Category Archives: Senator Donald Betts

State senator parties, politics

Club Patrone, near 21st and Woodlawn, got true VIP treatment when state Sen. Donald Betts, Jr. showed up on Friday to celebrate his 29th birthday.

Betts, in his suit and tie, was unafraid to hit the dance floor and remind people that he can still “party walk” with his Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity brothers by his side.

Then, on Saturday, Betts was back to business as the host of his second annual town hall meeting, which drew more than 150 people at WSU’s Hughes Metropolitan Complex. The meeting lasted more than three hours and gave community members a chance to meet with other black lawmakers such as Melody McCray-Miller, Oletha Faust-Goudeau, Kansas African American Affairs Commission director, Danielle Dempsey-Swopes and Roderick Bremby, with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, among others.

Kansas lawmaker focuses on world conflicts

State Senator Donald Betts, Jr. – D, Wichita – has quite the world view.

He’s making headlines by addressing Iraq. He wants lawmakers to pass a resolution that would put the state Legislature on record as opposing the Bush administration’s plan to commit 21,500 additional troops to the Iraq war.

Betts said on Thursday that, his attention – and his plans – will turn to Sudan. He mentioned an announcement, the Kansas retirement system for state employees and the conflict that has garnered worldwide attention, driven mostly by MTV and BET campaigns.

Confused? Betts said he plans to clear things up as soon as Friday.