Kansas Gov. Kelly calls for ‘civility and kindness’ in second inaugural speech

BY: and - January 9, 2023

It’s time to turn down the volume and reject the divisive politics of Washington, D.C., Gov. Laura Kelly said Monday. Instead, she said, Kansas leaders should be “guided by civility and kindness, even when we disagree.”  “Perhaps, especially when we disagree,” Kelly said. Kelly, a Democrat, took the oath of office and began her second […]

Drone no-fly zone issued over Keystone oil spill site in Kansas

BY: - December 20, 2022

TC Energy has established a no-fly zone over the Kansas site where its Keystone pipeline spilled 14,000 barrels of oil following drone footage of the disaster. The Canadian company said in a statement that it did so for safety reasons. But drone footage of the spill — the largest in the pipeline’s history — was among the […]

U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona leaves Democratic Party, registers as independent

BY: and - December 9, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona announced Friday she is leaving the Democratic Party and has registered as an independent. The first-term senator wrote in an opinion piece for the Arizona Republic that she does not intend to change the way she legislates or casts votes, but plans to be “an independent voice for Arizona.” “​​When […]

Scott Schwab, the Republican secretary of state in Kansas, is responsible for appointing a new Sedgwick County election commissioner following resignation of Angela Caudillo, who he appointed to the job in mid-2021. (Rachel Mipro/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas secretary of state searching — again — for a Sedgwick County election commissioner

BY: - December 6, 2022

Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab, a Republican, is responsible for appointing a new election commissioner for Sedgwick County.

Democrats projected to retain U.S. Senate control after winning Nevada seat

BY: - November 12, 2022

Democratic U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada will win reelection, according to Associated Press projections late Saturday, ensuring Democrats will remain in the majority next year no matter what happens in a runoff election in Georgia next month.  After days of vote counting, U.S. Sens. Mark Kelly of Arizona and Cortez Masto were both […]

Michael Schneider, president of McPherson College, announced Friday an extraordinary initiative based on a commitment of up to $500 million through a 2:1 matching program. The college has raised $130 million, which will draw down $260 million from the mystery donor. (Kansas Reflector screen capture from McPherson College's YouTube channel)

McPherson College chases $500 million ‘double-match’ pledge from mystery donor

BY: - November 4, 2022

An anonymous donor is giving McPherson College in Kansas until June to raise endowment contributions to be matched 2:1 up to $500 million.

Former New Jersey governor Chris Christie spoke at Wednesday's rally in support of Derek Schmidt. (Rachel Mipro/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas Republicans rally voters against Biden, Kelly at start of statewide tour

BY: - October 5, 2022

TOPEKA — The Kansan Republican Party was out in full force Wednesday, starting a six-day statewide bus tour meant to woo voters and energize support for GOP candidates ahead of the November election.  In the parking lot of the Kansas Grain and Feed Association, gubernatorial candidate Attorney General Derek Schmidt was joined by former New […]


This early-1900s law revoked married women’s citizenship. Why don’t Kansans learn about it?

BY: - September 20, 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. Diana B. Carlin is a retired communication professor and author of political communication books and articles. She is a proud second-generation American from southeast Kansas. When […]

Biden administration targets deep waters near Oregon, Maine for new offshore wind power

BY: - September 18, 2022

WASHINGTON—The Biden administration will seek to add deep-water offshore wind energy, a developing technology that isn’t yet widely used, to its mix of renewable energy sources, administration leaders said Thursday. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm and Interior Secretary Deb Haaland told reporters on a White House call that their departments would advance efforts to increase capacity […]

A parent and child hold signs that read, "Women make their own choices," and "Never again" during a June 24, 2022, demonstration in Kansas City, Missouri. (Margaret Mellott/Kansas Reflector)

Democratic governors call on Biden to use federal facilities for abortion access

BY: - July 1, 2022

A group of Democratic governors urged President Joe Biden on Friday to use federal facilities to provide access to abortions, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade last week. In a video conference with nine governors, including Kate Brown of Oregon, Roy Cooper of North Carolina, Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico […]

Police clash with supporters of President Donald Trump during the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. (Alex Kent/Tennessee Lookout)

Jan. 6 investigators want Georgia’s Loudermilk to explain pre-attack U.S. Capitol tour

BY: - May 20, 2022

The U.S. House panel investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol on Thursday asked Republican Rep. Barry Loudermilk of Georgia to appear before the committee to answer questions about a tour of the Capitol that Loudermilk gave the day before the assault. But Loudermilk and the top Republican on the House Administration […]

Biden condemns racist theory of white supremacy in visit to Buffalo after mass shooting

BY: - May 17, 2022

President Joe Biden on Tuesday commemorated the victims of last weekend’s mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, and condemned the ideology that drove the killer to “carry out a murderous, racist rampage” at a grocery store in a predominantly Black neighborhood. In a visit to the Upstate New York city, Biden and other New York […]