Election 2022

participated in a Kansas Reflector interview in Topeka about his campaign to unseat U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, the Republican Party's nominee. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas Democrat Mark Holland not interested in being footnote to history in U.S. Senate race

BY: - August 22, 2022

Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Mark Holland wants to change arc of Kansas political history with straight talk on health care, election fraud and abortion.

Secretary of State Scott Schwab joined with representatives of Gov. Laura Kelly and Attorney General Derek Schmidt to reject the appeal of Overland Park resident Gerry Coleman to be included as an independent candidate for U.S. Senate on November ballots. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas board rejects petition of Johnson County man seeking to join U.S. Senate field

BY: - August 19, 2022

A state board rejects Johnson County resident's plea to be added to Kansas ballots in November as an independent candidate for U.S. Senate.

From left, Shawnee County Commissioners Kevin Cook, Bill Riphan and Aaron Mays meet with Shawnee County election commissioner Andrew Howell on Monday at the election office to certify the Aug. 2 results. (Thad Allton for Kansas Reflector)

Kansas recount affirms early trend: Johnson narrowly defeats Tyson in GOP treasurer’s race

BY: and - August 19, 2022

GOP state Rep. Steven Johnson, who prevailed in a close primary with Sen. Caryn Tyson, turns attention November showdown with Democrat Lynn Rogers.

Hiawatha state Sen. Dennis Pyle, who submitted 8,900 petition signatures Aug. 1 in an attempt to be on Kansas ballots in November as an independent candidate for governor, said Wednesday he was frustrated by pace of the secretary of state's ongoing review of his petition signatures. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas’ independent governor candidate conveys frustration with ballot petition review process

BY: - August 17, 2022

Sen. Dennis Pyle frustrated by pace of secretary of state's review of petition signatures in bid to be on November ballot as independent governor candidate.

Derek Schmidt, a Republican candidate for governor, proposed construction of a four-lane highway linking southwest Kansas to southeast Kansas via Wichita to promote economic development in that broad region. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Schmidt proposes construction of four-lane highway linking Pittsburg to Garden City, Liberal

BY: - August 17, 2022

GOP gubernatorial candidate Derek Schmidt proposes four-lane highway from southeast to southwest Kansas to spur economic development.

Melissa Leavitt appears Monday in a video she posted on TikTok about her request for a statewide recount of the vote on constitutional amendment on abortion. Anti-abortion activists raised $119,600 to the finance a nine-county recount instead of the statewide review of ballots. (Kansas Reflector screen capture from TikTok)

Kansas anti-abortion activists secure $119K for nine-county recount on abortion amendment

BY: and - August 15, 2022

Anti-abortion activists disappointed with failure of a Kansas constitutional amendment secure $119,000 to pay for nine-county recount.

From left, Shawnee County Commissioners Kevin Cook, Bill Riphan and Aaron Mays meet with Shawnee County election commissioner Andrew Howell on Monday at the election office to certify the Aug. 2 results. (Thad Allton for Kansas Reflector)

Tyson scales back recount request in GOP race for Kansas treasurer

BY: - August 15, 2022

TOPEKA — State Sen. Caryn Tyson on Monday dramatically scaled back her request to recount votes for the GOP nomination for state treasurer, targeting just six counties for a review of ballots by hand. State Rep. Steven Johnson led Tyson by 452 votes as of 5 p.m. Monday with 102 out of 105 counties having […]

Republican governor candidate Derek Schmidt blamed Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly for academic and mental health challenges of K-12 students and for a shortage of teachers in Kansas classrooms. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Schmidt’s campaign pivots to denounce governor’s record on Kansas public education

BY: - August 15, 2022

GOP gubernatorial candidate Derek Schmidt says K-12 students suffered academically and with mental health issues under Gov. Laura Kelly's leadership.

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After a hotly contested amendment vote, Emily Rude offers advice on building bridges to make our communities better. (Getty Images)

Amid partisan strife in Kansas, the art of (avoiding) war

BY: - August 15, 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. Emily Rude teaches biology at Bethany College in Lindsborg. This summer, as civil war looms ever closer, I’ve begun to take seriously that old adage from […]

Melissa Leavitt in a TikTok video explains her reasoning for seeking a hand recount in the vote on a constitutional amendment. (Kansas Reflector screen capture from TikTok)

Kansas woman says effort to recount abortion vote depends on ‘God moving in people’s lives’

BY: - August 13, 2022

TOPEKA — Melissa Leavitt says her ability to raise money to pay for a statewide hand recount of votes on the constitutional amendment on abortion rights will “have a lot to do with God moving in people’s lives.” Leavitt ordered the recount before the 5 p.m. Friday deadline after launching an online fundraiser. By Saturday […]

Gov. Laura Kelly, a Democratic candidate for re-election in November, visited Sporting Kansas City's soccer facility before answering questions Thursday about the state's job recovery from COVID-19. Republican gubernatorial nominee Derek Schmidt took exception to Kelly's claim the state restored 157,000 lost in the pandemic crash of March 2020. (Submitted)

Schmidt campaign kicks hole in Kelly’s narrative of full Kansas job recovery from COVID-19

BY: - August 12, 2022

GOP gubernatorial candidate Derek Schmidt challenged Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's assertion Kansas regained 157,000 jobs lost to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Radio host Alex Jones records a video in front of the Virginia Capitol the night before a major pro gun rally. This week, a Texas jury awarded the family of a Sandy Hook school shooting victim $45 million in a lawsuit against Jones. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury)

Elaborate lies spread through Kansas, U.S., can’t be dismissed as ‘conspiracy theories’

BY: - August 12, 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. Journalists have a problem with “conspiracy theories.” I put the […]