Kansas government

Jenkins hears about immigration, budget at Lawrence town hall meeting
December 16, 2014
Rep. Lynn Jenkins told a Lawrence audience Tuesday that immigration will be the No. 1 priority for Republicans when the next Congress convenes in January. She also fielded questions about the recently passed spending bill that included rolling back regulations on banking, the environment and school lunches. By Peter Hancock
More Kansas government
Brownback rejects Salina newspaper records request for 3rd time
December 17, 2014
The Kansas governor’s office insists that the public doesn’t have the right to know who it’s considering to fill two new positions on the Saline County Commission.
New Kansas House minority leader appoints chief of staff from Lawrence
December 17, 2014
New Kansas House Minority Leader Tom Burroughs has filled three staff positions.
Salina newspaper in open records fight with state
December 15, 2014
Kansas can avoid litigation if the governor’s office follows the state’s open records laws and releases the name of candidates seeking one of two new seats on the Saline County Commission, a newspaper publisher said this week.
Torture report says little on Pat Roberts’ role
December 14, 2014
Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas chaired the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence during the time the CIA engaged in its program of “enhanced interrogation techniques.” But a report released by the committee this week criticizing that program says little about Roberts’ role as head of the oversight panel. By Peter Hancock
Brownback: It’s up to Legislature to cut budget
December 14, 2014
A new budget report released this week says Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan for balancing the current fiscal year’s budget will only add to next year’s budget problems, creating a $648 million hole in fiscal year 2016. That’s because most of what Brownback recommended only involves transfers of money between various funds and not actual spending cuts. But in an interview this week, Brownback defended his plan and said the Legislature needs to be involved in making actual cuts. By Peter Hancock
New Kansas insurance regulator: Focus on market
December 14, 2014
The accountant and industry executive taking over as Kansas’ top insurance regulator next month says creating a more robust market is a top goal and argues that greater competition will address problems with the federal health care overhaul.
Jenkins says conservatives won in $1.1 trillion spending bill
December 12, 2014
The bill to fund most of the federal government through the end of the fiscal year cuts the EPA’s budget by 21 percent and prohibits the agency from extending Clean Water Act regulations to small ponds, drainage ditches and creeks. Kansas farmers and ranchers had worried about the impact of such a move, although EPA said the criticisms were unfounded. By Peter Hancock
Douglas County clerk warns legislative panel about moving local elections to November
December 12, 2014
Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew said combining city and school board elections with the November state and federal elections would dramatically increase costs and make ballots too long to administer. He and other local election officials suggested other ways to increase voter turnout in the April municipal elections. By Peter Hancock
Rep. Lynn Jenkins to host town hall meeting in Lawrence
December 12, 2014
U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins will hold a town hall meeting Tuesday, Dec. 16, at O’Malley Beverage in Lawrence.
Brownback fills vacancy on eastern Kansas court
December 12, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback has appointed a county prosecutor to a judgeship on a district court in eastern Kansas.
Campaign officials reflect on 2014 races at Dole Institute event
December 11, 2014
Republicans, Democrats and independents who worked on the 2014 campaigns in Kansas reflected Thursday on how those campaigns were run and what influenced the outcomes. They shared those thoughts at a post-election conference held at the Dole Institute of Politics at Kansas University. By Peter Hancock
Kansas begins issuing gender-neutral marriage forms
December 11, 2014
Kansas has started issuing gender-neutral marriage forms amid ongoing litigation over its same-sex marriage ban.