Politics + Government

Research involving University of Kansas researchers indicates heavily partisan corporate CEOs tend to bend forecasts to reflect political bias in terms of the occupant of the White House. Here, then-President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden debate in the 2020 campaign won by Biden. (Morry Gash-Pool/Getty Images)

Corporate executives offer rosier business forecasts if politically aligned with a U.S. president

BY: - November 26, 2022

University of Kansas researchers assert partisan alignment of corporate CEOs and the U.S. president can lead to overly optimistic business assumptions.

A young child rides in a stroller

Congress knows how to slash child poverty. It just needs to do it.

BY: - November 26, 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. Juan Carlos Ordóñez is the communications director of the Oregon Center for Public Policy, as well as the host of the podcast Policy for the People. […]

Lawmakers say marijuana is workforce issue, urge caution in legalization discussion

BY: - November 25, 2022

TOPEKA — Kansas lawmakers said marijuana legalization, political stances and state funding were potential roadblocks in addressing the state’s severe workforce shortage. Sen. Virgil Peck, R-Havana, said the Special Committee on Workforce Development needed to talk about marijuana legalization before lawmakers discussed it during the upcoming legislative session.  Lawmakers passed a motion to make a […]

Rep. John Barker appears in a committee hearing room

New York Times investigation shows how sports gambling industry exploited Kansas legislators

BY: - November 25, 2022

TOPEKA — A New York Times investigation into the gambling industry’s bare-knuckled lobbying efforts provides insight into concessions Kansas lawmakers provided when they legalized sports betting earlier this year. Among the revelations from the report, published Sunday as part of a series on “a relentless nationwide campaign” to expand sports betting: Kansas lawmakers slashed an […]

Marc Johnson, a researcher at the University of Missouri, says he's part of a team closely monitoring sewer water to determine whether a new strain of COVID-19 takes hold during the holiday season. (Kansas Reflector screen capture from KU Health System's Facebook channel)

Kansas health experts monitoring COVID-19, flu and RSV trifecta as holiday season arrives

BY: - November 24, 2022

Anticipated rise in incidence of COVID-19, flu and a challenging form of influenza could lead to crowding of Kansas hospitals during the winter months.

New Kansas crime-tracking system halfway completed, officials say

BY: - November 23, 2022

TOPEKA — The Kansas Bureau of Investigation director said the agency’s new data tracking system is about halfway complete and will create a better overview of the state’s crime problem, including a potential rise in fentanyl cases. During a Tuesday legislative budget hearing, KBI director Kirk Thompson said the new system would store details about […]

President Warren G. Harding and other men gathered around a conference table

With Kansas election season winding down, consider the benefits of being a mugwump

BY: - November 23, 2022

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. Ron Smith is a fifth-generation Kansan, a native of Manhattan, an attorney practicing in Larned, a grandfather several times over, a Vietnam veteran and a civil war […]

House Minority Leader Tom Sawyer, a Democrat from Wichita, said Tuesday he wouldn't seek reappointment to the job during the 2023 legislative session, saying it was time for a new generation of Democrats to lead. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Democrat Sawyer steps away from leadership post; Hawkins seeks job of Kansas House speaker

BY: - November 22, 2022

House Minority Leader Tom Sawyer declines to seek election to Democrat's top leadership post, GOP Rep. Dan Hawkins seeking selection as House speaker.

Sen. Caryn Tyson said she supports removing social security taxes. (Kansas Reflector Screen Capture from Kansas Legislature Youtube channel)

Kansas lawmakers consider using state’s surplus to cut Social Security taxes

BY: - November 22, 2022

TOPEKA — Kansas legislators want to use a projected budget surplus to address the state’s “Social Security cliff,” which they say is driving retirees out of the state. Kansas taxes income from Social Security benefits, with an income tax exemption for those who make $75,000 in federal adjusted gross income or less. Critics of the […]

Investment advisers cautioned trustees of the Kansas Pubic Employees Retirement System about imposing investment restrictions by law or policy in wake of demands by activists for investment portfolio changes based on politics of fossil fuels as well as tensions in China. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas pension investment advisers caution against robust legislative rebuttal to ESG activists

BY: - November 22, 2022

Kansas Public Employee Retirement System's board prepares for debate in 2023 Legislature about environmental activism and China's role in global economy.

The annual welcoming of the Christmas tree to the governor's mansion happened Monday. (Rachel Mipro/Kansas Reflector)

Santa, Christmas tree growers weigh in on Kansas climate during annual Christmas tradition

BY: - November 21, 2022

CEDAR CREST — Heavy is the head that wears the Kansas Christmas Tree Growers Association presidency.  David Wilderson said he feels a lot of pride in his first year at the helm of the association, representing Christmas tree growers across the state at the annual welcoming of the Christmas tree to the governor’s mansion. Every […]

Megan Monsour stands before microphone to testify at legislative hearing

Kansas child welfare panel raises issue with guardian ad litem, CASA programs

BY: - November 21, 2022

Kansas legislators red-flag guardian ad litems hired to work child-in-need-of-care cases and lackof diversity in volunteer program tied to foster children.