Peter Hancock (Statehouse/politics reporter)

I cover K-12 education. That includes Lawrence USD 497 as well as state policy issues from the legislature and State Board of Education. I am a graduate of the Kansas University with bachelor's degrees in political science and education. Before joining the Journal-World, I published an online news service called the Kansas Education Policy Report. I also spent nine years as the statehouse reporter for Kansas Public Radio and worked a couple of years as the spokesman for the (former) Kansas Health Policy Authority. You can follow me on Twitter (@pqhancock) or join our conversation about public schools on the First Bell blog.

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, left, and Kansas University law professor Stephen McAllister respond to questions from an audience on the KU campus during a symposium on voting laws entitled "Protecting the Vote."

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, left, answers questions from Kansas University law professor Stephen McAllister about the state's restrictive voting laws during a forum Wednesday on the KU campus.

Kathleen Sebelius, the former governor and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary, speaks during a panel discussion at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, urging both Kansas and Missouri to expand their Medicaid programs as allowed under the federal Affordable Care Act.

Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew testifies before a legislative committee about changes needed in a new law that moves local elections to November of odd-numbered years.

Lee Kinch, a Wichita attorney and longtime Democratic Party activist, was elected chairman of the state party Saturday at a special meeting of the state committee in Salina.

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