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Despite all of the science/evidenced based recommendations for how to reopen schools/universities, despite the cautionary tales from other nations, in many places we're already doing it wrong - we're starting school before we're ready. 1/

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Some districts appear to be doing at least some things right. But they're also doing things wrong. In many areas, infection rates aren't low enough. Adequate testing & contact tracing isn't in place yet. Mask wearing isn't consistent. 2/

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Physical distancing isn't consistently being adhered to. I guarantee ventilation & filtration in many buildings isn't adequate. Nor do I see reporting about districts conducting as many activities outside as possible.

Just as there should have been a national... 3/

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It’s time for a #MedicareForAll thread! We have an atrocious system that is far and away the most expensive in the world with some of the worst outcomes, middle of the road wait times. We can do better. #kssen #ksleg #M4A 1/
Current #healthcare:
1.Burdens businesses
2. Too expensive and economically wasteful
3. Has worse outcomes than other nations
4. Limits individual Freedoms
#M4A #kssen
#healthcare expenditures are a drag on business. Healthcare costs have outpaced the growth of the economy & businesses pay more. Reducing our healthcare expenditures & ending employer-provided plans will allow American businesses to be more competitive internationally. 3/
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democrats have tried 3 (?) times to expand medicaid in kansas during a pandemic, and every single damn tome it got shot down by republicans #ksleg
black people are three times more likely to die from covid-19 than their white counterparts #ksleg
black people are also disproportionately affected by poverty due to the systemic racism that is embedded in the united states of america #ksleg
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This is curious. Based on the quotes from the election official, the dangerous Auto Cast (Permission to Cheat) feature that I wrote about so extensively pissed off voters & persuaded ⁦@jocoelection⁩ to “uncouple” the BMD from its scanner for $1M. 1/…
In other words, COVID strikes me as a convenient excuse. This is a good move, but universal use BMDs are dangerous even w/o integrated scanners & Permission to Cheat. 2/
Depending on who the election official is who decided to do this, I wonder if the plan is to put a cell modem into the scanner, which could facilitate internet hacking. Again, It is highly doubtful this decoupling is really about COVID imho. 3/
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The Department for Children and Families secretly withheld millions in payments to private operators of the state foster care system, propelling them toward financial ruin and directly contributing to the suffering of kids in state custody #ksleg…
Through documents and interviews over the past six months, I learned the state delayed more than $21M in payments to Saint Francis Ministries and KVC Kansas and never paid for at least $1.8 million in services from FY 2017 #ksleg…
The private contractors couldn't say anything at the time, or now, because they were bound by state-imposed nondisclosure agreements. The indication is that the actual losses were much worse than DCF acknowledges #ksleg…
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The #OperationGridlock protest in Topeka, KS is underway this afternoon on the south side of the capitol building.

It’s hard to hear much besides car horns passing by.
Several groups arrived visibly armed, brandishing holstered pistols or rifles slung over their shoulders
While most of the demonstrators remain in their cars, honking as they circle the capitol, around 100-150 protestors line the sidewalks. Many of them holding signs, American flags, or Trump gear. #OperationGridlock #ksleg
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In these unusual times, many must do unusual things. The justice system must too, and I want to talk a bit about what it takes to get that done. This morning, the Kansas Supreme Court held its first Zoom oral argument—in a case filed three days ago. 1/ #ksleg #kscourts
I have no involvement in the case heard today, but I'm on the Kansas Court of Appeals. We too want to do some electronic oral arguments, so we've been working with the court's IT staff and our Supreme Court. As of midweek this week, we were still working through issues. 2/2
But events obviously overtook the normal pace of that prep work, and our Supreme Court set a quick hearing in an important suit between the Governor and the Legislature. That meant that justices, their research attorneys, and the IT staff no doubt had to go into overdrive. 3/x
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So ... what happened today? Bc I spent my whole day grading/having individual zoom conferences/running to the kitchen to make soup
Probably nothing, right? ... oh.…
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Kansas Legislative Coordinating Council underway to review Gov. Kelly's order limiting religious gatherings to 10 or fewer people. #ksleg
Earlier today, the Attorney General said the order is likely unconstitutional and advised law enforcement not to enforce it #ksleg…
Ryckman, Wagle and Sawyer are here in person. Everyone else calling in. #ksleg
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Republican #ks03 candidate Adrienne Vallejo Foster on crowd limits for religious gatherings: "I am calling on Governor Kelly to rescind her executive order, the county sheriffs to ignore this overreaching executive order, and the churches to hold service this Sunday" #ksleg
Foster's statement says she was inspired by Jesus and the Founding Fathers to tell sheriffs to ignore the law #ksleg
AG Derek Schmidt weighs in, says Kansans should comply with governor’s order limiting religious gatherings during pandemic but clarifies they can't be arrested, prosecuted or imprisoned for worshiping #ksleg
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Sec. Norman says today's briefing will be a very dense session. #kakenews #ksleg #coronavirus #covid19
Says we've now reached 21 positive cases, 19 came through the KDHE lab, 2 through commercial labs. #kakenews #ksleg #coronavirus #covid19
"10 days ago we were testing 7, 8, 9 a day. Now we're at 100 to 200 a day," he said. #kakenews #ksleg #coronavirus #covid19
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Understanding why thousands of eligible votes are thrown out!?🗳️❌🗑️
It’s taken a lawsuit, over a $1,000 in open records fees, and who knows how many hundreds of hours of research. This explains the solution, but the problem is more concerning.(1/5)… #ksleg
Bureaucratic error (human and technical) means people register to vote, but the government loses their registration. In 2016, you may recall that the Secretary of State’s online voter registration system was riddled with issues that lost unknown numbers of registrations.(2/5)
Addressing deadline disenfranchisement is a matter of national security. Voter registration databases are being targeted for cyber attacks because minor alterations to them can make people appear unregistered. Right now, these victims would have their votes tossed. (3/5)
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Life Warriors need to speak up now! Last year, Kansas Supreme Court invented state constitutional right to abortion & adopted "strict scrutiny standard" more stringent then even Roe--meaning state would be unable to pass even common sense measures. 1/
2/ Laws requiring informed consent and parental notification would be unconstitutional. And even bans on 3rd trimester post-viability abortions couldn't w/stand scrutiny. Kansas Senate has passed constitutional amendment to return the issue to legislative branch.
3/3 But 4 Republicans in the Kansas House are refusing to support the amendment which simply returns the question to the legislative branch!! #ksleg The four are:
@DonHineman @Kessinger4KS Tom Phillips, and Bill Pannbacker. If you're a Kansan, call them. And everyone else pray!
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Senators are recognizing individuals from their districts for accomplishments at the moment. We expect Rs and Ds to break for caucus meetings soon, then return for debate on abortion amendment. #ksleg
Also, please welcome KU student @sydhoover17 to our coverage team for this session. She is helping me with coverage of the abortion amendment this afternoon #ksleg
Heading to caucus now #ksleg
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In 2018, Johnson County, KS’s commissioner told me about a dangerous feature in the county’s new ES&S voting machines. I reported on it (below), & experts now call it “Permission to Cheat.”

