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Secretary of State Scott Schwab, a Republican seeking reelection, said Kansans should be confident in election security, resolution of redistricting was a relief and voters can look forward to deciding constitutional amendments in August and November. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Secretary of state weary of fact-averse out-of-staters who insult Kansas election system

BY: - May 23, 2022

Secretary of State Scott Schwab, who is seeking reelection, says voting is secure in Kansas and confirmation of redistricting maps is welcomed.

OPINION

Anti-immigrant law motivated by xenophobia and racism makes Kansas less welcoming

BY: - May 22, 2022

The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Huascar Medina is the poet laureate of Kansas. On Feb. 22, HB 2717 was introduced in the Kansas House of Representatives. By April 11, the bill became law. […]

Kansas Supreme Court disbars former Shawnee County prosecutor for unethical conduct

BY: - May 20, 2022

Kansas Supreme Court disbars former Shawnee County prosecutor who engaged in misconduct to win a double-murder trial later reversed on appeal.

Members of the State Finance Council, including Gov. Laura Kelly, Senate President Ty Masterson and House Speaker Ron Ryckman, voted to obligate state taxpayers to financial settlement of two lawsuits. One case involving the Kansas Department for Children and Families required payment of $250,000 to settle. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

State Finance Council approves payment of $255,000 to settle lawsuits against Kansas

BY: and - May 18, 2022

Kansas political leaders endorse $250,000 settlement in lawsuit against state agency and foster care provider and award $5,000 to injured prison inmate.

Kansas Supreme Court affirms constitutionality of congressional redistricting map

BY: - May 18, 2022

The Kansas Supreme Court issued an opinion in the legal feud over a new congressional redistricting map drawn to benefit the Republican Party.

The Shawnee Heights school board voted against requests to block student access to "The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas, "Gender Queer" by Maia Kobabe and three other books subject to formal challenges on Tuesday. (Clay Wirestone/Kansas Reflector)

Shawnee Heights school board votes against banning five challenged books

BY: - May 17, 2022

The Shawnee Heights school board serving a district near Topeka rejects complaints about five books challenged for racial or sexual content.

Supreme Court of Kansas explores constitutionality of revised congressional redistricting map

BY: - May 16, 2022

Kansas Supreme Court conducts oral argument in the challenge of district court ruling a new congressional redistricting map was unconstitutional.

Arguments pit process vs result in Kansas Supreme Court debate over legislative maps

BY: - May 16, 2022

TOPEKA — Attorney General Derek Schmidt began proceedings Monday asserting to the Kansas Supreme Court that new boundaries for Kansas House and Senate districts violated no law. He urged them to look at the product, not the process, when determining the validity of the map. On the other side, opposition to the map focuses on […]

Congress explores creation of truth commission for U.S. Indian Boarding Schools

BY: - May 15, 2022

WASHINGTON — Survivors of a U.S. policy that forced Indigenous children to attend boarding schools where they were abused, or went missing, detailed to members of a U.S. House Natural Resources panel during a Thursday hearing the need for Congress to establish a truth commission dedicated to unveiling the traumas Indigenous children experienced at the […]

The Kansas Supreme Court issued a ruling Wednesday in the appeal of district court ruling that a new U.S. House redistricting map was unconstitutional. (Kansas Reflector screen capture from Kansas Supreme Court website)

Kansas Supreme Court set for high-stakes oral argument on legislative, congressional maps

BY: - May 15, 2022

Kansas Supreme Court conducts oral arguments on lower court finding congressional map is unconstitutional and to review new legislative district maps.

OPINION

Some 68 years after Brown v. Board, similar foes continue stubbornly fighting progress

BY: - May 15, 2022

The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Mark McCormick is the former executive director of The Kansas African American Museum and a member of the Kansas African American Affairs Commission. During a 2014 symposium […]

Election officials make their voices heard as battleground states debate voting laws

BY: - May 14, 2022

When Georgia legislators pushed through a restrictive voting bill during the 2021 session, Bartow County election supervisor Joseph Kirk said he felt frustrated and sidelined. Lawmakers largely didn’t take election officials’ views into account, he said, and what resulted was a law that included a number of provisions that he said election officials believe are “to the […]