Politics + Government

Joan Farr says she had to "pull out all the stops" with her campaign flyer because she can't get any publicity. She is challenging incumbent U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran in the GOP primary in Kansas. (Thad Allton for Kansas Reflector)

Kansas Republican ready to ‘pull out all the stops’ as she takes on Jerry Moran and the Deep State

BY: - June 23, 2022

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, […]

President Joe Biden signs an executive order banning the import of Russian oil on March 8, 2022, in the Oval Office of the White House. (Official White House photo by Cameron Smith)

Biden pitches a summer gas tax holiday as price hovers around $5 a gallon

BY: - June 22, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Wednesday called on Congress and state legislatures to provide a temporary reprieve from gas taxes — but members of his own party and Republicans appeared opposed, making it look unlikely on the federal level. In addition, many state legislatures are out of session for the year and aren’t expected […]

Flowers, plush toys and wooden crosses are placed at a memorial dedicated to the victims of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School on June 3, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. Nineteen students and two teachers were killed on May 24 after an 18-year-old gunman opened fire inside the school. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

U.S. Senate moves forward on gun safety legislation

BY: - June 22, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Senate is poised to pass a bipartisan bill later this week that could become the most comprehensive federal gun safety legislation in years, including billions in new mental health funding. Senators on a procedural vote late Tuesday agreed 64-34 to start debate on the gun control bill, which would also have to […]

Attorney General Derek Schmidt, the Republican candidate for governor, proposed a tax reform package that would exempt retirement benefits from state income tax. Schmidt is seated along with running mate Katie Sawyer. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Schmidt proposes sweeping policy to exempt retirement benefits from state income tax

BY: - June 22, 2022

Kansas GOP gubernatorial candidate Derek Schmidt proposes a plan to eliminate state income taxes on retirement benefits or income.

U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, D-Kansas, welcomed President Joe Biden's endorsement of suspension in the federal fuel tax, but she urged Congress to adopt a bill dropping the tax until Jan. 1. (Kansas Reflector screen capture from campaign video)

Davids welcomes, GOP denounces president’s decision to turn corner on federal fuel tax

BY: - June 22, 2022

Democratic U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids of Kansas welcomes president's call for 3-month federal fuel tax holiday, but seeks suspension of tax through Jan. 1.

OPINION

Brian Wilson’s Kansas City concert sweeps past and present together into a wistful wave of change

BY: - June 22, 2022

No one likes to dwell on getting older, pondering the grand sweep of time that carries us from childhood to geezerdom. Age may be a blessing, but let’s not examine that blessing too carefully, lest we strain our back. On Monday, however, I had no choice. Founding Beach Boy and chamber pop genius Brian Wilson […]

Trump led pressure campaign on state election officials, Jan. 6 panel says

BY: - June 21, 2022

Former President Donald Trump was directly involved in efforts to pressure state officials in Georgia, Arizona and elsewhere to overturn the 2020 election results in their states, according to evidence the U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack presented Tuesday at the panel’s fourth hearing this month. Trump and his attorneys knew that […]

Former Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, U.S. ambassador at large for international religious freedom, departs the post Wednesday following the re-election defeat of President Donald Trump to Democrat Joe Biden. (Screenshot of U.S. State Department briefing/Kansas Reglector)

Brownback agrees with U.S. Supreme Court ruling on state funding of religious schools

BY: - June 21, 2022

Former Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback released a statement agreeing with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Tuesday, which stated a Maine school voucher program cannot exclude funding for sectarian education.  The program – which is unique to Maine because more than half of its school districts operate without a public high school – appropriates taxpayer money […]

University of Kansas health System pediatrics are already seeing a high demand for COVID-19 vaccinations now that the FDA has granted emergency use authorization for children as young as six months. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Kansas doctors see early demand for COVID-19 vaccines for young children

BY: - June 21, 2022

TOPEKA — COVID-19 vaccinations for kids as young as six months old began Tuesday across the country, and Kansas doctors say demand is already high. Last week, both Moderna and Pfizer received emergency use authorizations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Subsequently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention signed off on the vaccination […]

Gov. Laura Kelly announces a new $53 million bonus pay program for child care workers during a news conference Tuesday at Countryside United Methodist Church in Topeka. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas to give child care workers $53M in appreciation pay

BY: - June 21, 2022

TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly on Tuesday announced a $53 million program to deliver bonuses to 22,000 child care workers at licensed facilities in Kansas. Child care workers will receive a one-time payment between $750 and $2,500, depending on the hours they work, in late July. The governor said the appreciation bonuses are “a reward […]

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

Kansas Supreme Court issues full opinions on legislative, congressional redistricting cases

BY: - June 21, 2022

Kansas Supreme Court issues full written decisions affirming constitutionality of legislative and congressional redistricting maps ahead of 2022 elections.

Ton Miras Neira, far left, said community health workers provide culturally competent and financially beneficial care, often ensuring treatments are successful where they otherwise might fall short. (Submitted)

Certification for community health workers opens doors for culturally competent care in Kansas

BY: - June 21, 2022

TOPEKA — As a deaf-blind interpreter in Spain, Ton Miras Neira found a need for more health workers focused on empowering and understanding underrepresented communities. So when Neira came to the United States in 2012, he began a career as a community health worker — frontline public health workers who are either trusted community members […]