Election results show Kansans willing to converse — but not take decisive action
The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. David Norlin is a retired Cloud County Community College teacher, where he was department chairman of communications/English, specializing in media. I walked doors this election. I talked […]
Kansas legislators block good policy every session. It’s time to give voters a powerful new voice.
If Kansans could vote today on the issues, they would expand Medicaid, legalize marijuana and control access to deadly weapons. Already this year, they showed up at the polls in overwhelming numbers to support abortion rights. But lawmakers at the Statehouse have opposed or blocked these measures in the past, and the upcoming legislative session […]
Dear Kris Kobach: Please read this open letter about open government in Kansas
The Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Max Kautsch is an attorney whose practice focuses on First Amendment rights and open government law. Dear attorney general-elect Kris Kobach: Congratulations on your election as […]
Pelosi was the key Democratic messenger of her generation. It’s time to empower younger leadership.
The announcement by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that she will not run for another senior post opens the door for a new generation of national leaders in the Democratic Party. Pelosi confirmed she was stepping down as Speaker of the House on Nov. 17, a decision that jump-starts a process that has long been desired by younger […]
‘Complete bulls***’: Kansas Democrats scrutinize internal polling offered to House candidates
TOPEKA — Three weeks before Election Day, Kim Zito received internal polling and analysis of voters in her House district that could help her focus campaign efforts in the closing days of a tight race. Zito, a Democrat running for state office for the first time, viewed the assistance as a gesture of faith and […]
Midterm squabbles distract from parties that remain ideologically unified, polarized
Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Eric Thomas directs the Kansas Scholastic Press Association and teaches visual journalism and photojournalism at the University of Kansas. In the aftermath of this month’s midterm elections, political […]
Kansas GOP suspends punishment of party members amid loyalty crackdown
Kansas Republican Party overrun by appeals of sanctions against party officials who signed petition adding an independent candidate for governor to ballot.
As Trump announces, Kansas GOP follows his lead and plots revenge. But there’s another way.
The nation turned its incredulous eyes to Mar-a-Lago Tuesday night as former President Donald Trump launched his third campaign for the highest office in the land. But spare a wary peeper or two for the antics of the Kansas Republican Party, which seems to have absorbed the onetime commander-in-chief’s taste for vengeance against his enemies, […]
Legislators, lobbyists highlight hot-button health policy issues ahead of 2023 session
Kansas activists and legislators delve into health policy ideas suitable for discussion during the 2023 session of the Kansas Legislature.
Kansas GOP wants to sanction Republicans who signed Pyle’s gubernatorial petition
Kansas Republican Party officials seek to sanction GOP members signing the petition that got independent governor candidate Dennis Pyle's on Nov. 8 ballot.
Kansas voters deliver thundering midterm message: Underestimate women at your peril
One piece of advice for the Kansas GOP springs to mind after this year’s elections: Don’t underestimate women. Be it Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, the women who ran the campaign to preserve abortion rights, or Kansas voters who turned out to cast their ballots, women defined our state’s balance of power […]
Has the dark night of our political soul passed? Not when Kobach comes out of the shadows
Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Max McCoy is an award-winning author and journalist. Less than three hours before the polls opened on Election Day last week there was a total eclipse of […]