2017 saw a good number of engaging events hosted by LWVJoCo for its members and the community!
December 2: Annual holiday social.
Our special guests were the candidates on the November ballot. We recognized their commitment to public service.
November 4, 2017
Gerrymandering: The Beast Who Ate a State
When politicians chose their voters, rather than voters choosing their representatives, does democracy work? How does redistricting happen? Why do district lines matter? Speakers: Joanna Dolan from the Kansas Legislative Research Department, former state Sen.Tim Owens, and KCKCC mathematics professor Dagney Velazquez.
- Joann Dolan on the legal process of redistricting Kansas voting boundaries. (15 minutes)
- Dagney Velazquez on gerrymandering–the math of manipulation. (17 minutes)
- Tim Owens on his experience as chair of the legislative committee on redistricting. (19 Minutes)
- Followed by audience Q and A
Slide show on redistricting from the Legislative Research Department
October 7, 2017
Media Integrity in an Age of Fake News
Speakers: Sam Zeff, KCUR radio; Derek Donovan, Kansas City Star
View program on YouTube
September 9, 2017
“After the 2017 Legislative Session”
Speakers: State Senator Pat Pettey, member of the 2017 Select Committee on Education Finance and Paul Johnson, legislative observer and author of LWVK legislative reports.
Discussion focused on state tax structure and school funding. View program on YouTube
For background on the Kansas budget, watch this video, produced by LoudLight.org:
The Kansas budget crisis explained.
Read Paul Johnson’s wish list of topics for the 2018 Kansas Legislature.
Photo: From left: State Senator Pat Pettey, LWVJoCo co-presidents Sandra Sanchez and Donna Lauffer, and Paul Johnson
May 6, 2017
Breakfast, Awards, and Annual Meeting
LWVJoCo’s 2017 Making Democracy WorK Award honored Tracy Fuller Forbush, Citizen Program Manager for refugees and migrants at Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas
April 1, 2017
Guns: Emotion, Second Amendment, Public Safety
Speakers:John Douglas (Shawnee Mission Schools Director of Security); Alisa Pacer (JCCC Emergency Preparedness Manager); and Allen Rostron, UMKC law professor Watch on YouTube
March 4, 2017
The Battle for the Ballot: Voter Suppression in Kansas
Speakers Marge Ahrens and Carol Neal (co-presidents LWVK) chronicled the successful history of the League and ACLU lawsuit against voter suppression. Join the battle to abolish the Kansas Secure and Fare Election (SAFE) Act, which established monumental barriers to voting rights.
Documentary Proof of Citizenship (DPOC) is a violation of the 14th amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Watch video
February 4, 2017
Death Penalty: An Eye for an Eye?
Our speakers were Sean O’Brien (associate professor, UMKC School of Law), and Tricia Bushnell (legal director, Midwest Innocence Project). They presented the history, the statistics, and the arguments for and against the death penalty.