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Law enforcement issues warning against bringing back pot from Colorado

Scott Rothschild

With western neighbor Colorado legalizing marijuana, Kansas officials on Tuesday issued a reminder that the sale, possession or use of pot is still illegal in the Sunflower State. "Kansas law enforcement has seen and seized marijuana acquired in Colorado and brought illegally to Kansas," the statement said. The statement was ...

Sea monster invades Statehouse

Scott Rothschild

School children visiting the Statehouse on Thursday quickly gravitated toward the building's newest addition — a 17-foot juvenile mosasaur hanging on the wall in Gov. Sam Brownback's ceremonial office. "It's kind of like lightning in a bottle, the way I see it," said Alan Detrich, of Lawrence, a fossil hunter ...

Repeal of mortgage registration fee approved by committee

Scott Rothschild

A bill that would phase-out the mortgage registration fee over five years has been approved by a Senate committee. Bankers and real estate agents have been pushing for the end of the fee, saying it hurts their business and consumers. But county officials statewide, including those in Douglas County, have ...

Dinosaur debate advances, but some oppose

Scott Rothschild

The Kansas House advanced a bill to designate the Tylosaurus and Pteranodon as the official state fossils, but not before a lecture from a state legislator that the action was a waste of time. "This foolishness has to stop sometime," said state Rep. Mike Kiegerl, R-Olathe. He said the proposal ...

Kansas legislators explain their votes on bill dealing with religious beliefs, gay rights

Scott Rothschild

A national uproar has ensued over House approval of a bill that would provide legal protection for those who, because of religious beliefs, refuse to provide services to same-sex married couples. The 72-49 vote on Wednesday that sent House Bill 2453 to the Senate was accompanied by several written explanations ...

Abortion opponent will have ultrasound done on pregnant woman during committee meeting

Scott Rothschild

Topeka — An ultrasound will be performed on a pregnant woman before a Senate committee today, the chairwoman of the committee said. The procedure will be performed in the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee as hundreds of anti-abortion advocates gather at the Statehouse to coincide with the Supreme Court ...

GOP Senate candidate Wolf says Republicans shouldn't make friends with Democrats

Scott Rothschild

In his criticism of U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., on Monday, Dr. Milton Wolf indicated Republicans shouldn't make friends with Democrats and that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's recent controversies have been caused by the media. Wolf, a tea party-backed challenger to Roberts in the GOP primary, was interrupted several ...

Bill filed requiring release of names of those applying for position on the Kansas Court of Appeals

Scott Rothschild

Topeka — Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, has pre-filed legislation that would require the governor to make public the names of people who apply for an appointment to the Kansas Court of Appeals. Last year, Gov. Sam Brownback, a Republican, and his conservative allies pushed through a change in ...

Brownback's former tax consultant criticizes federal minimum wage as 'black teenage unemployment act'

Scott Rothschild

Art Laffer, the $75,000 consultant who helped shape Gov. Sam Brownback's tax changes, called the federal minimum wage "the black teenage unemployment act." While on Fox News on Wednesday, Laffer said the minimum wage "makes no sense to me." He added, "I mean, honestly, it's just the teenage — black ...

Davis promises bipartisan administration; Brownback campaign blasts Davis' support of Obama

Scott Rothschild

Topeka – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis announced that three former legislators, all Republicans, will lead the campaign's Republicans for Davis group. “I am deeply committed to restoring the Kansas tradition of bipartisan cooperation in the governor’s office," Davis said Monday. Davis, from Lawrence, is the House minority leader and ...

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