Gov. Laura Kelly promises to sign bipartisan bill eliminating Kansas sales tax on food by 2025
Gov. Laura Kelly embraces Legislature's bill eliminating the state's 6.5% sales tax on groceries by 2025, but Democrats still want to end of tax in July.
Kansas voters to decide constitutional amendment question on election of county sheriffs
Legislature grants November voters chance to decide if sheriffs are elected instead of appointed to 4-year terms. (Riley County lone exception.)
Legislature passes bill mandating Kansas counties use watermarked paper ballots
Legislature sends Gov. Laura Kelly a bill requiring an array of changes to improve public confidence in the voting system in Kansas.
U.S. House panels probe election disinformation in Arizona, Florida, Ohio and Texas
WASHINGTON — The chairs of two U.S. House committees said Thursday they are asking election officials from four states to detail what they are doing to “counter lies and conspiracy theories and protect the integrity of federal elections.” California Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren, chair of the House Administration Committee, and New York Democratic Rep. Carolyn […]
U.S. Sen. Kassebaum looks in mirror, sees GOP moderates like herself no longer viable in Kansas
Former U.S. Sen. Nancy Kassebaum speaks on the value of bipartisanship, rise of news echo chambers and the late U.S. Sen. Bob Dole's humor and leadership.
Democrat Kelly dangles vetoes in front of GOP legislators eager for fresh fight
TOPEKA — The legislative process in Kansas is a numbers game that folks conveniently boil down to the trifecta of 63, 21 and one. This odd set of figures represents the narrowest margin in which bills can be passed in the House and Senate — 63 in the House and 21 in the Senate. The […]
My grim prediction for Kansas: Abortion banned within a year if voters don’t show up
Within the next year, the Kansas Legislature will pass a full ban on abortion, without exceptions for rape or incest. Gov. Derek Schmidt will delightedly sign it and rhapsodize about our state’s culture of life. A safe and common women’s health procedure and those performing it, along with the women themselves, will be criminalized. This […]
Attorney general to seek prompt Kansas Supreme Court approval of legislative district maps
Gov. Laura Kelly signed bill creating new legislative district boundaries and AG Derek Schmidt will ask Supreme Court to approve both maps.
Health care advocacy group spending $5 million to aid Davids, seven other swing-district Democrats
U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids and seven other swing-district Democrats benefit from $5 million ad push emphasizing votes on quality health care.
Leaders of Kansas’ three government branches coalesce behind quest to fix mental health crisis
Kansas' three branches of government embrace statewide summit to transform the approach to a growing mental health crisis.
Trust Women clinic in Wichita may experience patient surge in wake of Oklahoma abortion law
Enactment of stringent anti-abortion laws in Oklahoma and Texas will intensify demand for family planning services in Wichita.
Litigants file appeal of Kansas judge’s dismissal of lawsuit challenging election restrictions
A Kansas district court judge tossed a lawsuit challenging constitutionality of 2021 election laws viewed by opponents as evidence of GOP voter suppression.