Politics

Poll: Kansas Legislature far to the right of most Kansans
06:14 p.m., April 27, 2015 Updated 09:55 p.m.
A new poll shows most Kansans support expanding Medicaid and legalizing marijuana, and they oppose unrestricted concealed-carry rights. But those views are out of sync with major policies being adopted this year in the Kansas Legislature. By Peter Hancock
Kansas AG seeks up to $450K to defend new anti-abortion law
April 27, 2015
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is telling legislators that defending a new anti-abortion law in court could cost the state up to $450,000.
Kansas governor to re-enact signing of anti-abortion measure
April 27, 2015
Gov. Sam Brownback plans to have four ceremonies across Kansas to re-enact his signing of the nation’s first ban on a procedure that critics describe as dismembering a fetus.
Kansas lawmakers to reconvene Wednesday after spring break
April 27, 2015
Kansas legislators are close to the end of their annual spring break and plan to reconvene this week at the Statehouse to wrap up their business for the year.
Kansas smokers unhappy with proposal for cigarette tax hike
April 27, 2015
Kansas smokers are upset about plans to sharply increase the cigarette tax to help fill a budget hole created by Gov. Sam Brownback’s income tax cuts and say they will take their business to Missouri or Oklahoma if the tax hike passes.
Jenkins says women are gaining power, will soon win White House
April 26, 2015
Republican Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins told a Lawrence audience Sunday that she thinks it won’t be long before a woman is elected president, but she wouldn’t speculate about who that woman will be. Jenkins spoke Sunday at the Dole Institute of Politics on the Kansas University campus. By Peter Hancock
Fact-checking Brownback’s claims on the economy: Only part of story being told
April 25, 2015
Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration last week pointed to economic figures that it believes show the Kansas economy is improving. But a closer look at those figures, as well as other economic indicators, shows they only tell part of the story. By Peter Hancock
Budget woes threaten highway program, group warns
06:20 p.m., April 23, 2015 Updated 10:46 p.m.
As state revenues have fallen short of projections in recent years, Kansas lawmakers have taken hundreds of millions of dollars out of the State Highway Fund to pay for general government expenses, including education. A nonpartisan think tank issued a report Thursday warning that those raids on highway money now threaten some parts of the state’s 10-year transportation program known as T-Works. By Peter Hancock
Brownback does not offer comprehensive plan to fix budget but says he will work with Legislature
08:39 a.m., April 23, 2015 Updated 10:45 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration unveiled a package of modest budget adjustments on Thursday but did not offer a comprehensive plan for filling an estimated $400 million revenue shortfall in next year’s budget. By Peter Hancock
Business group launches Kansas radio campaign on taxes
April 23, 2015
A group representing small business owners has launched statewide radio ads in an effort to push Kansas legislators into keeping one of Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s key income tax policies.
Big piece of plan for balancing Kansas budget is in trouble
04:51 p.m., April 22, 2015 Updated 10:41 p.m.
An $80 million piece of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan for balancing the next state budget is in trouble in the Legislature because a major health insurance company opposes it.
National reports show tuition rates rising as state funding for higher education declines
April 21, 2015
A pair of national reports released this month say tuition costs around the nation have risen as state and local support for higher education has declined. A similar trend has occurred in Kansas, according to figures from the Kansas Board of Regents. By Peter Hancock
Kansas lawmakers see $25M worth of school funding surprises
05:01 p.m., April 21, 2015 Updated 10:22 p.m.
Kansas faces an additional $25 million hit in its next state budget to provide the aid it promised to public schools — something officials learned less than three weeks after Republican Gov. Sam Brownback signed legislation to prevent such surprises.
Student’s motion in Hall v. KU case trumpets ‘academic transparency’
01:06 p.m., April 21, 2015 Updated 10:21 p.m.
The Kansas University student trying to obtain a business teacher’s emails has submitted a formal motion in the lawsuit over her records request, urging the court to let her have the documents. “The academic question is whether Plaintiff is speaking for himself or promoting an agenda, and possibly profiting, by or for, some outside source,” her motion says. By Sara Shepherd
6 Kansas school districts to close early, cite budget cuts
09:54 a.m., April 21, 2015 Updated 10:25 p.m.
At least six school districts in Kansas plan to close a few days early this May because of budget concerns.

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