2017 will go down in history as quite a year. We experienced the first year of the Trump presidency; the largest mass shooting in American history in Las Vegas; revelations of sexual assault bringing down leaders in sports, media, and politics; increasing tensions with North Korea; destructive hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria; and even a total solar eclipse. In Kansas, 2017 brought us near the end of Governor Brownback’s tenure, major shifts in the legislature leading to historic tax increases and the end of the run for the core Royals’ 2015 World Series team…the fate of the Chiefs remains to be determined.
Here are three things to look for in 2018:
- Decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop. Colorado baker Jack Phillips’ case is widely considered to be the most important decision on free speech in decades. It will have far-reaching implications for people of faith and their right to express their beliefs through their work. The decision is likely to be announced in late June.
- 2018 Elections. The 2018 election cycle was supposed to be an opportunity for Republicans to pick up seats in the U.S. Senate, but special elections in Virginia and Alabama suggest otherwise. House Republicans may be in an even tougher spot. Kansas will host several key elections, including competitive races in the 2nd and 3rd congressional districts and for Governor. No party has retained the governorship for more than 8 consecutive years in more than 50 years.
- Legislative Battles in Kansas. With elections looming, the Kansas legislature will be fighting over high-profile issues like the Kansas Supreme Court decision on abortion, demands for more money for public schools, and Medicaid expansion. Of course, Family Policy Alliance of Kansas has our own legislative agenda, highlighted by a bill to ensure protections for faith-based adoption and foster care providers.
Thank you for partnering with us in 2017. I’m excited to continue working together to advance life, family, and religious freedom in 2018!
President & Executive Director