State Government

Kansas secretary of state candidates clash on need to change voting laws

TOPEKA - The three candidates for Kansas secretary of state squared off in a televised debate Monday, offering different opinions on a wide range of issues, including whether the state needs to change the election laws that changed dramatically under the current administration of Republican ...

Judge rejects challenge to KanCare bidding process

TOPEKA - A Shawnee County judge on Friday rejected a challenge to the bidding process the state of Kansas used to award contracts to three insurance companies to manage the state's $3 billion per year Medicaid system known as KanCare. Amerigroup Kansas Inc., one of the three current ...

Teaching vacancies on the rise in Kansas

TOPEKA — Kansas public school districts are finding it harder to fill vacant teaching positions this year, despite the fact that increased funding has allowed many districts to offer higher salaries, according to a report released this week by the Kansas State Department of ...

Kansas Farm Bureau PAC not making endorsements for governor, 2nd District

TOPEKA - The political action committee of the Kansas Farm Bureau issued its list of endorsements in the upcoming general election Wednesday, but it was a list just as notable for who wasn't on it as it was for who did make the cut. The PAC, known as Voters Organized To Elect Friends of Farm ...

Pence planning visit to Kansas to help boost Kobach, Watkins

TOPEKA — Vice President Mike Pence is planning to visit Kansas next week for events to help Republicans Kris Kobach and Steve Watkins in their campaigns for governor and Congress. Kobach's campaign says Pence will come Oct. 18 to Wichita for an event to show his support for Kobach, the ...

Kansans wait an average of 573 days for decisions on Social Security claims

TOPEKA — Data shows Kansans waited an average of 573 days for decisions on their Social Security claims during the last fiscal year. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Social Security data showed that is an increase from the previous fiscal year, when wait times were 557 days. However, the ...

Kobach alone in opposing LGBT protections for state workers

Republican Kris Kobach stood out Tuesday as the only candidate for Kansas governor who would not reinstate an executive order protecting state workers from job discrimination based on sexual orientation or identity. In a televised debate from KWCH-TV in Wichita, all five candidates for ...

Kansas gubernatorial candidates argue over immigration, schools during debate

WICHITA — Democrat Laura Kelly accused Republican Kris Kobach of not being truthful when he claimed during a televised debate Tuesday that Kansas can save $377 million a year by cutting off benefits and services to immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. Kobach, in turn, argued that Kelly ...

Kobach’s legacy on voter ID laws at issue in Kansas secretary of state race

TOPEKA — The Democrat running to replace Kris Kobach as Kansas secretary of state is trying to get voters to repudiate the conservative Republican's political legacy of tough voter identification laws, which Kobach often touts while campaigning for governor. Brian McClendon, a former Google ...

Governor names three to Kansas Board of Regents

Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer on Thursday appointed two new members and reappointed one member to the Kansas Board of Regents. William Feuerborn, of Garnett, has been reappointed, and Allen Schmidt, of Hays, and Mark Hutton, of Wichita, will become the newest members. Each will serve a four-year ...

Kansas lawmakers begin weighing demands on state’s $100 million revenue surplus

TOPEKA - A group of Kansas lawmakers on Wednesday began thinking about all of the competing demands they will face in the next legislative session over how, or whether, to spend the nearly $100 million in unexpected tax receipts the state has received so far this fiscal year. After a number of ...

Kansas Democrats spurn deaf candidate over abuse allegations

TOPEKA — Kansas Democrats have pulled their support from a deaf legislative candidate who is accused by three women of being emotionally abusive. The state party and the Kansas House Democrats said in a joint statement that the allegations against Chris Haulmark are "deeply troubling." The ...

Fort Scott hospital closure renews debate over Medicaid expansion in Kansas

Story updated 4:35 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2: TOPEKA – Mercy Hospital in Fort Scott announced Monday that it will close its doors by the end of the year, a move that is already reigniting debate in Kansas over expanding the state’s Medicaid system under the federal Affordable Care Act. The ...

KanCare enrollment begins while Amerigroup contract pending

KANSAS CITY, KAN. — Enrollment has begun for Kansas' privatized Medicaid program, leaving 125,000 residents covered by Amerigroup in a state of uncertainty while the provider sues the state over its contract. The Kansas City Star reports that Kansas residents who receive Medicaid services ...

Kansas tax collections up 11 percent in first quarter of fiscal year

TOPEKA — The state of Kansas collected $173 million more in taxes during the first quarter of the current fiscal year than it did during the same period last year, an increase of 11.4 percent, the Kansas Department of Revenue said Monday. Total tax collections during the months of July, ...