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State officials will tour Lawrence as part of Farm to School celebration

Scott Rothschild

State officials will tour Lawrence on Tuesday as part of a Farm to School Celebration that focuses on connecting local farms with healthy meals in school cafeterias. Kansas Agriculture Secretary Dale Rodman and Kansas Education Commissioner Diane DeBacker will have lunch with students at West Middle School, 2700 Harvard Road. ...

Moran part of bipartisan effort to pay military if government shuts down

Scott Rothschild

In case of a federal government shutdown, U.S. Sens. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, and Mark Udall, D-Colo., have filed legislation that would ensure the military and National Guard units assisting in disaster recovery will not have their paychecks delayed. "The financial well-being and readiness of those serving our country must not ...

Kobach promotes Voter Registration Kit on National Voter Registration Day; doesn't mention problem of voters in 'suspense'

Scott Rothschild

Topeka — It's National Voter Registration Day and like secretaries of state across the nation, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach on Tuesday encouraged people to register to vote. But Kobach made no mention of the more than 17,000 Kansans whose voter registrations are on hold because of the proof-of-citizenship ...

Brownback to speak about judicial selection at discussion sponsored by The Federalist Society

Scott Rothschild

Gov. Sam Brownback will speak on judicial selection during a discussion sponsored by The Federalist Society, a conservative legal group that has been involved in the debate on changing the way judges are selected in Kansas. The discussion will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Overland ...

Office seeks input on laws to repeal

Scott Rothschild

Visitors to the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson can tell officials what state laws and regulations they think should be repealed. The Office of the Repealer will be accepting suggestions at Gov. Sam Brownback's booth in the Meadowlark building. In 2011, Brownback established the repealer function as a way to ...

Brownback to participate in ceremony commemorating 50th anniversary of March on Washington

Scott Rothschild

Topeka — Gov. Sam Brownback on Wednesday will participate in a ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech. The ceremony at the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site is being held in conjunction with events taking ...

Brownback schedules news conference Tuesday to announce Kansas Court of Appeals appointee

Scott Rothschild

Topeka — Gov. Sam Brownback will announce his appointee to the Kansas Court of Appeals at a news conference on Tuesday. Eighteen people expressed an interest in the vacancy and completed at least one portion of the application process, the governor's office said today. Thirteen people interviewed with senior staff, ...

Brownback tells regents that cuts to higher education were part of trades at end of session

Scott Rothschild

In a question-and-answer period on Wednesday with the Kansas Board or Regents, Republican Gov. Sam Brownback provided some insight into the end of the 2013 legislation session in June in which Republican legislative leaders demanded cuts to the universities and Brownback accepted those cuts. Brownback said at the end of ...

Brownback hesitant to weigh in on voter registration problems

Scott Rothschild

Topeka -- Gov. Sam Brownback on Monday didn't seem to want to get involved in the controversy over the 13,000 Kansans whose voter registrations are up in the air. When asked about it, Brownback, a Republican, referred to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, also a Republican. "It's in the ...

What is more unpopular: Congress or Obamacare?

Scott Rothschild

Right out of the chute, it appears the 2014 campaign for U.S. House District 2 will be a contest to determine which is more unpopular: Congress or Obamacare. Earlier this week, Democrat Margie Wakefield, of Lawrence, announced she is contemplating a run against three-term incumbent Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka. In her ...

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