Politics + Government
As COVID-19 cases in Kansas rise, state is a step closer to ramping up testing
TOPEKA — Kansans may soon see widely expanded COVID-19 testing after a state task force Wednesday approved a plan for the distribution of millions of dollars in leftover federal pandemic aid. Gov. Laura Kelly’s Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas, or SPARK, task force’s proposed strategy for the $290 million in remaining CARES act funding emphasized […]
Kansas bankers wary of COVID-19 surge in foreclosures, evictions in early 2021
Without a new federal COVID-19 stimulus package, Kansas bankers warn a state legislative committee of a possible surge in delinquent loans in early 2021.
Kansas GOP candidate Amanda Adkins repudiates FEC complaint as ‘frivolous’
A Kansas Democrat filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging GOP U.S. House candidate Amanda Adkins violated campaign rules and law.
Kansas draws privacy line to exclude some businesses from COVID-19 cluster report
TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly’s administration has rejected an open records request by Kansas Reflector seeking the name and location of businesses connected to COVID-19 outbreaks of fewer than 20 infections. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment last week began selectively identifying active clusters of COVID-19 cases with five or more infections for a […]
Kansas prepares to invest millions in aggressive expansion of COVID-19 testing
Gov. Laura Kelly's administration will move this week to earmark federal emergency funding to significantly expand COVID-19 testing statewide.
Bush administration ethics lawyer slams hiring of DeJoy as postmaster
WASHINGTON — A top ethics lawyer to President George W. Bush on Monday decried Louis DeJoy’s appointment to postmaster general and called for a congressional investigation into allegations of criminal activity. Richard Painter, who served as chief White House ethics lawyer and associate counsel to Bush, said DeJoy should not have been allowed to take […]
Criminal Justice Reform Commission explores high costs of incarceration in Kansas
TOPEKA — A Kansas commission is teaming with a national justice initiative to rethink how and where state taxpayer dollars are being spent in the criminal justice system in order to reduce financial waste amid a budget shortfall. Kansas joins more than 30 states who have implemented the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, a federally funded program […]
Michelle De La Isla: U.S. House candidate pledges liberty, justice for all in Kansas
Topeka Mayor Michelle De La Isla, Democratic nomine for U.S. House in the 2nd District, wants Kansans to have an honest conversation about race.
Judge grants Sen. Julia Lynn’s request to be removed from November ballot
Sen. Julia Lynn's appeal to be dropped from the November ballot was affirmed by a judge after her request was rejected by the secretary of state.
Kansas flags fly at half-staff to honor victims of 9/11 terrorist attacks
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly's executive order directs flags be flown Friday at half-staff to honor those killed and injured in terrorist attacks Sept. 11, 2001.
Gov. Laura Kelly pressures GOP ahead of vote to extend COVID-19 emergency
TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly applied maximum pressure Thursday to legislative leaders who will decide whether to extend the emergency declaration for COVID-19, saying the pandemic in Kansas is worse now than at previous peaks and millions of dollars in federal aid hang in the balance. Kelly also said she talked with Deborah Birx, the […]
Kansas Board of Regents to seek restoration of $35 million cut from university budgets
The Kansas Board of Regents will ask lawmakers to restore $35 million cut from state aid to universities despite a looming budget crisis.