Politics + Government

U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings to plow ahead amid COVID-19 infections

BY: - October 9, 2020

Federal Judge Amy Coney Barrett will face the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee beginning Monday for what’s expected to be an unusual and contentious four days of hearings on her nomination for the Supreme Court. Democrats sought unsuccessfully to block those hearings, raising concerns about the short time frame before Election Day, the urgent need to […]

Senate President Susan Wagle embraces gerrymandering to benefit GOP in Kansas

BY: and - October 9, 2020

TOPEKA — Democrats blasted Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle on Friday for recent comments she made about the desire to redraw legislative and congressional district boundaries in Kansas to favor Republicans. Wagle, a Republican from Wichita who is retiring from the Legislature after withdrawing from the U.S. Senate race, told a gathering of Republicans last […]

Trump’s rhetoric on election integrity unfolds in courtrooms, tweets

BY: - October 9, 2020

See you in court! It is a threat President Donald Trump and his re-election campaign have lobbed — sometimes verbatim — at states across the country this year. Last week, the campaign threatened litigation in Pennsylvania if it wasn’t allowed to observe activity inside satellite election offices — access election lawyers say would be unprecedented, […]

Gov. Laura Kelly signals new wave of broadband development in Kansas

BY: - October 8, 2020

Gov. Laura Kelly is expanding role of the Kansas Department of Commerce in expanding delivery of broadband services in the state.

U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall, left, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, dramatically expanded reliance on taxpayer dollars to pay for communications with Kansans after U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts announced his retirement and Marshall launched his campaign to fill Roberts' shoes. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

U.S. House incumbents in Kansas spent $1.1M in tax dollars in 18 months to spread gospel

BY: - October 8, 2020

The four U.S. House members from Kansas have relied on $1.1 million in taxpayer financed communications to promote political ideas.

Gov. Laura Kelly and the eight legislators on the State Finance Council agreed to extend the state's COVID-19 emergency disaster declaration for one month to Nov. 15. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas legislators, governor extend COVID-19 disaster declaration to Nov. 15

BY: - October 7, 2020

The Kansas governor and a bipartisan group of legislative leaders agreed to extend the state's COVID-19 disaster declaration through Nov. 15.

to COVID-19 and lifting the statewide disaster declaration allowing suspension of speedy-trial rules would overwhelm the judicial branch. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

COVID-19 infects Kansas judicial system with backlog of more than 1,700 trials

BY: - October 7, 2020

At least 1,700 criminal trials have been delayed due to COVID-19 in Kansas, and lifting statewide disaster declaration will overwhelm judiciary.

Supreme Court ruling on Voting Rights Act opened floodgates for new restrictions

BY: - October 7, 2020

It hadn’t even been a day since the U.S. Supreme Court dismantled one of the pillars of voting rights in America, and North Carolina lawmakers weren’t wasting any time. Republican legislators had been contemplating a bill that would require photo identification to vote. The bill had plenty of support, but it had spent the past […]

Black Lives Matter casts doubt on independence of Topeka’s police auditor

BY: - October 6, 2020

TOPEKA — Leaders of Black Lives Matter Topeka say the city’s police department must shift its focus to correcting unjust policing systems and practices to achieve meaningful reform. More than 50 people gathered Tuesday evening in front of the Statehouse before marching in near silence to City Hall, where they called for increased accountability from […]

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roger Marshall greets supporters during a campaign stop Tuesday in Topeka. His visit coincided with renewal of questions about abortion in the campaign pitting Marshall against Democratic nominee Barbara Bollier. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Medical document shows Marshall’s notes from terminated pregnancy

BY: and - October 6, 2020

Document shows U.S. Senate candidate Roger Marshall, a physician opposition to abortion, terminated a dangerous ectopic pregnancy in 2000.

Rep. Troy Waymaster, left, and Sen. Carolyn McGinn, who chair the House and Senate budget committees, will await revision of state tax revenue estimates in November to assess whether cuts to the State Water Plan can be restored. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Restoring full $8 million for Kansas water programs harder than turning a faucet

BY: - October 6, 2020

Revision of Kansas tax revenue estimates in November will offer clue as to whether State Water Plan budget cut can be reversed by Legislature, governor.

Voter fraud myth persists despite constant failure to prove claims

BY: - October 6, 2020

TOPEKA, Kan. — Scott Moore had never heard of the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck program before election officials in Kansas and Florida exposed his personal information, along with 944 other Kansas voters. The now-defunct Crosscheck was designed to help county clerks clean up registration lists by looking for voters who had moved to neighboring states. […]