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

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 [...]

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 #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 [...]

Weekly Rundown #55

April 14th, 2020|

Friday, April 10, 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, the Kansas Legislature must pass Medicaid expansion [...]

Weekly Rundown #54

April 14th, 2020|

Friday, April 3, 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, Legislators must pass Medicaid expansion in Kansas ASAP, [...]

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 [...]

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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 1.5 to safely reopen Kansas, GOP leadership in the KS Legislature tries to score cheap political points while putting Kansans at risk, Kansas campaign updates, the KS legislature must pass Medicaid Expansion to address COVID-19 fallout, and Trump's inadequate response to COVID-19. 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! 2020 DELEGATE SELECTION PROCESS Interested in becoming a Kansas Delegate? The deadline to submit a declaration of candidacy to become a District Level Delegate is TODAY, MAY 15 at 5:00 PM! Be sure to share this information with your networks. Find more information on our website at: www.kansasdems.org/BeADelegate! GOV. KELLY ANNOUNCES THE BEGINNING OF "PHASE 1.5" TO SAFELY REOPEN KANSAS What's happening? (Kansas City Star) - Kansas will move into 'Phase 1.5' of it's re-opening plan on Monday, allowing businesses such as barbershops and hair salons to open by appointment. Fitness centers and health clubs may also choose to reopen although all in-person classes and locker room visits will be prohibitted. Laura Kelly: The good news is that hospitalizations and COVID-related deaths continue to decline, enabling us to move forward with our efforts to safely reopen Kansas. Unfortunately, the daily rate of disease spread has not shown the downward trajectory necessary to move fully into Phase 2. I said from the beginning that public safety must remain a top priority, which means that our reopening efforts must be driven by data, not dates. Phase 1.5 will continue our transition, but with necessary caution.  Where can I learn more? Kansas moving into reopening 'Phase 1.5': Hair salons open by appointment, bars closed. Kansas City Star, May 14, 2020. Statewide COVID-19 Updates Kansas has largest racial disparity in COVID-19 death rates, study finds. The Wichita Eagle, May 13, 2020. Unemployment applications now available for self-employed Kansans affected by pandemic. Lawrence Journal World, May 13, 2020. Steep increase in coronavirus cases in Missouri, Kansas drew attention in fed report. Kansas City Star, May 13, 2020. Will Kansas counties hit hardest by COVID-19 get fair share of state's federal aid? Kansas City Star, May 11, 2020. For some Kansans, going back to work in a pandemic could mean risking their lives. Lawrence Journal World, May 10, 2020. In Kansas, contract tracers listen to the fears of the exposed in race to contain virus. Kansas City Star, May 9, 2020. Gov. Kelly announces $9 million in community grants. WIWB, May 11, 2020. Rising case count could delay Shawnee County's move to phase two of reopening. Topeka Capital-Journal, May 8, 2020. State, healthcare leaders report progress in plan to reopen KS, concerns with false information. KWCH 12, May 8, 2020. GOP LEADERSHIP IN KS LEGISLATURE TRIES TO SCORE CHEAP POLITICAL POINTS WHILE PUTTING KANSANS AT RISK What's happening? (KAKE) - GOP leaders in the Kansas Legislature moved aggressively on Wednesday [...]

