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American Public Square

American Public Square brings together non-like-minded people for fact-based, civil conversations about national, regional, and local issues. It is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that seeks to change the tone and quality of public discourse. It organizes programs about community, health, education, civics, and faith. At its dinners and meetings, panelists with opposing views engage with each other and the audience in civil discussion. If the tone of the conversation veers from civility, audience members ring the “civility bell,” which reminds everyone to take a deep breath and work together toward real, effective solutions to the issues at hand.


LWV Statement on President’s discriminatory comment  01/12/2018

We are appalled and disgusted by President Trump’s racist statement made during a bipartisan meeting about immigration yesterday. Language and ideals like this have no place in our society, and certainly not in our White House.

This administration has done little but implement policies that endorse discrimination against immigrants and communities of color. As a country of immigrants, we are made stronger by our diversity, and that we have crude and bigoted slurs emerging from the Oval Office is shameful.

This, now denied, comment from President Trump occurred during a meeting around a bipartisan compromise to extend protections on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA); a policy the administration called an end for last year. The League of Women Voters urges our leaders to pass a clean DREAM Act to protect, not turn away, the 800,000 young people who were brought to the United States as children. We support the Dreamers, who are Americans in everything but the name.

We can and we must do better to be vigilant about speaking out against racism. We must stand up as a nation and say this is unacceptable.

Stand with the League of Women Voters and contact your Senators and Representatives.



LWV Statement: Trump disbands Kobach-led voter fraud commission after resistance from states.


“Today voters win…It is now time for our leaders to focus on the very real work of securing our elections against foreign interference, while making sure all eligible voters are free to exercise their right to vote.”   League of Women Voters president, Chris Carson


LWV Statement: Shameful Effort by Congress to Sneak Health Care Repeal in Tax Bill
11/15/2017 | by Sarah Courtney

Washington, D.C. – League of Women Voters president Chris Carson issued the following statement in response to the Senate’s plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act as part of a tax overhaul bill:

“After repeatedly failing to move forward with a misguided attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Congress is once again attempting to undermine a law that provides quality, affordable health care to millions of Americans.

“Under the guise of cutting taxes for everyday Americans, this newest attack on the ACA would cut health care coverage for 13 million people and increase premiums by double digits. It would also trigger $25 billion in cuts to Medicare and raise costs for middle class families and seniors with high medical expenses.

“It’s time for Congress to start listening to the American people, who have rejected attempts to roll back provisions of the ACA multiple times this year. We need to fix the Affordable Care Act so that it works for the millions of Americans who need quality affordable care, not cut coverage and raise costs for those that really need it.

“It’s time to stop playing political games with people’s lives.”


Local news:

KCUR (89.3 FM) Statehouse Blend  is one-part profile and one-part insider look at the Kansas Legislature. Each week, host Sam Zeff welcomes a state representative or senator to the podcast to talk policy and politics, as well as their personal life. We also invite a citizen voice and journalist to round out the conversation over good coffee and donuts. You can hear part of the conversation every Tuesday on Up To Date at 11 a.m.

Kansas news:
Civil rights: Kansas Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights issues report about voting rights and the SAFE Act. The report urges the Kansas legislature to reconsider voting requirements in the context of these findings.
LWVK State Council included a presentation, “Effect on Schools by State Education Funding” by Saline School Superintendent William Hall.

National news:
LWVUS suggests Ten Ways You Can Help Defend Our Democracy