Statehouse Live

Diverse groups use fusion politics to advance a ‘Kansas People’s Agenda’

Peter Hancock

The Capitol rotunda in Topeka was packed and loud Wednesday as a diverse group of liberal and progressive organizations banded together to advance what they called a “Kansas People’s Agenda.” The list of causes includes, but is not limited to: environmental justice; health care access for all; LGBT rights; immigrant ...

Pompeo's impending resignation prompts lawmakers to move fast on special election bill

Peter Hancock

A Kansas House committee on Monday rushed to advance a bill to clean up rules that would govern a special election for a congressional seat, under the assumption that 4th District Congressman Mike Pompeo will be confirmed as the next CIA director. Supporters say the bill is needed in order ...

Lawrence's Sen. Francisco reframing the gun debate

Peter Hancock

As the 2017 legislative session got underway Monday at the Statehouse, everyone's attention is focused on the state's looming budget hole and the inevitable debates over tax policy and school funding. But waiting in the wings are a number of other issues, including one of particular interest in Lawrence and ...

Yoder voted 'yes' on overhaul of ethics office, although getting that answer wasn't easy

Peter Hancock

It probably comes as no surprise to anyone that getting direct answers to direct questions out of politicians can be difficult, and at times even excruciating. And that was the case earlier this week when Republicans in the U.S. House found themselves on the receiving end of a public backlash ...

Broadcasters losing interest in annual State of the State address

Peter Hancock

Gov. Sam Brownbacks' office announced this week that he will deliver his State of the State address on Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 5 p.m. If you think about that for a moment, you'll notice the time is when most TV and radio stations are carrying their evening news programs. And ...

O'Brien, Republican defeated in primary, named to Real Estate Commission; expanded snack bar coming to Statehouse

Peter Hancock

Gov. Sam Brownback has named outgoing Rep. Connie O'Brien to a seat on the [Kansas Real Estate Commission][1]. O'Brien, R-Tonganoxie, served four terms in the Kansas House representing the 42nd District, which includes Eudora and eastern Douglas County. She was defeated for re-election in this year's Republican primary by Jim ...

Some lawmakers eyeing unclaimed property to fill budget hole; Treasurer Estes says forget it

Peter Hancock

One way to measure the depths of the state's financial crisis is by the kinds of ideas people are seriously talking about to get through it. Consider the case of the state's unclaimed property program, which some lawmakers are now seriously talking about as a way to plug, at least ...

Brownback mum on potential cabinet job

Peter Hancock

Gov. Sam Brownback on Monday refused to comment on speculation that he is being considered for a job in the new Trump administration. "I'm not answering any questions on anything regarding me and the Trump administration," Brownback said Monday in brief remarks to reporters following the ceremonial lighting of the ...

Kobach photo with Trump may offer hints on immigration policy

Peter Hancock

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach may have shown his hand, in the most literal sense, when he posed for a picture Sunday just before his interview with President-elect Donald Trump. The photos, released by The Associated Press, show Kobach holding a binder for a legal pad with some papers ...

Brownback's press secretary retiring; assistant taking over

Peter Hancock

Gov. Sam Brownback announced Monday that his press secretary, Eileen Hawley, will retire at the end of the week and that her assistant, Melika Willoughby, will take over the post. Hawley took the job of press secretary in 2013. Before working for the Brownback administration, she worked in communications at ...

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