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Friday, September 17, 2021

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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, Demofest, Kris Kobach, COVID-19, Voting Rights, Climate Change, Republican Obstruction, Democrats Care, Social Media Updates, KDP Merch and more!

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KDP PRESENTS: DIGITAL DEMOFEST 2021

The KDP will be hosting a virtual Demofest Reception online next Saturday, September 18th 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, Governor Laura Kelly and Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple! This is an event you won’t want to miss.

 

NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH BEGAN THIS WEEK

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! National Hispanic Heritage Month began last Wednesday and will run through October 15th, giving the United States an opportunity to recognize and celebrate members of our communities and their ancestors who hail from Mexico, Spain, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Rather than starting at the beginning of September, Hispanic Heritage Month takes place over 30 days starting on the 15th — a nod to the anniversaries of national independence for a number of Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, as all recognize September 15 as the date of their independence, while Mexico’s independence is celebrated September 16 and Chile celebrates its independence September 18.

  • Read more about Hispanic Heritage Month 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 are listed below:

  • Franklin County Democratic Party 
    • The Franklin County Democratic Party is hosting a Virtual Canvassing Traning on September 25. You can find more information here at the top of their page. To sign up, click here.
  • 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.
  • How has the Biden Administration impacted you? Let the DNC know!
    • The DNC is putting together a story bank of real people who have been positively impacted by the Biden agenda. They are looking for people from every state, every identity, every professional, and activist behind every issue! If you are interested, please fill out this form.

Events

  • Midwest Rural Conference
    • The Midwest Rural Conference is from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on October 2, 2021. You can find more details and sign up here.
  • SCDP Demofest Friday Night Reception
    • Support the Sedgwick County Democratic Party and kick off Demofest with the SCDP’s Friday Night reception at 6:00pm on Friday, September 17th.
      • Get your tickets here.

Press Releases

 

 

KANSAS VOTER RIGHTS THREATENED, JUDGE UPHOLDS STRICT REPUBLICAN VOTING LAWS

What’s happening?

(Sunflower State Journal) – A Shawnee County judge on Thursday denied a request to temporarily block a state law that critics said would lead to the prosecution of Kansans registering new voters.

Judge Teresa Watson denied the request to stop a section of a broader election law that made it illegal for someone to give the appearance of holding themselves out as an election official. An immediate appeal is planned.

Where can I learn more?

 

CLIMATE CHANGE HEATS UP KANSAS, MILLIONS IN STORM DAMAGES

What’s happening?

(The Kansas City Star) – Getting ready for sweater weather and the crispness of fall? You might have to hold off a bit longer.

Climate change is leading to a warmer fall across the United States including the Kansas City area, according to a new analysis by an independent climate change research organization.

Warmer fall seasons may negatively impact such things and bird migrations, hibernation and fruit ripening. Climate change disproportionately affects the poor and people of color.

Where can I learn more?

 

KANSANS TO PAY MILLIONS IN LEGAL FEES FOR KRIS KOBACH

What’s happening?

(The Topeka Capital-Journal) – A federal judge approved a deal Wednesday that would see the state pay out roughly $1.9 million in legal fees to a group of attorneys, including the American Civil Liberties Union, stemming from a prolonged court fight over a controversial voting law favored by former Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

The costs come from a five-year legal battle over legislation originally passed in 2011 and championed by Kobach, which required an individual present their birth certificate or passport in order to register to vote.

The law was struck down by a federal judge in 2018 and the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of the case last year.

 

KRIS KOBACH LEADING IN ATTORNEY GENERAL’S RACE

What’s happening?

(The Sunflower State Journal) – A new poll paid for by a political action committee shows former Secretary of State Kris Kobach leading the Republican primary field for attorney general but still well below 50% with a large number of voters still undecided.

The poll by Remington Research Group found that Kobach received support from 43% of the 800 likely Republican primary voters who were surveyed. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.3 percentage points.

 

COVID TEARS THROUGH KANSAS’ SCHOOLS, SPREADING ‘LIKE WILDFIRE’

What’s happening?

(The Morning Sun) – Kansas public health officials are reporting more outbreaks of COVID-19 in educational settings as school-aged children are getting sick at the highest rates of any age group.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment on Wednesday reported 63 active outbreaks at schools statewide. Those clusters have been connected to a combined 408 cases and one hospitalization.

“When I compare this time to a year ago, I can tell you that we’re seeing already a tremendous amount of more cases in schools,” said Kansas Commissioner of Education Randy Watson during a Monday meeting.

Where can I learn more?

 

What’s happening?

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Onward,

KDP Team

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