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

Weekly Rundown #65

June 19th, 2020|

Friday, June 19, 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? Juneteenth commemoration, Sunflower Showcase update, Kansas GOP to feature noted hate group [...]

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 #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 [...]

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 [...]

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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, GOP leadership in the KS Legislature tries to undermine Governor Kelly while putting Kansans at risk, GOP leadership in KS Legislature kills Medicaid expansion during a pandemic, Kansas campaign updates, the Brownback Administration secretly withheld $21 million in payments to foster care providers, 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! GOV. KELLY ANNOUNCES THE BEGINNING OF "PHASE 2.0" TO SAFELY REOPEN KANSAS What's happening? (KWCH 12) - Governor Laura Kelly announced Tuesday that Kansas will move forward with a modified Phase 2 reopening beginning Friday, May 22. Mass gathering limits will be increased to 15 people or fewer and all businesses except bars, nightclubs or swimming pools will be allowed to reopen. The governor said bowling alleys, theaters, arcades, trampoline parks, museums and businesses deemed indoor-leisure, can reopen in this modified phase. State-owned casinos may also reopen as long as they follow guidelines from the KDHE and CDC.  Where can I learn more? Gov. Laura Kelly announces modified Phase 2 to begin Friday. KWCH 12, May 19, 2020. Statewide COVID-19 Updates Trump praises ‘fantastic job’ by Kelly as state Republicans try to limit her powers. Kansas City Star, May 20, 2020. Governor Kelly announces new economic recovery taskforce, 'SPARK'. Kansas City Star, May 19, 2020.  ‘We don’t have 6-foot shears:’ As KC hair salons open, are stylists and clients safe? Kansas City Star, May 18, 2020. The coronavirus put a $650 million hole in the Kansas budget and even K-12 is on the cutting board. Shawnee Mission Post, May 18, 2020. By narrow vote, this Johnson County city decides not to mandate COVID-19 face masks. Kansas City Star, May 18, 2020. 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 early 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 [...]

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 [...]

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