Politics + Government
U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings to plow ahead amid COVID-19 infections
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
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
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
Gov. Laura Kelly is expanding role of the Kansas Department of Commerce in expanding delivery of broadband services in the state.
U.S. House incumbents in Kansas spent $1.1M in tax dollars in 18 months to spread gospel
The four U.S. House members from Kansas have relied on $1.1 million in taxpayer financed communications to promote political ideas.
Kansas legislators, governor extend COVID-19 disaster declaration to Nov. 15
The Kansas governor and a bipartisan group of legislative leaders agreed to extend the state's COVID-19 disaster declaration through Nov. 15.
COVID-19 infects Kansas judicial system with backlog of more than 1,700 trials
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
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
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 […]
Medical document shows Marshall’s notes from terminated pregnancy
Document shows U.S. Senate candidate Roger Marshall, a physician opposition to abortion, terminated a dangerous ectopic pregnancy in 2000.
Restoring full $8 million for Kansas water programs harder than turning a faucet
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
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. […]