Politics + Government

Federal rural health panel led by former Gov. Jeff Colyer offers little help for public on COVID-19

BY: - October 15, 2020

WASHINGTON — The pandemic is ripping through rural America, but the website for a federal advisory panel on rural health led by former Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer is silent on COVID-19. And Colyer, a Republican and Overland Park, Kansas, physician, continues to tout the use of hydroxychloroquine as a COVID-19 treatment despite warnings about its […]

GOP 2nd District Republican Jake LaTurner again fails to substantiate claim Democratic candidate Michelle De La Isla "defunded" Topeka Police Department while serving on the city council and as mayor. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

LaTurner, De La Isla clash on Medicaid, Dreamers and reject idea of defunding police

BY: - October 14, 2020

Kansas 2nd District congressional candidates LaTurner and De La Isla say in debate they oppose defunding law enforcement officers.

State and federal agencies reported the Kansas unemployment rate dropped in November to 3.6%, a reduction from 3.9% in September and October. Joblessness at outset of the COVID-19 pandemic was 12.6% in April 2020. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Report: Kansas obesity rate at 10.6% for youth ages 10 to 17

BY: - October 14, 2020

Kansas' obesity rate among youth 10-17 years old is an impressive 10.6%, but the state's adult rate is more than three times higher.

Gov. Laura Kelly: Wear your mask, but don’t despair over grim COVID-19 updates

BY: - October 13, 2020

TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly said Tuesday her administration has taken an important step toward funneling federal cash into expanded testing capacity for COVID-19. She also urged Kansans not to despair over the increasingly grim numbers of deaths and infections reported by health officials every couple of days. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment […]

Republicans stress need to put ‘Kansas common sense’ in D.C. in 2nd District race

BY: - October 13, 2020

TOPEKA — U.S. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy campaigned Tuesday in Topeka for State Treasurer Jake LaTurner and urged voters to consider the significant political divide between opponents Kansas’ 2nd District race. McCarthy, a California Republican who made multiple stops in Kansas this week, said there may be no greater difference in policy in any […]

Second District Democratic congressional candidate Michelle De La Isla's participation in a Topeka march has been used by GOP nominee Jake LaTurner in a commercial that falsely depicts her as an advocate for defunding the Topeka Police Department. To De La Isla's left is the front row is Topeka Police Chief Bill Cochran. (Submitted)

Democrat De La Isla pounces on LaTurner ad as ‘what people hate’ about DC politics

BY: - October 13, 2020

Attack ads in Kansas' 2nd and 3rd congressional district campaigns are inspiring complaints about fairness and accuracy.

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 labor department digs out of help-line quagmire, reduces claim backlog

BY: - October 13, 2020

Kansas' labor secretary Ryan Wright juggling unemployment spike, applicant backlog, hotline staffing and fraud as COVID-19 stretches state agency.

Cutting correctional costs in Kansas begins with supervision revocations, recidivism

BY: - October 12, 2020

Amid a budget shortfall, consultants recommend Kansas address education and training shortcomings of inmates to cut parole revocation and recidivism rates.

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Barbara Bollier reported raising $13.5 million in the third quarter for the largest single-quarter fundraising total of any candidate in Kansas history. She is running for the open seat in Kansas against GOP nominee Roger Marshall. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

U.S. Senate candidate Barbara Bollier raises Kansas record $13.5 million in third quarter

BY: - October 12, 2020

Kansas U.S. Senate candidate Barbara Bollier raises $13.5 million in third quarter amid campaign against GOP nominee Roger Marshall.

Kansas world language programs rife with linguistic discrimination

BY: - October 11, 2020

TOPEKA — In a decade of work in multilingual education, Jacqueline Rodriguez has seen students learning English as a second language treated as if knowing their first language is a disadvantage. Rodriguez was appointed this summer as director of ESOL and migrant programs for Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools. Her district serves 44% English learner […]

Sen. Carolyn McGinn, in a July 2020 campaign ad, plans to seek selection by Republican colleagues to the leadership position of Senate majority leader. The Sedgwick farmer is chair of the Senate's budget committee. (Submitted)

Republican Carolyn McGinn to seek Senate majority leader post

BY: - October 10, 2020

TOPEKA — Republican Kansas Sen. Carolyn McGinn plans to be a candidate for Senate majority leader following the November election. She said in a letter to GOP Senate candidates that she would compete for the slot created by retirement of Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning of Johnson County. Republicans elected to the Senate will meet […]

Gov. Laura Kelly signed a bipartisan bill removing regulatory hurdles in Kansas to advanced practice registered nurses working more independently of physicians, including prescribing of medication. (Submitted to Kansas Reflector)

Kansas ERs burdened by worsening mental health crisis, overflow from state hospitals

BY: - October 10, 2020

TOPEKA — Emergency rooms across Kansas are seeing an increase in people with behavioral and mental health issues seeking care amid the pandemic, and the medical facilities lack necessary resources or staff dedicated to serving these patients. Many of them are awaiting an open bed at Osawatomie State Hospital or Larned State Hospital, both inpatient […]