State Government

Candidates spar at Kansas State Fair gubernatorial debate

HUTCHINSON – The three major candidates for Kansas governor traded barbs Saturday before hundreds of raucous supporters at the Kansas State Fair. Democrat Laura Kelly, a state senator from Topeka, charged Republican Kris Kobach with wanting to take Kansas back to “the devastation” of the ...

Activist challenges Kobach’s status as GOP governor nominee

TOPEKA — A liberal Kansas activist is challenging Secretary of State Kris Kobach's right to appear as the Republican nominee for governor on the November ballot, alleging that perhaps hundreds of legally cast ballots were not counted in his close primary race with Gov. Jeff Colyer. Davis ...

Kansas House candidate charged with election perjury

OLATHE — A 35-year-old Olathe man running for a seat in the Kansas House of Representatives has been charged with election perjury. Adam Thomas, a Republican candidate in the 26th District House race, was charged Thursday. The Kansas City Star reports charging documents allege that Thomas ...

Kansas gubernatorial candidates face off in first debate

Story updated at 5:34 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018: OVERLAND PARK – The three major candidates for governor in Kansas faced each other for the first time Wednesday, offering vastly different views on taxes, education policy, illegal immigration and a host of other issues. Democrat Laura ...

Kansas tax collections in August meet projections

TOPEKA - Kansas tax receipts came in almost exactly as projected in August, the Kansas Department of Revenue said Tuesday. During August, the state collected $494.3 million in receipts from various kinds of taxes. That was about $6 million, or 1.27 percent, more than expected. Individual ...

Former Republican Gov. Bill Graves endorses Democrat Laura Kelly

TOPEKA - Former Republican Gov. Bill Graves on Tuesday formally endorsed Democrat Laura Kelly in the 2018 race for Kansas governor. “Laura Kelly is the only Democrat I have ever endorsed for public office,” Graves said in a statement released by the Kelly campaign. “And the reason I’m ...

After 60 years under ‘Right to Work,’ Kansas labor still feeling impact

TOPEKA – When Kansas voters went to the polls Aug. 7 for the Republican and Democratic primaries, voters in neighboring Missouri were doing the same thing. There, however, one issue on the ballot overshadowed most of the contested partisan races: a proposition to enact what is known as a ...

Researcher threatens lawsuit over denial of access to Kansas voter roll purges

TOPEKA - An investigative journalist who is trying to obtain records from across the country of voters whose registrations have been purged from state voter rolls says he will likely sue Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach for denying him access to those records. Greg Palast, an ...

At 27 percent, August primary turnout in Kansas exceeded predictions

TOPEKA — Turnout in the Aug. 7 primary elections in Kansas far exceeded expectations, state election officials said Friday. Bryan Caskey, who heads the elections division in the Kansas secretary of state's office, said 486,598 people cast ballots in the election, for a turnout rate of 27 ...

White House agrees to destroy documents collected by Kobach-led commission

TOPEKA - A public interest watchdog group said Thursday that the Trump administration has complied with an agreement to destroy sensitive voter registration information that was collected by a now-defunct advisory commission on which Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach served as vice ...

Kansas child welfare agency failed to meet 16 standards

TOPEKA — Kansas' child welfare agency failed to meet more than half of 30 federal and state performance standards last year, according to a report that used the agency's data. The Department for Children and Families released the report this week that showed it didn't meet 16 standards from ...

Kansas has continued issuing improper injection-well permits, attorney argues

TOPEKA - A Lawrence attorney has alleged that Kansas energy regulators are continuing to allow oil and gas drillers to file applications for injection-well permits without providing adequate public notice, even as those regulators were conducting an investigation into complaints that the ...

Kansas asks U.S. Supreme Court to deny workplace protections for transgender workers

Story updated 5:23 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018: TOPEKA - Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has joined with officials from 15 other states in a brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to declare that transgender workers are not protected under federal workplace anti-discrimination laws. The ...

Colyer’s communications director, wildlife secretary move on

TOPEKA - Gov. Jeff Colyer's office announced Tuesday that communications director Kendall Marr has stepped down and that press secretary Kara Zeyer, formerly Kara Fullmer, will move into that position. Both Marr and Zeyer joined Colyer's office in 2017 when Colyer was still lieutenant governor ...

Kansas Republicans back Trump on Mexico trade deal; some skeptical of farm bailout

TOPEKA - Senior Kansas Republicans this week applauded President Donald Trump for reaching a tentative trade deal with Mexico. But at least one, U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, who chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee, also expressed skepticism of a proposed emergency aid package for farmers who ...