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Hensley: Brownback administration can’t handle opposition

The following statement is attributed to Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley:

“Brownback’s welfare reform legislation is very punitive. When we debated it for several hours on the Senate floor, I had no doubt it would garner attention from media across the state and the country. This administration should expect such attention when it insists on reforms such as limiting the amount of money TANF recipients can get from an ATM to $25. 

Utilizing the Facebook page of a state agency with such a partisan and combative response only further demonstrates this administration’s resentment of opposing views.” 

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KDP Chair Larry Meeker Responds to the Legislature's Investigation of Rep. Valdenia Winn

TOPEKA - The Kansas Democratic Party Chair, Larry Meeker, issued the following statement on the proceedings against Rep. Winn:

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Hensley: Republicans block amendment addressing private email use by public officials

For Immediate Release                                                      

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KDP Elects New Leadership Team

On Saturday afternoon, the Kansas Democratic Party ushered in a new slate of leaders to guide them through the 2016 election cycle. 

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Kansas Democratic Party's Jason Perkey to Step Down as Executive Director

Perkey to Pursue New Opportunities in Democratic Politics

Kansas Democratic Party Chair Joan Wagnon announced today that Jason Perkey will be stepping down as the KDP Executive Director, a position he has held since January of 2012.

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Democrats Blast Kobach on Immigration

On February 6, 2015, at the request of Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the Senate Committee on Federal and State Affairs introduced Senate Bill 166, an act enacting the rule of law restoration act.

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Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley To Deliver Kansas Democrats Washington Days Keynote Speech

O'Malley To Deliver Washington Days Keynote

TOPEKA - The Kansas Democratic Party proudly announces that Martin O'Malley, former Governor of Maryland, will deliver the keynote speech at the KDP's Washington Days banquet on Saturday, March 7, 2015.  The banquet will be held at the Downtown Topeka Ramada Convention Center Regency Ballroom at a time to be determined.

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KDP CHAIR JOAN WAGNON RESPONDS TO BROWNBACK INAUGURAL ADDRESS

Governing, like raising a family, also takes character and courage, strength to meet obligations and accept responsibilities. Governor, we hope you find the character, courage and strength in your second term you need to meet the largest fiscal and constitutional challenge Kansas has ever faced.

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Analysis: Schools before and after the recession

Between Montoy v. Kansas, the recession and state tax cuts, school finance has been a roller coaster

In 2008, Kansas’ state aid for schools was reaching new heights.

Pushed by a court ruling a few years earlier, the Legislature had raised funding by hundreds of millions of dollars, part of a three-year phase-in.

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Online Petition Takes Aim at Speaker Merrick

Over 1,700 Kansans Sign Petition to Remove House Speaker

Kansas Democrats have launched an online petition to “Fire Ray Merrick” after the Kansas Speaker of the House was quoted recently saying, “Govern-ment employees produce nothing.”

As of Wednesday afternoon, 1,546 people had gone to changekansas.org/top_petitions and signed the petition. The goal is to reach 3,600 – or about one-tenth of the over 36,000 Kansas state employees.

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