Preliminary injunction sought in Kansas gay marriage case to force full recognition of marriages
11:15 a.m., December 8, 2014 Updated 04:08 p.m.
The American Civil Liberties Union on Monday expanded its lawsuit challenging the state of Kansas’ ban on same-sex marriage by asking a federal judge to order the state to recognize marriages that have already been performed here and in other states.
Kansas governor working on proposed budget fixes
December 7, 2014
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback isn’t publicly ruling out any ideas for helping to close state budget shortfalls, leaving officials and lawmakers to speculate about the proposals he’s expected to roll out before the Legislature convenes next month.
State officals worry about EPA proposals to cut power plant emissions
December 5, 2014
The Kansas Electric Transmission Authority said Friday the EPA may be moving too fast to implement a Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon emissions from U.S. power plants. But one legislator who serves on that board went further, challenging the science that shows carbon dioxide emissions are contributing to global climate change. By Peter Hancock
Kansas, Planned Parenthood settle abortion lawsuit
December 5, 2014
A federal judge says Kansas and Planned Parenthood have settled a lawsuit filed by the group over a requirement enacted last year for abortion providers.
Kansas tax agency hires House committee chairman
December 5, 2014
The retiring Taxation Committee chairman in the Kansas House has taken a job with the state Department of Revenue.
Kansas lawmakers attend ALEC meeting in D.C.
December 4, 2014
At least 18 Kansas lawmakers are attending a meeting this week of the American Legislative Exchange Council. The conservative group promotes pro-business model legislation in statehouses around the country, but it has come under fire in recent years for its support of gun rights and opposition to clean energy regulations. By Peter Hancock
Jenkins blasts Obama as House passes compromise tax bill
December 3, 2014
The U.S. House passed a bill Wednesday providing one-year extensions of several business and individual tax credits and deductions after the White House threatened to veto a more extensive tax bill. But the battle over tax cuts is likely to resume in January when Republicans take control of the U.S. Senate.
Students receive part of $1,800 records request seeking Kochs’ influence on hiring at KU
December 3, 2014
A student group investigating the Koch brothers’ influence on Kansas University has received some of the $1,800 worth of documents it requested from the university. Schuyler Kraus, KU senior and president of Students for a Sustainable Future, said that she believes the documents returned so far reinforce her group’s concern that the Kochs are buying their way into the university and spreading their political ideology under the guise of academia. School of Business representatives — including one of the faculty members students are looking into — dispute that theory. By Sara Shepherd
Kansas Supreme Court declines to disqualify DA’s office in Martin Miller case
December 3, 2014
The Kansas Supreme Court has declined once-convicted murderer Martin Miller’s request to have the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office disqualified as the prosecuting agency in his retrial after it was revealed that witness and son Matthew Miller, 22, had been living with senior assistant district attorney Eve Kemple’s son in her home.
10th Circuit denies AG’s request for review in same-sex marriage case
09:59 a.m., December 3, 2014 Updated 03:04 p.m.
A federal appeals court in Denver has refused to reconsider its decision to let same-sex marriages go forward in Kansas while a case challenging the state’s ban is being tried. The decision means same-sex couples can continue obtaining marriage licenses in Douglas and Sedgwick counties, at least for the time being. By Peter Hancock
Abortion-referrals case back before Kansas board
December 2, 2014
A Kansas board is considering whether to continue barring a physician from practicing medicine after scrutinizing her referrals of young patients for late-term abortions and finding that she kept inadequate records.
Merrick to remain Kansas House speaker in 2015-16
08:56 a.m., December 1, 2014 Updated 03:19 p.m.
Rep. Ray Merrick, of Stilwell, was re-elected Monday to another term as speaker of the Kansas House while Rep. Tom Burroughs of Kansas City, Kan., was named the next House minority leader.
ACLU revises Kansas gay marriage lawsuit to raise new claims
11:20 a.m., November 26, 2014 Updated 02:47 p.m.
The American Civil Liberties Union revised on Wednesday its lawsuit over gay marriage in Kansas to include claims that the state is refusing to recognize unions performed in Kansas and other states.
Brownback: ‘Everything’ on table to fix Kansas budget gap
November 25, 2014
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says he is “looking at everything” to fill a projected $279 million budget deficit for this fiscal year, including the possibility of tweaking the state’s income tax policy.
Investors pitch $130M Kansas casino
November 25, 2014
A collection of Kansas investors proposed on Monday building a $130 million casino in southeast Kansas’ Cherokee County, becoming the third such group to express an interest in vying for the state’s last remaining casino license.