Kansas government

Uber hires former Brownback campaign manager as lobbyist
11:41 a.m., April 28, 2015 Updated 01:13 p.m.
Ride-hailing company Uber has hired Gov. Sam Brownback’s former campaign manager and several high-profile lobbyists to represent it in an expected legislative battle over regulations.
Kansas House committee delays review of Democrat’s remarks
April 28, 2015
A Kansas House committee has delayed its investigation of a Democratic lawmaker who labeled as “racist bigots” supporters of a bill ending college tuition breaks for students living in the U.S. illegally.
Poll: Kansas Legislature far to the right of most Kansans
06:14 p.m., April 27, 2015 Updated 09:55 p.m.
A new poll shows most Kansans support expanding Medicaid and legalizing marijuana, and they oppose unrestricted concealed-carry rights. But those views are out of sync with major policies being adopted this year in the Kansas Legislature. By Peter Hancock
Kansas AG seeks up to $450K to defend new anti-abortion law
April 27, 2015
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is telling legislators that defending a new anti-abortion law in court could cost the state up to $450,000.
Kansas governor to re-enact signing of anti-abortion measure
April 27, 2015
Gov. Sam Brownback plans to have four ceremonies across Kansas to re-enact his signing of the nation’s first ban on a procedure that critics describe as dismembering a fetus.
Kansas lawmakers to reconvene Wednesday after spring break
April 27, 2015
Kansas legislators are close to the end of their annual spring break and plan to reconvene this week at the Statehouse to wrap up their business for the year.
Kansas smokers unhappy with proposal for cigarette tax hike
April 27, 2015
Kansas smokers are upset about plans to sharply increase the cigarette tax to help fill a budget hole created by Gov. Sam Brownback’s income tax cuts and say they will take their business to Missouri or Oklahoma if the tax hike passes.
Former Kansas Gov. Carlin launches website to share opinions
April 27, 2015
Former two-term Kansas Gov. John Carlin has started a website and blog to share his thoughts about state government.
Jenkins says women are gaining power, will soon win White House
April 26, 2015
Republican Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins told a Lawrence audience Sunday that she thinks it won’t be long before a woman is elected president, but she wouldn’t speculate about who that woman will be. Jenkins spoke Sunday at the Dole Institute of Politics on the Kansas University campus. By Peter Hancock
Fact-checking Brownback’s claims on the economy: Only part of story being told
April 25, 2015
Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration last week pointed to economic figures that it believes show the Kansas economy is improving. But a closer look at those figures, as well as other economic indicators, shows they only tell part of the story. By Peter Hancock
For Kansas, consensus on tax ideas is still elusive
April 25, 2015
Kansas is expected to increase taxes to close a budget shortfall, but the Republicans who control the Legislature don’t agree on the outlines of a plan yet.
Budget woes threaten highway program, group warns
06:20 p.m., April 23, 2015 Updated 10:46 p.m.
As state revenues have fallen short of projections in recent years, Kansas lawmakers have taken hundreds of millions of dollars out of the State Highway Fund to pay for general government expenses, including education. A nonpartisan think tank issued a report Thursday warning that those raids on highway money now threaten some parts of the state’s 10-year transportation program known as T-Works. By Peter Hancock
Kansas ethics commission questioning some PACs’ names
10:03 a.m., April 23, 2015 Updated 11:15 a.m.
Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s political action committee might have to change its name to meet state ethics requirements and another PAC connected to former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius could face a similar problem, the executive director of the state’s ethics commission said.
Uber expands service to Lawrence, other Kansas cities
09:31 a.m., April 23, 2015 Updated 10:46 p.m.
Ride-hailing company Uber says it is bringing its service to four additional cities in Kansas Thursday, only days after Republican Gov. Sam Brownback vetoed regulatory legislation that the company said would lead it to leave the state.
Brownback does not offer comprehensive plan to fix budget but says he will work with Legislature
08:39 a.m., April 23, 2015 Updated 10:45 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration unveiled a package of modest budget adjustments on Thursday but did not offer a comprehensive plan for filling an estimated $400 million revenue shortfall in next year’s budget. By Peter Hancock