Election 2020


Kansas attorney general should stop playing footsie with fascism

BY: - September 14, 2021

Let’s talk about Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt for a moment. He’s tall. He’s folksy. He has a decent chance of becoming the next governor of Kansas. And he has a distressing history of playing footsie with fascism, catering to the worst impulses of his party. Sure, the A.G. is the state’s “chief legal officer […]

U.S. House backs select committee to probe Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol

BY: - June 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted Wednesday to establish a select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection, in which a mob of pro-Trump supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol. In a 222-190 vote that was almost entirely party-line, just two Republicans joined Democrats in passing the resolution, which calls for a probe into “one of […]

Liz Cheney ousted from U.S. House GOP leadership for rejecting Trump’s ‘Big Lie’

BY: - May 12, 2021

WASHINGTON — House Republicans voted Wednesday to remove U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney from her leadership position after her continued pushback against former President Donald Trump’s baseless claims of voter fraud in the presidential election. Saying they want to unite the party in an attempt to win back the House in the 2022 midterm elections, GOP […]

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.

Rep. Ron Howard, a Wichita Republican battling an illness, voted from the gallery Monday as the Kansas House worked to override Gov. Laura Kelly on flag, gun, election and tax bills. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Senate, House override Gov. Kelly’s veto of two election reform bills

BY: - May 3, 2021

Kansas House completes first step on override Gov. Laura Kelly on election bills viewed by GOP as key to fair voting and by Democrats as suppression.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, a candidate for governor in 2022, speaks Saturday at the Kansas Republican Party convention in Manhattan about state and national political actions of Democrats. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas Republicans throw haymakers at Democrat Kelly, prepare for 2022 cycle

BY: - April 24, 2021

Kansas Republican Party pounds Democrat Kelly at annual convention as potential GOP nominees prepare for showdown in 2022.

Democratic Kansas governor vetoes GOP-inspired voting, firearm and flag bills

BY: - April 23, 2021

Gov. Laura Kelly rejected election reform bills crafted by the GOP-led Legislature in response to allegations of voter fraud in 2020.

Amanda Adkins, a Johnson County Republican, says she plans to run in 2022 for the GOP nomination for the 3rd District seat held by Democratic U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, who defeated Adkins in 2020 by nearly 10 percentage points. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

GOP’s Adkins taking another shot at 3rd District congressional seat

BY: - April 5, 2021

Republican Amanda Adkins plans to run again for 3rd District seat in KC metro held by Democrat U. S. Rep. Sharice Davids.

As GOP shifts strategy from election lawsuits to laws, voting rights advocates issue warnings

BY: - April 3, 2021

As Republican-led legislatures continue a systematic push to pass laws they say are aimed at ratcheting up election security, voting rights advocates worry the entire nation could soon look a lot like Tennessee, where voter turnout and voter registration figures are among the lowest in the country. The policy debate over voting rights and election […]

Frustrated Republican Rep. Blake Carpenter, center, idles in the Kansas House chamber while Democratic Rep. Vic Miller makes good on a promise to engage in a presentation on a federal voting rights bill. Carpenter and GOP allies shut Miller down with an obscure rule that found Miller guilty of being tedious. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

GOP restraint of House member’s voting-rights speech hinges on meaning of ‘tediously’

BY: - March 24, 2021

Kansas GOP relies on obscure rule on tedious conduct to cut off Democrat's filibuster on resolution denouncing federal election reform bill.

Former U.S. Rep. Steve Watkins, a Republican who served the 2nd District, signed a diversion agreement to avoid trial on three felonies tied to election fraud. The deceptions were first reported by The Topeka Capital-Journal. (Screen capture/Kansas Reflector)

Former Rep. Watkins cuts deal to avoid prosecution for felony election fraud

BY: - March 3, 2021

Former U.S. Rep. Watkins of Topeka cuts deal to avoid trial on three felony vote fraud charges, claims he never meant to deceive anyone.

Topeka man blocked officers, tried to break into Pelosi’s office during attack on U.S. Capitol

BY: - March 2, 2021

TOPEKA — Will Pope left an impression on the U.S. Capitol Police officer who tried to restrain the Topeka man inside the Capitol building during the Jan. 6 insurrection. The officer told federal investigators that he encountered Pope inside the Senate doors on the east side of the Capitol. Pope was memorable, the officer said, […]