State Government

Kansas governor skeptical of Trump plan to extend unemployment benefits

TOPEKA, Kan. — A spokeswoman says Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly's administration is reviewing President Donald Trump's plan to extend supplemental unemployment benefits but is waiting for more details. A program providing an additional $600 a week to workers left unemployed by the coronavirus ...

GOP leader says Kansas health chief misled public on masks

Updated at 6:27 p.m. Monday TOPEKA — A Republican leader in the Kansas Legislature on Monday accused Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's top public health administrator of using a misleading presentation to bolster their argument for requiring people to wear masks in public as a debate rages over ...

Kansas poised to elect its 1st openly transgender legislator

Belle Plaine — A retired music teacher would become the first openly transgender member of the deeply conservative Kansas Legislature if she’s elected from a Democratic-leaning district she’s expected to win. Stephanie Byers, of Wichita, would join the ranks of other transgender people ...

Kansas governor tests negative for coronavirus, aide says

Story updated at 6:37 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7: Topeka — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly tested negative for the coronavirus Friday as a Republican legislative leader faced criticism from some Democrats for not telling colleagues until this week that he’d been infected and hospitalized before he, Kelly ...

Kansas House speaker had COVID-19; governor to get tested

TOPEKA — Kansas House Speaker Ron Ryckman Jr. tested positive for coronavirus last month, and a spokesman for Gov. Laura Kelly said Thursday that she will get tested because she was in a meeting later with Ryckman and other legislative leaders. Ryckman is the highest-ranking Kansas official ...

Rep. Marshall’s primary win in Kansas buoys GOP Senate hopes

TOPEKA — Republicans brimmed with newfound confidence Wednesday about keeping an open Senate seat in Kansas after establishment-backed Rep. Roger Marshall won the party's nomination, advancing to face an unusually formidable Democrat in a tough year for the GOP. Marshall's first tasks were ...

Kansas Statehouse in Topeka

5 area candidates advance through unopposed primaries

Five candidates in Douglas County faced no opposition Tuesday evening, and four of them will also run unopposed in November. Though running unopposed, all garnered significant numbers of votes in Tuesday's primary election. Those candidates are: -Rep. Boog Highberger, D-Lawrence, who ...

Kansas Rep. Watkins unseated after facing criminal charges

Story updated at 10:54 p.m. Tuesday TOPEKA — Freshman Kansas Rep. Steve Watkins lost his Republican primary Tuesday after being charged with felony election fraud and other crimes. State Treasurer Jake LaTurner unseated Watkins after arguing that the criminal charges against Watkins made an ...

Kansas GOP picks Rep. Marshall for Senate seat over Kobach

Story updated at 10:54 p.m. Tuesday TOPEKA — Kansas Republicans on Tuesday nominated Rep. Roger Marshall for the Senate over polarizing conservative Kris Kobach, heeding the party establishment’s advice as it tries to keep a normally safe seat out of play in what could be a difficult year ...

Medicaid expansion in Kansas could hinge on down-ballot primary races

Topeka — Control of the Kansas Legislature could turn on dozens of down-ballot races in Tuesday’s primary election, in which many of the contests, particularly for the Kansas Senate, pit conservative Republicans against moderate incumbents. In Republican Senate primaries, moderates facing ...

GOP leaders can’t bank on Trump’s help in Kansas’ U.S. Senate race

Holton — Establishment GOP leaders are scrambling to pull out a win in a tense battle for the nomination in Kansas’ U.S. Senate race, and they won’t be able to count on last-minute help from President Donald Trump. Trump has signaled to allies that he won’t endorse in the primary ...

Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, February 2014.

Kansas allocates $254M in federal virus relief funds

Belle Plaine — The Kansas State Finance Council has allocated more than $254 million of federal coronavirus relief funds mostly toward efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 and boost the state’s economy. The group’s unanimous approval on Wednesday slated the federal funds for public ...