Election 2020

Sen. Bud Estes, a Dodge City Republican state senator and former Kansas House member, has died at age 74 following a lengthy illness. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas Republican state Sen. Bud Estes passes away after lengthy illness

BY: - February 13, 2021

Dodge City Sen. Bud Estes, a Republican, passes away after lengthy illness. Colleagues remember his as dedicated lawmaker.

Former Topeka City Council candidate faces federal charges from violence at U.S. Capitol

BY: - February 12, 2021

TOPEKA — Federal agents on Friday arrested Will Pope, a former Topeka City Council candidate, for federal charges related to the Jan. 6 violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. A graphic video shows Pope draped in a flag and standing in a doorway on the east side of the Capitol as police struggle to gain […]

What Senate Republicans are saying about Trump’s impeachment trial

BY: - February 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — The second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump is set to begin Tuesday, when the Senate will start hearing arguments over whether Trump should be convicted of inciting the violent mob that lay siege to the Capitol. So far, no Senate Republican has outright backed a vote to convict Trump, and many […]

Sen. Mark Steffen, a Hutchinson Republican, took aggressive positions on COVID-19 as a member of the Reno County Commission before assuming office in the Kansas Senate. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas senator believes political propaganda, fearmongering impairs COVID-19 response

BY: and - January 31, 2021

Physician and Sen. Mark Steffen's caustic manner and striden views on COVID-19 were felt on the Reno County Commission and now in the Kansas Capitol.

Senate President Ty Masterson, an Andover Republican, said placement of the Value Them Both constitutional amendment on statewide ballots in 2022 is essential to preserve reasonable limits on the procedure in Kansas. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas abortion amendment inspires call for boycott of Republican-affiliated businesses

BY: - January 30, 2021

Kansas organization opposed to a constitutional amendment on abortion is calling for a boycott of businesses affiliated with GOP legislators.

Secretary of State Scott Schwab, in photo, and Attorney General Derek Schmidt were named as defendants on behalf of the state in a lawsuit filed Tuesday challenging election reform laws put in place by the 2021 Legislature. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Cancer-stricken Sedgwick County election commissioner forced out for violating IT policy

BY: - January 21, 2021

Secretary of State Schwab defends decision to oust Sedgwick County election commissioner for violating voter database security protocol.

dward Myers, a 70-year-old Newton resident, demonstrates Wednesday on the southeast corner of the Statehouse grounds. He was the only person who showed up to protest on the day President Joe Biden assumed office. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas Capitol: Loneliest of Trump, Biden protesters mark presidential transfer of power

BY: , and - January 20, 2021

Kansas' loneliest protesters, Edward Myers and Graham Bonsall, put First Amendment exclamation point on presidential transition from Trump to Biden.

The unemployment rate in Kansas declined by 0.1% in March to 3.7%, which was far below the COVID-19 peak of 11.9% in April 2020 but above the 3.2% rate in March 2020. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Gov. Kelly closes three state office buildings, limits Capitol access for two days

BY: - January 18, 2021

Three state office buildings near the Kansas Capitol will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday with public access limiting at the statehouse.

A pro-Trump mob broke into the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 in Washington, D.C. and prompted the U.S. House to vote Wednesday in support of impeaching President Donald Trump. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Kansas delegation splits along party lines on impeachment

BY: - January 13, 2021

Kansas congressional delegation splits on party lines on House impeachment vote against President Donald Trump.

A pro-Trump mob broke into the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 in Washington, D.C. and prompted the U.S. House to vote Wednesday in support of impeaching President Donald Trump. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Federal authorities open more than 170 cases in probe of U.S. Capitol attack

BY: - January 12, 2021

WASHINGTON — Nearly a week after a violent mob stormed the U.S. Capitol, top officials at the FBI and Department of Justice held their first news conference on Tuesday to announce they are directing prosecutors to issue a slew of sedition and conspiracy charges against pro-Trump rioters. More than 170 cases have been opened relating […]

Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and the Republican-dominated Kansas Legislature convene the annual session Monday at the Capitol with budget, tax, health and other issues on an agenda made wider due to the shortened 2020 session. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas Legislature commences annual session amid roiling COVID-19 pandemic

BY: and - January 11, 2021

Uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic serves as incentive for the 2021 Legislature to move quickly on budget bills, reform legislation.

Scorned Kansas Rep.-elect Coleman answers demands for his resignation or ouster

BY: - January 11, 2021

Rep.-elect Aaron Coleman of Kansas City, Kansas, says any effort to expel him from the Kansas House is an attack on the will of voters.