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A Kansas Senate committee on Tuesday endorsed most of Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan for further overhauling the state’s tax system, jettisoning one revenue-raising proposal that helps balance the budget while deferring a debate on other potentially unpopular provisions. By John Hanna, The Associated Press
A proposal to give the governor and legislators more power over appointments to Kansas’ appellate courts cleared the state Senate on Wednesday, demonstrating the increased clout of conservative Republicans. John Hanna, The Associated Press
Envious of big tax cuts in neighboring Kansas, Missouri Republicans outlined ambitious plans Thursday to cut state income taxes in hopes of deterring businesses and residents in western Missouri from moving across the state line.
Shaped by childhood struggles and battles with cancer, the Kansas Legislature’s new conservative Republican leaders are committed to shrinking government and lowering taxes further, and they’re promising less conflict among GOP lawmakers this year.
Topeka — Gov. Sam Brownback says he has seen progress toward some of the goals for Kansas he outlined as a candidate, but he acknowledges more must be done to address another one: boosting the reading levels of younger students in the state. The Republican governor is preparing to lay out an agenda for the 2013 legislative session that includes putting more focus and perhaps resources into fourth-grade reading. The Associated Press
A proposal to allow the sale of liquor in convenience stores and grocery stores will come before the state Legislature this year, even though lawmakers have rejected a similar proposal in the past. Uncork Kansas, a coalition of convenience stores, grocery stores, and chambers of commerce, said it planned to have a bill introduced “as early in the legislative session as possible,” said Jody Hanson, a spokeswoman for the group. By the Associated Press
A Kansas man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple after answering an online ad is fighting the state’s efforts to suddenly force him to pay child support for the now 3-year-old girl, arguing that he and the women signed an agreement waiving all of his parental rights. By Johnn Hanna, The Associated Press
Department of Homeland Security officials have signed a land transfer agreement that allows for the construction of a new federal animal research lab near Kansas State University in Manhattan. Gov. Sam Brownback and members of the state’s congressional delegation announced Wednesday that the move indicated the federal department is committed to building the $1.14 billion National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility. John Milburn, The Associated Press
The influential Kansas Chamber of Commerce plans to push legislators next year to reopen a debate over public pensions and start a 401(k)-style plan for new teachers and government workers. Two chamber officials said Friday in an interview with The Associated Press that a further overhaul of the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System is on the group’s legislative agenda because they believe the current system is going to become increasingly expensive for the state to maintain.
Gov. Sam Brownback said Thursday that he wants to examine whether Kansas is providing adequate mental health services but is wary of jumping into a contentious debate over gun control following last week’s mass elementary school shooting in Connecticut. By The Associated Press
Lawrence resident Tim Hjersted fired up Films for Action four years ago as a forum to present activist-minded films to local audiences. FFA will also reach the KU campus in 2009 thanks to Will Stewart-Starks, who is planning screenings at ...
Event organizer Lori Learned Robinson talks about the Occupy Lawrence protest, an offshoot of the national Occupy Wall Street movement.
U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran gives his thoughts on the debt ceiling during a town hall-style meeting at the Lawrence Public Library on Monday.
Governor Sam Brownback delivered his first State of the State Address on Wednesday. Brownback outlined plans to move the state forward. 6News reporter Will DuPree explains why growing the economy is a top priority.
Governor-Elect Sam Brownback speaks about economic development, education and medicaid in an interview with the Journal-World, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010.
Dennis Moore's wife may aim for the Democratic nomination for the 3rd Congressional district in the next election.
A misconduct complaint against the house speaker is going to receive a full hearing. The complaint comes from conflict-of-interest concerns.
Money could be allocated to help construct the South Lawrence Trafficway if a bill makes its way through Washington.
Two Kansas political leaders have gone from rivals to teammates.
U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins addressed both sides of the health care issue at the Dole Institute of Politics of the KU campus Tuesday. Jenkins heads back to Washington next week.
Congressman Dennis Moore discussed the economic slowdown with a guardedly optimistic tone.