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

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 [...]

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 #44

January 24th, 2020|

Conservatives barrel forward on anti-abortion amendment, a hearing on the Medicaid expansion compromise, and more!

Weekly Rundown #43

January 17th, 2020|

Kelly’s second State of the State, conservatives charge toward eliminating abortion rights, and the administration's 2020 budget proposal!

Weekly Rundown #42

January 10th, 2020|

The announcement of a bipartisan Medicaid expansion deal, the creation of a new department, and medical marijuana legalization hopes for opioid crisis!

Weekly Rundown #40

December 20th, 2019|

Kansas Supreme Court appointment, Washington Days scholarship announced, and Wichita aviation impacts!

Weekly Rundown #39

December 13th, 2019|

2020 Kansas Primary approved by DNC, Washington Days luncheon and banquet tickets, and Crosscheck’s elimination!

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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 [...]

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 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 [...]

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