Kansas attorney general should stop playing footsie with fascism
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
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’
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 […]
Kansas Democrats launch nonprofit to drive turnout for progressive candidates, issues
Former U.S. Senate candidate Barbara Bollier leading Kansas effort to expand interest of low-turnout voters in progressive issues, candidates.
Senate, House override Gov. Kelly’s veto of two election reform bills
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 Republicans throw haymakers at Democrat Kelly, prepare for 2022 cycle
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
Gov. Laura Kelly rejected election reform bills crafted by the GOP-led Legislature in response to allegations of voter fraud in 2020.
GOP’s Adkins taking another shot at 3rd District congressional seat
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
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 […]
GOP restraint of House member’s voting-rights speech hinges on meaning of ‘tediously’
Kansas GOP relies on obscure rule on tedious conduct to cut off Democrat's filibuster on resolution denouncing federal election reform bill.
Former Rep. Watkins cuts deal to avoid prosecution for felony election fraud
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
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, […]