State Government

Nominees for Douglas County District Court judge position named

A committee will soon interview six nominees to fill a district judge position in Douglas County District Court upon Chief Judge Peggy Carr Kittel’s retirement at the end of the year. The 7th Judicial District Nominating Commission will narrow the field to three to five names to submit to ...

GOP complaint spurs probe of Kansas court selection process

Topeka — A top Republican legislator’s complaint has launched an investigation into whether the commission that screens Kansas Supreme Court applicants violated the state’s open meetings law in picking three finalists for Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly to consider in filling a vacancy. The ...

Kansas corrections official says mass commutation worth considering

TOPEKA — The acting secretary of the Kansas Department of Corrections said a mass commutation of offenders was worth considering during his confirmation hearing. The Wichita Eagle reports that Jeff Zmuda was asked to comment Tuesday on what happened one day earlier, when more than 450 ...

Kansas GOP colleagues spurn Davids’ request to oppose adoption rule

TOPEKA — Congressional Republicans from Kansas have rejected a request from the delegation's lone Democrat that they join her in opposing a federal policy that allows faith-based adoption agencies to get taxpayer funding even if they turn away same-sex couples. Rep. Sharice Davids sent a ...

October health code inspection: 12 found out of compliance in Douglas County

Twelve organizations in Douglas County failed state health code inspections in October. Each month, I take a look at inspection results and list every place either listed out of compliance or with 10 or more code violations. Full reports are available online at agriculture.ks.gov. There, you ...

Kansas legislative committee OKs steps toward medical marijuana

TOPEKA — A Kansas legislative special committee on Wednesday approved two early, tentative steps toward considering a medical marijuana bill in a state where earlier attempts to consider the issue went nowhere in the face of strong opposition. The Special Committee on Federal and State ...

Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, February 2014.

Want to weigh in on tax reform? Governor’s council seeking public input

Gov. Laura Kelly’s Council on Tax Reform will take public comments at its Nov. 14 meeting in Topeka. Anyone interested in addressing the council must be added to the meeting agenda, according to a news release from the governor's office. To be added to the agenda, email Cory Sheedy at ...

Kobach acknowledges he failed to properly supervise staff during court proceedings

Story updated at 3:15 p.m. Monday TOPEKA — Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach acknowledged that he failed to properly supervise his staff while representing himself in that role during federal court proceedings in a voter registration lawsuit, according to a diversion agreement ...

Riyadh, Seoul … Wichita? Pompeo seeks refuge in home state

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's schedule usually reads like a list of foreign capitals. But America's top diplomat has been finding ways to swing through his home state of Kansas this year, feeding speculation about a potential Senate run and offering something of a refuge from ...

GOP plan for Medicaid expansion in Kansas gets committee approval

Story updated at 1:36 p.m. Thursday TOPEKA — A Republican-dominated Senate committee has endorsed a plan for expanding government-funded health care for poor and working-class Kansans, despite concerns that it raises tobacco taxes and doesn't have a work requirement for participants. The ...

Douglas County District Court judge to sit with Kansas Supreme Court

Douglas County District Court Judge Kay Huff will sit with the Kansas Supreme Court for four cases next week, the state announced Wednesday. Huff, who oversees criminal and civil cases in Douglas County, will join the court Tuesday, Oct. 29, to hear oral arguments, deliberate and help draft ...

Kansas GOP leader’s Medicaid plan would boost tobacco taxes

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A Republican leader spearheading an effort to pass a GOP plan for expanding Medicaid in Kansas has drafted a proposal that is likely to upset conservatives because it would increase tobacco taxes and does not include a work requirement for program participants. The ...

Kobach fires Kansas Senate campaign aide over anti-Semitic, racist posts

TOPEKA — Republican Kris Kobach's campaign for the Senate in Kansas says it has fired an aide after learning he regularly posted hateful comments about Jews and racial minorities on a white nationalist website. The latest campaign finance report filed by Kobach's campaign shows it paid Joe ...

Kansas says backlog of untested rape kits nearly eliminated

TOPEKA — Kansas law enforcement agencies have nearly eliminated a backlog of 2,200 sexual assault kits that had gone untested, including some that dated back decades, authorities announced Thursday. Agencies have had 2,000 of the kits tested by forensic labs and the remaining 200 should be ...

Former prosecutor Grissom drops out of U.S. Senate race in Kansas

Story updated at 2:27 p.m. Thursday TOPEKA — A former federal prosecutor from Kansas abandoned his Senate run on Thursday and endorsed a fellow Democrat who just entered the race. Barry Grissom urged Democrats to unite behind state Sen. Barbara Bollier, a retired Kansas City-area ...

U.S. Supreme Court considers Kansas appeal of immigrant prosecution case

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is trying to sort out whether states can prosecute immigrants who use fake Social Security numbers to get a job. The justices heard arguments Wednesday in Kansas' appeal of a state court ruling that threw out three convictions after concluding the state was ...

In this Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019 photo, Kansas state Sen. Barbara Bollier, D-Mission Hills, makes a point during a meeting of Democratic senators at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas lawmaker who left GOP running for U.S. Senate as Democrat

story updated at 1:18 p.m. Wednesday TOPEKA — One of four Kansas legislators who made headlines last year by defecting from the Republican Party is running for the U.S. Senate as a "pragmatic" Democrat, entering a race in which some GOP leaders are worried about immigration hardliner Kris ...