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Kris Kobach now a Douglas County voter

Peter Hancock

With no fanfare, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach changed his official residence recently to his farm near Lecompton and registered to vote in Douglas County. Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew confirmed that Kobach changed his voter registration on March 8. He had previously been a resident of Piper, in ...

More on Moran and his role in scuttling latest GOP health care bill

Peter Hancock

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas helped scuttle a Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare late Monday, but he said later Tuesday that he would support a repeal-only bill so that Congress could start fresh with open hearings on a replacement for the Affordable Care Act. Moran was one ...

Three things to watch for in Tuesday's Supreme Court hearing on school finance

Peter Hancock

After six and a half years of litigation and four previous trips to the Kansas Supreme Court, the long-running school finance case Gannon v. Kansas will come to another climax on Tuesday. That's when lawyers for the state and the plaintiff school districts go back to the Supreme Court to ...

Kansas health care advocates urge rejection of latest GOP health bill

Peter Hancock

Health care advocates in Kansas are turning up the pressure on the state's two U.S. senators to reject the latest version of a health care overhaul, even though one GOP senator, Pat Roberts, has already endorsed the plan. Fellow Republican Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas has not staked out a ...

Study shows Kansas traditionally walks a tight fiscal line

Peter Hancock

Kansas has done a relatively decent job of balancing its revenues and expenses over the last 14 years, according to a new national study that rated all 50 states for their budget-balancing skills. The new [study from the Pew Charitable Trusts][1] shows that while the state ran a net positive ...

State Sen. Steve Fitzgerald to kick off 2nd District bid Thursday

Peter Hancock

State Sen. Steve Fitzgerald plans to formally kick off his bid for the 2nd District congressional race on Thursday with an event in Topeka. Fitzgerald's kick-off event is scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, July 14, at the Dillon House, just west of the Kansas Statehouse, 404 SW 9th Ave. Fitzgerald ...

Huelskamp lands job at conservative think tank known for climate change denial

Peter Hancock

Former Kansas Congressman Tim Huelskamp is taking a new job as president of a conservative think tank that is known for rejecting the scientific consensus that Earth's climate is changing due to human activity. [The Heartland Institute][1], based in suburban Chicago, announced Thursday that Huelskamp will take over as its ...

Yoder might feel some relief after Republican wins Georgia's special election

Peter Hancock

Republican Congressman Kevin Yoder of Kansas is probably breathing a little easier today after seeing the results of Tuesday's special election in Georgia. In a suburban Atlanta district that looks remarkably like Yoder's 3rd District in suburban Kansas City, Republican Karen Handel edged out Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff, 52-48 percent, ...

Kansas in the spotlight: End of state's tax experiment resonates nationally as Trump's plan mimics Brownback's failure

Peter Hancock

When Kansas lawmakers overrode Gov. Sam Brownback's veto and reversed course on the tax policies he championed in 2012, it was predictable that the story would be front-page news in all the Kansas papers. What was less predictable was the extent to which the story would resonate nationally. Much of ...

Despite resistance, lawmakers create foster care task force; Brownback signs four more bills as session nears end

Peter Hancock

The Kansas Senate sent two significant pieces of legislation to Gov. Sam Brownback's desk on Friday while Brownback signed four bills into law. Among the bills the Senate passed was one [establishing a child welfare task force][1] that would spend the next two years studying the Department for Children and ...

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