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Secretary of state's office removes public forms from its website amid concerns about privacy violations

Peter Hancock

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's office has removed information from its website about the business and financial holdings of public officials in response to concerns that the information could be used as a tool for identity theft. The information in question is contained in forms called "Statements of Substantial ...

Kansas lawmakers to start pushing transparency initiatives

Peter Hancock

As the Kansas Legislature heads into the third week of the 2018 session, with little progress being made on school finance until a consultant's report comes out in mid-March, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are starting to turn their attention to issues of transparency in the Statehouse. Transparency ...

GOP donors not flocking to Barnett this time in Kansas governor's race

Peter Hancock

In a story that was posted online Thursday and carried in Friday's print edition summarizing campaign finance reports in this year's governor's race, we inadvertently omitted Republican candidate Jim Barnett. According to his report, Barnett's campaign took in a total of $564,645 in 2017. Of that, however, $505,000, or 89 ...

Rep. Alford's resignation from leadership slots forces shake-up of key committees

Peter Hancock

Rep. Steve Alford’s abrupt resignation from leadership positions on two key committees has forced a shake-up in the Kansas Statehouse that could have an impact on legislative efforts to reform the state’s child welfare program. Alford, R-Ulysses, stepped down from his chairmanship of the House Committee on Children and Seniors ...

New poll shows how far Colyer is behind Kobach in one key area

Peter Hancock

Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer has scheduled a news conference Monday to announce proposed budget enhancements for the Department for Children and Families. That's unusual for two reasons: First, because it is rare for anyone other than the governor's office to announce budget proposals before the governor himself does so, and ...

Brownback still optimistic about diplomatic post

Peter Hancock

Gov. Sam Brownback said Thursday that he was still optimistic that his nomination to a diplomatic post in the Trump administration would be resubmitted to the U.S. Senate and that he would eventually be confirmed, although the White House has not yet made an announcement. Asked during an impromptu news ...

GOP race for governor heats up as Barnett takes aim at Kobach

Peter Hancock

Former state Sen. Jim Barnett added some heat to the race for the Republican nomination for governor this week by taking direct aim at the presumed front-runner, Secretary of State Kris Kobach. In a news release, Barnett, a physician who now lives in Topeka but used to represent a Senate ...

Resubmission of Brownback's nomination explained

Peter Hancock

If Gov. Sam Brownback is to become the next U.S. ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom, President Donald Trump will have to resubmit his nomination to the U.S. Senate early next year, according to Senate rules. David Popp, spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said in an email Friday ...

Report: Senate won't confirm Brownback in 2017

Peter Hancock

The U.S. Senate will not confirm Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback for a diplomatic post in the Trump administration before the end of the year, setting up the possibility that he may still be governor when the 2018 legislative session starts on Jan. 8. The McClatchy News Service published a story ...

Laura Kelly upends Democratic race for governor

Peter Hancock

State Sen. Laura Kelly, of Topeka, jumped into Kansas' 2018 gubernatorial race late last week and immediately became the odds-on favorite to win the Democratic nomination, according to some outside observers, sending a strong message to the other three major candidates that party leaders were not confident that any of ...

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