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It's time to reform our marijuana laws

Today, former US Attorney Barry Grissom added his voice to the growing chorus of Kansans calling out for reform of our broken marijuana laws.

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Kansas has had a tough battle in recent years. Gov. Brownback’s “tax experiment” has ravaged the state’s budget. We were promised 100,000 new jobs which would then add funding for our schools and balance our budget. The jobs never materialized and by 2014, our state’s tax revenue fell behind even the most modest of projections. Unemployment rates and budget deficits ballooned -- all while school funding, support for social safety nets and the state’s bond rating was cut.

Two years into the Brownback fiasco, Kansas dropped to 41st in the nation in personal income growth (down from 12th a few years prior). The state’s lack of operating revenue was forcing public schools to shut their doors early while infrastructure improvement projects, Medicaid and state university funding was being scaled back. It will take decades for us to recover.

But as former US Attorney Barry Grissom points out in his Wichita Eagle editorial today, there is a way out of this mess -- marijuana law reform.

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Happy Blue Year!

As we move past 2017, it would be easy to dwell on the negativity that dominated the headlines. But 2017 had bright spots.

Here in Kansas, we managed to end Gov. Brownback’s terrible tax experiment, our Women’s March gained national attention and multitudes of new grassroots organizations sprung up mobilizing and empowering masses of new activists and volunteers.

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They Passed the GOP Tax Scam

Today our elected officials in Washington did what we Kansans knew they should not do: they passed reconciled tax reform bills that primarily benefit the wealthiest and most connected -- the donors that bankroll right-wing campaigns. Worse? The bill will end up raising taxes on the working and middle class.

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Trump's FCC Ends Net Neutrality

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Today, on a party-line vote, the Federal Communications Commision voted to end Net Neutrality. As it stood, internet service providers were forced to allow equal access to sites and content. Now the internet will be governed by the whims of monopolistic corporations and their shareholders, affecting everything from speed to content.

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We Must Demand Fair Tax Reform

Last week, our senators, including Sen. Jerry Moran and Sen. Pat Roberts, followed the destructive path laid before them by Congress and passed their tax reform bill in a totally partisan manner... But what does that mean for you?

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Why Title VII and the 14th Amendment Aren't Enough.

As a civil rights attorney, I am very familiar with the Constitution. I examine and work within its parameters every day. However, I find the silence in our Constitution regarding the topic of women’s equality baffling at best. Many people throughout the history of our nation have tried to rectify this situation. While they’ve ignited a firestorm of debate centered around the Equal Rights Amendment -- or lack thereof -- the status of women in regard to our Constitution remains murky.

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Reflections on the Women of KS-04 Town Hall

After co-hosting the Women of KS-04 Town Hall and Panel Discussion with the amazing Representative Gail Finney, I thought I would take a moment of quiet reflection to hash through what I heard from Gail and the panelists.

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Wage Discrimination Hurts Everyone

Wage and economic discrimination against women costs our economy billions of dollars each year. The Wichita economy alone loses $176 million a year. The wage gap is hurts the nation as a whole, but it is absolutely stifling the Wichita and Kansas economies.

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The Case for KS-04: An analysis of 2017 Federal Special Elections

DISCLOSURE: I am a full-time employee of the James Thompson for Kansas campaign; where possible I have provided links to neutral websites for the numbers used in this analysis.

Since the inauguration of Donald Trump, there have been five special elections at the federal level. Of those, four involved Democrats facing off against Republicans; Kansas’ 4th, South Carolina’s 5th, Montana At-Large and Georgia’s 6th (California’s 34th is not included in this analysis since it was a Democrat vs Democrat race in a runoff election).

Surprisingly, despite their shortened race lengths, these special elections produced the most expensive campaigns to date. In addition, Democratic campaign contribution clearinghouse ActBlue is experiencing a huge boost in donations post-Trump. Since prospective voters are, more than ever before, putting their money where their mouths are, it is important they have as much relevant information as possible before deciding which candidates to support. Information such as biggest gains, cost per vote and political climate are especially important as those indicate which districts are primed for wins.  As such, James Thompson had the best performance of any federal special election Democrat.

James Thompson had the LARGEST IMPROVEMENT over November 2016 Presidential Results...

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BREAKING: Sam Brownback endorses Ron Estes

I got some news today that shouldn't surprise anyone. Governor Sam Brownback has endorsed Ron Estes for Congress.

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