Election 2020

Pro-Trump protesters gather in front of the U.S. Capitol Building on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C. Trump supporters gathered in the nation’s capital to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. A pro-Trump mob later stormed the Capitol, breaking windows and clashing with police officers. (Brent Stirton/Getty Images)

Ancient Greece had polarization and civil strife — how Thucydides can help us understand Jan. 6

BY: - January 7, 2023

The second anniversary of the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection is upon us. And each new revelation about that brutal mob assault on our government raises a host of fresh questions about what transpired in the days prior to Jan. 6, notably who was involved in planning the events of that day. Why, for instance, did former […]

Police clash with supporters of President Donald Trump during the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. (Alex Kent/Tennessee Lookout)

D.C. nears Jan. 6 anniversary with warnings about extremism, awards for courage

BY: - January 5, 2023

WASHINGTON — On the eve of the second anniversary of the U.S. Capitol insurrection, congressional Democrats and dozens of veterans on Thursday in a press conference called on incoming House Republican leaders to condemn political violence and hold their members who supported the attack accountable for their actions. Meanwhile, President Joe Biden is scheduled on […]

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Trump fixation on Wisconsin, Ginni Thomas text regrets and more from the Jan. 6 panel

BY: - January 4, 2023

In the final weeks of 2022, the Democrat-led U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6, attack on the Capitol disclosed thousands of pages of transcripts of interviews the panel’s members and staff conducted with key witnesses. The transcripts were central to a committee report released in December that held Donald Trump responsible for the 2021 […]

Attorney General-elect Kris Kobach's 2020 campaign for U.S. Senate and the organization We Build the Wall were fined $30,000 by the Federal Elections Commission for violations of federal campaign finance law. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kobach’s U.S. Senate campaign, We Build the Wall hit by $30,000 fine for campaign law violations

BY: - December 31, 2022

Kansas Attorney General-elect Kris Kobach's campaign for U.S. Senate and We Build the Wall fined $30,000 for federal campaign finance violations.

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Jan. 6 committee tackled unprecedented attack with time-tested inquiry

BY: - December 30, 2022

After 18 months, more than 1,200 interviews and 10 public hearings that presented 70 witnesses’ testimony, the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack released its 845-page final report late on Dec. 22. The report recommended that the Department of Justice prosecute former President Donald Trump on four criminal charges, including conspiracy and incitement of […]

U.S. House Jan. 6 panel report finds Trump incited insurrection, demands accountability

BY: and - December 26, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Jan. 6 committee late Thursday published its findings in a nearly 850-page report that accused former President Donald Trump of inciting an insurrection and recommended Congress consider how to determine whether those found to be insurrectionists should be barred from holding office ever again. The report caps 18 months of work for […]

Josh Jamerson, East Coast bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal, says Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' decisive reelection victory in November demonstrated for some Republicans he could be an alternative to former President Donald Trump in 2024. (Kansas Reflector screen capture from Dole Institute of Politics YouTube channel)

Dole Institute political analysts: Biden vs. Trump rematch likely in 2024, neither a lock to win

BY: - December 26, 2022

Consensus of Dole Institute of Politics' election experts is 2024 will be a rematch of Biden and Trump, but neither has a lock on the presidential race.

Former state Rep. Michael Capps, a Wichita Republican, was convicted in U.S. District Court on 12 counts of fraud and money laundering for illegally receiving $355,000 in federal COVID-19 relief funding. (Kansas Reflector screen capture of the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth)

Former GOP Kansas House member guilty of fraud, money laundering in COVID-19 case

BY: - December 22, 2022

Former Republican member of the Kansas House was convicted by a federal jury of money laundering and fraud for stealing $355,000 in COVID-19 relief funding.

Jan. 6 committee shows video of Donald Trump

U.S. House Jan. 6 panel refers Trump for criminal charges, including inciting insurrection

BY: - December 19, 2022

The U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol in a historic vote agreed unanimously Monday to refer former President Donald Trump and others to the Justice Department for potential criminal charges, including inciting or aiding an insurrection. Trump associates, including attorneys John Eastman and Kenneth Chesebro and White House Chief […]

Former deputy national security adviser Matthew Pottinger, left, and Sarah Matthews, former deputy White House press secretary, are sworn in on July 21, 2022, before testifying to the House panel investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Four things to watch for at the upcoming Jan. 6 hearing

BY: - October 12, 2022

The U.S. House committee investigating a pro-Trump mob’s attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, is back. It will hold its first hearing in nearly three months Thursday — and potentially its last. In a break from most of the panel’s previous eight hearings in June and July, Thursday’s meeting will not drill down […]

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Alabama case that could limit Voting Rights Act heard at U.S. Supreme Court

BY: - October 4, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday heard oral arguments in a case that challenges an Alabama redistricting map and could potentially eliminate remaining federal safeguards against racial gerrymandering. Voting rights advocates fear that the high court’s conservative majority will further weaken the Voting Rights Act, with implications for voters in states across the […]

An organization filed an ethics complaint against Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, accusing him of misconduct by participating in a 2020 lawsuit questioning election procedures in four swing states that helped President Joe Biden defeat former President Donald Trump. This 22-foot marble sculpture dominates the lobby of the Kansas Judicial Center in Topeka. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Legal advocacy group files ethics complaint against Schmidt tied to 2020 election lawsuit

BY: - September 23, 2022

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt expects an ethics complaint questioning Schmidt's role in a 2020 election case to be dismissed.