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Want to find real election fraud? Look at the history of Kansas, United States in 1800s

BY: - May 8, 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. Ron Smith is a fifth-generation Kansan, a native of Manhattan, an attorney practicing in Larned, a grandfather several times over, a Vietnam veteran and a civil war […]

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Former U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton speaks during the funeral service for former U.S. secretary of state Madeleine Albright at the Washington National Cathedral on April 27 in Washington, DC. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Hillary Clinton keeps getting it right

BY: - May 7, 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. Dick Polman is a veteran national political columnist based in Philadelphia and a Writer in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania. Just as it’s a waste […]

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Demonstrators gathered outside the U.S. Supreme Court last year as justices heard arguments in a Mississippi case that seeks to overturn Roe v. Wade. (Jane Norman/States Newsroom)

The wholly unsurprising fate of Roe v. Wade

BY: - May 6, 2022

Being a woman in this country often feels like an exercise in futility. It’s repeatedly baring your soul and sharing your personal and intimate stories in hopes of proving that you deserve basic rights, only to be slapped in the face with decisions that explicitly negate your own experience. It is exhausting. I am rarely rendered speechless, […]

Overturn of Roe v. Wade raises stakes for Kansas abortion rights battle in August

BY: - May 3, 2022

TOPEKA — The stakes for the August vote over a Kansas constitutional amendment on abortion access were made clear by the leak of a draft U.S. Supreme Court opinion striking down federal abortion protection rights. The draft opinion rejecting the landmark Roe v. Wade decision is not final and does not necessarily set in stone the opinion […]

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A boulder’s journey: Lawrence monolith will be returned to the Kaw in thoughtful process

BY: - May 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. Dave Kendall served as producer and host of the “Sunflower Journeys” series on public television for its first 27 seasons and continues to produce documentary videos through […]

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 […]