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Where will your Lawrence representative be this session?

Peter Hancock

House Democrats finalized their committee assignments over the weekend. Republicans put out their assignments last month. So if you're wondering where you're Douglas County-area representative is going to be this session, here's the list. Committees generally meet at 9 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Not all committees meet every ...

Brownback's office announces staff changes

Peter Hancock

Gov. Sam Brownback and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer announced changes in their top staff positions Monday. Landon Fulmer, the governor’s chief of staff since 2012, will step down Jan. 5 to become vice president of state affairs for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers in Washington, D.C. He will be replaced ...

School finance ruling pushed back 30-45 days

Peter Hancock

A long-awaited court decision about whether Kansas is adequately funding its public schools has been pushed back until around the first of the year. Shawnee County District Judge Frank Theis, who presides over the three-judge panel hearing the case, sent an email to attorneys in the case late Friday saying ...

Three huge cases pending before one Shawnee County judge

Peter Hancock

It's been a busy month of court watching in Kansas as cases dealing with same-sex marriage have rushed their way to both the U.S. and Kansas Supreme courts. But while waiting for final decisions on those cases, it's worth noting that three other cases of monumental importance to Kansans are ...

Lawrence man suggests 'crowdfunding' to fill Kansas budget gap

Peter Hancock

While Kansas lawmakers and Gov. Sam Brownback try to figure out how to trim $715 million out of the state budget over the next year and a half, one Lawrence resident is offering a novel idea: crowdfunding. In a tongue-in-cheek appeal, Lawrence resident Will Averill [launched a campaign Wednesday on ...

Children's advocate says `politics' killed bill that would have helped public health

Scott Rothschild

A leading state children's advocate says that a bill that would have saved children's lives and cost nothing died because of "politics." "Politics got in the way, and Kansas kids will die needlessly as a result," said Shannon Cotsoradis, president and chief executive officer of Kansas Action for Children. Key ...

Sebelius part of joke at White House Correspondents dinner

Scott Rothschild

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who was sharply criticized for problems with the rollout of Healthcare.gov, got big laughs Saturday night at the White House Correspondents Association dinner, when she came on stage as part of a joke to fix a technical glitch during President Barack Obama's speech. ...

Davis bids farewell to House chamber

Scott Rothschild

TOPEKA — House Minority Leader Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, on Friday gave a farewell speech to the chamber he has been working in for the past 12 years. "Thank you for the friendships that I will cherish forever, for the memories that will never leave me, and the opportunity to simply ...

In new ad, group backing Brownback praises governor for school bill but doesn't mention repeal of teacher tenure

Scott Rothschild

A group backing Gov. Sam Brownback churned out a commercial praising Brownback for the new school finance bill, but the ad doesn't mention controversial parts of the bill, including a repeal of job protections for teachers. The spot sponsored by Road Map Solutions Inc., led by Brownback's longtime political adviser ...

Poll: Governor's race tight; Medicaid expansion will be an issue

Scott Rothschild

A new [poll][1] shows the race for Kansas governor remains tight. The poll showed Democrat Paul Davis of Lawrence leading Republican Gov. Sam Brownback 45 percent to 41 percent, with 14 percent unsure. The poll's margin of error was plus or minus 3.3 percentage points. It was conducted April 1-3, ...

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