Politics + Government

Activist: Repeat caller weaponized Topeka police against autistic child

BY: - October 23, 2020

TOPEKA — An activist supporting a child with autism who was handcuffed and thrown to the ground by a Topeka police officer says the department is allowing residents to weaponize officers against minorities. The 14-year-old boy’s family and supporters are calling for increased accountability for those who file false reports or claims and that the […]

Trump in final debate slams pandemic aid as ‘big bailout’ for blue cities and states

BY: - October 23, 2020

WASHINGTON — Asked during Thursday’s final presidential debate about why another round of economic relief hasn’t been approved to aid unemployed Americans and struggling local governments, President Donald Trump and his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, pointed fingers at opposite ends of the U.S. Capitol. Trump blamed House Democrats for the stalemate over another coronavirus stimulus […]

Biden in final debate vows immigration overhaul in first 100 days as president

BY: - October 23, 2020

WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Thursday night distanced himself from the Obama administration’s handling of undocumented people that led to the highest rate of deportations of any presidency and said he would act swiftly on immigration as president. During the final presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Biden admitted the Obama […]

U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, appeared in a televised debate Thursday night with Democratic nominee Barbara Bollier, a state senator from Johnson County. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

U.S. Senate debate draws out Marshall, Bollier on health care, guns, abortion

BY: - October 22, 2020

U.S. Senate nominees Barbara Bollier and Roger Marshall lit up the TV debate stage with criticisms and allegations ahead of the Nov. 3 vote.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, left, defeated Republican challenger Amanda Adkins in the 3rd District election. Davids remains the lone Democrat in the federal delegation from Kansas. (Kansas Reflector)

Davids, Adkins clash on health care, unemployment aid during 3rd District debate

BY: - October 22, 2020

TOPEKA — Democratic incumbent Sharice Davids and Republican challenger Amanda Adkins clashed in a 3rd District congressional debate Thursday with competing views on health care, an economy struggling from the COVID-19 pandemic, and police reform. Adkins blasted Davids for her allegiance to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, while Davids vilified her opponent as an extension […]

Kansas small businesses still in need after depletion of CARES Act aid

BY: - October 22, 2020

TOPEKA — Thousands of Kansas small businesses lack desperately needed support after fewer than a third of those seeking federal relief funds were awarded grants for critical pandemic costs. Nearly 6,000 businesses applied for help, but the Kansas Department of Commerce was only able to award grants to 1,900 before the $32.5 million allotted ran […]

Barrett nomination advances to the U.S. Senate floor with a GOP-only vote

BY: and - October 22, 2020

WASHINGTON — Republicans on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court as Democrats boycotted the markup in a show of protest. The 12 Republicans on the panel speedily voted on Barrett’s nomination and sent it to the Senate floor. The full Senate will […]

Gov. Laura Kelly, who expanded her statewide mask mandate as COVID-19 flourished, will brief reporters Wednesday after KDHE reported fatalities in the state surged 119 since Monday. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Norton’s COVID-19 infection rate highest ever recorded in Kansas

BY: - October 21, 2020

TOPEKA — A severe and deadly outbreak of COVID-19 that has ravaged the Norton community is by far the worst recorded in Kansas since the start of the pandemic, health officials said Wednesday. Gov. Laura Kelly called the outbreak a “stark reminder” that the threat of COVID-19 is real, even in rural areas. She said […]

Gov. Laura Kelly proposed Wednesday talks with Kansas legislative leaders to search for a bipartisan agreement on a statewide mask requirement to shield people against COVID-19. Eighty counties have opted out of Kelly's mask mandate issued in July. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Gov. Laura Kelly seeks bipartisan House, Senate talks on new mask mandate

BY: - October 21, 2020

Gov. Laura Kelly seeking bipartisan House, Senate deal on statewide mask mandate and opens applications for $35 million in housing assistance.

Alan Cobb, president and chief executive officer of the Kansas Chamber, said the business organization wants the 2021 Legislature and Gov. Laura Kelly to embrace a series of reforms to help the economy survive and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas Chamber analysis plants seed of statewide workforce development overhaul

BY: - October 21, 2020

The Kansas Chamber's report on workforce development says business and education leaders need set statewide goals and be nimble to meet demands.

Support for at-risk Kansas children bogged down by overworked employees, lack of services

BY: - October 20, 2020

TOPEKA — During his time serving as a Sedgwick County judge in juvenile court, Kevin Smith saw an overworked and exhausted foster care system leave Kansas children at risk of being harmed. Smith spent five years as a judge in juvenile court, where at any one time he had between 350 and 400 open child […]

JJeff Zmuda, secretary of the Kansas Department of Corrections, said Monday a sixth correctional officer died of complications from COVID-19. Since March, 16 inmates in the state prison system have died after testing positive for the virus. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Norton facility hosts biggest COVID-19 hotspot in Kansas prison system

BY: - October 20, 2020

Norton Correctional Facility has most intense COVID-19 surge among Kansas prison facilities, while sixth Kansas inmate dies from virus.