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 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    May 5, 2021

GOP's split halts push in Kansas for convention of states

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Conservative Republicans who see the federal government as out of control split Wednesday and halted the push in Kansas for a convention of states to propose changes to the U.S. Constitution. The state Senate spent nearly three...

 
 By PAUL J. WEBER    Regional    May 2, 2021

Republican Susan Wright makes US House runoff in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Susan Wright of Texas, the widow of the first member of Congress to die after contracting COVID-19, secured a place in a U.S. House runoff for her late husband's seat Saturday night. With votes still being counted,...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    May 2, 2021

Push against trans athletes in girls' sports fails in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Conservative Republicans in Kansas failed Monday to overturn the Democratic governor's veto of a proposed ban on transgender athletes in girls' and women's sports, unable to convert successes in other states or Caitlyn Jenner's...

 

Former Oklahoma governor criticizes anti-protest bill

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Former Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry said Friday he is throwing his support behind an effort to reject a recently signed bill that seeks to crack down on protesters. The former two-term Democrat described the bill as ill-conceived...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    April 30, 2021

Top Kansas court upholds law barring 'wrongful birth' suits

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' highest court on Friday upheld a law barring so-called wrongful birth lawsuits against doctors, in a case in which a couple sued because they weren't told of serious fetal defects until after an abortion could have been...

 

Oklahoma Democrats file complaint on GOP senator's comments

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Democratic leaders in the Oklahoma Senate filed a formal complaint against one of their GOP colleagues over sexually suggestive comments he made publicly about the vice president. Senate Democratic Leader Kay Floyd and...

 

Oklahoma governor signs bill to ban abortion if SCOTUS rules

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a bill to immediately outlaw abortion in Oklahoma if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the 1973 case that legalized abortion. Stitt signed the so-called "trigger" bill late Tuesday. The law...

 

Takeaways from Oklahoma's new legislative redistricting plan

Oklahoma’s legislative districts are set to look much different for many voters next election season. Republican House and Senate leaders unveiled their proposed legislative redistricting plans this week, setting up potential floor votes on the...

 

Oklahoma activist launches referendum on anti-protest bill

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma leader of the Young Democrats of America said Monday he's launching a veto referendum on a bill signed by Oklahoma's governor that seeks to crack down on protesters by increasing penalties for blocking roadways...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    April 25, 2021

Oklahoma governor signs 3 anti-abortion bills into law

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed three anti-abortion bills into law on Monday, including ones to criminalize the procedure in certain cases and cost providers their medical licenses for performing them. The Republican-controlle...

 

Kansas governor vetoes bill to lower concealed carry age

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly vetoed a bill Friday that would have allowed people as young as 18 to carry concealed weapons, after legislators approved the bill by margins that weren't large enough to override a veto. The legislation...

 

Kansas governor vetoes measures to tighten election laws

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly vetoed two Republican-backed election bills on Friday, including one that would have limited most individuals to delivering 10 ballots during each election and another that would have barred the governor, secret...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    April 21, 2021

Oklahoma Senate sends 3 anti-abortion bills to governor

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Senate voted Tuesday in favor of three anti-abortion bills, including ones that would criminalize the procedure in certain cases and cost providers their medical licenses for performing them, sending the measures...

 

New Kansas law to make it a crime to trespass at pipelines

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A bill signed into law by Kansas Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly will make it a misdemeanor to trespass near oil and gas pipelines. The bill Kelly signed last week gained bipartisan support in the state Senate, but drew criticism...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    April 18, 2021

Ex-Kansas governor launches bid; GOP rivals test key themes

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Former Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer on Monday formally launched his campaign to reclaim the office in 2022, portraying himself as the true conservative in the Republican primary as his main GOP rival questioned his electability....

 

Oklahoma House passes transgender sports ban

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Republican-led Oklahoma House passed a bill Monday to ban transgender athletes from participating in women's sports. The House voted 73-19 for the bill, mostly along party lines. The measure now heads to the GOP-controlled...

 

Houston's expanded voting becomes target of GOP restrictions

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The nation's next big voting battle is underway in Texas, where Republicans are trying to outlaw 24-hour polling places and drive-thru voting as options, and to make it a crime for elections officials to mail unsolicited...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    April 16, 2021

GOP Oklahoma lawmaker criticized for transgender comments

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma lawmaker who helped revive a bill to ban transgender athletes from participating in women's sports is coming under fire for saying transgender people "have a mental illness." Rep. Justin Humphrey, a Republican from...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    April 16, 2021

Kansas governor vetoes Republicans' proposed income tax cuts

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Friday vetoed proposed income tax cuts in Kansas, the third time in two years that she has rejected a Republican plan and accused GOP lawmakers of trying to revive a nationally notorious fiscal exp...

 

Court rules Norman violated FOIA when approving budget

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The city of Norman violated the state's Open Meeting Act when it approved a budget that cut the police budget by $865,000, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The court upheld a circuit judge's December ruling that a...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    April 14, 2021

Oklahoma Legislature OKs bill to crack down on protesters

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Republican-backed bill aimed at cracking down on protests by increasing penalties for blocking roadways and granting immunity to motorists who kill or injure rioters received final legislative approval on Wednesday. The state...

 

Kansas fight shows how election 'reforms' may favor one side

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Charley Crabtree was looking to help voters in nursing homes get absentee ballots delivered on time last year, so he picked up about 75 from at least 10 locations in his hometown of Lawrence. Republicans who control the Kansas...

 

Anti-Islamic ex-lawmaker named Oklahoma GOP chairman

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former state representative with a reputation for anti-Islamic rhetoric has been elected as chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party. Former state Rep. John Bennett won a first-ballot victory at the party convention Saturday...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    April 9, 2021

Approval of Kansas bill on trans athletes isn't veto-proof

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas conservatives on Friday pushed a proposed ban on transgender athletes in girl's and women's school sports through the Republican-controlled Legislature but don't have enough support yet to overcome a possible veto by the...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    April 9, 2021

GOP ousts Kansas Senate leader charged with DUI from post

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans on Friday ousted a powerful Kansas lawmaker charged with drunken driving from his leadership job following the release of a document saying he taunted the Highway Patrol trooper who arrested him and called the...

 

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