Better without Brownback?

A wave of giddy excitement swept the Kansas social media community last week. "Brownback's leaving!" was the cry. Some responses were angry, that he had inflicted his policies on the state and now was leaving Kansas in the lurch. Others were excited for the opportunity to take his obstructionist vetoes out of the mix. Several asked how soon this might happen. Many echoed, "Good riddance!"

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How to Testify in Topeka

How to Testify in Topeka is our guide for Kansans who want to have their voices heard in Topeka. You don't have to be a politician, or part of an advocacy organization. As a Kansan, your voice should be heard in the Statehouse.

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What are the Rose standards?

The Rose capacities are a set of statements outlining standards for educational achievement. Basically, students should be able to do this, that, the other, to be considered to have achieved an acceptable standard of education. They come from a 1989 Kentucky case, Rose v. Council for Better Education.

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Gannon Explained, Pt 2

The Kansas Legislature's spring break is usually pretty quiet, but on Thursday of last week, the Kansas Supreme Court released their ruling on the final part of Gannon v. Kansas, the school funding lawsuit that was originally filed in 2010. The Court unanimously ruled that Kansas continues to Constitutionally underfund public education, and legislators must fix this by June 30 of this year.

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Statement on Gannon ruling

This is the MainStream Coalition's statement on the ruling released March 2, 2017 by the Kansas Supreme Court with respect to Gannon v. Kansas. Further commentary and analysis will be in our weekly update on Monday.

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A Different Legislature

Last week saw a new day in the Kansas Legislature. No, there were no landmark bills passed, no rolling back of ultra conservative policy. In fact, the Governor vetoed tax reform, ultimately sending the legislature back to the drawing board. But there were a set of significant turns that show how far we have come from just last year.

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These are the tax hypocrites in the Kansas Legislature

These are the hypocrites.

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ALERT - Ask your KS Senator to override Brownback's veto!

UPDATED: The Governor did veto the tax reform bill this morning. Just now, the Kansas House voted to override that veto! Now it is up to the KS Senate, and they will likely vote this afternoon. Email or call now to tell your Senator to override the veto on HB 2178!

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ALERT - Contact your Rep to expand KanCare!

Another quick action! A critical health care vote will happen tomorrow, Feb 22nd. The bill to expand health care coverage that was "tabled" yesterday by Brownback's allies, has been wrangled to the floor of the Kansas House of Representatives!

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ALERT - Demand Brownback pass tax bill

The Kansas Legislature's new moderate majority delivered tax reform to the Governor's desk today. You voted in new legislators who fought to make this bill a reality. The Governor has heard from them.

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