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GOP Kansas Rep. Watkins changes voter registration 2nd time

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A freshman Kansas congressman has changed his voter registration for the second time in six weeks after coming under investigation for potentially violating state election laws for previously listing a UPS Inc. store as his...

 

Abortion rights backers unsure of strategy in Kansas fight

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Abortion rights backers grappled with how to derail a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the state constitution as abortion foes marked Wednesday's anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision by advancing two v...

 

GOP right looks to put own mark on Kansas Medicaid expansion

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Conservative Republican lawmakers are looking to modify a bipartisan plan for expanding Medicaid in Kansas by adding two provisions that Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly opposes. GOP conservatives want to insert a work requirement...

 

Democrats add Kansas Rep. Watkins' seat to list of targets

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An arm of the national Democratic Party has added Republican Rep. Steve Watkins' seat in Kansas to its list of targeted congressional races this year. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said Thursday in a memo that...

 

Kansas governor seeks to use cash reserves to pay off debt

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly proposed Thursday that Kansas burn through more than half of its cash reserves to pay off some debt early while taking longer to close a long-term funding gap for the state pension system for...

 

Advocates' hopes high as Kansas heads for medical pot debate

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers expect to have their most serious debate so far on medical marijuana this year, fueling high hopes for advocates who have been stymied by the state's prohibitionist roots and Republican-controlled Legislature....

 

DHS briefs Kansas lawmakers on business, agriculture threats

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Foreign governments are trying to get proprietary information about Kansas business and agricultural assets, state legislators heard Tuesday in extraordinary, secret briefings with a U.S. Department of Homeland Security...

 

Kansas lawmakers to fight over taxes, abortion and maybe pot

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers expect a push to overturn a state Supreme Court decision protecting abortion rights, a contentious debate over income tax cuts and some bipartisan harmony on Medicaid expansion during this year's annual session....

 

New Kansas proposal breaks impasse on expanding Medicaid

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' Democratic governor and a top Republican lawmaker on Thursday outlined a new proposal for expanding the state's Medicaid program, breaking an impasse that had allowed a handful of GOP leaders to thwart bipartisan...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    January 9, 2020

Governor to merge Kansas agency faulted over child deaths

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' governor plans to merge a state agency that has been under fire in recent years over abused children's deaths with another social services department in the hopes that the state will focus more on preventing problems wit...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    January 9, 2020

Kelly, GOP leader to unveil Kansas Medicaid expansion plan

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and a top Republican legislator are preparing to unveil a bipartisan plan for expanding Medicaid in Kansas. Kelly's office scheduled a Statehouse news conference for Thursday morning with Senate...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    January 3, 2020

Group resists naming donors after pro-Kobach ads in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A group that sponsored ads promoting conservative Republican Kris Kobach during his failed 2018 run for Kansas governor is arguing that it isn't legally required to disclose its donors to the public. The Kansas Governmental...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    January 1, 2020

GOP lawmakers in 2 states seek anti-red flag laws on guns

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans in two Midwestern states where GOP-controlled legislatures have gun-rights majorities are proposing measures aimed at preventing the U.S. government or other states from taking guns away from residents whom the...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    January 1, 2020

AG: Treatment funding key to Kansas criminal justice reform

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' top law enforcement official says boosting spending on services for the mentally ill and treating substance abuse is crucial to reforming the state's criminal justice system. Attorney General Derek Schmidt contends...

 

Changing Kansas Supreme Court faces wary GOP-led Legislature

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' new chief justice plans to push for changes aimed at helping veterans and the mentally ill, and expects to press for a big budget increase from a Republican-controlled Legislature that's likely to remain sharply...

 

Kansas city's move against paper strikes some as retaliation

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A growing community near Kansas City has decided to stop publishing its legal notices in its hometown newspaper, describing the move as cost cutting but doing it after several officials criticized the coverage the city was...

 

Judges sue Kansas lawmakers hoping to boost courts' funding

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Six trial-court judges in Kansas filed a lawsuit Friday against the state Legislature in hopes of forcing it to increase funding for the court system in a move certain to intensify majority Republicans' ongoing frustrations...

 

Judge criticized by abortion foes named to top Kansas court

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' Democratic governor on Monday named a veteran trial-court judge who is opposed by the state's most influential anti-abortion group to the state Supreme Court — an appointment that's likely to further stoke...

 

Kansas Sen. Moran says he is undecided on removing Trump

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Republican Sen. Jerry Moran said Friday that he hasn't decided how he would vote on removing President Donald Trump from office if the House impeaches Trump as expected. Moran was asked while attending an event in Topeka...

 

Kansas GOP lawmaker facing probe changes voter registration

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas congressman who is being investigated by local authorities for listing a UPS Inc. store as his residence in registering to vote has changed his registration to name a Topeka apartment complex as his home. Republican...

 

Kobach's brand still sells with GOP in Senate race in Kansas

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kris Kobach isn't fazed that fellow Republicans worry he's unpopular or too brash in pushing his hard-right views to keep Kansas' open Senate seat in GOP hands next year. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and others are...

 

Kansas Rep. Watkins pays account after foreclosure lawsuit

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican Kansas Rep. Steve Watkins paid a homeowners association in Alaska that was seeking to foreclose on his condominium, an email sent by the property manager shows. The email shows that Watkins called the property...

 

GOP complaint spurs probe of Kansas court selection process

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A top Republican legislator's complaint has launched an investigation into whether the commission that screens Kansas Supreme Court applicants violated the state's open meetings law in picking three finalists for Democratic...

 

Kansas could end unusual census adjustment for redistricting

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas could soon end an unusual policy of using its own numbers in addition to federal census data to redraw the boundaries of state legislative districts, a longstanding practice that has cost university communities political...

 

Kansas court strikes down part of law criminalizing threats

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators went too far by criminalizing violent language not backed up by an intent to act, the state's highest court ruled Friday in striking down part of a law that it says violates free speech rights. The Kansas Supr...

 

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