State Government

Kansas labor department pushes new reemployment program

TOPEKA — The Kansas Department of Labor is making a push this week to sign unemployment claimants up for the state’s new reemployment assistance program. The enhanced My Reemployment Plan program, part of House Bill 2196 approved by the Kansas Legislature in May, is intended to help those ...

GOP senator asks if ‘human side’ worsened unemployment fraud

Updated at 4:28 p.m. Tuesday TOPEKA — A Republican lawmaker questioned Tuesday whether Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's administration made unemployment fraud worse by not conducting adequate background checks on hundreds of people hired to help with a surge of claims during the pandemic. ...

Colyer’s narrow miss in 2018 fueling resurgent GOP campaign for governor

TOPEKA — Republican Jeff Colyer is confident he would have defeated Democrat Laura Kelly in the November 2018 race for governor. The impediment to a Colyer-Kelly showdown, of course, was that Colyer fell 172 votes short of beating Kris Kobach in the closest statewide GOP primary election in ...

Key lawmaker in Kansas redistricting won’t run for Davids’ seat in Congress

OVERLAND PARK — The chairman of the Kansas House Redistricting Committee is running for reelection to his legislative seat next year after considering a run for Congress. State Rep. Chris Croft, an Overland Park Republican, filed the necessary paperwork this week with the Kansas secretary of ...

Democrats pick attorney to fill vacancy in Kansas House seat

OVERLAND PARK — Local Democrats have selected a 44-year-old Overland Park attorney to fill a vacancy in the Kansas House. Dan Osman will replace former Democratic Rep. Jennifer Day, also from Overland Park, who resigned in June because she was moving outside the district. Democrats selected ...