Civil Rights

U.S. Rep. Estes: Violent Trump supporters derail peaceful appeal for fair elections

BY: - January 6, 2021

Kansas Democrat Davids, Republican Estes denounce incursion at U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Trump.

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran urged his Kansas colleague Sen. Roger Marshall to change his vote to allow passage of a revised bill providing health care to veterans suffering from illness from exposure to toxic burn pits during deployments overseas. (Kansas Reflector screen capture of U.S. Senate's YouTube channel)

Moran prepares to defy Trump, four Kansas GOP lawmakers in Electoral College drama

BY: - January 6, 2021

U.S. Sen. Moran opposes rejecting Electoral College votes delivering a win to Biden, while four Kansas GOP colleagues take the opposite view.

U.S. Rep. Jake LaTurner, the 2nd District Republican, said businesses in Kansas were having difficulty filling job vacancies because the COVID-19 federal unemployment benefit of $300 weekly was a disincentive for people to return to work. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

U.S. Rep. LaTurner vows to comply with term-limits pledge

BY: - January 5, 2021

Freshman U.S. Rep. Jake LaTurner, Republican of Kansas, says he'll sponsor constiutional amendment limiting terms of members of Congress.

U.S. Sen. Roger Marshall, U.S. Rep. Ron Estes and U.S. Rep.-elect Tracey Mann and Jake LaTurner are joining an effort to block counting of Electoral College votes to support President Donald Trump's assertion fraud led to his re-election loss to President-elect Joe Biden. (Sherman

Four in Kansas’ congressional delegation joining Electoral College challenge on Trump’s behalf

BY: - January 3, 2021

Four of Kansas' six congressional delegation members are challenging the counting of Electoral College votes due to concern about anti-Trump fraud.

House Speaker Ron Ryckman, center, an Olathe Republican, said special public health precautions and an infusion of visual and audio technology at the Capitol were necessary to keep House and Senate members safe when the 2021 session begins Jan. 11. (Noah Taborda/Kansas Reflector)

Blunting spread of COVID-19 in Kansas Capitol key to tackling stalled legislative agenda

BY: - December 30, 2020

TOPEKA — House Speaker Ron Ryckman praised technology upgrades and public health guidance Wednesday designed to deter spread of COVID-19 among lawmakers that threatens to delay action on abortion, tax and economic recovery measures in the upcoming session. The 2020 Kansas Legislature was derailed in March as the pandemic took hold, leaving frustrated legislators with […]

Racial equity commission calls on Kansas lawmakers to ban ‘no-knock’ warrants

BY: - December 29, 2020

TOPEKA — A commission tasked with examining race-related issues in Kansas is urging lawmakers to consider changes to police officer training, a ban on no-knock warrants and increased data collection by law enforcement. The governor’s Commission on Racial Equity and Justice first report included 60 recommendations requiring action from different levels of government. The report […]

Mark Pringle and his wife, Mary Jane Shanklin, say the pandemic has exacerbated issues that already existed in farming communities (Submitted)

Kansas nurse sees promise in Poor People’s Campaign meeting with Biden team

BY: - December 27, 2020

TOPEKA — Poverty in Kansas might look different from how it appears in other states, according to Mary Jane Shanklin, a member of National Nurses United who advocates for the needs of rural Kansans. Shanklin said poor people in rural Kansas are often ignored because they might not look like the mainstream definition of poverty. “There’s […]

Chris Haulmark, an Olathe resident who is deaf, filed a federal lawsuit seeking the state's compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act by upgrading online communications of Kansas Legislature's committee meetings and chamber deliberations. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Deaf Kansan files federal lawsuit to compel Legislature to accommodate people with hearing loss

BY: - December 24, 2020

An Olathe deaf man filed lawsuit to compel the Kansas Legislature to accommodate hard-of-hearing in online delivery of official activities at the Capitol.

AG Schmidt wades into Trump election feud, COVID-19 mandates in Kansas, ‘LA Law’ vibe

BY: - December 21, 2020

Kansas AG Derek Schmidt shares insight into Texas lawsuit on Trump election claims, dealing with COVID-19 boundaries and diversity of his job.

Sen. Caryn Tyson, a Parker Republican and chairwoman of the Senate Assessment and Taxation Committee, is working on a bundle of tax reforms stalled by COVID-19 in 2020. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Sen. Tyson petitions President Trump for pardon of two Kansans caught in gun silencer case

BY: - December 18, 2020

A GOP state senator seeks a President Trump pardon for two Kansans convicted of felony crimes for selling and buying a firearm silencer.

ACLU of Kansas' new public data website contains information on election, racial justice and law enforcement trends that include lists of the $7 million in military surplus armored vehicles, assault rifles and other equipment received by the Salina Police Department and other Kansas law enforcement agencies. (Kansas Reflector)

Kansas law enforcement agencies operate with U.S. surplus firearms, armored vehicles, rocket launchers

BY: and - December 17, 2020

ACLU of Kansas offers online data portal with information on voting, racial justice issues and surplus military weapons given to law enforcement agences.

New Kansas data set shows ICE targets thousands annually who committed no crime

BY: - December 17, 2020

TOPEKA — Thousands of people who are arrested or removed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement have no criminal conviction or just a minor traffic offense, according to records compiled into a new statewide data tool made available by the American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas. Information sourced from the Syracuse TRAC system details the number […]