State Government

Kansas job growth now exceeding national average

TOPEKA — After several years of lagging behind the national average, job growth in Kansas outpaced the nation in June, posting a 1.8 percent increase in jobs compared with a year ago, the Kansas Department of Labor reported Friday. Overall, the Kansas economy added 24,800 jobs over the year, ...

Kansas delays launch of new license plates

WICHITA — Kansas officials have delayed the launch date for the state's new vehicle plates. State officials said Friday that the original Aug. 1 launch date for the license plates has been delayed until Aug. 15 because of issues in the new digital processing equipment. Wichita's Center ...

Officials hope to rebrand Kansas as not just a ‘flyover state’

TOPEKA - The state of Kansas is about to launch a new marketing campaign aimed at rebranding the state as not just one that people pass by on their way to somewhere else, but one that can attract high-tech manufacturing, aviation and agribusiness companies. Gov. Jeff Colyer and other state ...

Kansas Senate president demotes GOP senator for endorsing Democrats

TOPEKA — Republican Senate President Susan Wagle on Wednesday stripped fellow GOP Sen. Barbara Bollier, R-Mission Hills, from her leadership position on a key committee after Bollier endorsed two Democrats in the upcoming elections. Wagle, of Wichita, issued a statement Wednesday calling ...

Abortion rights advocates hope Iowa case will influence Kansas

TOPEKA — In a case that abortion rights advocates hope will have an impact in Kansas, the Iowa Supreme Court earlier this month struck down a law in that state that imposed a 72-hour waiting period after a woman sees a doctor before she could have an abortion, saying such a law violates the ...

ACLU flyer sparks further sparring between Colyer, Kobach

WICHITA — The American Civil Liberties Union is defending a flyer it mailed comparing the civil rights records of the leading Republican candidates for Kansas governor, calling it voter education. Secretary of State Kris Kobach pointed to the flyer in seeking to portray Gov. Jeff Colyer as ...

Westar customers may see rate drops amid settlement

WICHITA — A settlement between Kansas agencies and Westar Energy may lead to utility customers seeing rate drops instead of previously expected increases. The Wichita Eagle reports that the settlement reached Monday would reverse Westar's request for a $17 million rate increase and turn it ...

Kobach says he wants to do for Kansas what Trump has done for U.S.

WICHITA — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has told Donald Trump Jr. at a fundraising event that he wants to do for Kansas what the president has done for the country's blue-collar workers. The president's son arrived nearly two hours late for a Wichita fundraiser for Kobach's campaign ...

Kansas giving out $5M in security funds to schools; 2 districts ask to buy guns

Story updated 5:27 p.m. July 17, 2018: TOPEKA — Kansas is distributing $5 million in state grants to beef up security and improve safety at schools in more than 150 districts. The state Department of Education began distributing the grants Monday for new doors, windows, security cameras, ...

NRA backs Colyer over Kobach in Kansas race for governor

TOPEKA — Kansas conservative firebrand Kris Kobach, who appears in parades riding a jeep with a replica machine gun mounted on back, failed Monday to land the coveted endorsement from the National Rifle Association in the Republican primary race for governor. Instead, it went to Gov. Jeff ...

Kansas Republicans largely self-funding campaigns in 2nd District congressional race

TOPEKA — Republicans running in the 2nd District congressional race have put more money into their own campaigns, either in the form of loans or direct contributions, than they have raised through contributions. Federal campaign finance reports that detail total fundraising through June 30 ...

Grand jury that would investigate Kobach delayed pending Supreme Court decision

TOPEKA — No grand jury will be called in Douglas County to investigate alleged mishandling of voter registrations in Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's office, at least until the Kansas Supreme Court decides whether it will review the case. Steven Davis, a Democratic candidate running ...

Local candidates for Kansas House share views at Lawrence forums

Local candidates who are involved in contested primaries for seats in the Kansas House shared their views on issues ranging from school finance and taxes to guns and abortion during a pair of forums Saturday at Lawrence City Hall. The two Republican primaries that will take place Aug. 7 will ...

Guns a hot issue for Democrats in Kansas governor’s race

TOPEKA — Democrats running for Kansas governor are falling in line with the national gun-control movement stirring the party's liberal base, even if it means disavowing a loosening of gun laws in recent years that had been playing well in their gun-friendly state. The top three Democratic ...

How the abortion issue threatens to divide Democrats

TOPEKA — Although abortion has been a lightning-rod issue that has been dividing the Kansas Republican Party for decades, in the 2018 primaries, it’s an issue that threatens to divide Kansas Democrats, as well. In the primary race for governor, state Sen. Laura Kelly has been blasting one ...