Statehouse Live

The ABCs of school finance: How we got here and where we go next

Peter Hancock

If you want to understand the the debate over school finance in Kansas, a shouting match might be the place to start. A debate on the House floor Thursday briefly erupted into a shouting match as lawmakers were debating a bill that, in essence, makes only minor changes in the ...

Budget issues, school finance loom as Legislature enters final week

Peter Hancock

The Kansas House and Senate will face a veritable mountain of bills that are up for debate and final action as they try to wind down the 2016 regular session. But almost none of them deal directly with the two biggest issues confronting the state: a budget crisis that is ...

Democrats call for Hispanic Affairs Commission director to resign over Trump endorsement, but administration says she supports Cruz

Peter Hancock

Kansas Democrats on Wednesday began circulating an online petition demanding that the executive director of the Kansas Hispanic and Latino American Affairs Commission resign over her endorsement of Donald Trump for president. But Gov. Sam Brownback's spokeswoman said [Adrienne Foster][1] was speaking as a private citizen when she made comments ...

Education issues on tap as regular session winds down

Peter Hancock

Scores of advocates for public education funding will converge on the Statehouse this week to draw attention to their agenda, but conservatives in the Kansas Legislature are already several steps ahead of them, with a number of education-related bills lined up for hearings and final action. Advocates organized under the ...

Senator seeks to end daylight saving time in Kansas

Peter Hancock

When you get elected to the Kansas Legislature, you can introduce any bill you want. And when you're the head of a powerful budget committee, you can be pretty confident that your bill will get a hearing. But even some Statehouse veterans were a little surprised that Sen. Ty Masterson, ...

5 lessons from Saturday's Kansas caucuses

Peter Hancock

After Saturday's caucuses and primaries in Kansas and a few other states, major national news organizations had almost instantaneous analysis, some of which was pretty good. On the Republican side, Sen. Ted Cruz, who won Kansas by more than a two-to-one margin, clearly emerged as a credible threat to Donald ...

Poll: Brownback and Legislature less popular than Obama; Kansas Supreme Court rated highest

Peter Hancock

Gov. Sam Brownback and the Kansas Legislature have lower approval ratings in Kansas than President Barack Obama, according to a recent poll from Fort Hays State University. In fact, of all the public institutions and elected officials asked about in the poll, the one with the highest approval rating was ...

Sloan files for re-election; Ballard draws primary challenge; Clinton campaign corrects mailer

Peter Hancock

Rep. Tom Sloan, R-Lawrence, filed for re-election Monday by submitting his paperwork at the Douglas County Courthouse. Sloan, who was first elected in 1994, will be running for his 12th term in the Legislature. He represents the 45th District, which includes the western fringe of Lawrence, the city of Lecompton ...

Kobach endorses Trump; Treasurer Ron Estes backs Rubio

Peter Hancock

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach on Monday announced his endorsement of New York billionaire Donald Trump for president, while State Treasurer Ron Estes fell in line with most other elected GOP officials endorsing Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. Kobach became the first major elected state official to endorse Trump, but ...

Group to protest start time of KU game; Democrats target GOP House seats

Peter Hancock

A few people laughed last week when I wrote that [the timing of the KU vs. Iowa State men's basketball game][1] could affect Democratic caucus turnout on March 5, but it's not a joke anymore. Now it's turning into a protest. A group called ["KU Game Change for the Caucus" ...

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