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 Roger Marshall claims meatpacking plants are safer than Walmart - the workers disagree, Donald Trump's plan to "terminate" affordable healthcare, the KS legislature must pass Medicaid Expansion to address COVID-19 fallout, words from Governor Kelly and Trump's inadequate response to COVID-19. 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! 2020 PRIMARY RESULTS Congratulations to all Kansas Democrats on the conclusion of a very exciting Presidential Primary -- our first since 1992!  Despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, the 2020 Party-run Primary’s turnout totaled 374% of Kansas’s 2016 caucus participation. Further congratulations to former Vice President Joe Biden for receiving 76.9% of the popular vote and to Senator Sanders for receiving 23.1%. Over 146,000 ballots cast is an incredible testament to not only this election’s accessibility, but also the excitement of Democrats in Kansas as we head toward November. Kansas Democrats should be proud to have proved vote-by-mail can protect voters and our democracy during this uncertain time. The results are overwhelming and we must now work to achieve our collective goal of electing Democrats up and down the ballot and making Donald Trump a one-term President. KDP In the Press Kansas Democrats hope primary encourages balloting by mail. Associated Press, May 2, 2020. Biden wins Kansas primary with 76.9% of votes as Democrats triple turnout. Topeka Capital Journal, May 3, 2020. Kansas Democratic Party sees record participation in 2020 Presidential Primary. KSNT, May 3, 2020. Biden easily wins Kansas Democratic primary as all-mail voting boosts turnout. Kansas City Star, May 3, 2020. Joe Biden wins Kansas Democratic primary. CNN, May 3, 2020. Joe Biden wins Kansas primary, putting him fewer than 600 delegates away from clinching nomination. CBS News, May 3, 2020. Joe Biden Wins Kansas Primary Conducted Exclusively By Mail. Huffington Post, May 3, 2020. 2020 DELEGATE SELECTION PROCESS Interested in becoming a Kansas Delegate? Check out the infographic below for important dates and deadlines on the 2020 Delegate Selection Process. Be sure to share this information with your networks. Find more information on our website at: www.kansasdems.org/BeADelegate! U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE ROGER MARSHALL AND DONALD TRUMP TOUT SAFETY AND SOCIAL DISTANCING IN MEATPACKING PLANTS - THE WORKERS DISAGREE What's happening? (Kansas City Star) - During a call with reporters, the Kansas Republican voiced support for President Donald Trump’s order requiring meatpacking plants to stay open during the COVID-19 pandemic in an effort to ensure grocery stores stay stocked. Roger Marshall: I think there’s a bigger chance getting the virus going into Walmart than at the packing plants. They do an incredible job there… They all have masks on. They all have face shields on. They’re six feet apart. (KMWU): “We're right next to each other in the locker [...]

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 be upended with intra-party fighting, Kris Kobach's voter suppression law declared unconstitutional, the KS legislature must pass Medicaid Expansion to address COVID-19 fallout, Governor Kelly presents plan to combat COVID-19 and aid Kansas's Economy, and Trump's inadequate and chaotic response to COVID-19. The KDP achieved its goal of adding 100 new BKC members to our team this week! Thanks to supporters like you, we will be able to build a robust Coordinated Campaign in 2020 to elect Democrats up and down the ballot. 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. 2020 PRIMARY UPDATE Tomorrow is the 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary in Kansas! Any ballot received by mail by the KDP  on or before the last delivery on May 2 will be counted. Results will be released within 48 hours of the final vote tabulation on the KDP Website and Social Media and to the press. Kansas Democrats have already more than tripled voter turnout in the 2020 Presidential Primary compared to the 2016 Presidential Caucus Votes.  KDP Chair Vicki Hiatt: The record-breaking turnout for the 2020 Presidential Primary is testament to the growing enthusiasm and cohesion of Democrats to make Donald Trump a one-term President. We are enormously proud to be providing Kansas Democrats a safe and inclusive 2020 Primary during this difficult time and we implore other States along with the Federal government to prioritize the implementation of a vote-by-mail component to ensure the safety and well-being of all voters during this important election year. KDP In the Press Kansas Democrats triple turnout after switch to mail-only presidential primary. The Kansas City Star, April 28, 2020. Kansas Democrats see huge voter turnout, ballots still being accepted. KSN, April 28, 2020. Kansas Democratic Party’s First All-Mail Vote Triples Primary Turnout. KCUR, April 28, 2020. Democrats see 352% increase in presidential primary turnout. Sunflower State Journal, April 28, 2020. 2020 Daily Trail Markers: The fate of unspent presidential campaign cash. CBS News, April 29, 2020. Biden Wins Ohio’s Mail-in Presidential Primary: Campaign Update. Bloomberg News, April 28, 2020. The Hill's Campaign Report: Hillary Clinton endorses Biden. The Hill, April 28, 2020. What happened in Ohio. Politico, April 29, 2020. KANSAS GOP SENATE PRIMARY RACE CONTINUES TO BE UPENDED WITH INTRA-PARTY FIGHTING What's happening? (Kansas City Star) - Kansas GOP chair Mike Kuckelman sent letters Thursday to two Republican candidates asking them to drop out of the race for U.S. Senate for the good of the party. (The Leavenworth Times) - Kansas Republican Dave Lindstrom responded to maneuvering designed to convince him to quit the U.S. [...]

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