Election 2022

Jeanna Repass, of Overland Park, is seeking the Democratic Party's nomination for secretary of state. She asserted Secretary of State Scott Schwab and former Secretary of State Kris Kobach politicized the office. (Kansas Reflector screen capture from Repass campaign photograph)

Johnson County Democrat running for Kansas secretary of state

BY: - May 17, 2022

Jeanna Repass of Overland Park is seeking the Democratic nomination for secretary of state, arguing the office had become politicized by Republicans.

Supreme Court of Kansas explores constitutionality of revised congressional redistricting map

BY: - May 16, 2022

Kansas Supreme Court conducts oral argument in the challenge of district court ruling a new congressional redistricting map was unconstitutional.

Gov. Laura Kelly and Lt. Gov. David Toland, both Democrats, filed for re-election Monday at the secretary of state’s office in Topeka. Kelly’s likely opponent is GOP Attorney General Derek Schmidt. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly files for re-election to second term in Kansas

BY: - May 16, 2022

Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly makes it official -- she is an official candidate for re-election with filing of documents Monday in Topeka.

The Kansas Supreme Court issued a ruling Friday in a legal dispute about how Johnson County appraised for property tax purposes Walmart and Sam's Club retail stores. (Kansas Reflector screen capture from Kansas Supreme Court website)

Kansas Supreme Court set for high-stakes oral argument on legislative, congressional maps

BY: - May 15, 2022

Kansas Supreme Court conducts oral arguments on lower court finding congressional map is unconstitutional and to review new legislative district maps.

Election officials make their voices heard as battleground states debate voting laws

BY: - May 14, 2022

When Georgia legislators pushed through a restrictive voting bill during the 2021 session, Bartow County election supervisor Joseph Kirk said he felt frustrated and sidelined. Lawmakers largely didn’t take election officials’ views into account, he said, and what resulted was a law that included a number of provisions that he said election officials believe are “to the […]

Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and Republican gubernatorial nominee Derek Schmidt debated judicial selection during their latest debate with Kelly preferring status quo for filling vacancies on the Kansas Supreme Court and Schmidt advocating for a federal model requiring Kansas Senate confirmation. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Schmidt, Kelly ring up intriguing campaign narratives about Kansas’ sales tax rate

BY: - May 14, 2022

Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and Republican Attorney General Derek Schmidt, candidates for governor, offer dueling narratives about the state's sales tax.

Gov. Laura Kelly vetoed three bills on Friday, including measures on public health response to infectious disease, creation of a no-bid Medicaid contract and a measure limiting the executive branch's ability to enforce election law. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kelly uses veto authority to reject infectious disease, Medicaid and election bills

BY: and - May 13, 2022

Gov. Laura Kelly vetoed three bills passed by the GOP-led Legislature on response to infectious disease, no-bid Medicaid contracts and election law.

Gov. Laura Kelly, a Democrat, signed a bill Wednesday that would initiate a three-year phase out of the state's 6.5% sales tax on groceries. Kelly prefers the tax on food be eliminated on July 1. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kelly goes shopping for sweet food sales tax repeal, settles for gradual reduction

BY: - May 11, 2022

OLATHE — Gov. Laura Kelly took a trip to a Hy-Vee store to sign a bipartisan bill Wednesday phasing out over three years the state’s 6.5% sales tax on groceries, but would prefer the Legislature reconsider her proposal to promptly wipe out the state tax on groceries. The Republican-led Legislature is sitting on a large […]

Kobach seeks injunction for U.S. airmen with religious objections to COVID-19 vaccination

BY: - May 10, 2022

GOP attorney general candidate Kris Kobach represents three dozen U.S. military personnel who object on religious grounds to COVID-19 vaccination mandate.

Sen. Tom Holland, a Democrat from Baldwin City, disappointed with the redistricting process submitted a brief that included a photograph from an Overland Park public hearing on the maps that shows three GOP senators engaged with their cellphones rather than being attentive. (Kansas Reflector screen capture from brief filed with Kansas Supreme Court)

Kansas legislative leaders argue district court erred by ruling congressional map unconstitutional

BY: - May 10, 2022

GOP members of Legislative Coordinating Council urge Kansas Supreme Court to reverse lower court finding new congressional maps are unconstitutional.

Overturn of Roe v. Wade raises stakes for Kansas abortion rights battle in August

BY: - May 3, 2022

TOPEKA — The stakes for the August vote over a Kansas constitutional amendment on abortion access were made clear by the leak of a draft U.S. Supreme Court opinion striking down federal abortion protection rights. The draft opinion rejecting the landmark Roe v. Wade decision is not final and does not necessarily set in stone the opinion […]

An organization filed an ethics complaint against Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, accusing him of misconduct by participating in a 2020 lawsuit questioning election procedures in four swing states that helped President Joe Biden defeat former President Donald Trump. This 22-foot marble sculpture dominates the lobby of the Kansas Judicial Center in Topeka. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas Attorney General argues fairness of congressional map is off limits for state court

BY: - May 3, 2022

TOPEKA — Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office says the Kansas Supreme Court has no business evaluating the fairness of redrawn congressional districts, despite a district court’s ruling that the map is heavily biased toward Republicans and dilutes minority votes. In a written argument filed Monday, Schmidt’s office argues the state court system doesn’t have a […]