Why did ES&S just testify that none of its customers use it?! 1/…
At 1:00:15, ES&S tells @GKButterfield that he is unaware of any customers using the “AutoCast” feature (which allows voters to cast “paper ballots” w/o reviewing them).

As I reported in 2018, Kansas’s most populous county DOES use that feature! 2/
3/ Article by election-security expert Andrew Appel, citing my article, and nicknaming the feature “Permission to Cheat.”…
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We’re about a half hour from @GovLauraKelly’s State of the State speech. Lawmakers and spectators are filling the House chamber. #ksleg #kshouse
Gov. Kelly has taken the podium. #ksleg
Kelly, the Kansas’s third woman governor, takes a moment to recognize other women leaders in state government.

“For the first time in Kansas history, women sit at the helm of all three branches of government.” #ksleg
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Secretary of State Scott Schwab doesn't like the ACLU's "odd insistence of filing costly litigation." The lead plaintiff in a lawsuit over the Crosscheck data breach doesn't like Schwab's "tone deaf" response to ending the litigation #ksleg…
Schwab: “Our office expects future disagreements to be resolved responsibly, through communication and collaboration, not courtroom confrontations motivated by financial gain at taxpayer expense.” #ksleg…
Scott Moore: “I would have been happy to come to an agreement outside of the courts, but that was never going to happen while Kris Kobach was in office." #ksleg…
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U.S. Rep. Steve Watkins faces allegations of voter fraud and perjury after listing UPS store in Topeka as home residence on voter registration. He actually lives in Overbrook but cast ballot in last month's Topeka elections #ksleg #ks02 via @TimVCarpenter…
Jim Joice, Watkins’ chief of staff, said the representative mistakenly portrayed his residence to be the UPS building: “He just filed it incorrectly. I think that’s a little ludicrous.” #ksleg #ks02…
State Rep. Blake Carpenter, a conservative Republican on the House Elections Committee: “This person undoubtedly voted in an election in November for candidates that he had no constitutional right to vote for ..." #ksleg #ks02…
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We want what we want when we want it. That’s human nature. In the case of state government, when revenues are up its easy to forget how far we’ve come
Our troubles began with the Great Recession and were exacerbated by the tax cuts of 2012 & 2013. For our public schools, the trouble was further compounded by the repeal of the funding formula. Frozen funding under the Block Grant still impacting the system today.
To cope, most districts spent into reserve funds to shield students from the deepest harm. Even now, certain elements of our new formula base calculations on a “three prior year” rolling average which will smooth budgets in the long run but hurt at the moment.
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The progressive Left is licking its chops, hoping that Republicans in the Senate will “pass something” on gun control, as McConnell has said they’ll do. The Left will repeat several lies when that debate starts. Here’s the truth: #ksleg #2A #kssen
Lie 1: Unlike other countries, America is plagued by mass shootings. This is a false premise that assumes that because gun ownership is higher in the USA than other countries, the incidence of mass shootings is too. #ksleg #2A
The truth: America ranks 67th of 97 countries in mass shootings per capita--a long way behind countries where the possession of firearms is uncommon. #ksleg #2A #ussenate
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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.…
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."… #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…
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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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