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Latest Kansas highway cuts won't hit Douglas County

Peter Hancock

Douglas County and the surrounding area are being spared from any of the project delays that were announced this week by the Kansas Department of Transportation. Those projects — 25 in all, totaling nearly $553 million — are being put on the back burner for now as part of Gov. ...

Conflicting rulings make Westar bills hard for consumers to understand

Peter Hancock

If you're a customer of Westar Energy, you might be understandably confused about what's about to happen to your electric bill. Is it going up or down? The answer is, it's hard to say right now. The confusion stems from decisions last week by two different regulatory agencies — one ...

Sloan draws primary challenger; other recent candidate filings

Peter Hancock

**Rep. Tom Sloan, R-Lawrence**, will face a rematch in August with the same primary challenger he defeated two years ago. **Jeremy Ryan Pierce**, 33, recently filed paperwork to run as a Republican against Sloan in the 45th House District, which includes parts of western Lawrence and rural western Douglas County. ...

Jenkins launches PAC to help GOP legislative candidates

Peter Hancock

Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins has launched a new state-level political action committee to help Republican candidates running this year for the Kansas House and Senate, primarily within the 2nd Congressional District. Paperwork for the new PAC, known as Jenkins Ad Astra PAC, was filed with the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission March ...

Vegas oddsmakers now rivaling the best pollsters

Peter Hancock

You had to know it would only be a matter of time. As soon as the Internet started offering online gambling sites, and states like Kansas began legalizing fantasy sports betting, it was only a matter of time before the odds makers in Vegas would figure out a way to ...

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, ...

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