From KAKE: KS Lawmakers React To Health Care Pull

The Republicans' partisan repeal plan would have thrown 41,000 Fourth District Kansans off of their health care. That is unacceptable. These political games need to end. The ACA is not perfect, but we shouldn't throw the baby out with the bathwater. We need to sit down and find a plan that expands coverage, lowers costs, and brings us together around a plan that works.

Brownbacker Ron Estes dodging two more debates

Ron Estes skipping two more debates WICHITA, Kan. – This makes five. We've now received word Sam Brownback's handpicked choice for Congress, Ron Estes, will be skipping two more public debates. The first is a community-based event at Saint Mark Voter Empowerment Forum on Sunday. The second, hosted by the Wichita Chamber-backed Young Professionals of Wichita, is a “meet the candidates” mingle on Tuesday at Central Standard Brewing.  Continue reading

From the Wichita Eagle: Ron Estes Skipping Another Debate

Candidates debate to go on sans GOP’s Ron Estes BY DION A debate for congressional candidates will go on Thursday evening at Friends University without Republican candidate Ron Estes. The debate will feature the other two candidates, Democrat James Thompson and Libertarian Chris Rockhold. The three candidates are vying for the 4th District congressional seat vacated by former Rep. Mike Pompeo, who resigned to become director of the Central Intelligence Agency in the Trump administration. The special election to fill the seat will be April 11. Campaign spokesman Rodger Woods said Estes, the state treasurer, will have to be in Topeka on Thursday and Friday for meetings of the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System board and won’t be at the debate. Thompson, a civil rights attorney, confirmed last week he’ll be attending the event. “I don’t duck debates,” he said.   Continue reading

Honoring the Women in my Life

March is Women's History Month and this week The Wichita Eagle reported that the lack of good jobs for professional women is crippling the Wichita economy. Women with the same job, same education and same work experience are being paid less than their male counterparts. I've included the whole story here, and I'd encourage you to read it. Continue reading

From the Wichita Eagle: Kansas Supreme Court rules school funding inadequate

BY SUZANNE PEREZ TOBIAS AND DION LEFLER The Kansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday that school funding is inadequate and unconstitutional, shortchanging at least a fourth of the state’s public school students. It gave lawmakers until June 30 to craft a new school finance formula that meets constitutional funding requirements. Continue reading

Thompson statement on Kansas Supreme Court's Gannon decision

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 2, 2017 James Thompson statement on Gannon public schools decision WICHITA, Kan. – James Thompson, U.S. Army veteran, civil rights attorney and Democratic nominee for the April 11 Congressional Special Election, released the following statement regarding today’s Kansas Supreme Court’s ruling on Kansas public education funding: Continue reading

From AP: Thompson says special election is a referendum on policies

Thompson says special election is a referendum on policies By ROXANA HEGEMAN Associated Press WICHITA - The nation's first congressional election to fill the seat left vacant by CIA Director Mike Pompeo in Kansas will be both a referendum on the policies of the state's Republican governor and those of President Donald Trump, Democratic candidate James Thompson said Monday. His comments came during his first news conference of a congressional race that is playing out amid a backlash against the ultra-conservative agenda championed by Gov. Sam Brownback.   Continue reading

From KFDI-FM: Democrat candidate holds first press conference

Democrat candidate holds first press conference James Thompson is running for 4th district seat Wil Day, KFDI-FM WICHITA, Kan. - The Democrat running to fill the 4th Congressional District seat vacated by Mike Pompeo has held his first press conference today. Civil rights attorney James Thompson spoke to reporters Monday morning at his campaign office in east Wichita.  Thompson began by thanking the reporters and saying they are an important part of democracy.  The statement was in reference to White House spokesman Sean Spicer's recent barring of several news outlets from a White House briefing.     Continue reading

From KWCH: Kansas loses 800 small farms, bigger operations unchanged

Kansas loses 800 small farms, bigger operations unchanged WICHITA, Kan. (AP) A government report shows Kansas had fewer farms and ranches last year and fewer acres used for agriculture. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Friday that the 59,600 farms counted in the state in 2016 was down 800 farms from the previous year. All of those losses came in operations that had less than $100,000 in agricultural sales. Continue reading

From KAKE: Town hall frustrated Senators did not show

Town hall frustrated Senators did not show written by Gloria Van Rees WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - The Alford Branch Library in south Wichita was the backdrop for the Women's March town hall meeting Tuesday night. A standing-room only crowd filled the conference room to voice their concerns to Kansas Senators Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts. Except they did not show up. That fact did not go unnoticed. One woman, who did not give her name, read an email she sent to the Senators during the town hall. "I'm standing in a town hall you couldn't bother to show up to," she read.   Continue reading