Thompson praises Mayflower Clinic, pans Brownback Medicaid veto vote
BY DION LEFLER
James Thompson, the Fourth District Democratic congressional candidate, visited a charity clinic run by volunteer physicians and nurses on Monday and criticized the state Legislature for upholding Gov. Sam Brownback’s veto of a bill to expand Medicaid.
“This clinic serves about 1,000 people a year, all pro bono,” Thompson said after touring the Mayflower Clinic in downtown Wichita. “If we had 150 of these around here, we maybe could make up for the health care we just lost by not expanding Medicaid.”
The state Legislature voted last month to expand Medicaid for potentially tens of thousands of uninsured Kansans but fell short Monday of the two-thirds majority needed to override Brownback’s veto of the bill.
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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.
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.
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.
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March 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:
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.
Democrat candidate holds first press conference
James Thompson is running for 4th district seat
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.