“It is an honor to receive the endorsement of the FOP Lodge 3,” said Senator Anthony Hensley. “I am truly grateful for these men and women who devote their lives to protecting and serving our community.”
The following is the e-mail from Kansas Families for Education PAC:
Thank you for completing your questionnaire. We are pleased to offer you our endorsement in your upcoming election on August 2nd.
You are free to use our endorsement in your campaign materials and ads. The endorsement is good through the primary election. Candidates receiving a general election endorsement will be notified in late August.
We will be directing our members to volunteer for campaigns of our endorsed candidates. As endorsement is not necessarily a commitment for a campaign contribution.
We thank you for your willingness to seek office and stand up for public education in Kansas.
The following is from the press release from Kansas Farm Bureau, originally published here:
Manhattan – Kansas Farm Bureau’s Voters Organized To Elect Farm Bureau Friends (VOTE FBF) has released its candidate endorsements for state races in Kansas. In certain races, following the completion of the primary election, vote FBF may make additional endorsements.
Kansas Farm Bureau President Rich Felts reiterated the grass roots process involved in making decisions.
“Each of these endorsements were based on county recommendations in the legislative district. The VOTE FBF board takes that grassroots input seriously. We encourage these candidates to work with their county Farm Bureaus as we look forward to helping elect these friends of Farm Bureau in the upcoming elections.”
VOTE FBF was established in 1993 to help elect friends of agriculture and rural Kansas. It has had a more than 90 percent success rate for helping endorsed candidates be elected to office.
Kansas Farm Bureau VOTE FBF state Senate and House endorsement list
Full endorsement list and press release is published on Kansas Farm Bureau’s website here.
The following is an excerpt from the endorsement letter from the Kansas National Education Association:
We are delighted to see that you are running for re-election to the Kansas Senate. Your support for Kansas public schools and teachers is well documented in the actions you have already taken as an incumbent legislator.
We recognize the challenges that you have faced over the last two legislative sessions in particular and thank you for your strong support of Kansas public schools, students, and teachers.
In recognition of your support for quality communities all across Kansas, we are pleased to recommend your re-election to the Kansas Senate as a friendly incumbent legislator.
Again, thank you for your service to Kansas and best wishes for a successful campaign.
The following statement is attributed to Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley regarding the Kansas Supreme Court’s ruling on House Bill No. 2655:
“Republican legislators have once again failed to comply with their constitutional duty to fairly fund our schools. If they truly concerned about keeping schools open in August, they should use the Sine Die session to appropriate $38 million* for school funding equity rather than waste taxpayers’ dollars on an election year charade over which bathroom students can use.”
*Excerpt from the Constitutional Protest, published on page 2199 in the Senate Journal: In addition, if this bill is subsequently found to be unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, the majority party of this Legislature will have brought us dangerously closer to the Court’s June 30 deadline to comply with the Gannondecision. If the majority party is truly concerned about keeping schools open next fall, they should have appropriated $38 million in the fiscal year 2017 budget bill which passed the Legislature over a month ago. Appropriating $38 million would have been and remains a far more certain solution in meeting the equity test in Gannon than the uncertainty resulting from the passage of this bill.
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