Bill limiting candidate withdrawals advances in Kansas House
11:22 a.m., February 25, 2015 Updated 10:14 p.m.
House Bill 2104 is a response to the controversy last year when Democrat Chad Taylor withdrew from the U.S. Senate race against Republican Pat Roberts. It would prohibit candidates withdrawing from a race after June 1 of the election year unless the candidate dies. It would also require parties to replace candidates on the ballot if there is a vacancy. By Peter Hancock
Kansas lawmakers consider cutting funding for Parents as Teachers
08:53 a.m., February 25, 2015 Updated 09:23 a.m.
A Kansas House committee has recommended cutting all funding for the Parents as Teachers program, which would end the program.
Kansas anti-strip club bill does not advance before deadline
08:50 a.m., February 25, 2015 Updated 12:23 p.m.
A bill that would heavily restrict sexually oriented businesses did not advance as Kansas lawmakers face key deadlines.
KU taking piecemeal approach to $4.8 million budget cuts for current fiscal year
06:08 p.m., February 24, 2015 Updated 10:21 p.m.
Responding to statewide spending cuts announced earlier this month by Gov. Sam Brownback, needed to close a budget gap created by lower-than-projected state revenue, KU leaders are discussing how to trim $2.7 million from the Lawrence campus budget and $2.1 from KU Medical Center for this fiscal year, which ends June 30.
Defying GOP, Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline bill
03:55 p.m., February 24, 2015 Updated 10:14 p.m.
Defying the Republican-run Congress, President Barack Obama rejected a bill Tuesday to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, wielding his veto power for only the third time in his presidency. Obama offered no indication of whether he’ll eventually issue a permit for the pipeline, whose construction has become a flashpoint in the U.S. debate about environmental policy and climate change. Instead, Obama sought to reassert his authority to make the decision himself, rebuffing GOP lawmakers who will control both the House and Senate for the remainder of the president’s term.
Effects of Kansas business tax break more widespread than estimated
02:30 p.m., February 24, 2015 Updated 03:50 p.m.
Kansas officials acknowledge that a tax exemption championed as an economic stimulus by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback has helped 90,000 more business owners than previously anticipated, but the state’s revenue chief said Tuesday the policy shouldn’t be blamed for the state’s budget problems.
Kansas plan would give elections chief Kobach prosecutorial power
February 24, 2015
A key Republican legislator says he’s not sure how Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s efforts to obtain the authority to prosecute election fraud cases will fare when the state Senate debates the measure.
Kansas Senate expected to debate gun rights bill this week
09:13 a.m., February 24, 2015 Updated 10:13 p.m.
The Kansas Senate is expected to debate this week a bill to allow residents who are 21 or older to carry concealed guns without a state permit.
Idea of increasing City Commission size discussed at candidate forum
08:49 p.m., February 23, 2015 Updated 10:24 p.m.
The idea of expanding the number of Lawrence city commissioners in future years seems to be gaining momentum, based on comments made by candidates at a Monday evening campaign forum. By Chad Lawhorn
Plan to allow Kansas groceries to sell wine, liquor advances
04:15 p.m., February 23, 2015 Updated 10:22 p.m.
A Kansas House committee has approved a bill to allow grocery stores to sell wine, liquor and full-strength beer starting in July 2018.
Lawrence superintendent testifies against a bill to repeal Common Core standards
02:25 p.m., February 23, 2015 Updated 10:25 p.m.
Lawrence Superintendent Rick Doll told a legislative committee Monday that a bill to repeal many of the state’s education standards, including the Common Core standards for reading and math, would have far-reaching, unintended consequences. “You don’t kill a mouse with a shotgun,” Doll told the House Education Committee. “This shotgun approach that is advocated in this bill would literally gut many of our educational programs, placing school districts in the impossible position of making local decisions for students that are in direct conflict with the law.”By Peter Hancock
Kansas Gov. Brownback creates Social Services Policy Council
01:37 p.m., February 23, 2015 Updated 10:21 p.m.
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is creating a taskforce to look for ways to decrease poverty.
Kansas legislative proposal focuses on open records enforcement
09:33 a.m., February 23, 2015 Updated 10:23 p.m.
Improperly withholding public records would be easier to investigate under a legislative proposal that has the backing of Attorney General Derek Schmidt.
Kansas lawmakers seek to boost campaign contribution limits
February 22, 2015
After an election cycle in which the amount of money spent by outside groups dwarfed the amount spent by the candidates’ campaigns, themselves, Kansas lawmakers from both parties are pressing to increase campaign contribution limits in an effort to keep up.
City Commission candidate profile: Gary Williams
February 22, 2015
Gary Williams understands the importance of making a connection. Williams, one of 14 candidates for the Lawrence City Commission, is an owner of Lawrence-based Flo’s Laundry & Janitorial Service, but for years he basically was in the connection business. He and his wife, Teresa, were foster parents who cared for more than 50 children during about an eight-year time period.