Valdenia Winn’s “Outburst” Hearing Set for Friday
June 25, 2015

Kansas House Republicans are expected to act on a formal complaint against KCK Democratic State Representative Valdenia Winn Friday morning.

Republicans lodged the complaint against the KCK Democrat because of “offensive and reprehensible” remarks she made on the House floor during debate on bill restricting some school benefits for the children of illegal immigrants.

According to the House record Winn said, ““I have dreaded this day because this is a racist, sexist, fear-mongering bill. I would like first to apologize to the progressively minded people of Kansas who are appalled that we are turning
back the hands of to, and I’m going to use strong language, Jim Crow tactics. And, once again, making Kansas a laughing stock. I want to apologize to the students and parents whose lives are being hijacked by the racist bigots who support this bill, because this bill —” .

At that point, her microphone was cut off.

Democrats accuse the House Republicans of trying to cut off free speech.

Merrick Names Panel to Study All Day Kindergarten in Kansas
January 25, 2014

(AP) – First-term Republicans have a majority on a new Kansas House committee studying GOP Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposal for full state funding of public schools’ all-day kindergarten classes.

House Speaker Ray Merrick announced the appointments of the nine committee members Friday.

Brownback wants to phase in an $80 million increase in spending on all-day kindergarten classes over five years.

The study panel is chaired by freshman Republican Rep. Jerry Lunn of Overland Park, with fellow GOP freshman Ron Highland of Wamego as vice-chair.

Also appointed were freshman Republican Reps. Sue Boldra of Hays, Mark Kahrs of Wichita and Charles Macheers of Shawnee.

The other Republicans are Steve Huebert of Valley Center and Ron Ryckman Sr. of Meade.

The Democrats are Ed Trimmer of Arkansas City and Valdenia Winn of Kansas City