Testimony in Opposition to amending the KS Constitution to Change Judicial Selection

This is testimony delivered to the Kansas Legislature's Special Committee on Judiciary by Ed Peterson, President of the Board of Directors of the MainStream Coalition, in opposition to amending the Kansas Constitution to change the method of judicial selection for the Kansas Supreme Court.

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This Week - September 30, 2019

Topeka is humming with activity, and we need your voice in the mix. KanCare Expansion meetings, meetings about taxes, concern about the safety of children in our schools. Also this week, a chance to work to increase the representation of women in public policy spaces. These are the highlights of this week in Kansas politics.

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Letting The Youth Lead

While there has been a great deal said about the enthusiasm among the country's electorate for 2020, we continue to hear doubts about the commitment of young voters to get out next year. Two events have started to change that narrative, and MainStream, with your help, is doing what it can to increase youth engagement in Kansas.

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This Week - September 23, 2019

2020 looms over everything right now: the Census is coming, reproductive freedom will be on the ballot, registering to vote is more important than ever. But you can be political now, at Stand Up, Speak Out on October 29! These are the highlights of this week in Kansas politics.

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Tuesdays Are For Politics

Tuesday, November 3, 2020. You probably have that date circled on your calendar, it's election day next year.

You should definitely have Tuesday, November 5, 2019 on your schedule. That's when you next get to vote, here in Kansas. This is the most important election this year, for your local government, your school boards, and your community colleges.

But what about Tuesday, October 29, 2019? That's the date of this year's Stand Up, Speak Out, the MainStream Education Foundation's 19th Annual Cocktail Reception and Dinner Program.

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Health care in Kansas

We already know which issues are going to be most prevalent in the 2020 Kansas Legislative Session that runs from January to about May. The Kansas budget, public education, reproductive freedom, and giving health care to working Kansans who cannot get it now. Today, we'd like to talk about Medicaid expansion (Medicaid is called KanCare in Kansas).

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Labor Day

As you celebrate Labor Day today, we wanted to bring you three snapshot items, in our usual brief holiday update.

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Frustrated? Take Action!

The news these days is enough to frustrate even the most engaged of us. Our President makes successively more outrageous statements, while his administration quietly ravages our country's protections, most recently endangered species and LGBTQ Americans. You'd be forgiven if you just wanted to curl up in a ball and hope 2020 gets here before something irreversible happens.

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Alert - Shawnee to vote on an NDO on Monday!

At the start of this week, we sent out an email talking about the many opportunities Kansans had to support our LGBTQ neighbors in cities considering legal protections for sexual orientation and gender identity.

Shawnee will be holding a public comment session followed by a vote on Monday (8/26), on a non-discrimination ordinance (an NDO) at the City Council meeting.

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Support your LGBTQ neighbors

Kansas has a long history of supporting all Kansans, in education, in economic opportunity, in our communities across the state. Kansas was founded as a free state to fight for equality, and Topeka was the site of the Brown v. Board of Education case that integrated the nation's schools. That's why Kansans are fighting today for equality and dignity, and to end discrimination for our LGBTQ neighbors and friends.

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