National politics

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
Insurance companies say 2014 exchange members older, sicker
08:38 a.m., April 1, 2015 Updated 09:30 a.m.
Two companies that sell health insurance on the Kansas exchange say people who signed up last year tended to be older and sicker than they had anticipated.
Colleges getting out of health insurance business
March 29, 2015
The federal health care overhaul is leading some colleges and universities to get out of the health insurance business.
House OKs bipartisan Medicare doctor bill; fate up to Senate
March 26, 2015
In uncommon bipartisan harmony, the House approved a $214 billion bill on Thursday permanently blocking physician Medicare cuts, moving Congress closer to resolving a problem that has plagued it for years.
On fifth anniversary of health care law, no end to debate
March 23, 2015
In five years, the polemic around Obamacare hasn’t cooled much, and the permanence of the president’s achievement remains in question as the nation awaits the outcome of a Supreme Court case that could jeopardize insurance for nearly 8 million people.
Sens. Roberts and Moran explain signing letter to Iran
March 14, 2015
Both U.S. senators from Kansas were among the 47 Republican senators who signed an open letter to the Iranian government last week, warning them that any agreement over nuclear weapons that the strike with the Democratic administration would have to be ratified by a Republican-controlled Congress. But a Kansas University political science professor said Congress may not have as much of a role as the senators think. By Peter Hancock
Jenkins defends senators for writing letter to Iran
04:56 p.m., March 13, 2015 Updated 08:49 p.m.
U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins defended the 47 Senate Republicans who signed a controversial open letter to Iran about a possible nuclear weapons program agreement.
Homeland Security bill includes final funding for NBAF
March 4, 2015
A bill that provides funding for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security through the end of the fiscal year includes $300 million to complete construction of a National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility at Kansas State University in Manhattan. Both U.S. senators and all four House members from Kansas voted against that bill, mainly due to disagreements with the Obama administration over immigration policy. By Peter Hancock
House passes Homeland Security funding; all Kansas members vote no
04:44 p.m., March 3, 2015 Updated 10:24 p.m.
All four U.S. House members from Kansas voted against a bill Tuesday that funds the Department of Homeland Security through the end of the fiscal year. The bill, which passed by a vote of 257-167, had been tied up over partisan disagreements over immigration policy. By Peter Hancock
Jenkins supports Israeli prime minister’s controversial speech to Congress
06:51 p.m., March 2, 2015 Updated 10:28 p.m.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to a joint session of Congress has ignited controversy in Washington, and in Jewish communities throughout the United States, including Lawrence. But U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins says she looks forward to his appearance Tuesday and does not think it’s a violation of protocol. By Peter Hancock
Kansas congressional delegation splits over Homeland Security funding
05:43 p.m., March 2, 2015 Updated 10:25 p.m.
All four U.S. House members from Kansas supported a bill Friday that kept the U.S. Department of Homeland Security open for another week, but both of the state’s U.S. senators opposed it. The battle between Republican-controlled Congress and Democratic President Barack Obama centers on the president’s executive orders on immigration policy. By Peter Hancock
Poorest schools would lose Title I funding under GOP-backed bill
06:34 p.m., February 16, 2015 Updated 10:17 p.m.
The U.S. House is expected to vote next week on a long-awaited bill to overhaul No Child Left Behind. It includes an overhaul of the Title I program, which targets aid to districts with the highest concentrations of poverty, by allowing some of the most affluent school districts to share in that money. By Peter Hancock
As sign-up deadline nears, a new risk for Obama health law
February 12, 2015
Thousands of people signing up for health insurance this weekend may not realize it, but their coverage under President Barack Obama’s law could be short-lived. The 2015 enrollment season, which ends Sunday, has avoided last year’s website meltdown so far. But a Supreme Court case could result in millions of consumers losing financial assistance for their premiums later in the year.
Local law enforcement, emergency services estimate Obama’s visit cost them more than $60K; mayor says worth every penny
05:54 p.m., February 10, 2015 Updated 09:57 p.m.
With the added security, visitors and spectacle of President Barack Obama‚Äôs visit to Lawrence last month, local law enforcement departments and emergency services racked up a few bills, officials said.
Panel unanimously OKs bill easing employee health care count
January 28, 2015
In a rare show of bipartisanship over President Barack Obama’s health care law, a Senate committee voted unanimously Wednesday to exclude veterans from the 50-worker threshold that triggers required coverage for employees under that statute.