Politics + Government

As COVID-19 cases in Kansas rise, state is a step closer to ramping up testing

BY: - September 16, 2020

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 […]

Brad Yaeger, president of Legacy Bank in Wichita, says federal stimulus money has helped most businesses and individuals make loan payments, but pressure to foreclose or evict people will rise in early 2021 with action by Congress on a new package. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas bankers wary of COVID-19 surge in foreclosures, evictions in early 2021

BY: - September 16, 2020

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.

Republican congressional candidate Amanda Adkins' spokesman Tuesday rejected validity of a complaint filed with the Federal Elections Commission alleging Adkins violated federal law by raising thousands of dollars before formally establishing her candidacy. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas GOP candidate Amanda Adkins repudiates FEC complaint as ‘frivolous’

BY: - September 15, 2020

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

BY: - September 15, 2020

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

BY: - September 14, 2020

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

BY: - September 14, 2020

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

BY: - September 14, 2020

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

BY: - September 14, 2020

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.

A district court judge determined state Sen. Julia Lynn can withdraw from the November ballot after reversing Secretary of State Scott Schwab's decision to block her removal because her medical-hardship petition didn't comply with state law. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

Judge grants Sen. Julia Lynn’s request to be removed from November ballot

BY: and - September 11, 2020

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.

Gov. Laura Kelly issued an executive order directing that flags be flow at half-staff in honor of lives lost Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists hijacked four commercial aircraft and caused the death of nearly 3,000 people in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas flags fly at half-staff to honor victims of 9/11 terrorist attacks

BY: - September 11, 2020

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

BY: - September 10, 2020

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 […]

The Kansas Board of Regents will ask Gov. Laura Kelly and the 2021 Kansas Legislature to restore $35 million cut from university budgets despite a plea from Mark Hutton, a Wichita member of the board, the request will be viewed by lawmakers as "tone deaf" to the state's significant budget problems. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas Board of Regents to seek restoration of $35 million cut from university budgets

BY: - September 10, 2020

The Kansas Board of Regents will ask lawmakers to restore $35 million cut from state aid to universities despite a looming budget crisis.