State Government

Task force urged to revisit Kansas’ privatized child welfare model

TOPEKA — A task force set up by the Legislature to review the state's child welfare system was told Monday that it should recommend a review of the privatized model it has been operating under since 1996 to decide whether it's really in the best interests of the state. That was one of ...

A surprise visitor at Kansas’ Demofest: former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner

One of the more interesting side notes to the Kansas Democratic Party's "Demofest" convention in Wichita this past weekend was the surprise sighting of a Republican political celebrity, former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner. In what appeared to be a bizarre coincidence, both he and former ...

Former Colyer campaign manager joins Orman campaign

TOPEKA - Steve Baccus, a former president of Kansas Farm Bureau who chaired Gov. Jeff Colyer's re-election campaign, is about to become co-chair of independent candidate Greg Orman's campaign. “I made it clear when I joined Governor Colyer’s campaign that I believed Kansas needed a leader ...

Colyer orders flags to be flown at half-staff to honor McCain

Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset Monday in honor of U.S. Sen. John McCain, who died Saturday. “Senator McCain will long be remembered for his years of dedicated service to our nation,” Colyer said in a news release. “He displayed ...

Paul Davis steers away from direct attacks on Trump

TOPEKA — Lawrence Democrat Paul Davis, who is running for the 2nd District congressional seat in eastern Kansas, expressed skepticism Friday about President Donald Trump and some of his policies, but steered clear of launching any direct attacks against the president. During a news ...

Kansas governor’s task force supports Medicaid expansion

TOPEKA — A task force created by Gov. Jeff Colyer is recommending that the Kansas Legislature expand Medicaid to include an estimated 150,000 uninsured Kansans. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Thursday's vote by the task force would expand Medicaid with a focus on helping people with ...

Orman survives petition challenge, will be on ballot in Kansas governor’s race

Updated 5:20 p.m. Aug. 23, 2018: TOPEKA - A three-member state panel on Thursday rejected all but one out of 19 challenges to petitions that independent gubernatorial candidate Greg Orman filed to get on the Nov. 6 general election ballot. That means, barring any further legal challenges by ...

Federal judge in Texas says U.S. government owes Kansas $142 million

TOPEKA – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Gov. Jeff Colyer are touting a federal court ruling handed down Tuesday that says the federal government must repay hundreds of millions of dollars to six states - including $142 million to Kansas – for costs they were forced to pay through ...

New KanCare clearinghouse contract to be more enforceable but cost more, KDHE says

Story updated at 6:55 p.m. Aug. 21, 2018: TOPEKA – Officials with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment said Tuesday that they are prepared to sign a new contract with a company that processes applications for KanCare benefits that will be more enforceable than the previous ...

Final count: Kobach wins Kansas GOP primary by 350 votes

TOPEKA - Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach won the Aug. 7 Republican primary for governor by 350 votes over incumbent Gov. Jeff Colyer, according to final numbers from all 105 counties. Those results were posted on the secretary of state's website Tuesday after the last handful of counties ...

Democrats challenge Orman’s independent bid for Kansas governor

Topeka — Kansas Democrats launched a legal challenge Monday in hopes of removing Kansas City-area businessman Greg Orman from the November ballot as an independent candidate for Kansas governor after Orman stoked fears that his bid would imperil Democrats’ chances of winning. Attorney Will ...

State officials push back against audit criticizing KanCare data

TOPEKA – State officials said Monday that they will not seek damages against a contractor who they say has been responsible for long delays in processing Medicaid applications, in part because an audit report released earlier this year undermines any legal case they might try to make. Kansas ...

A 3-way contest for governor has everyone guessing whom Orman helps, hurts

TOPEKA — With independent candidate Greg Orman now officially in the race for governor in Kansas, Republicans and Democrats alike are scrambling to figure out how he affects the race. Orman, 49, an Olathe businessman, first made political news in Kansas in 2014 when he ran as an independent ...

Independent Greg Orman qualifies for November ballot for Kansas governor’s race

Story updated 5:51 p.m. Aug. 17, 2018: TOPEKA – Kansas election officials announced Friday that independent candidate Greg Orman gathered more than enough valid petition signatures to qualify to be on the Nov. 6 general election ballot in the governor's race. He will appear on the ballot ...

Kansas posts 14th straight month of job growth

TOPEKA – The Kansas economy recorded its 14th consecutive month of job growth in July, the Kansas Department of Labor said Friday. Preliminary numbers show that on a seasonally adjusted basis, Kansas gained 23,400 nonfarm jobs overall during that period, including 20,900 private-sector ...

Colyer sees net gain of 20 votes in Douglas County, final canvass shows

An official canvass of primary election ballots in Douglas County on Thursday gave Gov. Jeff Colyer a net gain of 20 votes in the Republican gubernatorial primary, a small consolation after he conceded the race two days earlier. Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew said after the canvass that 66 ...

Kobach kicks off general election campaign in race experts now call a toss-up

TOPEKA - Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach kicked off his general election campaign for governor on Wednesday in a race that some political experts are now describing as a toss-up. "The general election begins today. The race is on," Kobach said during a news conference outside the ...