Politics

Radical political literature collection, cited as one of nation’s best, marks 50 years at KU
March 21, 2015
I’d rather be killing communists in Central America Bring America back to God! Fluoridation … Is it morally right? People of America have some extreme political beliefs. One of the country’s best collections of material reflecting those beliefs is celebrating its 50th anniversary at Kansas University. The Wilcox Collection of Contemporary Political Movements at the Spencer Research Library has more than 100,000 items, from bumper stickers and posters emblazoned with the messages above, to books about extremist movements. By Sara Shepherd
Financing jail expansion won’t hinge on possible legislative changes, Douglas County says
March 21, 2015
Douglas County officials will host the first in a series of town hall meetings Monday night to discuss issues surrounding the county jail, and one of the issues likely to come up will be how to pay for a possible expansion of the jail. But County Commissioner Mike Gaughan said Friday that a bill pending in the Kansas House that deals with public building commissions won’t play a role in the county’s decision. By Peter Hancock
Panel rejects bill to repeal Common Core in Kansas
02:03 p.m., March 20, 2015 Updated 04:00 p.m.
A bill that would have immediately repealed the state’s current academic standards for reading, math and other subjects failed to get out of a House committee on Friday, greatly diminishing the chances that Kansas lawmakers will address the issue. By Peter Hancock
Kansas school districts ask court to reject state’s appeal
March 20, 2015
School districts suing Kansas over education funding are asking the Kansas Supreme Court to keep their entire lawsuit before a lower court.
Kansas Senate passes bill requiring university prospectuses
March 20, 2015
Kansas universities would be required to publicize information on their graduates’ average salaries, student loan debt and employment under a bill approved by the state Senate.
Send in your health questions for City Commission candidate forum
March 19, 2015
What questions do you have for candidates about health objectives in Lawrence? Let us know, and we’ll ask them in our March 30 candidate forum.
Next week on LJWorld.com: Live chats with city commission candidates
07:06 p.m., March 19, 2015 Updated 10:24 p.m.
Chad Lawhorn will host the six candidates for Lawrence City Commission in online chats at LJWorld.com next week.
Kansas Senate passes ‘religious freedom’ bill for campus student groups
07:06 p.m., March 19, 2015 Updated 10:24 p.m.
The bill requires colleges and universities to recognize and support religious student organizations that discriminate in their membership, if the discrimination is based on sincerely held religious beliefs. Supporters said it supports religious freedom, but critics called it a form of state-sanctioned discrimination. By Peter Hancock
Kansas House panel endorses effort to change US Constitution
12:31 p.m., March 19, 2015 Updated 05:32 p.m.
A House panel endorsed a resolution Thursday that would have Kansas join a process to amend the U.S. Constitution through a convention of the states.
Kansas House panel approves process for emissions plan
March 19, 2015
A Kansas House panel has approved a process for establishing a greenhouse gas reduction plan.
Senate panel votes to block United Way payroll deductions for public sector employees
10:55 a.m., March 19, 2015 Updated 10:28 p.m.
United Way officials in Lawrence and throughout Kansas said they were stunned Thursday by news that a Senate committee had advanced a bill that would prohibit state and local governments from deducting charitable contributions from employee paychecks. “I’m a little floored here. I’m kind of speechless,” said Colleen Gregoire, vice president and campaign director for the United Way of Douglas County. By Peter Hancock
Kansas Senate advances open records, meetings proposals
08:46 a.m., March 19, 2015 Updated 08:14 a.m.
The Kansas Senate unanimously passed four bills aimed at increasing government transparency Thursday but rejected a proposal to open officials’ private emails about government business to public scrutiny.
Kansas Senate panel’s budget debate part of crowded agenda
08:35 a.m., March 19, 2015 Updated 10:28 p.m.
A Kansas Senate committee is considering a proposed $15.5 billion state budget that wouldn’t balance without tax increases.
Recent Kansas school finance actions raise several constitutional questions
07:07 p.m., March 18, 2015 Updated 10:00 p.m.
A Kansas University law professor says recent actions by the Kansas Legislature and a district court raise numerous constitutional questions. Professor Rick Levy said the result could be another showdown between the legislative and executive branches over who decides how much funding schools should get. By Peter Hancock
Kansas Senate to debate bill allowing exclusive student groups on campuses
06:52 p.m., March 18, 2015 Updated 08:42 p.m.
The Kansas Senate will debate a bill Thursday that would require colleges and universities to recognize student organizations that have exclusive membership rules, if those rules are based on sincerely held religious beliefs. The American Civil Liberties Union says it’s one of dozens of so-called “religious freedom” bills pending in state legislatures around the country. By Peter Hancock