Kansas Political News
Gun enthusiasts on Monday pushed for legislation that would allow concealed carry of a gun in public buildings and prohibit local governments from regulations on carrying firearms. But cities, counties and other groups opposed the measure. By Scott Rothschild.
Advance voting hours extended until 7 p.m. tonight; Lawrence City Commission election will go on as scheduled Tuesday
Voters wanting to avoid the predicted Election Day snowstorm tomorrow have been given a second chance. A ruling by the Kansas Secretary of State will allow advance voting to continued until 7 p.m. tonight at the Douglas County Courthouse, 11th and Massachusetts streets. Previously, state regulations were set to close advance voting at noon today. By Chad Lawhorn
The House Appropriations Committee on Monday endorsed Gov. Sam Brownback's higher education budget, but several committee members voiced disapproval about spending levels at public universities. By Scott Rothschild
Town Talk for Feb. 25, 2013.
Higher ed funding, classroom instruction, and college savings. By Scott Rothschild.
Gov. Sam Brownback's policies have frequently been criticized for hurting low-income Kansans. But on Sunday, Kansas Department of Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan sought to defend his boss, saying that Brownback is compassionate to the poor and that the governor gives money to homeless people on Massachusetts Street. By Scott Rothschild
The Douglas County courthouse will be open both Monday and Tuesday, but some offices may close early. Tuesday's primary election will go forward. By Peter Hancock.
A bill pending in the Kansas Legislature could remove a large amount of commercial and industrial property from the tax rolls. But Douglas County officials say they can't tell yet how big of an impact it would have locally. By Peter Hancock.
The conservative takeover of state government has resulted in numerous bills aimed at insulating the Kansas Legislature from both judicial review and federal requirements, while attempting to give legislators more control over local governments and schools. By Scott Rothschild
Local government employees clocked more than $3 million in overtime wages last year, including one Lawrence police detective who made $40,000 above his regular salary, according to records from Douglas County, the City of Lawrence and the Lawrence Public School District. And city overtime wages saw a big bump in 2012. By Shaun Hittle
Approximately 200 people rallied Saturday outside the Statehouse, protesting the policies of Gov. Sam Brownback and conservative Republicans. By Scott Rothschild
Allowing more low-income people to get health coverage will save lives and boost the economy, health care providers said Friday as they urged legislators to reject a resolution that says Kansas isn't interested in expanding Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act. By Scott Rothschild.
Plaintiffs in the school finance case "Gannon vs. Kansas" say the district court should have ordered even more funding for Kansas schools. Lawyers expect the Kansas Supreme Court to take up the case this fall. By Peter Hancock.
With the possibility of more snow Sunday and Monday, county election officials are urging voters to take advantage of advance voting. By Peter Hancock.
Income tax cuts signed into law last year by Gov. Sam Brownback will be the subject of a public discussion at the Dole Institute of Politics between state Sen. Tom Holland and Kansas Department of Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan. The event will start at 4 p.m. Sunday and is free and open to the public. By Scott Rothschild.
The simple answer to why Terry Riordan chose a career as a pediatrician, as opposed to some other more glamorous medical specialty, is that he likes kids. But there’s another answer that is a bit more telling. By Chad Lawhorn
U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, accused Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little of overly strong rhetoric in a video put out by a science and research group that urges Congress to stop the sequester. By Scott Rothschild.
It would be easy enough to think that Scott Criqui started campaigning for the Lawrence City Commission nearly a year ago — many months before other candidates — because he wanted extra time to get to know the community. By Chad Lawhorn
The chief sponsor of a bill that supporters say will protect Kansas gun owners from federal restrictions has accused the state attorney general's office of trying to gut the legislation. By Scott Rothschild.
The Kansas Senate on Wednesday approved a proposed constitutional amendment that would remove the courts from school finance decisions and give exclusive power to the Legislature on how much state funding public schools receive. By Scott Rothschild