Politics

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
Kansas governor signs nation’s 1st ban on abortion procedure
11:43 a.m., April 7, 2015 Updated 10:21 p.m.
Kansas became the first state Tuesday to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure that critics describe as dismembering a fetus.
Kansas quietly passed religious objections law 2 years ago
03:08 p.m., April 6, 2015 Updated 10:06 p.m.
Religious objections measures in Arkansas and Indiana that prompted national criticism are similar to a law Kansas quietly enacted two years ago with the state’s leading gay-rights group officially neutral.
Martin Miller retrial: Coroner testifies about Mary Miller’s interior bruising, cause of death
02:16 p.m., April 6, 2015 Updated 10:05 p.m.
Douglas County Coroner Dr. Erik Mitchell continued his testimony Monday in the retrial of Martin K. Miller, charged with first-degree murder in the July 28, 2004, death of his wife, Mary Miller, 46, at the family’s central Lawrence home.
Kansas senator proposes bill on school transfer students
08:48 a.m., April 6, 2015 Updated 10:04 p.m.
A Kansas state senator is proposing a bill intended to ensure that school districts can’t remove current students who live outside their boundaries.
Uber urges Brownback to veto bill upping its insurance costs
April 5, 2015
Ride-hailing company Uber says it will be forced to pull out of Kansas if the governor signs a bill increasing regulations on its drivers.
Pro-business lobby groups wielding big influence in Legislature, Democrats say
April 5, 2015
On issues like school finance, health care and reducing the power of labor unions, Democrats say pro-business lobby groups are wielding tremendous influence over the Kansas Legislature this year. Republicans say they’re winning the legislative battles because the voters who elected them prefer GOP policies. By Peter Hancock
Kansas set to prevent poor from using aid for swimming pools, psychics
03:31 p.m., April 3, 2015 Updated 10:40 p.m.
Kansas is close to telling poor families by law that they can’t use cash assistance from the state to visit swimming pools, get tattoos or consult with psychics among a list of other things, leading critics to focus on whether tighter rules for social services will make life more unpleasant for the needy.