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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Thousands of people lined up hours outside Topeka High School hours in advance to hear former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speak at a Kansas Democratic Party rally Saturday.

Kansas Medicaid Director Mike Randol answers tough questions from Rep. Jim Ward, D-Wichita, during a KanCare oversight committee meeting.

Rep. Tom Sloan, R-Lawrence, votes in favor of overriding Gov. Sam Brownback's veto of a tax bill that would have reversed many of the tax cuts that Brownback championed in 2012.

Gov. Sam Brownback vetoes a $1 billion income tax bill that would reverse many of the tax policies he championed in 2012.

House Democratic Leader Jim Ward, of Wichita, confers with other Democrats during floor debate Tuesday. Ward is trying to invoke a rarely used procedure to resurrect a bill killed the day before that would expand the state's Medicaid program to cover 181,000 additional people.

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