Civil Rights

Kansas lawmakers don’t appreciate $1.9M bill for unconstitutional voter restriction

BY: - December 16, 2021

TOPEKA — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt told a panel of lawmakers Thursday that he and Secretary of State Scott Schwab mutually agreed to extend a costly, futile legal battle over the state’s unconstitutional restriction on voter registrations all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The state is now on the hook for $1.9 […]

U.S. House Dems pass anti-Islamophobia bill, condemn Boebert remarks

BY: - December 15, 2021

The U.S. House following a vitriolic debate passed a bill along party lines Tuesday night to create a State Department office that would counter Islamophobia worldwide. Democrats said a conflict much closer to home showed the need to confront anti-Muslim bigotry. The bill sponsored by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) picked up momentum after Colorado Republican […]

Activists target corporate campaign cash in battle against voting restrictions

BY: - December 14, 2021

Members of the Defend Black Voters Coalition chose Detroit’s TCF Center as their backdrop earlier this month when they issued a warning about the dangers of “voter suppression legislation” backed by Republican state lawmakers. The building behind them was a powerful symbol of what could happen if elections indeed are undermined. It’s where conservative poll […]

Democratic governors press U.S. Senate to act on voting rights legislation

BY: - December 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and 16 other Democratic governors are urging the U.S. Senate to pass two bills that aim to protect voting rights. Both measures need 60 votes to advance under Senate rules but have been stalled by Republican opposition in the evenly divided Senate. “Without decisive action by the federal government […]

OPINION

Kansas needs an equality curriculum for our public schools

BY: - December 13, 2021

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. Samuel Paunetto has a bachelor’s degree in general sociology from Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, a Master’s Degree in divinity from the Seminario Evangelico de Puerto […]

OPINION

The latest fear for Kansas schools: CRT is turning our children gay

BY: - December 7, 2021

Critical race theory is turning our precious children gay. No matter how loony it sounds, that was the terror coursing underneath the words of parents, advocates and legislators at a hearing last week by the 2021 Special Committee on Education. Remember, CRT is an academic theory taught by precisely zero K-12 schools in Kansas. Somehow, […]

Bob Dole championed ‘lives of greater dignity’ for Americans with disabilities

BY: - December 6, 2021

TOPEKA — In 1969, during his maiden speech on the Senate floor, Bob Dole focused his remarks on the rights and opportunities of individuals with disabilities, a subject with which he was intimately familiar. Dole’s passion for disability rights stemmed from his service as a soldier in World War II, where he was rendered unable […]

OPINION

In book form, ‘The 1619 Project’ unrolls bracing historical corrective

BY: - December 4, 2021

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. Holly McCall is the editor of the Tennessee Lookout, which first published this commentary. You’d have to be completely out of the political loop — and I […]

Hearing on critical race theory in Kansas schools veers into sex, religion and supposition

BY: - December 1, 2021

TOPEKA — A state education official told lawmakers Wednesday they need to “stop calling everything under the sun” critical race theory if they want to work together to improve student achievement. Ann Mah, a Democrat on the Kansas State Board of Education and former state representative, clashed with Republicans during a hearing on how CRT […]

U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, a Democrat from Kansas City, Kansas, up for re-election in 2022, pressed Wednesday for passage by Congress of election reforms to tamp down temptation of state legislatures to gerrymander congressional district maps. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

U.S. Rep. Davids denounces gerrymandering of congressional district boundaries

BY: - December 1, 2021

U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids pressing for federal election reform to tamp down temptation of state legislatures to gerrymander congressional district maps.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt, a Republican candidate for governor, said the University of Kansas and Kansas State University policy on implementing a federal COVID-19 vaccination mandate was in conflict with a new state law. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas attorney general accuses KU, KSU of violating new vaccination exemption law

BY: - November 30, 2021

Kansas attorney general accuses KU and KSU of violating new state law guiding medical, religious exemptions to federal COVID-19 vaccination mandate.

Colleagues, family reflect on the legacy of the late Kansas senator ‘Rip’ Gooch

BY: - November 29, 2021

TOPEKA — With memorial services to be held for the late Ulysses Lee “Rip” Gooch later this month, his former colleagues in the Kansas Legislature are recalling the legacy of the retired state senator and Wichita City Council member. Gooch died Wednesday at age 98, according to a post on Jackson Mortuary’s website. Funeral arrangements […]