Election 2022

House Majority Leader Dan Hawkins, left, defended the Legislature's plan to phase out over three years the state's 6.5% sales tax on groceries. Gov. Laura Kelly said she would sign the bill, but preferred a July termination of the state's tax on food. (Noah Taborda/Kansas Reflector)

Gov. Laura Kelly promises to sign bipartisan bill eliminating Kansas sales tax on food by 2025

BY: - April 29, 2022

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.

Rep. John Barker, R-Abilene, introduced a proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution approved by the Legislature for inclusion on November statewide ballot. The measure will be decided by a majority voting. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas voters to decide constitutional amendment question on election of county sheriffs

BY: - April 27, 2022

Legislature grants November voters chance to decide if sheriffs are elected instead of appointed to 4-year terms. (Riley County lone exception.)

Rep. Emil Bergquist, R-Park City, said changes in voter security would be effective making elections safer, but skeptics viewed it as another top-down government mandate. (Noah Taborda/Kansas Reflector)

Legislature passes bill mandating Kansas counties use watermarked paper ballots

BY: - April 27, 2022

Legislature sends Gov. Laura Kelly a bill requiring an array of changes to improve public confidence in the voting system in Kansas.

Protestors in support of former President Donald Trump gather May 1, 2021, outside Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix where Ballots from the 2020 general election wait to be counted. (Courtney Pedroza/Getty Images)

U.S. House panels probe election disinformation in Arizona, Florida, Ohio and Texas

BY: - April 21, 2022

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 […]

Former U.S. Sen. Nancy Kassebaum of Kansas talks about her Senate career, relationship with the late U.S. Sen. Bob Dole and erosion of a commitment to bipartisanship during an appearance at the Dole Institute of Politics in Lawrence. (Thad Allton for Kansas Reflector)

U.S. Sen. Kassebaum looks in mirror, sees GOP moderates like herself no longer viable in Kansas

BY: - April 21, 2022

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.

Gov. Laura Kelly got the attention of Republican legislators by vetoing bills imposing a school sports participation ban on transgender girls or women as well as a bill imposing a parental bill of rights in terms of K-12 public education (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Democrat Kelly dangles vetoes in front of GOP legislators eager for fresh fight

BY: - April 19, 2022

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 […]

OPINION

My grim prediction for Kansas: Abortion banned within a year if voters don’t show up

BY: - April 18, 2022

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 […]

Dozens of Schmidts endorsed the reelection of Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly rather than election of Attorney General Derek Schmidt, the leading Republican in the 2022 governor's race. (Photos by Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Attorney general to seek prompt Kansas Supreme Court approval of legislative district maps

BY: - April 16, 2022

Gov. Laura Kelly signed bill creating new legislative district boundaries and AG Derek Schmidt will ask Supreme Court to approve both maps.

U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, a Kansas Democrat seeking re-election in November, is benefactor of health advocacy organization's $5 million advertising push in support of her and seven other swing-state Democrats in the U.S. House. (Allison Kite/Kansas Reflector)

Health care advocacy group spending $5 million to aid Davids, seven other swing-district Democrats

BY: - April 14, 2022

U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids and seven other swing-district Democrats benefit from $5 million ad push emphasizing votes on quality health care.

The 2022 Mental Health Summit brought unity of purpose to Gov. Laura Kelly, Senate President Ty Masterson, House Speaker Ron Ryckman and Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Marla Luckert, who pressed for change in the judicial and community response to mental illness. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Leaders of Kansas’ three government branches coalesce behind quest to fix mental health crisis

BY: - April 13, 2022

Kansas' three branches of government embrace statewide summit to transform the approach to a growing mental health crisis.

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a bill criminalizing abortion services and when combined with stark restrictions in Texas could increase demand for family planning services at the Trust Women clinic in Wichita. (Kansas Reflector screen capture from Gov. Kevin Stitt's YouTube channel)

Trust Women clinic in Wichita may experience patient surge in wake of Oklahoma abortion law

BY: - April 12, 2022

Enactment of stringent anti-abortion laws in Oklahoma and Texas will intensify demand for family planning services in Wichita.

A Shawnee County District Court dismissed a lawsuit filed by the League of Women Voters of Kansas that questioned constitutionality of voting reforms adopted by the Kansas Legislature in 2021. (Hill Street Studios/Getty Images)

Litigants file appeal of Kansas judge’s dismissal of lawsuit challenging election restrictions

BY: - April 12, 2022

A Kansas district court judge tossed a lawsuit challenging constitutionality of 2021 election laws viewed by opponents as evidence of GOP voter suppression.