Politics + Government

Wichita Rep. Dan Hawkins, currently the House majority leader, was nominated by GOP peers Monday to be the Kansas House speaker during the 2023 and 2024 legislative sessions. His selection would has yet to be affirmed by the full House, which convenes Jan. 9. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

House Republicans nominate Hawkins, Croft to lead chamber for next two legislative sessions

BY: and - December 5, 2022

Kansas House Republicans put exclamation point on 2022 elections by nominating GOP colleagues to lead the chamber in the 2023 and 2024 legislative sessions.

lobbyist with the Kansas League of Municipalities, outlines the organization's 2023 legislative agenda shaped by more than 600 city government leaders for a Kansas Reflector podcast. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas coalition of cities flex muscle at Capitol to influence tax, water, housing reform

BY: - December 5, 2022

The Kansas League of Municipalities presses for reform of tax, mental health, housing and water policy on behalf of more than 600 cities statewide.

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Audrey Coleman gives opening remarks at the Kansas Statehouse service for Sen. Bob Dole

From this celebrated Kansan’s past, a leadership legacy for the future

BY: - December 5, 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. Audrey Coleman is the director of the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas. Dec. 5 marks one year since the passing […]

Derek Schmidt appears on stage in front of a GOP banner on election night

U.S. Supreme Court to review Biden student debt relief plan in February

BY: - December 4, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court said Thursday it will hear oral arguments in February over a legal challenge by six Republican-led states to the Biden administration student borrower relief plan. Until the arguments are heard and the court issues a ruling, the $400 billion Biden plan is on hold due to a nationwide injunction […]

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American flags are placed in the ground on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

In Overland Park and beyond, kindness is our brand in a challenging world

BY: - December 4, 2022

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. Inas Younis was born in Mosul, Iraq, and emigrated to the United States as a child. She is a writer and commentator who has been widely published […]

CEO of FTX Sam Bankman-Fried testifies before Congress

Despite FTX fallout, some U.S. House members still skeptical about crypto regulation

BY: - December 3, 2022

Nearly nine months after a bipartisan group of U.S. House members sent a letter questioning the Securities and Exchange Commission’s investigation into cryptocurrencies, including the failed FTX exchange, the lawmakers are maintaining their position that the agency’s approach to regulating crypto is deeply flawed. In public comments since FTX’s collapse last month, the congressmen, led […]

The female anatomy is painted on a window

A record-setting number of women will serve in state legislatures in 2023

BY: - December 3, 2022

WASHINGTON — A record number of women will soon serve in state legislatures, breaking the previous cap of female lawmakers by at least 69 seats and bringing total representation to more than 32%, according to the Center for American Women and Politics. States will have at least 2,376 female lawmakers in 2023, including both women […]

President Joe Biden walks along the Colonnade of the White House on May 4, 2022, to the Oval Office. (Official White House photo by Adam Schultz)

Democrats strip Iowa of first-in-the-nation prize, tap South Carolina for first primary

BY: - December 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — Voters in South Carolina would go first in picking Democratic presidential nominees, followed by Nevada, New Hampshire, Georgia and Michigan if their states go along with a proposal a key Democratic National Committee panel approved Friday. The Rules and Bylaws Committee’s nearly unanimous voice vote proposes moving the Democratic primary’s earliest election date […]

A Christmas village display is set up inside the Pottawatomie Wabaunsee Regional Library. (Rachel Mipro/Kansas Reflector)

‘Troubling and authoritarian’: Kansas ACLU issues warning ahead of St. Marys library vote

BY: - December 2, 2022

TOPEKA — The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas has advised St. Marys city commissioners to renew the imperiled lease of their local public library, saying the officials are violating the Constitution in a “dangerous exercise of power.” The Pottawatomie Wabaunsee Regional Library’s lease is under threat after the library refused to accept a renewal […]

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Democratic Sen. Pat Leahy of Vermont appear at the U.S. Capitol

U.S. Senate averts freight rail strike, but bid to include worker sick leave fails

BY: - December 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted to codify an agreement the White House brokered between rail unions and freight companies in order to avoid a catastrophic rail strike, but fell short of enough votes to include paid sick leave for workers. The Senate backed the rail deal on an 80-15 vote and rejected […]

Gov. Laura Kelly and Senate President Ty Masterson had less to applaud after of the November report on state tax revenue fell 5.3% below projections. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas tax revenue lags revised November projection by more than 5%

BY: - December 2, 2022

Kansas state tax revenue 5.3% less than expected in November, but receipts five months into the fiscal year $184 million ahead of this point in 2021.

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constitutionality of the 2022 Legislature's maps recasting district boundaries for congressional and legislative seats. (Thad Allton for Kansas Reflector)

Kansas Supreme Court justice resigns as teacher after KU protests antigay speaker. Bless his heart.

BY: - December 2, 2022

Kansas Supreme Court Justice Caleb Stegall had his feelings hurt. Students and administrators at the University of Kansas questioned whether the campus Federalist Society should have invited an anti-LGBTQ speaker. Despite protests, the talk from Jordan Lorence of the Alliance Defending Freedom went forward as planned. Stegall outlined the situation and his claims in a […]