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 (@ljwpqhancock) or join our conversation about public schools on the First Bell blog.

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Johnson County resident Scott Moore explains how sensitive personal information from his voter registration was made public by Florida officials using an interstate voter registration database known as Crosscheck, which is managed by the Kansas Secretary of State's office. Moore, pictured Tuesday, June 19, 2018, is the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit seeking to block Kansas from using that system until adequate security measures are put in place.

Demonstrators with the Poor People's Campaign are physically barred from entering the Kansas Statehouse on Monday, and 11 were eventually arrested for conducting an unlawful assembly.

Rachel Shivers, one of the organizers behind the six-week Poor People's Campaign in Kansas, talks with a participant in the final rally outside the Statehouse. The campaign has focused on broad range of social justice issues that demonstrators said are particularly harmful to people in poverty.

Rep. Vic Miller, D-Topeka

Gov. Jeff Colyer and officials from several local governments in Kansas announce a change in transportation funding policy that will make about $45 million more available for local road and bridge projects around the state.

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