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Scott Rothschild (Statehouse Reporter)

I cover the state Legislature, government and politics.

I have been a reporter in Kansas since 1998, and prior to that covered news in Texas for various papers and later for The Associated Press.

For two of the past three years, I have been awarded first place in beat reporting from Capitolbeat, an association of Statehouse reporters and editors. I live in Topeka with my wife and two teenage sons.

You can follow me on Twitter, where I try to provide instant updates on news and what's going on in the Statehouse.

Recent stories

Teacher protests follow Brownback
April 23, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback on Wednesday headed west to discuss some of his accomplishments during the 2014 legislative session and was met with protests by teachers who are upset that he signed into law the repeal of teacher tenure. Also Wednesday, Brownback signed into law a bill that could put Kansas officials in charge of Medicare and other federally funded health programs in the state and a bill that strips cities and counties of the power to regulate firearms and nullifies existing local gun ordinances. By Scott Rothschild
Brownback signs Medicare, gun bills
April 23, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback on Wednesday signed into law a bill that could put Kansas officials in charge of Medicare and other federally funded health programs in the state. By Scott Rothschild
Prosecutors will seek death penalty against Kyle Flack in quadruple Ottawa homicide
09:47 a.m., April 22, 2014 Updated 02:01 p.m.
Prosecutors on Tuesday announced that they would seek the death penalty against Kyle Trevor Flack in connection with a quadruple homicide in Franklin County. By Scott Rothschild
Brownback signs school finance, tenure-repeal bill
12:12 p.m., April 21, 2014 Updated 06:16 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback on Monday signed into law a school finance bill that will provide more funds to classrooms in an effort to comply with a court order, but also includes controversial policy changes, including the repeal of tenure for teachers. “This is a good bill,” Brownback said. The funding portion of the bill is meant to address a Kansas Supreme Court order handed down in March to increase aid to poor school districts by July 1. By Scott Rothschild
Officials tout proposed health education building at KU Medical Center
12:33 p.m., April 20, 2014 Updated 03:24 p.m.
State leaders and higher education officials Monday praised legislative passage of $25 million in bonds to help construct a proposed $75 million health education building. By Scott Rothschild
Program run by Kobach checks voter registration records of more than 100 million people
April 20, 2014
A little-known program run by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach goes through more than 100 million voter records from states across the nation. By Scott Rothschild
Kansas Supreme Court blasts bill signed into law by Brownback
April 18, 2014
In a rare public statement, the Kansas Supreme Court on Friday denounced a bill signed into law by Gov. Sam Brownback, saying the measure would weaken the judicial system. By Scott Rothschild
Casino, Medicaid among issues decided by Brownback
April 18, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback on Friday made it easier to get a casino in southeast Kansas and harder to get Medicaid coverage for thousands of low-income Kansans. By Scott Rothschild
Brownback to tout bonds for new health education building at KU Medical Center
April 18, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback will visit the Kansas University Medical Center on Monday to tout $25 million in bonding authority to help build a new health education building. By Scott Rothschild
New revenue estimate prompts debate over Brownback’s tax cuts
April 17, 2014
Kansas tax revenue to fund state government continues to fall because of Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax cuts but administration officials maintained that the state budget was in good shape and that the governor’s policies are helping the economy. By Scott Rothschild

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Recent photos

Gov. Sam Brownback on Wednesday walks past a group of teachers who were protesting repeal of tenure. The teachers were outside Sternberg Museum of Natural History in Hays.

Officials gathered Monday at the Kansas University Medical Center to talk about funding for the proposed $75 million health education building. From left to right are Kansas Board of Regents member Ann Murguia, KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and Gov. Sam Brownback.

Kansas Board of Regents Chairman Fred Logan and Vice Chairman Kenny Wilk on Wednesday discuss the social media policy with members of a work group. The board members were meeting as the Governance Committee, which will forward proposed revisions to the full regents next month.

Co-chairs of the Kansas Board of Regents social media work group, Emporia State University general counsel Kevin Johnson, left, and Kansas University professor Charles Epp, right, prepare to speak to members of the regents on Wednesday. The regents members rejected the work group's primary proposal to make the social media policy advisory.

Officials gathered Tuesday at a Statehouse news conference urging Gov. Sam Brownback veto a bill that would allow Kansas to take over federal health care programs in the state. From left to right are AARP's Kansas director Maren Turner, Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger and Sean Gatewood, head of the Kansas Health Consumer Coalition.

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