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Attorney General Derek Schmidt, a GOP candidate for governor in 2022, earns endorsement of the Johnson County sheriff. Schmidt and rival Jeff Colyer are working hard to nail down support ahead of the primary showdown. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Johnson County sheriff endorses Schmidt in GOP governor’s race

BY: - May 17, 2021

Kansas gubernatorial candidate Derek Schmidt nails endorsement in rival Colyer's back yard -- seizing backing from Johnson County sheriff.

Kansas governor denounces effort to tie college athlete pay to transgender athlete ban

BY: - May 13, 2021

TOPEKA — An effort to pass a bill allowing collegiate student-athletes to receive compensation for their name and likeness in exchange for pushing through a ban on transgender athletes in school sports drew scorn Thursday from Gov. Laura Kelly. The controversial Senate Bill 55 would have required participation in K-12 and college sports to correspond […]

Former U.S. Senate nominee Barbara Bollier formed the nonprofit Prairie Roots to work statewide on driving voter turnout in support of progressive candidates and issues. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas Democrats launch nonprofit to drive turnout for progressive candidates, issues

BY: and - May 11, 2021

Former U.S. Senate candidate Barbara Bollier leading Kansas effort to expand interest of low-turnout voters in progressive issues, candidates.

Oskaloosa cow-calf farm on Monday after proclaiming May to be Kansas Beef Month. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kelly looks at bright side of legislative session, and that’s no bull

BY: - May 10, 2021

Gov. Kelly bullish on 2021 legislative session, especially protection of K-12 and highway budgets, despite failure on Medicaid expansion.

Rep. Russ Jennings, a Lakin Republican, said economic and medical arguments supporting legalization of medical use of marijuana work just as well to support the cause of Medicaid expansion. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Legislators dazzle with thoughts on pot, COVID-19, taxes and work ethic

BY: - May 10, 2021

Final week of 2021 legislative session inspires poignant speeches on culture of dependency, tax reform, medical marijuana and COVID-19.

Sen. Molly Baumgardner, chairwoman of the Senate Education Committee, praised Friday a compromise school funding bill also championed by Gov. Laura Kelly. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kelly, Legislature endorse compromise on K-12 education policy, funding

BY: - May 7, 2021

TOPEKA — A bipartisan education bill embraced by Gov. Laura Kelly appeared headed Friday for approval as the Legislature committed the state to limiting reliance on remote instruction in public schools and to expansion of student eligibility for private school scholarships. The product of negotiations by House and Senate lawmakers and the governor’s office set […]

Heartbreaking stories of Black maternal deaths, pregnancy complications, racism related at congressional hearing

BY: - May 7, 2021

WASHINGTON — When U.S. Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri was pregnant with her first child, Zion, she saw a sign in her doctor’s office encouraging her to speak up about anything unusual she was feeling. She did so, telling her physician that she was having severe pains, but her concerns were swiftly dismissed. The doctor […]

Prayer service at Kansas Statehouse features apology to American Indians

BY: - May 6, 2021

TOPEKA — Rep. Randy Garber delivered an apology to American Indians during a prayer ceremony Thursday on the south steps of the Kansas Statehouse, recognizing the country’s “long history of official depredations and ill-conceived policies.” The remarks were part of a coordinated reading in all 50 states during National Day of Prayer ceremonies — inspired […]

Constitutional convention effort falters in Kansas Senate after lengthy debate

BY: - May 6, 2021

TOPEKA — After a long and sometimes circular debate Wednesday in which Kansas Senators called into question their oaths of office and duty to uphold the state constitution, a resolution requesting a constitutional convention was sent back to committee. Throughout the nearly three-hour debate, Republican legislators, with occasional interjection from a Democrat, debated the best way to […]

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, a candidate for governor in 2022, lauded passage by the Legislature of a bill directing use of opioid settlement money in the state. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

House Democrat offers cynical ‘hallelujah’ for bill touted by Kansas attorney general

BY: - May 5, 2021

House Democrat laces commentary about opioid litigation and settlement bill with acidic ttack on state's GOP attorney general.

Attempt to ban transgender athletes from school sports fails in Kansas Senate

BY: - May 3, 2021

TOPEKA — The Senate-led charge to ban transgender athletes from school sports crumbled Monday when an effort to override the governor fell one vote shy of the required two-thirds majority. The session-long drama ended in a rambling speech from Sen. David Haley, a Democrat from Kansas City who tried to avoid voting but was forced […]

Dusk at the U.S. Capitol in the District of Columbia where the U.S. House voted to grant statehood to the federal district despite GOP opposition from Kansas lawmakers. The measure is likely to stall in the U.S. Senate. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Kansas GOP: D.C. statehood nothing more than audacious power grab by Democrats

BY: - May 2, 2021

Kansas GOP members of Congress reject maneuver by Democrats to push statehood for District of Columbia, suggest transferring land to Maryland.