Sen. Caryn Tyson, a Parker Republican and chairwoman of the Senate's tax committee, defended a bundled property tax reform bill offering rebates to certain businesses and delivering the regular 20 mills for K-12 public schools. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Lawmakers polish brass knuckles for annual showdown over Kansas tax policy

BY: - January 8, 2021

TOPEKA — Republican Sen. Caryn Tyson is frustrated with an inability to enact legislation bringing more transparency to valuation-driven property tax increases by city and county governments, while Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly is keen to defend a series of tax-bill vetoes and to gain traction for her own commission’s stalled package of reforms. These Kansas […]

Multiple investigations opened into death of U.S. Capitol Police officer in pro-Trump riots

BY: - January 8, 2021

WASHINGTON — A Capitol Police officer died late Thursday from injuries he sustained while a violent mob breached the U.S. Capitol as lawmakers were set to vote to certify the presidential election results. The officer, Brian Sicknick, died at 9:30 p.m. at a local hospital, according to U.S. Capitol Police. His death is being investigated […]

Norman: Kansas share of COVID-19 vaccines is going into arms, not storage

BY: and - January 7, 2021

TOPEKA — Lee Norman, the state’s top health officer, said Thursday the actual number of Kansans who have received the COVID-19 vaccine is probably twice the figure reflected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s online tracker. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has pushed all the available doses of Pfizer and Moderna […]

U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, a Kansas Democrat in the 3rd District, said the 25th Amendment should be deployed to remove President Donald Trump from office.(Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas Rep. Davids calls for Trump ouster via 25th Amendment

BY: - January 7, 2021

U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids says the 25th Amendment should be deployed to remove President Donald Trump from office.

Kansas legislators set to re-initiate battle over anti-abortion constitutional amendment

BY: - January 7, 2021

TOPEKA — Proponents of an anti-abortion amendment to the Kansas Constitution are prepared to resume efforts to pass the legislation after suffering a setback during the 2020 legislative session. The “We Value Them Both” amendment — a reference to women and fetuses — fell four votes short of the two-thirds majority needed in the House […]

LaTurner tests positive for COVID-19 amid House vote on election

BY: - January 7, 2021

TOPEKA — U.S. Rep. Jake LaTurner, the newly elected Republican from Kansas, tested positive for COVID-19 late Wednesday as his House colleagues voted to certify results from the November election. LaTurner’s office announced the test through his Twitter account. The test was taken as part of Washington, D.C., travel guidelines that requires visitors to be […]

Congress certifies Biden as president after rioting mob is driven from the Capitol

BY: and - January 7, 2021

WASHINGTON — After a day of insurrection and deadly violence at the U.S. Capitol, lawmakers early Thursday certified Electoral College votes declaring Joe Biden the winner of the November presidential election. But as they moved toward the certain outcome of victory for Biden, some Republicans backed away from their earlier objections to the certification. That […]

Trump supporters rally at Kansas Statehouse to protest election certification

BY: - January 6, 2021

TOPEKA — Supporters of President Donald Trump rallied Wednesday at the Kansas Statehouse in opposition of election results being certified during a peaceful and planned demonstration — a contrast to the chaos unfolding at the same time at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. More than 100 people gathered outside on the steps of the […]

Woman shot during U.S. Capitol violence dies

BY: - January 6, 2021

WASHINGTON — A woman was shot inside the U.S. Capitol Wednesday during a riot provoked by Trump backers and later was pronounced dead at a local hospital, according to the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department.  Officials did not provide details on the woman, her hometown or which hospital she was taken to. U.S. Capitol Police did […]

U.S. Rep. Estes: Violent Trump supporters derail peaceful appeal for fair elections

BY: - January 6, 2021

Kansas Democrat Davids, Republican Estes denounce incursion at U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Trump.

A protester holds a flag in support of President Donald Trump inside the U.S. Capitol building near the Senate chamber in Washington, D.C. Congress held a joint session Wednesday to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over Trump. A group of GOP senators said they would reject the Electoral College votes of several states unless Congress appointed a commission to audit the election results. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

U.S. Capitol under lockdown after pro-Trump mob storms inside

BY: and - January 6, 2021

A violent mob derailed the typically routine process of Congress certifying the presidential election results on Wednesday, with the House of Representatives and Senate abruptly recessing after President Donald Trump’s supporters clashed with police and forced their way into the U.S. Capitol. Both legislative chambers were evacuated amid the chaos of pro-Trump rioters who pushed […]

Boxes of sealed papers from an influential anti-immigrant activist have been stored at university for years. So what’s in them?

BY: - January 6, 2021

In 2016, Virginia-based immigration lawyer Hassan Ahmad sent the University of Michigan a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to access sealed papers donated to the university by John Tanton, a prominent anti-immigration activist from Michigan. But the public university denied the request until 2035.  After years of lower court battles and lawsuits, the issue […]