Politics + Government

Kansas Board of Education member Jim McNiece, left, offered sharp criticism of a school-safety briefing by two Kansas Department of Education staff members who outlined the effort to improve security at public schools. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas Board of Education member ‘ticked off’ by analysis of school safety planning

BY: - August 10, 2022

Kansas Board of Education member scolds school safety experts for leaving impression local educators weren't sufficiently concerned about crisis management.

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Whimsical carvings decorate trees in Orr Park in Montevallo, Alabama. Opinion editor Clay Wirestone walked the park on his recent visit to the state. (Clay Wirestone/Kansas Reflector)

From spine-tingling tales to faces in the trees, Alabama trip puts Kansas in perspective

BY: - August 10, 2022

I was driving along an Alabama backroad with my mother-in-law, hearing about various Southern Gothic deaths that had befallen residents of her neighborhood, when I realized something simple yet important: This country is vast. The contiguous United States stretches more than 2,500 miles from coast to coast. Our 50 states go from sapphire blue to […]

Health workers sit at a table at a pop-up monkeypox vaccination clinic on Aug. 3, 2022, at the West Hollywood, California, Library. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Biden administration proposes changing how monkeypox vaccine is administered

BY: - August 9, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration began encouraging health care providers Tuesday to change the way they’re administering vaccines to protect against monkeypox, in an attempt to stretch out doses fivefold. The latest shift in strategy comes as the administration races to curtail the spread of the virus, which jumped from 778 cases one month ago […]

Secret Service and Palm Beach police are seen in front of the home of former President Donald Trump at Mar-A-Lago on Aug. 8, 2022, in Palm Beach, Florida. The FBI raided the home to retrieve classified White House documents. (Eva Marie Uzcategui/Getty Images)

Republicans in Congress line up behind Trump after he says FBI searched Mar-a-Lago

BY: - August 9, 2022

Republicans in Congress fumed Tuesday in reaction to former President Donald Trump’s Monday evening statement that the FBI executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago, his home in Palm Beach, Florida. Democrats had little to say Tuesday about the apparent search, though some defended the execution of justice regardless of a person’s political power. The massive […]

Rep. Steven Howe, a conservative Salina Republican. said Kansans disappointed by failure of constitutional amendment on abortion need to focus on their own communities and working to support pregnant women who might seek abortion. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Rep. Steven Howe: Abortion amendment supporters need to look beyond the vote

BY: - August 9, 2022

State GOP Rep. Steen Howe of Salina asks Kansans disappointed by failure of anti-abortion amendment to turn attention to helping pregnant women in crisis.

Sen. Caryn Tyson trails Rep. Steven Johnson by fewer than 500 votes for the GOP nomination for state treasurer. The race won't be decided until three of the largest counties certify election results next week, but the deadline to challenge those results is Friday. (Photos by Tim Carpenter and Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

GOP candidates for Kansas treasurer will have to decide on recount before votes are certified

BY: - August 9, 2022

TOPEKA — The Republican race for state treasurer may be unresolved for at least another week, when three of the state’s largest counties certify results from the primary election and decide whether to count or discard an unknown number of provisional ballots. But state law requires the candidates, who were separated by just 505 votes […]

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In the Co/efficient poll released this weekend, 47% of the over 1,500 voters sampled support the so-called “Value Them Both” amendment and 43% are against it. The remaining 10% are undecided. (Margaret Mellott/Kansas Reflector)

Contrary to popular belief, Gen Z activists in Kansas have stepped up to cultivate social change

BY: - August 9, 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. Rija Nazir is a senior at Wichita State University studying political science with a minor in Spanish. Like many Gen Z voters, my urge to become […]

U.S. Sen. Roger Marshall, in photo, and U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, both Kansas Republicans, voted against an election-year spending bill pushed through the U.S. Senate by a narrow margin. The bill now moves to the U.S. House. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Marshall, Moran vote against Democrats’ economic legislation after marathon debate

BY: - August 8, 2022

Kansas' U.S. senators, Republicans Roger Marshall and Jerry Moran, voted against Democrats' latest spending bill touching on climate change, health care and tax fairness.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation's annual report on the welfare of children ranked Kansas 17th in the nation in terms of economic, education, health and other metrics. That placed Kansas ahead of Oklahoma and Missouri, but behind Nebraska and Colorado. (Amanda Mills/CDC)

Kansas ranks 17th in U.S. on child well-being in terms of economic, health, education metrics

BY: - August 8, 2022

Kansas in top 10 of national rankings on economic welfare of children, but struggling on education, health and community measures.

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Attendees of the Kansans for Constitutional Freedom watch party celebrate after primary election results verify Kansans voted to keep abortion a constitutional right on Tuesday. (Lily O'Shea Becker/Kansas Reflector)

These four dumb responses totally misread the stunning Kansas abortion rights vote

BY: - August 8, 2022

You could tell that no one was prepared for the nearly 20-point victory by abortion rights forces in Kansas by the incredibly dumb takes that soon followed. Anti-abortion supporters, insulated by the U.S. Supreme Court over the past half-century from the unpopularity of their beliefs, were faced with a broad public rebuke. This wasn’t a […]

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) gives the thumbs Aug. 7, 2022, up as he leaves the Senate Chamber after passage of the Inflation Reduction Act. The Senate worked overnight Saturday into Sunday as they moved toward final passage of Senate budget reconciliation deal, which Senate Democrats have named The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. The final vote was 51-50, with the tie-breaking vote being cast by Vice President Kamala Harris. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

U.S. Senate passes major health, tax and climate bill in boost for Democrats

BY: and - August 7, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate, along party lines, passed a sweeping energy, health care, climate and tax package Sunday afternoon, following an overnight marathon of votes that resulted in just a handful of notable changes to the legislation. The 755-page bill was passed after Vice President Kamala Harris broke a 50-50 tie in the evenly […]

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A sign on July 29, 2022, directs voters to the Shawnee County Elections Office. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Johnson County sheriff’s stonewalling on election probe keeps Kansans in the dark

BY: - August 7, 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. Max Kautsch is an attorney whose practice focuses on First Amendment rights and open government law. Johnson County Sheriff Calvin Hayden doesn’t want you to know […]