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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.
City Commission candidate profile: Stan Rasmussen
February 22, 2015
Stan Rasmussen definitely knows how to look back in time. Rasmussen, one of 14 candidates seeking a seat on the Lawrence City Commission, is an amateur paleontologist. His most impressive find was the skull of a saber tooth tiger in Wyoming, a find that he later donated to Kansas University. But looking back in time is just a hobby. What he does for a living — as a land use and environmental attorney for the U.S. Army — is look to the future. That’s what he also wants to do as a city commissioner.
City Commission candidate profile: Greg Robinson
February 22, 2015
Even before Greg Robinson became an attorney, he had a natural inclination to ask the big question. Like, why is this 42-ton bronze head of Vladimir Lenin still here? By Chad Lawhorn
City Commission candidate profile: Mike Anderson
February 22, 2015
If elected to the Lawrence City Commission, Mike Anderson promises that City Commission meetings won’t become a monologue for his cable television talk show, the “Not So Late Show.” By Chad Lawhorn
City Commission candidate profile: Stuart Boley
February 22, 2015
Here was Stuart Boley in 1977 — freshly armed with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and modern European studies — with two job offers in Houston. One was with the Houston library, and the other was as a tax auditor with the Internal Revenue Service. Logic made it clear which one he had to take: the IRS job. By Chad Lawhorn
City Commission candidate profile: Rob Sands
February 22, 2015
At 20 years old, Rob Sands had a few things on his mind that may have been a bit different than his typical peer. Sands had just become a first lieutenant in the Kansas National Guard, and he was in charge of a tank platoon — four tanks valued at millions of dollars and, more importantly, all of the soldiers who go with them. All of this was 13 years ago, right in the aftermath of 9/11 and America’s entry into a new type of war. By Chad Lawhorn
School board questionnaire: Mary Loveland
February 22, 2015
Mary Loveland, 66, is a homemaker who served on the board from 1987 to 2003 and again from 2007 to 2011. She has worked as an organizer for youth sports leagues and served on boards for the Kansas University Alumni Association and the Kansas Memorial Union. She has been a resident of Lawrence for 38 years.