Civil Rights

Democrats on the Subcommittee on Elections expressed their concern about how communities of color are the subject of election and COVID-19 misinformation through various social media platforms, such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Discord, among others. (Russ Rohde/Getty Images)

U.S. House panel looks into disinformation targeted at communities of color

BY: - April 30, 2022

WASHINGTON — Experts tracking disinformation efforts online detailed to lawmakers on a U.S. House Administration panel Thursday how communities of color are targets for those disinformation campaigns. Democrats on the Subcommittee on Elections expressed their concern about how communities of color are the subject of election and COVID-19 misinformation through various social media platforms such […]

Kansas Democrat threatens to recruit parents to sue schools for lack of honest history lessons

BY: - April 29, 2022

TOPEKA — Rep. Valdenia Winn offered a proposal to House Republicans: If they were to override the governor’s veto of legislation installing a parental bill of rights, she would recruit parents to file lawsuits over the lack of honest history lessons in public schools. After all, Winn said, the parental bill of rights “essentially” gives […]

Kansas bill banning transgender athletes in school sports falls short of veto override in House

BY: - April 28, 2022

TOPEKA — An effort to ban transgender athletes from school sports failed Thursday after the House fell short on an attempt to override Gov. Laura Kelly’s veto of the bill. The bill, a subject of significant debate the past two sessions, garnered 81 votes in favor, falling short of the 84 required a two-thirds majority […]

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Kansas representative’s hateful email unmasks the anti-trans bias poisoning legislation

BY: - April 28, 2022

Rep. Cheryl Helmer gave the game away Monday. As the Kansas Legislature wrangled over Gov. Laura Kelly’s veto of an anti-trans sports bill, the Reflector revealed Helmer’s hateful email to a University of Kansas graduate student. All at once, any pretensions that supporters had about the legislation “protecting girls” were thrown out the window. The […]

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Members of BE SEEN and the National Association of Asian American Professionals - Wichita take a selfie with Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple during a networking event. (BE SEEN Facebook)

Taking representation into our own hands: Asian American group begins community engagement effort

BY: - April 27, 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. Anthony Mai is a local advocate raised in Wichita with a strong background in mental health and social work. The Asian and Asian American population in Wichita […]

A tour group observes the Brown v. Board mural on the third floor of the Kansas Statehouse, April 26, 2022 (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Congress expands Brown v. Board of Education historic site beyond Kansas

BY: - April 26, 2022

The U.S. House cleared a bill Tuesday that would expand the Kansas site honoring the U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning school segregation, adding National Park Service sites in other states to commemorate their roles in the decision as well. The bill would designate sites related to school desegregation cases in Virginia, Delaware, South Carolina and […]

Legislature delays negotiations of $4 billion Kansas Medicaid contracts until 2023

BY: - April 26, 2022

TOPEKA — Kansas Republican legislators moved Tuesday to delay negotiations of the nearly $4 billion contracts for insurance companies managing the state’s Medicaid system until 2023. The bill blocks all requests for proposals for managed care organizations administering KanCare until at least Jan. 1, 2023. The GOP-controlled Legislature was eager to push the process of […]

Tom Witt, executive director of Equality Kansas, urged House leadership to take disciplinary action against Rep. Cheryl Helmer, a Republican from Mulvane, over comments she made in an email about a transgender House member. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Equality Kansas asks House leadership to discipline representative over hateful email

BY: - April 26, 2022

TOPEKA — Equality Kansas on Tuesday asked House leadership to take disciplinary action against Rep. Cheryl Helmer for “incendiary” comments about a transgender House member. Helmer, a Republican from Mulvane, said in an April 23 email from her legislator account to a transgender college graduate student that she didn’t appreciate sharing a restroom at the […]

Kansas Republican complains about sharing Statehouse restroom with ‘transgender female’

BY: - April 25, 2022

TOPEKA — Rep. Cheryl Helmer told a transgender college student she doesn’t appreciate sharing a restroom at the Statehouse with a “huge transgender female” and falsely claims transgender people are assaulting “wee little girls” in school restrooms. Helmer’s hate-filled remarks were made in an April 23 email from her legislator address to Brenan Riffel, a […]

Wyandotte County District Judge Bill Klapper rules a new congressional map drawn by Kansas Republicans violates the Kansas Constitution. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Congressional map drawn by Kansas Republicans is unconstitutional, Wyandotte County judge rules

BY: - April 25, 2022

TOPEKA — Wyandotte County District Judge Bill Klapper ruled Monday that Kansas Republicans violated the state constitution by targeting residents on the basis of politics and race when drawing new congressional districts. Klapper’s order, which Attorney General Derek Schmidt immediately appealed to the Kansas Supreme Court, blocks the state from preparing for the congressional election […]

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Legislators have shown themselves all too willing to pass legislation targeting transgender Kansans, writes Erica Treto. With elections coming up, we can all make our voices heard on this important issue.

Anti-trans legislation in Kansas hurts LGBTQ+ youths. But we can all do something about it.

BY: - April 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. Erica Treto is a student at Wichita State University, where she is majoring in psychology with minors in political science and sociology. Kansas is one of a […]

Members of the Association of Lincoln Presenters visit the Lecompton Historical Society on Saturday as part of the organization's annual conference. (Lucie Krisman for Kansas Reflector)

Horde of Lincolns celebrate Kansas’ anti-slavery roots in trip to Lecompton

BY: - April 23, 2022

LECOMPTON — Abraham Lincoln(s) paid a visit to Lecompton’s Historical Society on Saturday — roughly 30 of them. The visitors were members of the Association of Lincoln Presenters, a group of men and women across the United States who enjoy portraying Abraham or Mary Todd Lincoln. “We are living historians, you might call us, or […]