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

KDP Weekly Newsletter #128

September 24th, 2021|

Friday, September 24, 2021 Friend, Welcome to the KDP Weekly Newsletter – 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? National Hispanic Heritage Month, 2022 Elections, Sam Brownback, COVID-19, Governor Kelly, #KSLEG, Gun Violence, Medicare Expansion, [...]

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

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KDP Weekly Newsletter #117

July 9th, 2021|

Friday, July 9, 2021 Friend, Welcome to the KDP Weekly Newsletter – 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? Redistricting, KDP Training & Updates, Platform Committee, #KSLEG Updates, 2022 Elections, COVID-19, Voting Rights, DNC Investment, [...]

KDP Weekly Newsletter #116

July 2nd, 2021|

Friday, July 2, 2021 Friend, Welcome to the KDP Weekly Newsletter – 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? Fourth of July, COVID-19, KDP Training & Updates, Platform Committee, #KSLEG Updates, Infrastructure, Critical Race [...]

KDP Weekly Newsletter #115

June 25th, 2021|

Friday, June 25, 2021 Friend, Welcome to the KDP Weekly Newsletter – 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? Pride Month, Kansas Dairy Month, Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal, KDP Training & Updates, Platform Committee, [...]

KDP Weekly Newsletter #114

June 18th, 2021|

Friday, June 18, 2021 Friend, Welcome to the KDP Weekly Newsletter – 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, The ACA, Pride Month, KDP Training & Updates, Platform Committee, Kansas Economy, COVID-19, Infrastructure, [...]

KDP Weekly Rundown #113

June 11th, 2021|

Friday, June 11, 2021 Friend, Welcome to the KDP Weekly Newsletter – 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?  Pride Month, New DNC Committeeperson, KDP Training & Updates, Election Integrity, Kansas Economy, [...]

KDP Weekly Newsletter #112

June 4th, 2021|

Friday, June 4, 2021 Friend, Welcome to the KDP Weekly Newsletter – 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?  Pride Month, June Reception, KDP Training & Updates, Voter Suppression Lawsuit, [...]

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KDP Weekly Newsletter #124

August 28th, 2021|

Friday, August 27, 2021 Friend, Welcome to the KDP Weekly Newsletter – 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? Redistricting, COVID-19, 2022 Elections, Demofest, Climate Change, John Lewis Voting Act, Kansas Hospitals, Fair Wages, Democrats Care, Social Media Updates, KDP Merch and more! 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!     WOMEN'S EQUALITY DAY  101 years ago yesterday, the 19th Amendment of the United States was adopted, giving millions of women the right to vote and amplifying their voices in our democracy. Although it was an important victory, we also recognize LGBTQ+ women and women of color had to continue to fight for this right and to be considered equal in the eyes of the law. Today we celebrate the women who for decades marched, picketed and went to jail for an equal say in our nation's elections. Without them, we would not have the group of women that currently serve in our federal, state and local governments. Let's honor their legacy by fighting for a future where the right to vote is protected and all can participate fully in our democracy. Happy Women's Equality Day!     KDP PRESENTS: DIGITAL DEMOFEST 2021 The KDP will be hosting a virtual Demofest Reception online on September 18 at 12 p.m. Due to the uptick of the Delta variant of COVID-19 in Kansas, the KDP, in conjunction with the KDP Executive Committee, have decided to pivot this year's event to an online reception. We've secured an exciting lineup of featured speakers and you won't want to miss this year's programming that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home! The Keynote Speaker for Demofest will be former Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) and we'll also be hearing remarks from SGOTUS Doug Emhoff, US Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), with virtual appearances by our very own US Representative Sharice Davids and Governor Laura Kelly! This is an event you won't want to miss. Get your tickets for Demofest here.     VICKI HIATT: THE KANSAS GOP IS TRYING TO DRAW SHARICE DAVIDS OUT OF HER CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT Last week, Kansas Republicans leading the committee that will redraw congressional districts in the state rushed through one of the most essential parts of the redistricting process: listening to the people. The committee crammed all 14 of its town halls into the span of just one week, and conducted the majority of them during the middle of the workday. To make the matter worse — and perhaps anticipating the backlash they’d eventually receive about their sham process — the town halls were announced by Republicans in the waning hours of the Friday evening before the meetings would start. Read more about the news here.   UPCOMING KDP TRAININGS In an effort to ramp up training for upcoming elections in 2021 and beyond, the Kansas Democratic Party, together [...]

