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Kansas reviewing security for voter registration database

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas election official says a multistate voter registration database the state manages is being reviewed for security concerns. The Kansas secretary of state's office manages the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck...

 

Oklahoma House leader working on 'tweaks' to failed tax plan

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A top Republican Oklahoma House leader says work already is underway on potential changes to a broad tax-increase plan to shore up the state's budget and generate funding for a teacher pay raise. Majority Floor Leader Jon...

 

Governor eyes consolidations, elimination of state 'swag'

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin is issuing a series of executive orders asking public education leaders to develop a plan to consolidate administrative costs and for agency leaders to cut out spending on so-called "swag" items. Fallin issued...

 

Fallin's veto of budget plan catches GOP leaders off guard

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican leaders in the Oklahoma House and Senate say they're surprised that Gov. Mary Fallin vetoed a budget plan to raid cash reserves and further cut state agency spending. Fallon's veto late Friday underscored the...

 

Kansas lawmakers call for reform after secrecy story breaks

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers from across the political spectrum say they'll push to fix the state's culture of secrecy after a newspaper highlighted alarming levels of opacity in state and local government. Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer pledged last...

 

Governor's office: Another budget special session is ahead

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin is deciding when she will ask the Oklahoma Legislature to return to the state Capitol for a special session to address the state's ongoing budget shortfalls that have jeopardized funding for state services....

 

Another conservative leads Kansas governor race after crisis

SHAWNEE, Kan. (AP) — If you thought Kansas emerged from its long budget crisis to reject deep-red politics and move back toward the center, think again. A year ago, many voters concluded that Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's experiment in cutting...

 

Panel says Oklahoma legislators to get 8.8 percent pay cut

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's 149 state representatives and senators are getting a pay cut. The Legislative Compensation Board, a nine-member appointed panel, voted 4-3 on Thursday to reduce the base pay of Oklahoma legislators by 8.8 percent,...

 

Loophole allows fundraisers during Oklahoma special session

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma legislators have been raising thousands of dollars from lobbyists at lavish fundraisers during a special session limping into its eighth week, yet they've failed to make much progress toward plugging a $215 million...

 

Fees to protest at Kansas Capitol to rise substantially

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Advocacy groups wanting to hold events at the Kansas Capitol will pay more — sometimes substantially more — under a new fee schedule set to take effect Jan. 1. Currently, Kansas charges $20 for any activist group event at...

 

Despite 6 women's statements, Bush unlikely to be prosecuted

HOUSTON (AP) — Allegations that former President George H.W. Bush inappropriately touched six women involve potential crimes punishable by fines or jail time, if they had been prosecuted. All but one of the cases is ineligible under state laws...

 

Kansas media groups drop open records suit against governor

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Three Kansas media organizations have dropped a lawsuit against Gov. Sam Brownback over his office's refusal to release records related to a state magistrate judge's appointment. The Associated Press, Hutchinson News and Kansas...

 

Lawmakers near deal to raid savings accounts, cut budgets

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature is nearing a deal on closing the state's budget gap through a combination of cuts to most agency budgets and a raid on agency savings accounts. The House gave final approval on Wednesday to a bill that...

 

Democrats flip 1 more seat in Oklahoma's GOP-led Legislature

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Democrats have flipped another statehouse seat in deeply conservative Oklahoma amid growing frustration over years of state budget shortfalls and recent scandals that led to the resignation of Republican incumbents. Democrat...

 

Democrats hopeful with 3 Oklahoma legislative seats at stake

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Democrats were hoping to maintain their recent momentum as polls opened Tuesday for special elections to fill two vacant seats in Oklahoma Senate and one in the state House that had been held by Republicans. It won't be easy....

 

Lawrence area task force to examine tobacco buying age hike

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Health officials in the Lawrence area are starting a task force to examine increasing the minimum age at which people can legally buy cigarettes from 18 to 21. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the Lawrence Tobacco 21...

 

Legislature's sexual harassment policy called inadequate

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Some Kansas lawmakers acknowledge they weren't even aware that the Legislature had a policy on sexual harassment before it became a topic of discussion when several women alleged they were sexually harassed at the Statehouse or...

 

Kansas child welfare panel to meet amid foster care concerns

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas legislative task force on child welfare is meeting this week after several legislators raised concerns about how state policies are affecting families. The Child Welfare Task Force is scheduled to meet Tuesday at the...

 

Assistant Kansas insurance commissioner forms 2018 campaign

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas insurance commissioner's chief deputy is interested in running for the top job himself next year. Assistant Insurance Commissioner Clark Shultz appointed a treasurer last month for a campaign for the Republican...

 

Oklahoma Dems hope to mirror election successes nationwide

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The recent success of Democrats in deep-red Oklahoma amid will be put to a further test Tuesday in special elections for three previously Republican-held state legislative seats in races that could mirror others nationwide. The... Full story

 

US Senate panel endorses prosecutor for judgeship in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has endorsed a prosecutor's nomination for a federal judgeship in Kansas. The committee's vote Thursday was 19-1 on President Donald Trump's nomination of Holly Lou Teeter of Lenexa. The...

 

GOP candidate for Kansas governor backs anti-gay bias policy

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Republican candidate for Kansas governor supports restoring a ban on discrimination against gays and lesbians in state employment and hiring. Former state Sen. Jim Barnett said Thursday that as governor, he would make it...

 

Trump voter fraud commission faces lawsuit from member

A member of President Donald Trump's commission on voter fraud sued in federal court on Thursday, alleging that the commission is violating federal law by excluding him and others from participating and refusing to provide documents available to...

 

Oklahoma governor appoints new public safety commissioner

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed a longtime Oklahoma Highway Patrolman to serve as the state's next commissioner of public safety. Fallin on Friday announced OHP Maj. Billy "Rusty" Rhoades will assume the post on Tuesday. He...

 

Kansas Senate leader suggests Supreme Court helps Democrats

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The leader of the Kansas Senate says the state Supreme Court timed a recent decision on school finance to help Democrats elect a governor. Republican Susan Wagle on Friday denounced the court's October ruling that found the...

 

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