Kansas government

Judge’s rebuke highlights use of covert searches in Kansas
11:15 a.m., April 29, 2015 Updated 09:55 p.m.
A Kansas judge who publicly rebuked prosecutors for ignoring legal requirements for spying on suspects offered a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the surge of covert warrants, allowed under a law passed after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that was intended to fight terrorism and not for routine crime.
KanCare providers lose millions for 2nd straight year
08:18 a.m., April 29, 2015 Updated 11:14 a.m.
The three companies that provide coverage to Kansas’ Medicaid system lost a total of $52 million doing so last year, marking a second straight year of losses, according to records reviewed by a legislative committee.
Kansas AG’s office: Abortion lawsuit costs known for weeks
08:15 a.m., April 29, 2015 Updated 09:55 p.m.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office says legislators have known for weeks that the state could spend up to $450,000 to defend a new law banning a procedure common in second trimester abortions.
Kansas attorney general: Private emails by state officials are not public and don’t have to be disclosed
09:47 p.m., April 28, 2015 Updated 10:53 p.m.
State officials in Kansas legally can use private email accounts to conduct public business without ever disclosing their messages to the public, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Tuesday.
Douglas County legislators see tough wrap-up session ahead
April 28, 2015
Kansas lawmakers return to the Statehouse Wednesday for the start of what many predict will be a contentious wrap-up session. With the state facing an estimated $422 million budget hole, lawmakers will have to decide whether to raise taxes, cut spending, or do a combination of both. By Peter Hancock
Uber hires former Brownback campaign manager as lobbyist
11:41 a.m., April 28, 2015 Updated 10:44 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
08:52 a.m., April 28, 2015 Updated 10:46 p.m.
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
08:58 a.m., April 27, 2015 Updated 10:49 p.m.
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