kansas City Star) - The final product allowed her to maintain control over the federal money from Congress’ coronavirus relief legislation, which now requires the signoff of the State Finance Council. The bill Kelly vetoed would have handed that [...]

Weekly Rundown #63

June 5th, 2020|

Friday, June 5, 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? Sunflower Showcase update, Governor Kelly secures bipartisan relief bill to protect Kansans from COVID-19, Attorney General Derek Schmidt to appeal Kris Kobach's racist voter suppression law to SCOTUS, GOP members in the Kansas Legislature reject a respected judge for doing his job, Democrats in the Kansas Legislature call for change, WSU cancels Ivanka Trump's commencement speech, Kansas campaign updates, and Trump's inadequate response to COVID-19 worsens as he distracts himself even further. Interested in helping the Party get out our messaging to encourage Kansans to vote blue? Sign up for our new Letter to the Editor program here! SUNFLOWER SHOWCASE: THIS WEEK Join us this Wednesday as we host KS-01 Candidate Christy Davis, State Senate Candidate Larry Dreiling (SD-40), and Former State Representative and Candidate Eber Phelps (HD-111) for our weekly virtual meet-and-greet event. We’re offering a limited time deal for the first ten events – if you sign up now, you’ll receive access to every Sunflower Showcase event for a discounted price of $70. You can sign up for the Sunflower Showcase HERE. We hope to see you there! GOVERNOR LAURA KELLY SECURES BIPARTISAN RELIEF BILL TO PROTECT KANSANS FROM COVID-19 What's happening? (Topeka Capital-Journal) - In a statement, Kelly said she would sign the bipartisan bill because it would help communities struggling with the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic. “While there are parts of this legislation that I oppose, HB 2016 provides the tools and resources for Kansas families, communities and businesses to begin the path to economic recovery,” she said. “I will sign this legislation when it comes to my desk, and will continue to honor my commitment to work across the aisle and move our state forward.” Where can I learn more? Kansas Governor Poised to Trade Some Emergency Powers to Keep Her COVID Orders. Kansas Public Radio, June 4, 2020. Supporters ram coronavirus plan through Kansas Legislature. Associated Press, June 5, 2020. GOP-led Senate, House send pandemic oversight, recovery bill to Gov. Laura Kelly. Topeka Capital-Journal, June 4, 2020. Legislature gathers for special session Wednesday morning in Topeka. WIBW, June 3, 2020. ATTORNEY GENERAL DEREK SCHMIDT TO APPEAL KRIS KOBACH'S RACIST VOTER SUPPRESSION LAW TO SCOTUS What's happening? (Kansas City Star) - With protests against police brutality toward people of color going on across the country, what a perfect time to try and revivify former Kansas secretary of state and Republican U.S Senate candidate Kris Kobach’s racist proof-of-citizenship voter registration law. Perfect, that is, if Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s purpose is to spare no effort to reinforce his party’s obsession with and hostility toward the people whose work in many essential jobs, including in nursing homes and the meatpacking industry, we could not do without. In the middle of a global pandemic is also a perfect time to remind people how hard the Kansas GOP has worked at voter suppression, and how steadfastly [...]

Weekly Rundown #62

May 29th, 2020|

Friday, May 29, 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? Sunflower Showcase update, GOP leadership in the KS Legislature tries to undermine Governor Kelly while putting Kansans at risk, Governor Kelly vetoes bill aimed at curbing her legislative powers and calls for special legislative session next week, Kansas GOP tries to block mail-in ballot applications, Kansas campaign updates, and Trump's inadequate response to COVID-19 as US reaches grim milestone of 100,000 deaths. Interested in helping the Party get out our messaging to encourage Kansans to vote blue? Sign up for our new Letter to the Editor program here! SUNFLOWER SHOWCASE: THIS WEEK Join us this Wednesday as we host U.S. Representative Sharice Davids for our weekly virtual meet-and-greet event. We’re offering a limited time deal for the first ten events – if you sign up now, you’ll receive access to every Sunflower Showcase event for a discounted price of $80. You can sign up for the Sunflower Showcase HERE. We hope to see you there! GOP LEADERSHIP IN KS LEGISLATURE TRIES TO UNDERMINE GOVERNOR KELLY WHILE PUTTING KANSANS AT RISK What's happening? (Topeka Capital-Journal) - Kansas legislators pulled the curtain on the 2020 session after a tedious and combative 24-hour workday that ended last Friday with passage of restrictions on Gov. Laura Kelly’s authority to manage the COVID-19 pandemic and extension of the state’s emergency declaration through the end of the month. Where can I learn more? Legislative session reaches volatile end, GOP slashes Gov. Laura Kelly’s power in COVID-19 emergency. Topeka Capital-Journal, May 22, 2020. All-night session to strip governor’s power was Kansas Legislature’s darkest day. Kansas City Star, May 22, 2020. Abortion politics kills Kansas Medicaid expansion for the year. Wichita Eagle, May 21, 2020. Racing clock, Kansas Republicans bypass Senate debate to limit Kelly’s emergency powers. Wichita Eagle, May 21, 2020. Kansas legislators, governor dive into final day of session mutated by deadly pandemic. Topeka Capital-Journal, May 21, 2020. Validity of Kansas governor’s disaster declaration ‘doubtful,’ attorney general says. Kansas City Star, May 21, 2020. Kansas Gov. Kelly has broad powers in pandemic. Here’s why Republicans want to curb them. Kansas City Star, May 17, 2020. GOV. LAURA KELLY ANNOUNCES COUNTIES CAN NOW BEGIN TO SAFELY RE-OPEN; VETOES GOP COVID-19 BILL TRYING TO LIMIT HER AUTHORITY; CALLS FOR SPECIAL SESSION OF LEGISLATURE What's happening? (KSHB) - Gov. Laura Kelly announced Tuesday that she is removing the executive order for the state's reopening plan. Instead, Gov. Kelly will leave it up to individual county health officials to decide which phase is appropriate in their area, making the the Ad Astra Plan go from mandatory to more of a guideline. Where can I learn more? KS Gov. Laura Kelly puts reopening plan in counties' hands. KSHB, May 26, 2020. Reopening Kansas: Gov. Kelly returns control to county officials. Koam News Now, May 26, 2020. (Wichita Eagle) - With harsh criticism of last week's legislative session, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced Tuesday that she will veto a bill designed to greatly limit her [...]

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