Politics + Government

Lt. Gov. David Toland, who also serves as secretary of the Kansas Department of Commerce, said the Kansas Legislature needed to adopt an unprecedented package of economic development incentives to help the state solidify its bid for a manufacturing company willing to invest $4 billion in the state. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas governor, Legislature wrestling economic and political forces on $4B development project

BY: - January 25, 2022

Kansas Department of Commerce makes pitch to GOP-led Legislature on economic incentives to attract manufacturer making $4 billion investment in state.

OPINION

Workers wield newfound power in world shaped by COVID-19. Kansas leaders should adapt, and quickly.

BY: - January 25, 2022

Businesses wouldn’t exist without workers. That’s been easy to forget in recent decades, as corporations flexed their muscle, organized labor endured setbacks, and CEOs grew ever richer. Within a year, however, the COVID-19 pandemic metamorphosed the employment landscape in Kansas and across the country. Workers are waking up amid widespread skill and staffing shortages. They […]

Rep. Brett Fairchild, R-St. John, joined a bipartisan group of legislators endorsing a House bill banning no-knock search warrants of residences and adoption of a law requiring officers to be in uniform when serving the warrants. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Law enforcement officers, legislators resist House bill banning no-knock warrants

BY: - January 24, 2022

Kansas legislators, law enforcement officers want to arrest development of a House bill placing into state law a prohibition on no-knock search warrants.

‘You have awakened a sleeping lion’: Kansas City residents denounce GOP congressional map

BY: - January 24, 2022

TOPEKA — Wyandotte County resident Connie Brown Collins says new congressional boundaries passed by the state Senate appear to “literally cut through backyards” of several diverse communities. Republicans in the Legislature have fast-tracked an effort to redraw congressional districts in a way that would divide the Kansas City metro area along Interstate 70. As a […]

Sen. Mark Steffen, a Hutchinson Republican and a physician, has advocated for dispensing medicine for off-label uses, including the anti-parasite drug ivermectin, in the fight against COVID-19 . (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas Senate panel may lower scrutiny of doctors approving off-label use of drugs for COVID-19

BY: - January 24, 2022

Senate committee explores allowing doctors to prescribe drugs for off-label use against COVID-19 without risk of licensing backlash for bad outcomes.

Youth and expertise converge in gathering of Kansas lawmakers, entrepreneurs

BY: - January 24, 2022

TOPEKA — Rep. Tory Arnberger-Blew ran for office in 2016 as a student at Fort Hays State University because her legislator never responded to an email. When he was gone from the Statehouse for three weeks, nobody even noticed. “My thought is, I just want somebody who’s going to answer the phone, who’s going to […]

OPINION

Kansas Sen. David Haley asks: Why hide our nation’s historical ‘Roots?’

BY: - January 24, 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. Mark McCormick is the former executive director of The Kansas African American Museum and a member of the Kansas African American Affairs Commission. Forty-five years ago this […]

With voting rights stalled, some senators mull an update to the Electoral Count Act

BY: - January 23, 2022

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of senators is exploring legislation to overhaul how Congress counts Electoral College votes, but backers of stalled voting rights legislation are lukewarm on the effort as a substitute. The Electoral Count Act is an obscure law that has come under recent scrutiny, a year after the Jan. 6 attack on […]

Kansas bill would broaden scope of investigation into maternal deaths

BY: - January 23, 2022

TOPEKA — For 41 years, Rita Williams Thompson’s daughter Charmaine battled through health difficulties because of what her mother described as negligent behavior by doctors throughout her pregnancy. On three separate occasions, Williams Thompson told doctors something was wrong. She noted swelling in her feet, legs and hands, but the only response she got was […]

The Kansas Legislature's auditors say the Prairiefire development in Overland Park financed with $65 million in STAR bonds issued under a state program is in jeopardy of defaulting on debt because it won't likely retire the bonds in the required 20 years. (Screen capture/Kansas Department of Commerce report)

Legislative auditors skeptical Prairiefire development can pay off $64.8M in bond debt

BY: - January 22, 2022

Auditors say Prairiefire in Overland Park in jeopardy of defaulting on $65 million in STAR bond debt given modest tourism draw, weak sales tax growth.

Kansas unemployment dropped to 3.3% in December, the lowest rate since the April 2020 surge to 12.6% at outset of the COVID-19 pandemic. It remained under 4% throughout 2021. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas unemployment rate dips to 3.3% in December, returning to pre-COVID-19 levels

BY: - January 22, 2022

The Kansas unemployment rate dropped to 3.3% in December, marking a return to pre-COVID-19 levels disrupted by a surge to 12.6% in April 2020.

OPINION

Kyrsten Sinema is gambling that her filibuster vote will help her win again in 2024

BY: - January 22, 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. Jim Small is the editor in chief of the Arizona Mirror, an affiliate of States Newsroom that first published this commentary. She may not have single-handedly derailed […]