State Government

Voters Guide: Newcomer, political survivor contest for 42nd House seat

The 42nd House District race pits incumbent Republican Jim Karleskint, of Tonganoxie, against Democrat Thea Perry, of rural Tonganoxie. The 42nd District includes Eudora and western Leavenworth County. Karleskint, 71, is seeking his second term in the 42nd District seat. Running as a moderate ...

Voters Guide: 3 Douglas County District Court judges on ballot for retention

Three Douglas County District Court judges are on the general election ballot for a yes or no retention vote. Kansas district court judges stand for retention every four years. This year, those in Douglas County District Court on the ballot are Sally Pokorny, Amy Hanley and Chief Judge Peggy ...

Voters Guide: Incumbent state treasurer facing off against Lawrence Democrat

The office of state treasurer is one of the lower-profile elected offices in Kansas state government. Its primary function is to manage the state's idle fund accounts. But the office also manages a number of specialized programs such as the unclaimed property division, the state's Learning ...

Voters Guide: Secretary of state race a referendum on Kobach’s performance

The office of secretary of state used to be considered a low-profile ministerial job. The main functions are to supervise elections, keep track of business and corporate filings and serve as the principal record-keeper of the state. All that changed in 2010 with the election of Republican Kris ...

Voters Guide: Kansans face stark choice in governor’s race

After eight years of conservative government under Govs. Sam Brownback and Jeff Colyer, voters in Kansas have some starkly contrasting choices about which direction they’d like to go. Democratic candidate Laura Kelly, a state senator from Topeka, is vowing to put K-12 education at the top of ...

ACLU sues Dodge City over voting access for Hispanics

WICHITA — Moving the only polling site in Dodge City, Kan., outside the city limits will make it more difficult for the city's majority Hispanic population to vote because they tend to have less access to transportation and flexible work schedules, according to a federal lawsuit filed ...

Kansas governor hopefuls talk big on budget, avoid details

TOPEKA — The top candidates for Kansas governor have big and radically different ideas for moving their state ahead, after its name became shorthand for failed tax policies. Democrat Laura Kelly, a veteran state senator from Topeka, considers the state on the mend and has a list of places to ...

Kobach ties immigrant caravan to Kansas policies in debate

TOPEKA — Republican Kris Kobach raised a migrant caravan moving through Mexico as an issue in his campaign for Kansas governor, suggesting that lax state immigration policies are helping to lure them north. Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state, is a strong ally of President Donald Trump and ...

Texts to voters purportedly from Trump roil Kansas election

TOPEKA — Kansas election officials are reviewing text messages claiming to be from President Donald Trump and telling residents that their early votes hadn't been recorded, as Democratic leaders worried Thursday that they were part of efforts to "steal" a close governor's race. State ...

Judge: Videotape of Kobach deposition won’t be made public

KANSAS CITY, KAN. — A federal judge says a videotaped deposition of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach won't be released to the public. The Kansas City Star reports Judge Julie Robinson's ruling on Thursday prevents the American Civil Liberties Union from releasing the tape. The ...

KDOT official says upgrade to west leg of K-10 might have to be funded using tolls

Depending on what state legislators allocate for highway funding next year, improvements to the west leg of Kansas Highway 10 might have to be funded using tolls, a Kansas Department of Transportation official told the Douglas County Commission on Wednesday. KDOT project manager Aaron Frits ...

Kansas ethics panel may seek more disclosure on independent campaign advertising

TOPEKA - Kansas lawmakers may be asked next year to broaden a state law so that voters will be able to know who is sending out and who is paying for certain kinds of campaign material that is not directly related to any candidate's campaign. The Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission will ...

Even after Trump visit, Kansas governor’s race still tied, new poll says

TOPEKA — A new poll released this week suggests the Kansas governor's race is still statistically tied, despite President Donald Trump's high-profile campaign rally on behalf of Republican Kris Kobach earlier this month. The survey, by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling, shows Kobach ...

Despite hopes for 2018, Kansas Democrats still face long-term challenges

TOPEKA — Former Kansas governor and Obama-era cabinet secretary Kathleen Sebelius offered an interesting observation when she spoke to a Lawrence audience last week. Responding to a question about whether she would ever run for public office again, she gave an emphatic "no," and then offered ...

Kansas works to speed up driver’s license renewals via app, extra hours at offices

TOPEKA — Kansas officials say several changes should decrease the time people spend renewing their driver's licenses. Starting Tuesday, people ages 21-50 can renew licenses through the Department of Revenue's iKan mobile app and online at https://ikan.ks.gov/. The department said in a news ...

Independent Greg Orman still sees path to victory in governor’s race

TOPEKA – Greg Orman rose to prominence in the Kansas political world quickly in 2014 when he ran as an independent candidate and threatened to unseat incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts. It was a race that drew national and international attention because the balance of power in the ...