Civil Rights

University of Kansas faculty and academic staff on the Lawrence and Johnson County campuses are working to organize a union to press for better working conditions and a stronger academic environment for students. Two other universities in the Kansas Board of Regents system have faculty unions. (Lily O'Shea Becker for Kansas Reflector)

University of Kansas faculty, academic staff prepare for vote on forming collective bargaining unit

BY: - November 15, 2022

University of Kansas faculty and academic staff are engaged in organizing work to form a collective bargaining unit to seek better working conditions.

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‘Potato King’ of Kansas emerged from slavery to thrive and prosper as groundbreaking businessman

BY: - November 15, 2022

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. Jim Leiker is professor of history at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park. The success of “Tiger King” has me wondering if executives at Netflix would […]

A view of books inside the Pottawatomie Wabaunsee Regional Library in St. Marys

Future of Kansas town’s library in jeopardy over refusal to remove ‘divisive’ books

BY: - November 14, 2022

ST. MARYS — Pottawatomie Wabaunsee Regional Library is decorated for the holidays, with a snow-filled tiny Christmas village placed in the center of the book stacks. There’s a princess mural on one wall, complete with a unicorn, and a dinosaur figurine over by the children’s nook. All of it might be gone come January. The […]


No matter election results, threats to LGBTQ students in Kansas will continue in new session

BY: - November 1, 2022

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. Brenan Riffel is a graduate student studying higher education administration at the University of Kansas, where she serves as both an academic adviser and assistant complex director. […]

Demonstrators gather outside U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Supreme Court justices cast doubt on affirmative action in college admissions

BY: - October 31, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority on Monday questioned the legality of race-conscious policies in college admissions, as the justices weighed two cases that could upend the admissions process many colleges use to try to boost diversity on campus. At issue are two cases that challenge the lawfulness of affirmative action at Harvard […]

Demonstrators gather outside U.S. Supreme Court

Affirmative action supporters rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court

BY: - October 31, 2022

WASHINGTON — The onset of rain did not deter students and supporters of affirmative action from protesting Monday morning outside the U.S. Supreme Court while justices considered two cases that could reshape the college admissions process. “It’s not a secret that if you eliminated race conscious policies, it would further diminish the number of students […]

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Annual Kansas opinion survey captures robust support for gun control measures

BY: - October 31, 2022

Majority of Kansans surveyed by Docking Institute eager to broaden gun control laws by blocking sales to violent offenders and setting minimum age at 21.

Republican U.S. House candidate Amanda Adkins, who is challenging U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids on Nov. 8, said during a Tuesday debate that Davids contributed to inflation by voting for the agenda championed by President Joe Biden. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas’ Davids, Adkins stay in attack mode at final 3rd District congressional debate

BY: - October 26, 2022

TOPEKA — Kansas congressional candidates Amanda Adkins and Sharice Davids clashed in a debate pivoting from abortion to war and from the economy to climate change without straying far from smackdown commentary about two prominent politicians not on the Nov. 8 ballot. Incumbent Democrat Davids and Republican challenger Adkins tangled Tuesday night for television and […]

Demonstrators hold candles and roses outside of the White House

In Iran, women have put their lives on the line for basic rights. In Kansas, we barely notice.

BY: - October 25, 2022

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. Sam Bailey is a senior at Emporia State University, majoring in communication, and is a staffer on the student newspaper, The Bulletin. Did you hear her screams? […]

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Prolonged challenges by losing candidates could overshadow November election results

BY: - October 22, 2022

Joey Gilbert, a Reno-based attorney, lost the GOP primary for Nevada governor by roughly 26,000 votes in June, a margin of around 11 points. But he wasn’t ready to admit defeat. Empowered by former President Donald Trump’s false claims of voter fraud after the 2020 election, Gilbert refused to concede. He offered a $25,000 reward […]

A sign on July 29, 2022, directs voters to the Shawnee County Elections Office. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas voters with disabilities blocked by restrictive legislation, voting rights advocates say

BY: - October 20, 2022

TOPEKA — Kansas voting rights advocates say legislation passed over the past two years hurts disabled voters and voters of color in Kansas, diminishing their ability to cast ballots in the November election. Ami Hyten, executive director of the Topeka Independent Living Resource Center, said she was concerned about the effect of 2021 legislation on […]

Voters cast advance ballots

Federal judge rejects fact-challenged effort to save Kansas elections from Chinese communists

BY: - October 19, 2022

TOPEKA — A federal judge has refused to ban the use of drop boxes and electronic voting machines in Kansas for the Nov. 8 general election, rejecting an argument that the devices are vulnerable to Chinese communists who are plotting to weaken America. U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree denied a request by six Kansans to […]