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Dozens of Schmidts endorsed the reelection of Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly rather than election of Attorney General Derek Schmidt, the leading Republican in the 2022 governor's race. (Photos by Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Former House member adds to list of Republicans endorsing Kelly’s re-election

BY: - March 30, 2022

A former GOP Kansas House member adds name to list of about 60 Republicans endorsing Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's re-election campaign.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, right, introduced a House bill forbidding "sanctuary" cities to thwart action by the Unified Government of Kansas City/Wyandotte County. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas attorney general files bill banning sanctuary cities, issuance of IDs

BY: - February 24, 2022

Attorney General Derek Schmidt introduces bill to thwart Kansas City/Wyandotte County action to create "sanctuary" for undocumented immigrants.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt recommended the state respond to school gun violence by placing more law enforcement officers and mental health professionals in schools. He also wants to increase grants to school districts for security projects and draw upon federal COVID-19 funding to expand budgets for security priorities. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas court, attorney general urge $887,000 payment to wrongfully convicted man

BY: - January 26, 2022

Kansan wrongfully convicted of sex crime who served more than 13 years in prison deserves nearly $900,000 in compensation under state law.

The Kansas Supreme Court issued an opinion Friday clarifying two points of state law in a case challenging ouster of the Kansas Highway Patrol superintendent in 2019. The former KHP leader filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court, but a federal judge asked the state Supreme Court for help interpreting state employment law. (Kansas Reflector screen capture of Kansas Supreme Court image)

Kansas Supreme Court affirms death sentences for brothers in vicious Wichita murder spree

BY: - January 21, 2022

Kansas Supreme Court affirms death sentences of brothers convicted of murdering five in Wichita, declaring inalienable right to life could be surrendered.

Gov. Laura Kelly said during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event that she was inspired by the late civil rights leader’s persistence in the face of political opposition to reform and related that to her struggle to convince the Kansas Legislature to approve expansion of eligibility for Medicaid. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kelly, Schmidt and Marshall delve into King’s legacy of struggle, nonviolence and faith

BY: - January 18, 2022

Gov. Laura Kelly, Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Sen. Roger Marshall share personal insights into their view of Martin Luther King's legacy.

Gov. Laura Kelly issued a temporary COVID-19 disaster declaration and two executive orders Thursday to address staffing shortages at hospitals and nursing homes. She wants the 2022 Legislature to extend the regulatory suspensions through March. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas governor signs COVID-19 disaster declaration, executive orders for staff shortages

BY: and - January 6, 2022

Gov. Laura Kelly issues orders designed to alleviate COVID-19 staffing problems at hospitals, nursing homes. AG Derek Schmidt urges caution.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, a Republican candidate for governor, issued a nonbinding legal opinion saying the Legislature had authority to delay preparations to rebid the $4 billion contracts with KanCare providers until 2024 rather than 2023.. (Noah Taborda/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas AG’s natural gas well presents possible conflict of interest as he investigates industry

BY: - December 14, 2021

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has a financial interest in the sale of natural gas, prompting calls for him to disclose more information about his earnings as he investigates gas companies for potential price gouging during February’s severe freeze. Schmidt, the state’s top law enforcement official, is investigating whether companies raised natural gas prices, which […]

Cutting the sales tax on groceries would save Kansas families $500 or more a year on their grocery bills and improve food insecurity, according to the governor's office. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Cutting food sales tax shouldn’t lead to cuts in services for low-income families, advocate says

BY: - November 15, 2021

TOPEKA — Working for a food bank, Karen Siebert has seen how many Kansans face difficult choices between putting food on the table and paying for utilities, rent or medical care. Siebert is the advocacy and public policy adviser for Harvesters, a food bank that serves 16 counties in northeast Kansas. She works to address […]

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, a Republican candidate for governor, issued a nonbinding legal opinion saying the Legislature had authority to delay preparations to rebid the $4 billion contracts with KanCare providers until 2024 rather than 2023.. (Noah Taborda/Kansas Reflector)

AG says winter natural gas price spikes ‘appear to violate Kansas law,’ seeks help for investigation

BY: - September 13, 2021

The Kansas Attorney General’s Office is seeking outside legal help to investigate huge spikes in natural gas prices this winter, signaling the state could consider suing over the disaster. Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office announced in a news release Monday that it planned to hire a law firm with expertise in the natural gas market […]

Rep. Troy Waymaster, left, a Republican from Bunker Hill, says the COVID-19 pandemic will erode casino and lottery revenue relied on by the state government to invest in economic development programs. (Nick Krug for Kansas Reflector)

State Finance Council complicit in cloaking financial terms of lawsuit settlements

BY: - July 22, 2020

State Finance Council, comprised of the Kansas governor and eight legislators, test transparency limits by avoiding public discussion of lawsuit settlements.