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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" ...

Lawmakers to work 49 bills in two days; KU basketball could affect caucus turnout

Peter Hancock

Newspapers and other media outlets in Kansas should brace themselves for the criticism we'll take six or eight months from now when people realize some new law has taken effect, and we probably didn't give it full coverage when it was being debated. So allow me to offer this preemptive ...

School finance becoming a tax issue; presidential campaigns in Kansas; upcoming GOP convention

Peter Hancock

In the initial aftermath of last week's Kansas Supreme Court decision striking down the Legislature's "block grant" system of funding public schools, Republicans in the Legislature quickly tried to frame the issue around separation of powers: another example, they said, of an "activist" court overstepping its bounds by second-guessing the ...

Kansas senator removed as committee chair over Obamacare ploy

Peter Hancock

Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, announced late Friday that she has removed Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook, R-Shawnee, as chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. The move came after Pilcher-Cook used an unusual parliamentary maneuver on the floor of the Senate to attach a Medicaid expansion amendment onto ...

Borrowing issues may complicate budget talks

Peter Hancock

Leaders in the Kansas House and Senate are hoping for early passage of two major budget bills this week that could pave the way to an early end to the session. But a host of issues involving state agency borrowing, and particularly Kansas University's $350 million Central District project, threaten ...

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