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Interim legislative committees preparing final reports, recommended legislation for 2018 session

Peter Hancock

After a lull over the Thanksgiving holiday, several interim legislative committees will meet over the next two weeks, with some of them preparing final reports and recommended legislation for the 2018 session that begins Jan. 8. In an effort to keep tight reins on the Legislature's own spending, Republican leaders ...

GOP slams Paul Davis for bringing Rep. Steny Hoyer to Kansas

Peter Hancock

Democratic congressional candidate Paul Davis' campaign has confirmed that Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., the No. 2 Democrat in the U.S. House, will be in Kansas this weekend — a fact that the National Republican Congressional Committee is trying to use against him. The NRCC [issued a statement][1] earlier this week ...

Kansas community colleges raise concerns about GOP federal tax overhaul

Peter Hancock

Wichita — Community college officials in Kansas have begun sounding alarm bells about the potential impact of federal tax changes now being considered in Congress. Daniel Barwick, president of Independence Community College in southeast Kansas, told the Kansas Board of Regents Wednesday that several parts of the bill being considered ...

Kansas senators say Roy Moore should step aside if sexual misconduct allegations are true

Peter Hancock

U.S. Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran, of Kansas, both Republicans, are saying that GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore, of Alabama, should step aside if allegations of sexual misconduct against him are true. Both Kansas senators issued statements Friday after the [Washington Post published explosive allegations][1] that Moore, Alabama's former ...

Republican Jim Barnett commits to LGBT nondiscrimination policy if elected governor of Kansas

Peter Hancock

Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Barnett said Thursday that he would be committed to a nondiscrimination policy to protect gay and lesbian state workers, a policy that current Gov. Sam Brownback rescinded in 2015. "On the social issues, it’s been a huge black eye for our state, and I will make ...

Why Kansas can't replicate Maine's Medicaid expansion vote

Peter Hancock

People in Kansas who have been pushing to expand KanCare under the Affordable Care Act no doubt took notice Tuesday night when Maine became the first state in the union to [settle that issue by popular vote][1], bypassing a Republican governor who has vetoed such a measure at least five ...

Two Democrats line up to challenge Sloan in 45th District Kansas House race

Peter Hancock

Two Democrats from Lecompton have lined up to challenge longtime incumbent Rep. Tom Sloan in the 45th District House race next year. Aidan Loveland Koster, 37, formally announced her candidacy on Thursday. A native of Lawrence, she is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law and public ...

Lawrence businessman writes breakup letter to GOP, hopes to form new 'centrist' party in Kansas

Peter Hancock

Lawrence businessman Scott Morgan has had a difficult relationship with the modern Kansas Republican Party for many years. A self-described moderate, he has never fit in well with Gov. Sam Brownback's conservative wing of the party, and in 2014 he tried unsuccessfully [to unseat Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach][1]. ...

Report: Democrats to delay Brownback nomination

Peter Hancock

Democrats in the U.S. Senate plan to use procedural moves to delay a vote on Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's appointment to a diplomatic post, citing his record on gay rights, according to a published report. The [report by the Washington bureau of McClatchy][1], parent company of the Kansas City Star ...

Former Democratic staffer tells of #MeToo experiences in the Kansas Legislature

Peter Hancock

A former chief of staff to a Kansas House Democratic Caucus was quoted in a national political website Wednesday, saying she was the target of inappropriate sexual advances for years while working for the Legislature. Abbie Hodgson, formerly of Lawrence, [also told The Hill][1], a Washington-based political news site, that ...

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