State Government

Kansas exceeds 100K coronavirus cases as mask debate rages

TOPEKA (AP) — Kansas on Monday reported another record seven-day spike in coronavirus cases, pushing the state past 100,000 for the pandemic as officials wrestled with getting more residents to wear masks. The state Department of Health and Environment added 5,920 new confirmed and probable ...

Kansas Supreme Court expands parental rights of same-sex couples

BELLE PLAINE (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court issued two decisions Friday with far-reaching implications for same-sex couples, finding that parenting intentions at the moment of a child's birth are critical to establishing parental rights. Both cases involved birth mothers who conceived ...

‘Hit’ tweet against Kansas governor has Democrats seeking ouster of 20-year-old

TOPEKA — A Democratic candidate who admitted to circulating revenge porn and was charged at the age of 14 with threatening to shoot a high school student has won a state House seat in Kansas, and party leaders promised Thursday to try to oust him after what they saw as a threat against the ...

Republican gains in the Kansas Legislature will affect vetoes, new political maps and more

This week’s election set the stage for partisan fights in the Kansas Statehouse over things like redistricting, abortion, Medicaid expansion and pandemic-related aid. Democrats had hoped to crack the Republican supermajority in both chambers — thus taking away the GOP’s power to override ...

Kansas candidate who admitted to revenge porn wins state House seat

Updated story - ‘Hit’ tweet against Kansas governor has Democrats seeking ouster of 20-year-old TOPEKA (AP) — A Democratic candidate who admitted to circulating revenge porn and who was charged at the age of 14 with threatening to shoot a high school student has won a state House seat ...

Lead for Holland grows in race for Lawrence senate seat

Sen. Tom Holland saw his lead increase Wednesday as additional mail ballots were counted as part of the race for a state senate district that represents south Lawrence and the surrounding area. Holland, D-Baldwin City, had a lead of 748 votes over challenger Willie Dove, a Bonner Springs ...

Retired teacher becomes Kansas’ first transgender state lawmaker

TOPEKA — A former Wichita band teacher has been elected to serve as the first transgender lawmaker in Kansas. Democrat Stephanie Byers defeated Republican Cyndi Howerton in Tuesday's election for the Kansas 86th District, a Democratic-leaning district that includes parts of Wichita. ...

Kansas GOP keeps stronghold on statehouse seats; Democrat Hensley loses seat in upset

TOPEKA — Republicans retained their supermajority hold over the Kansas House and Senate on Tuesday, handing a crushing defeat to the Democratic Party despite record turnout and fundraising. Many eyes were on the top of the ticket ahead of Tuesday’s election, but results in races for the ...

Holland leads by more than 600 votes in close race for state senate

Sen. Tom Holland was poised to narrowly fend off a conservative challenger on Tuesday to maintain his seat and ensure that Lawrence retains a second Democratic senator in the Kansas Legislature. Holland, D-Baldwin City, was ahead of veteran legislator Willie Dove by 627 votes as unofficial ...

3 Douglas County District Court, 6 state judges set to retain positions

All three Douglas County District Court judges on the ballot were set to retain their positions in Tuesday's vote, as were six state judges up for retention. As of Douglas County results updated at 9:13 p.m. Tuesday, District Court Chief Judge James McCabria was retained with 66.3% of the ...

Trump, GOP largely carry Kansas; incumbents hold onto House seats

Story updated at 10:59 p.m. Tuesday TOPEKA (AP) — Republican Roger Marshall won the most competitive U.S. Senate race in Kansas in decades, while President Donald Trump carried the state again in the presidential race and voters elected two new Republican congressmen. The marquee race in ...

Kansas voters cast record number of advance ballots

TOPEKA (AP) — Kansas voters have cast a record number of advance ballots. As of Sunday, 770,324 Kansas voters had returned mail-in or advance in-person ballots, according to the Kansas Secretary of State's office. "That is the highest number we've had prior to Election Day in the history of ...

October health code inspections: 3 found out of compliance in Douglas County

Three Douglas County organizations failed state health code inspections in October. Each month, the Journal-World takes a look at inspection results and lists every place either listed out of compliance or with 10 or more code violations. Full reports are available online at ...

Kansas political parties fail to disclose details on mailers

WICHITA — Both the Kansas Republican and Democratic parties have failed to disclose which candidates they are targeting with campaign mailers this election cycle. The Wichita Eagle reports that both major parties failed to provide that required information when they filed reports with the ...