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Standing room only & a distressing number of people opposed to even studying an LGBT NDO for City of Shawnee
But also lots of folks in favor! The younger folks all +, nice enough to let me stand by them
Some opinions 🤔
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Good morning, I would like to talk about school schedules, local control, and the child care shortage facing families.

kansascity.com/news/local/art…
To begin, I do not think that the #ksleg should determine the school schedule. That is for our local school boards (or perhaps the State Board of Education). But, not us.
What I do want to talk about, as a parent and taxpayer, are the difficulties that an erratic schedule can impose on families.
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On record comment from @NRSC spokeswoman on Kobach: “Just last year Kris Kobach ran and lost to a Democrat. Now, he wants to do the same and simultaneously put President Trump’s presidency and Senate Majority at risk." kansascity.com/news/politics-… #ksleg #kssen
I'm a little overstuffed with quotes from Republicans criticizing Kobach as a candidate, but Sam Brownback's former chief of staff David Kensinger sent me this one about his fellow Kansas Republican: "L-O-S-E-R." #ksleg #kssen
Kensinger's antipathy toward Kobach post-2018 is well-documented kansascity.com/news/politics-…
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What happened to the #ksleg House coalition to hold up the budget for passing Medicaid expansion this year?
After weeks of of bipartisan conversations, a coalition of 20+ House Republicans & the every House Democrat rejected the budget bill Friday afternoon. Not because there aren't good things in the budget, but because passing a budget is the only thing required before adjournment.
Adjourning without the Senate passing Medicaid expansion meant rejecting more than half a billion dollars for Kansas & another year of 100,000+ Kansans going without access to affordable healthcare provided by expansion. A majority of the Senate wants to pass expansion now.
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Skimpy health plans touted by Trump bring back familiar woes for consumers latimes.com/politics/la-na…
“These plans can sound good,” said Sandy Praeger, former Republican ins. regulator in KS and onetime president of the Ntl Assn. of Ins. Commissioners. “Like a time-share apartment, you may think you are getting a good deal. But if people get sick, they find they’re not covered.”
ICYMI: This morning Association Health Plans and SB 32 (Farm Bureau non-insurance) were bundled with three other bills in a conference committee report which will receive an up/down vote by #ksleg. Rep. @cindy_neighbor and Senator Mary Ware spoke against the plans.
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Good afternoon from the Kansas Senate. A big afternoon ahead. Possible votes on school funding and taxes. Follow along. #ksleg
Potential vote on SB 22, the tax bill. This would send bill to Kelly, who hasn't said definitively what she would do, but has warned lawmakers not to change taxes this year.

Also expect debate on SB 142, which adds $90m (roughly) in school funding to adjust for inflation. #ksleg
Senate votes unanimously to confirm Lee Norman as KDHE secretary. #ksleg
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The House Elections Committee introduced bills based entirely or largely upon recommendations made by the Commission in our Annual Report, including addressing an loophole in campaign finance transparency and requiring e-filing for state candidates. #ksleg
HB 2169 provides that political mailings that avoid exact words like "vote for X" or "support X" must still include who paid for the ad if the only reasonable interpretation is to support or oppose a specific candidate. This language is currently used by the FEC. #ksleg
HB 2170 requires that all candidates for state office file campaign finance reports electronically. This would ensure that accurate campaign finance data is available to the public rapidly, as well as providing increased cost efficiency. #ksleg
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@st_vockrodt and I reviewed 5,000 emails from the Kansas Department of Revenue involving contacts with CGI surrounding a $61 million no-bid contract the company landed in 2017.

Here’s what we learned…

kansas.com/news/politics-… #ksleg
CGI and KDOR officials talked in early and mid-2016 about potential upgrades to the state’s tax systems. Talks progressed to the point where KDOR was asking for a comprehensive proposal from CGI. #ksleg
Then, in September, KDOR put a halt to discussions. Kansas didn’t have an active contract with CGI that could have been used to avoid an RFP #ksleg
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#Thread on the recent election from Western Kansas #ksleg Representative Adam Smith (adapted to @Twitter from his newsletter here mailchi.mp/b503f6027825/h…)
The election night map showed a significant portion of Kansas blanketed in red and only some of the the highly populated counties showing blue.
A Picture Is Worth 1000 Words

It's not always black and white... or in this case, red & blue.

The first look at the above map from the Secretary of State's website after the initial election results were complete may leave some Kansans feeling like their voice doesn't matter.
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I'm at Holiday Inn in North Topeka where a small gathering is waiting for Steve Bannon to stump for Watkins. Organizer says he's en route from Topeka airport #ksleg #ks02
There's a screen set up, so some are wondering if he's just appearing by video. About a dozen people here. #ksleg #ks02
Watkins campaign just called to make it clear they have nothing to do with this rally. There are Watkins signs up in the rally room #ksleg #ks02
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Kobach cites FAIR report saying KS spends $377M public benefits on illegal immigrants. 1/2 of that is public schooling for immigrant children. If elected, would Kobach try to challenge US Supreme Court that ensures education for children regardless of status? #ksleg #ksed #ksgov
Look at what Kobach did in Alabama in 2011. Kobach wrote and pushed for HB 56 in Alabama, a bill that critics say, among many things, tried to intimidate undocumented children from attending school. #ksleg #ksed #ksgov
HB 56 disrupted Alabama schools. Eventually the school provision in that bill was blocked. Will Kobach try the same thing in Kansas? #ksleg #Ksed #ksgov
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What a debate! Well done, @KansasStateFair!

