Civil Rights

Republican Sen. Mark Steffen, a Hutchinson area physician, introduced a nonbinding resolution arguing against COVID-19 vaccination of children, in support of natural immunity to the virus and an end to "interference" by government public health officials. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

GOP senator’s resolution argues for derailment of COVID-19 child vaccination campaign

BY: - January 14, 2022

Sen. Mark Steffen offers nonbinding resolution objecting to vaccination of children for COVID-19 and arguing for greater appreciation of natural immunity.

Kansas lawmakers, officials march in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., call for unity

BY: - January 13, 2022

TOPEKA — In anticipation of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, Kansas lawmakers, civil rights advocates and other government officials spoke Thursday of unity among Kansans as a key to weathering challenging times and making positive progress as a state. Gov. Laura Kelly pointed to the acts of selflessness and teamwork displayed over the COVID-19 […]

Congressional Black Caucus calls for Senate action on voting rights

BY: - January 12, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is expected to meet with Senate Democrats on Thursday to push for the swift passage of two voting rights bills, and members of the Congressional Black Caucus are applying pressure for action as well.  During a press conference at the Capitol on Wednesday, caucus Chair Joyce Beatty said that members […]

At MLK alma mater, Biden pitches Senate rule change to safeguard voting rights

BY: - January 11, 2022

ATLANTA — President Joe Biden called for an end to the Senate filibuster during a visit to Atlanta’s Morehouse College campus, arguing Senate Democrats can push past GOP opposition now blocking major voting rights legislation. The visit by Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to Atlanta was the latest sign of Georgia’ central role as […]

Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Marla Luckert urged a joint session of the Kansas Legislature to consider a way of stabilizing the judicial branch's funding stream and to add nearly two dozen judges statewide. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Supreme Court’s chief appeals for more reliable judiciary funding model, 23 new judges in Kansas

BY: - January 11, 2022

Kansas Supreme Court's chief justice requests budget reform, additional judges and lauds Legislature for upgrading salaries of judicial branch employees.

Conservative groups target state, local voter registration rolls with multiple lawsuits

BY: - January 10, 2022

North Carolina’s voter rolls are like a refrigerator that needs to be cleared periodically of rotting milk and other items past their expiration date, according to Jason Snead, director of the pro-Trump Honest Elections Project. Snead is an elections advocate supporting Republican plaintiffs in a lawsuit seeking to force the state to more regularly maintain […]

Kansas legislative session promises more debate on COVID-19, critical race theory

BY: - January 10, 2022

TOPEKA — As Kansas lawmakers converge Monday in Topeka to work out issues with the ever-present COVID-19 illness, election law and the state’s economic wellbeing, some advocates are hopeful humanity, not political gamesmanship, can shine through in 2022. An election year, mixed with public outcry over the handling of the pandemic, sets up a noteworthy […]

The Kansas Supreme Court affirmed Friday death sentences of Jonathan and Reginald Carr in the savage murder of five people in Wichita, declaring constitutional framers didn't mean the "inalienable" right to life couldn't be forfeited. (Screen capture/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas Supreme Court reverses judge’s decision throwing out COVID-19 statute

BY: - January 7, 2022

Kansas Supreme Court lets stand law allowing challenges of COVID-19 policy, arguing a district court shouldn't have ruled on constitutionality issues.

Kansas officials, advocates grapple over election integrity and voting access

BY: - January 7, 2022

TOPEKA — After a 2021 legislative session packed with election proposals, Kansas officials and advocacy groups again are looking at both election integrity and accessibility issues. Election laws passed last year by the Republican-led Legislature, including one that threatens felony prosecution for any activities that could be mistaken as the work of an election official, […]

Biden in Jan. 6 speech decries ‘web of lies’ created by Trump about 2020 election

BY: - January 6, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday warned of the dangers of a collapse of American democracy, standing in a historic chamber in the U.S. Capitol that was besieged by an angry mob of pro-Trump supporters who attempted to halt the certification of the 2020 presidential election.  “We are in the battle for the soul […]

Voting rights tops U.S. Senate agenda as Jan. 6 anniversary nears

BY: - January 4, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday stressed that Democrats are prepared to change Senate rules to pass voting rights legislation — and linked the move to the attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump. “The election subversion efforts we’re seeing all across the country today are […]

Schumer says U.S. Senate to consider changing the filibuster if voting rights stalls

BY: - January 3, 2022

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer warned on Monday that the Senate is prepared to debate changes in the filibuster if Republicans continue to block the advancement of voting rights legislation. In a sternly worded letter to other senators, the New York Democrat set a deadline of Jan. 17 for the chamber to consider […]