Widow; mother of two: Rebecca (42), Ted (39)
Bowling Green State University
Webster Groves High School
Over the past 20+ years,I have spent much of my time volunteering for many Boards and organizations. Boy Scouts of America, Board; Troop Leader; Girls Scouts, Troop Leader; Kansas State Historical Society; Visit Topeka - Convention and Visitor's Bureau; PTA -Randolph Elementary, Robinson Middle School, Topeka High School; Various 501 school committees; Rape Counselor; Arts Council of Topeka and more.
Kansas needs to make sure that we can safely get our citizens back to work and get our economy up and running. Our small businesses have been hit hard and we need to do what we can for them. Expanding Medicaid would help over 140,000 Kansans and we also need to help our families with family leave policies. These would help boost families and help with getting to work, and child care.
This is America. Making it harder to vote is awful. I would rely on those on the Elections Committee to put forward new laws that would help ease the burdens that are now in place.
I have voted to expand Medicaid and would do so again.
Background checks and training for conceal-carry are good procedures. Owning a automatic military type gun is not necessary for hunting and or home protection. Like anything else, moderation is a good thing.
Changes can only be made if the make-up of the House is different than it is now.
Certainly! I have voted for such proposals and have signed onto bills to do just that.
NO they are not. The Dept of Labor was beginning to look at replacing the over 40-year old system that had been ignored by the previous administration. Then the Pandemic hit. Nobody was prepared for anything like that - in any state. Previous legislation was not friendly to anyone who had a need for UI.
DCF is slowly changing and getting better. A new agreement will help Kansas and sec.Howard to better help our vulnerable children.
By bringing everybody to the table. This isn't going to happen overnight. Listening and learning - how best to make changes is the first effort to make.
I have always worked 'across the aisle." This is how you get things done. It is the BIG disagreements that you read about in the news, but there are many, many things that get done by those of us who work this way.
Yes I would and I have voter for that very thing.
Wife, mother, and business owner are just a few titles that describe me. Passionate, focused and committed are powerful words that also describe who I am.
In 2004, my career brought our family to Kansas when our daughter was only 2 years old. We have been enchanted with its beauty and impressed with its people ever since. We are only the third family to live in our 100-year-old home. My family works hard to honor the traditions and values of our community and our state.
I attended Kilgore Jr. College and Stephen F Austin State University where it took several years and A LOT of hard work to earn my degree, making me the first in my family to graduate. My precious little grandmother once told me I needed not to worry so much about finishing college but to find a nice boy to take care of me. While I certainly did what she said and married the most wonderful man out there, her innocent comment was the challenge which ignited a blazing fire, deep inside my soul, and burns to this very day.
For years and years I have served Topeka with my volunteer service, gifts and donations. From various service on boards and committees, to donations of time to various worthy causes, I have been involved in and supported countless community services and activities.
Having been a transportation advocate in key leadership roles for more than 20+ years, I recognize the need for good policy that benefits everyone – especially those most vulnerable. As CEO at Metro, I lead the charge to offer reduced and free fares for students, qualifying low income and disabled customers as well as on designated/specific days. Acknowledging the need for Topeka residents to experience the freedom and benefits of public transportation, I introduced Senate Bill 544 which increased the operation radius outside the city. There was no cost associated with this bill's passage and legislation passed on the first introduction - making service expansion available when future need is required.
Likewise, I worked closely with the Lets Help CEO to host Topeka’s first Adventure Race. What a success!
It is rewarding to see the immediate impact that an organization like Let's Help or the Rescue Mission makes. I opened the Let's Help Career Closet. And, out of all my volunteer experiences not many are as fulfilling as knowing that a previously troubled person came to you for help - listened to your communicating tips while you spent hours dressing them in a suit - only to return with major tears of joy because the judge waved a fine, awarded them visitation, or they were finally hired. People need to see they are cared for. Regardless of whether it is community service or public service, we all need one another, up close and personal.
