Voting is the way we as citizens of the United States and its component states, counties and cities express our opinions and preferences. We are periodically asked to mark our ballots for candidates for various offices and to weigh in on proposals to change or enact laws, impose new taxes and many other kinds of questions. Voting is the cornerstone of our democratic process.
Wichita candidate for Kansas House focuses on transgender rights, health care, business
LAWRENCE — Kansas House candidate Jaelynn Abegg said her consideration for public office began while advocating earlier this year in Topeka against Senate Bill 160, which would have banned transgender athletes from school sports. Abegg, who labels herself as a progressive Democrat, is running against incumbent Republican Rep. Brenda Landwehr in the GOP-leaning 105th District […]
Kansas Republican ready to ‘pull out all the stops’ as she takes on Jerry Moran and the Deep State
TOPEKA — Joan Farr’s campaign flyer is designed to get attention. The 67-year-old appears armed with an assault rifle, wearing a yellow bikini beneath a black jean jacket, curls of reddish-brown hair under a straw cowboy hat. The flyer says she is “GUNNING for the U.S. Senate” in both Kansas and Oklahoma. On her website, […]
Schmidt proposes sweeping policy to exempt retirement benefits from state income tax
Kansas GOP gubernatorial candidate Derek Schmidt proposes a plan to eliminate state income taxes on retirement benefits or income.
Kansas Supreme Court issues full opinions on legislative, congressional redistricting cases
Kansas Supreme Court issues full written decisions affirming constitutionality of legislative and congressional redistricting maps ahead of 2022 elections.
Kansas election security forum blends campaign appeals, concerns about voting misconduct
Olathe election integrity event draws number-laden conspiracy theorists, Kansas political figures and candidates, and out-of-staters with big complaints.
Kansas high school students embrace importance of journalism and voting
LAWRENCE — Marisa Wise believes young voices deserve to be heard because, while they cannot vote, they have the “entire internet at (their) fingertips,” and she uses it to research and stay informed. Wise, a 15-year-old from Gardner, was among more than 80 high school students who signed up for The University of Kansas School […]
Kansas GOP candidate accepted Zuckerberg cash, then embraced bogus election fraud claims
TOPEKA — As a Johnson County commissioner in 2020, Mike Brown welcomed the “nice surprise” of Mark Zuckerberg’s cash to support the expansion of advance voting. Now, as an election denier seeking the GOP nomination for secretary of state, Brown opposes the use of grants funded by the Facebook magnate and promises to ban ballot […]
Uncontested races silence Kansas voters. That means ideologues won’t be judged in November.
Democracy doesn’t work without choice. Half of Kansas House races this November will feature candidates running unopposed, meaning that voters across the state won’t be able to make the fundamental choice of who represents them in Topeka. For them, democracy has broken down. Extremists, homophobes and race-baiting ideologues won’t face the judgment of voters. They […]
University of Kansas athletics administrator taking run at Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate
University of Kansas athletics administrator Paul Buskirk is seeking the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, a seat held by Republican Jerry Moran.
Health professional coalition seeks passage of Kansas abortion constitutional amendment
Organizations backing anti-abortion amendment to Kansas Constitution formed a health professional coalition to campaign for passage of measure Aug. 2.
Wichita businessman, veteran launches Democratic campaign challenging U.S. Rep. Estes
Wichita businessman and veteran Bob Hernandez seeks Democratic Party's nomination for the 4th District congressional seat anchored by Sedgwick County.
Schmidt offers strategies for moderating threat of firearm violence in Kansas schools
Attorney General Derek Schmidt, a candidate for Kansas governor, offers proposals for improving security at schools to thwart violent assaults.