Politics

Ex-lawmaker faces sentencing for fraudulent campaign loans
April 20, 2015
A former Kansas legislator is scheduled to be sentenced for defrauding a bank to help fund his political activities.
KU, K-State leaders criticize proposed tuition freeze
08:36 a.m., April 20, 2015 Updated 11:06 p.m.
The Kansas University chancellor and Kansas State University president are speaking out against a proposal to freeze college tuition in the state.
Kansas revenue projections for next year contributing to even bigger budget hole
08:21 a.m., April 20, 2015 Updated 11:10 p.m.
State budget officials in Kansas issued a gloomy report Monday that says total revenues flowing into the state are expected to fall 3.5 percent next year, creating an even bigger budget hole for lawmakers to fill when they return next week to wrap up the 2015 session.
Lawrence woman’s identity stolen, IRS receives forged tax return form in her name
April 19, 2015
Lawrence resident Nancy Hause was suspicious when she received a letter purporting to be from the Internal Revenue Service’s “Identity Verification Service” asking for more personal information to process her 2014 tax return. The thing is, Hause had gotten an extension from the IRS and hadn’t yet filed her tax return, she said, so she worried the letter was a scam. As it turns out, the letter was real, but her instincts were still correct in that she may be a victim of a crime.
Rural neighbors, tree farm clash over noise, traffic
April 18, 2015
A fight over land titles or water rights used to be what split rural communities. Today there seems to be much more for rural neighbors to fight over as competing visions of rural life and land use clash.
US Sen. Roberts’ ‘Frozen’ ringtone creates hearing hysterics
April 17, 2015
Sen. Pat Roberts is urging people to “let it go” after his cellphone filled a somber committee hearing room with the first few bars of a song from Disney’s “Frozen.”
KU to exhibit Bob Dole’s WWII-era letters
09:23 a.m., April 15, 2015 Updated 10:26 p.m.
The Dole Institute of Politics in Lawrence is exhibiting World War II letters between Bob Dole and his family for an online audience.
Kansas urges dismissal of federal lawsuit over gay marriage
03:46 p.m., April 14, 2015 Updated 10:09 p.m.
Kansas argues in a new court filing that same-sex couples’ ability to obtain marriage licenses in many counties should prompt a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by gay and lesbian couples.
Lawrence, other cities, deal with many issues related to low voter turnout for local races
04:06 p.m., April 10, 2015 Updated 10:32 p.m.
If you wonder why voter turnout is so low in many local elections, Michael A. Smith, an associate professor of political science at Emporia State University, suggests you talk to some local politicians.By Chad Lawhorn
Roberts: US Senate committee to consider food stamps reform
11:51 a.m., April 8, 2015 Updated 10:17 p.m.
The idea of funding the federal food stamps program through block grants to the states has failed to gain traction in annual budget fights since the 1990s, but it has not gone away and may get a hearing in a U.S. Senate panel, Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas said.
2015 election results: Baldwin City, Eudora, Lecompton
12:00 a.m., April 8, 2015 Updated 10:12 p.m.
Unofficial results from Tuesday’s local elections in Baldwin City, Eudora and Lecompton, via the Douglas County elections office.
Soden, Boley, Herbert win seats on Lawrence City Commission; two incumbents voted out
April 7, 2015
Three new faces are coming onto the Lawrence City Commission, and already there are promises of a new attitude on the way as well. Leslie Soden — an owner of a Lawrence pet-sitting business, and a first-time elected official — won the top spot in Tuesday’s general election. Fellow City Hall newcomers Stuart Boley, a retired IRS agent, and Matthew Herbert, a Lawrence High teacher, won the other two spots on the commission. Incumbents Terry Riordan and Bob Schumm lost their re-election bids by more than 1,500 votes. By Chad Lawhorn
Two newcomers, three incumbents win Lawrence school board seats; one incumbent voted out
April 7, 2015
The Lawrence school district will see two new faces join its governing board this summer — Jessica Beeson and Jill Fincher — while one incumbent, Bob Byers, will make an exit. Three incumbents will return to the board: current president Shannon Kimball, an attorney; Rick Ingram, a professor of psychology at Kansas University; and Marcel Harmon, an applied anthropologist who was elected to a two-year term. All other winners will serve four years.
Results: Soden, Boley, Herbert top Lawrence City Commission vote
Kimball, Beeson, Fincher, Ingram win at-large school board spots; Harmon wins unexpired term
06:36 p.m., April 7, 2015 Updated 09:08 p.m.
Lawrence voters showed up at the polls Tuesday to determine three seats on the Lawrence City Commission and five seats on the USD 497 school board.
University Senate leaders urge KU to offer domestic partner benefits
06:09 p.m., April 7, 2015 Updated 10:16 p.m.
University Senate members are urging the Kansas University administration to grant benefits to employees’ domestic partners. The University Senate Executive Committee on Tuesday approved a resolution supporting such benefits. The full University Senate is scheduled to vote on the resolution Thursday and will likely approve it as well. By Sara Shepherd

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