Same as above
Small Business is CRUCIAL to the survival of a thriving Kansas. It is the SMALL BUSINESS OWNER and NOT GOVERNMENT who will pull us out of the economic crisis in which we currently find ourselves. We can't turn our backs and pretend all is going to be ok. Small business ownership can be hard and can be devastating if there are ongoing shutdowns. Mandates and ever changing rules that continue to interfere with business recovery. I am determined to do whatever I can on behalf of Kansans who’ve found themselves unable to speak up. We MUST get all businesses back up and running or we are soon going to reach a point of no return. We must place TRUST in our business community to do what is right and safe and let them get to work instead of having them following orders put in place by political advisors using a one size fits all mentality. The negative ripple effect caused has begun to be devastating.
I would agree that stricter voting requirements result in lower voting participation in some cases. However, it is a privilege to live in America and in the great state of Kansas. We have a right to vote in this country, but I do agree there needs to be some sort of system in place that prohibits voter fraud. Just because no fraud has been identified, does not mean that none exists.
I would recommend modifications that would not disenfranchise voter participation such as: outreach - or getting the word out to voters everywhere, which seems to have been problematic; thorough training for election officials, individuals and community groups; addressing measures that seem to make it difficult to register; and better communication between states.
Now, with the national standardization of drivers licenses, using that proof as citizenship might be one consideration to overcoming the barrier of voter identification.
There is no easy answer to the question. If you are above the federal poverty level, you can get coverage through the ACA with subsidies. If you are less than 40% of the poverty line and have a child, you can get coverage under Medicaid. But if you are a single adult or have kids and you are over 40% of the poverty line or less than100% of the federal poverty level, there is no affordable option. None. This is troubling. Certainly, I would want to study the facts and would listen and consider ideas and out of the box thinking. We have to be able to work together.
The only exception is that Kansas families should never ever be forced to fund abortions through Medicaid.
It seems as if we are seeing a significant decline of the Republic. Our world has definitely changed for the worse and every day we hear about some egregious act of violence. That said, crime and violence everywhere is mounting. Stricter laws do not prevent shootings or violence. Instead, i believe they impair/prevent law abiding citizens from owning guns. These days when riots, burglaries and extreme violence are becoming the norm, people are so overcome with emotion over this issue that they find it difficult to communicate about this most important right. For my family as well as families across Kansas, we don’t want to live in a state where we are denied our rights based on the opinions of a few. I firmly believe that if we do deny or even limit these, then we are no better than the criminals from whom we need protection.
I need more in-depth information to adequately address this issue.
All government should ALWAYS be transparent.
The issue Foster Care in our family has been ongoing since we moved to Kansas. That's when we tried to adopt a sibling group through the Foster to Adopt program. Our home was not approved without significant updates required to replace the antique Jalousie Windows in one room. Why? Because it posed a danger to a child who might be trying to get out or escape. Fully open was 2.5 inches. Likewise, as a business owner, I've sat on hold waiting for a live person from the KDOL for hours to be disconnected, and then have leadership deny any such issue. Finally, with the ongoing threat of school delays and possible closures when facts clearly say something completely different, we are all more than bewildered with all involved. We should ALWAYS make decisions based on facts, as simple as they may be. NOT on emotion or fear. Although all these programs are most important, until there is an opportunity to study ongoing issues I'm not sure that throwing money at a problem is truly a fix.
THE TONE IS ALWAYS SET AT THE TOP.
Unfortunately, many at the top are simply tone deaf. As caucasians- most of which are in state leadership positions, we must listen. So many of our leaders say "I am listening", but they are not HEARING. That is really the key. When as few as one constituent approaches us we need to listen. We aren't hearing the problems. We all need to spend some time learning and educating ourselves. Listen to people who have lived in this skin every day - and face challenges associated. Be open and willing to stand up for the people who have suffered discrimination. Until we truly hear the problems and pain, there is nothing we can do.
We have never been so divided and blind to the true issues that our world, country and state faces. Unfortunately this is not much more than a huge sign of immaturity. So many of our past leaders faced much much worse problems and times, yet we refuse to do much more than focus on our own selfish interests instead on those of the people.
As a leader in the Kansas House, I believe the key is for both sides to work on understanding the CORE VALUE structure the other side holds dear. To come up with a new commitment to work together, productively, both parties must take the time to really listen to one another, to understand one another’s positions, and to think creatively about why someone with very different political and moral commitments from their own should nonetheless come to agree with them.
Empathy and respect will be critical if we are going to sew our state back together.
As long as we can ensure a committee who is fair and willing to forego politics, then, yes. With further investigation and information on this topic, I could likely support this.