We're proud to support @gregorman, not only the Independent choice, but the best choice to lead ALL OF KANSAS into the future.

And thank you to everyone from #teamorman!

ICYMI: Our recap ⬇️ #ormanforkansas #ksgov #ksleg
To open, Greg lamented the two decades of decline that has occurred at the hands of Republican AND Democratic administrations:

"Kansas used to be a leader—a place that other states looked to for inspiration. But now we're a cautionary tale, and both parties are to blame."
With 27 years of experience turning businesses around while giving employees the confidence and stability they need to build their best lives, Greg is ready to do the same for Kansas.
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Election expert: Kansas’s ES&S voting system would allow some votes to be altered in a way that a manual audit or recount could not detect. By @jennycohn1 for @tytinvestigates #ProtectOurVotes tyt.com/stories/4vZLCH…
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Wow. Jurisdictions considering election equipment made by voting machine mega-vendor ES&S should read these email exchanges between Johnson County Commissioner Ronnie Metsker & ES&S. Thread. #ProtectOurVotes #ksleg
via @warrendad cc: @tytinvestigates thepitchkc.com/news/blog/2102… 1/
2/ "I assume we will somehow be ready for canvass. I am not sure. What I have seen today while our team has struggled to function on software that will not operate, gives me grave concern."
3/ "This is unprecedented. They [the top 3 county attorneys] are gathering to discuss the last minute ‘bad media coverage damage control.’ ES&S is the central focus of the situation * * The public microscope is out. They are already relentless."
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This is more like it! A Republican candidate for the Sedgwick County, Kansas Commission has requested a HAND recount after his 1% primary loss to a Republican who sits on that Commission! 1/ #ksleg cc: @tytinvestigates kmuw.org/post/nicks-req…
2/ Sedgwick County uses the same ES&S ExpressVote system as Johnson County, which experienced a massive glitch uploading results on August 7 in the GOP gubernatorial primary. As shown here, they also make some candidates harder to find. govtech.com/dc/Voting-Soft…
3/ Pls read about the recent ES&S “glitch” in Johnson County and the history of ES&S, including the gaping security holes with ES&S’s last touchscreen sensation (the iVotronic), in the piece I wrote for @tytinvestigates. TY. tytnetwork.com/2018/08/17/kob…
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At 9:00 p.m., just b4 a"glitch" delayed further reporting by Johnson County, Kobach was behind by 44 votes in the state & 13% in the County. At the time, there was only one other (much smaller) county left. When reporting resumed, Kobach had the lead... #ksleg @tytinvestigates 1/
2/ At 9:07 p.m., a reporter for the Kansas City star reported that Johnson County would not display further results for at least two hours due to a “computer glitch.”
3/ According to Johnson County, each of its 196 voting location had its own encrypted USB drive, and the drives were taking too long to upload.
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When you #VOTE remember Puerto Rico 🇵🇷

🔹Remember their fear & their tears
🔹Remember Trump ignored them
🔹Remember the GOP agreed
#GlovesOff #ksleg #KS03

We need to add making Puerto Rico a state to our TO DO LIST!
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One need only look to the south (OK) and west (CO) from Kansas to see the potential consequences of weakening or eliminating constitutional protections and court oversight of equitable and adequate funding for schools! #ksleg #ksed
I have come to see the current Kansas governance structure, constitutional language and judicial oversight as a model for others to follow! This includes steps #ksleg has taken over the years to understand their fiscal responsibility (cost studies) #ksed
What's so unique? Special about KS school finance? FIRST - the 1960s Article 6 established a fourth gov't branch (State Board) w/constitutional authority to set & oversee standards, while tasking #ksleg w/making "suitable provision." #ksed (thoughtful balance!)
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#HB2757 Restores due process rights for teachers that were eliminated in 2014. Rep @marymarthagood will be carrying the bill. Follow this thread for an explanation of the debate. #ksleg
Quick note: due process protects good teachers, not bad. It only gives teachers who are fired a right to appeal to a 3rd party. If a teacher is bad, the 3rd party will uphold to district choice. If the teacher is good, the 3rd party protects the teacher from unfair dismissal.
Rep @marymarthagood properly explaining that due process is not tenure. No jobs for life, just ensures reason & justification for firing. Despite this apt explanation, we will likely still hear many ignorant comments about bad teachers not being fired (admin's fault).
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Thread about Kansas "Strength of Match" Criteria for Crosscheck /1
Kansas pays for and administers #Crosscheck, a voter registration list maintenance tool, on behalf of all 28 member states. Member states/2
send voter registration records to KS every year; KS sends them back file of "possible duplicate registrants" for processing. /3
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