KDP Weekly Newsletter #123

August 20th, 2021|

Friday, August 20, 2021 Friend, Welcome to the KDP Weekly Newsletter – 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? Redistricting, COVID-19, 2022 Elections, Climate Change, Afghanistan, Kansas Hospitals, Democrats Care, Social Media Updates, KDP Merch and more! 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!     VICKI HIATT: THE KANSAS GOP IS TRYING TO DRAW SHARICE DAVIDS OUT OF HER CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT Last week, Kansas Republicans leading the committee that will redraw congressional districts in the state rushed through one of the most essential parts of the redistricting process: listening to the people. The committee crammed all 14 of its town halls into the span of just one week, and conducted the majority of them during the middle of the workday. To make the matter worse — and perhaps anticipating the backlash they’d eventually receive about their sham process — the town halls were announced by Republicans in the waning hours of the Friday evening before the meetings would start. Read more about the news here. UPCOMING KDP TRAININGS In an effort to ramp up training for upcoming elections in 2021 and beyond, the Kansas Democratic Party, together with the DNC Best Practices Institute, are excited to offer a series of virtual trainings over the course of the next few months. These programs will enhance the skills of progressive activists and volunteers by ensuring comprehensive training is free and accessible for Democrats all over the country. The training and its description is listed below: BPI State Party Leadership and Staff Resources  The BPI’s 9-part DEI Training Course is now available for use by County Parties. Learn more about the process for implementing the BPI DEI Training Course in your state HERE. Those interested should email bpi@dnc.org to schedule a call with the BPI team. Democrats Care Projects Are you working on a community service project in your area? KDP and the DNC would like to amplify your work as part of the new Democrats care project. To learn about the program, you can read more here.   Press Releases ICYMI: Redistricting Committee Hears Directly From Kansans     KANSAS REPUBLICANS WORK TO RESTRICT REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS What's happening? (WIBW) - Kansas legislators worked to keep taxpayers from funding abortions in new federal legislation. Kansas Representative Jake LaTurner says he recently spoke on the House floor to defend the Hyde Amendment, a 40-year-old provision that prohibits taxpayer money from funding abortions. On July 27, Rep. LaTurner said he spoke about the history of the amendment, its bipartisan support and the need for it to be maintained in law as the House debated a funding package that would have removed the protection. Three days later, Senator Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) said he joined 26 other Senators to issue a public comment letter that opposed the Biden Administration’s attempt to ignore congressional intent and unequivocal legal requirements regarding abortion coverage offered through the Affordable Care Act. Where can I learn more? Kansas [...]

KDP Weekly Newsletter #122

August 13th, 2021|

Friday, August 13, 2021 Welcome to the KDP Weekly Newsletter – 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? Redistricting, Platform Committee, COVID-19, Infrastructure, 2022 Elections, Kansas Hospitals, Democrats Care, Social Media Updates, KDP Merch and more! 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!     REDISTRICTING TOWN HALLS The redistricting town halls kicked off this week, starting in Manhattan, Kansas and ending in Lawrence, Kansas where residents voiced their concerns with the GOP driven redistricting process. Kansas Republicans on the Redistricting Committee released the Town Hall schedule near sundown on a Friday evening and initially announced that they'd be cramming all 14 hearings into just this week and giving the public minimal notice. During the first day of hearings, Redistricting Chairman Republican Rick Wilborn claimed that the hearings were rushed "for the convenience of lawmakers" and to "accomodate" their vacation schedule. Republicans have since backtracked from their stance, with House Speaker Ron Ryckman Jr. claiming a second round of hearings will occur in the Fall. The GOP has made it astoundingly clear that they aren't interested in a fair and transparent process and will do all they can to ignore meaningful public input.   Read more about the news here.   INFRASTRUCTURE The U.S. Senate has passed Biden's historic bipartisan infrastructure framework and delivered upon his promise to reach across the aisle during his tenure, with 19 Republican Senators joining all Democrats in passing this bill. The proposal will create millions of good-paying union jobs, expand broadband in rural America, tackle the climate crisis and create a stable and equitable economy for all Americans. The infrastructure bill is one of the largest investments in our nation's history and will affect nearly every aspect of the American economy and provide the critical resources to revamp our nation's roads and bridges. The bipartisan victory marks another major milestone in President Biden's steps towards healing our divided nation and moving our country forward together. Learn more about the Senate's infrastructure proposal here. UPCOMING KDP TRAININGS In an effort to ramp up training for upcoming elections in 2021 and beyond, the Kansas Democratic Party, together with the DNC Best Practices Institute, are excited to offer a series of virtual trainings over the course of the next few months. These programs will enhance the skills of progressive activists and volunteers by ensuring comprehensive training is free and accessible for Democrats all over the country. The training and its description is listed below: BPI State Party Leadership and Staff Resources  The BPI’s 9-part DEI Training Course is now available for use by County Parties. Learn more about the process for implementing the BPI DEI Training Course in your state HERE. Those interested should email bpi@dnc.org to schedule a call with the BPI team. Democrats Care Projects Are you working on a community service project in your area? KDP and the DNC would like to amplify your work as part of the new Democrats care project. To learn about the program, you can read more [...]

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