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Because the Kansas Supreme Court did not instruct legislators last month precisely how much additional funding it would take to ensure adequate public education -- opting instead to let a lower court figure it out -- lawmakers are ignoring that part of the ruling.

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'Teapublicans' attack on education is unconscionable

Seriously ... what’s the matter with Kansas?

The Kansas House of Representatives passed a bill with bi-partisan support Friday that addressed inequities in school funding as needed to satisfy a March 7 ruling by the Kansas Supreme Court. The 91-31 vote was focused on solving the funding problem and was praised by both Gov. Sam Brownback and Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis, which is a feat. State Rep. Blaine Finch, R-Ottawa, helped bridge the gap with votes for the bi-partisan bill, however, what happened next is where things went awry with parliamentary games and procedural shenanigans.

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Pam Curtis, former Chief of Staff for Mayor Joe Reardon, elected to replace Rep. Mike Peterson

Kansas City, KS – Pam Curtis, the long-time Chief of Staff for Wyandotte Unified Government Mayor Joe Reardon, was elected this evening at to succeed the late Rep, Mike Peterson in the 32nd Kansas House District. Curtis ran unopposed and was elected by acclimation by six Democratic precinct committeewomen and committeemen during an election convention held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kansas City, KS.

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Kansans Strongly Disapprove Of Brownback, Prefer Davis For Governor

Today, Public Policy Polling released its newest Kansas poll, finding Sam Brownback has a 33% approval rating and trails presumptive Democratic nominee Paul Davis 42-40. Kansas Democratic Party Chair Joan Wagnon issued this statement after reviewing the poll:

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Anderson announces candidacy for Kansas Insurance Commissioner

OVERLAND PARK, KS – Overland Park businessman Dennis Anderson today formally announced his candidacy for Kansas Insurance Commissioner. Anderson, a Democrat, was joined in the announcement by former First Lady of Kansas Stacy Parkinson, who will serve as honorary chairwoman of the Anderson campaign. Anderson last November completed preliminary filing documents that permitted him to solicit campaign contributions; today’s announcement and attendant filing formalizes Anderson’s candidacy.

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Kansas GOP Congressional Delegation Puts Politics Before Kansas Farmers

TOPEKA, KS – In a show of bi-partisan support, the United States House of Representatives today passed the conference report on the farm bill 251 to 166. The entire Kansas Congressional Delegation, Rep. Tim Huelskamp, Rep. Lynn Jenkins, Rep. Kevin Yoder, and Rep. Mike Pompeo voted against the conference report.

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Kansas economy loses 7,400 jobs in December

TOPEKA, KS – The Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) released sobering job numbers for the thousands of Kansans still seeking employment in Kansas. KDOL reported that for the month of December 2013 Kansas lost 7,400 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs, a 0.5% statewide decrease. (KDOL Labor Market Report December 2013)

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Women to watch in 2014

Margie Wakefield (D-Kan.) is looking to unseat Republican incumbent Rep. Lynn Jenkins in the 2nd Congressional District of Kansas, a traditionally deep red state.

The first real test of the political winds of 2014 will have a Democratic woman, Alex Sink, running in a special election for a House seat in Florida. From there, some of 2014’s most pivotal races will have women at the center, from Alison Lundergan Grimes aiming at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to Michelle Nunn fueling Democratic optimism in red Georgia, to two women running against each other for an open West Virginia Senate seat. Two of the most vulnerable incumbents in the same chamber, Mary Landrieu and Kay Hagan, are also women.

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The New York Times asks: "What's the Matter with Kansas' Schools?"

KANSAS, like every state, explicitly guarantees a free public education in its Constitution, affirming America’s founding belief that only an educated citizenry can preserve democracy and safeguard individual liberty and freedom.

And yet in recent years Kansas has become the epicenter of a new battle over the states’ obligation to adequately fund public education. Even though the state Constitution requires that it make “suitable provision” for financing public education, Gov. Sam Brownback and the Republican-led Legislature have made draconian cuts in school spending, leading to a lawsuit that now sits before the state Supreme Court.

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Crowder Elected Secretary of KDP

Terry Crowder, Topeka, was elected unanimously as the Kansas Democratic Party's Secretary today, December 14th. Crowder replaces former Secretary John Carmichael who resigned after being elected to serve the remaining term of State Representative Nile Dillmore.

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