Election 2022

OPINION
A "vote here" sign is displayed next to a tree outside the Shawnee County Election Office

Election results show Kansans willing to converse — but not take decisive action

BY: - November 29, 2022

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 […]

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Voters fill out ballots

Kansas legislators block good policy every session. It’s time to give voters a powerful new voice.

BY: - November 28, 2022

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 […]

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Kris Kobach speaks at news conference

Dear Kris Kobach: Please read this open letter about open government in Kansas

BY: - November 20, 2022

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 […]

OPINION
Nancy Pelosi walks across House chambers

Pelosi was the key Democratic messenger of her generation. It’s time to empower younger leadership.

BY: - November 19, 2022

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 […]

Pages from internal polling of Kim Zito's House race

‘Complete bulls***’: Kansas Democrats scrutinize internal polling offered to House candidates

BY: - November 18, 2022

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 […]

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GOP elephant and Democratic donkey

Midterm squabbles distract from parties that remain ideologically unified, polarized

BY: - November 18, 2022

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 […]

A high number of appeals prompted the Kansas Republican Party's loyalty committee to suspend sanctions against GOP officials who signed a petition leading to placement on the November ballot of independent governor candidate Dennis Pyle. The state party alleges Pyle's presence helped reelect Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly by drawing votes from GOP nominee Derek Schmidt. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas GOP suspends punishment of party members amid loyalty crackdown

BY: - November 17, 2022

Kansas Republican Party overrun by appeals of sanctions against party officials who signed petition adding an independent candidate for governor to ballot.

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Mike Kuckelman, chairman of the Kansas Republican Party

As Trump announces, Kansas GOP follows his lead and plots revenge. But there’s another way.

BY: - November 16, 2022

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, […]

health policies likely to surface in the 2023 legislative session opening in January. (Kansas Reflector screen capture from Kansas Legislature YouTube channel)

Legislators, lobbyists highlight hot-button health policy issues ahead of 2023 session

BY: - November 15, 2022

Kansas activists and legislators delve into health policy ideas suitable for discussion during the 2023 session of the Kansas Legislature.

Kris Kobach appears in crowd at GOP election night watch party

Kansas GOP wants to sanction Republicans who signed Pyle’s gubernatorial petition

BY: - November 14, 2022

Kansas Republican Party officials seek to sanction GOP members signing the petition that got independent governor candidate Dennis Pyle's on Nov. 8 ballot.

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Supporters of Gov. Laura Kelly cheer

Kansas voters deliver thundering midterm message: Underestimate women at your peril

BY: - November 14, 2022

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 […]

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Kansas Attorney General-elect Kris Kobach chats with reporters in front of cameras

Has the dark night of our political soul passed? Not when Kobach comes out of the shadows

BY: - November 13, 2022

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 […]