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Top court: Kansas Constitution allows partisan redistricting

Jun. 21, 2022 18:05 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' top court declared Tuesday that the state constitution doesn't prohibit partisan gerrymandering, prompting one dissenting justice to accuse the majority of ignoring a “full-scale assault on democracy" from a Republican congressional redistricting law. ...

Conservative senator Pyle runs for governor as independent

Jun. 07, 2022 11:45 AM EDT

HIAWATHA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas state senator who recently left the Republican Party has begun campaigning for governor as an independent. The Kansas City Star reports that grain and livestock farmer Dennis Pyle of Hiawatha on Monday appointed a campaign treasurer, allowing him to...

Schmidt picks US senator's aide for Kansas governor ticket

Jun. 01, 2022 11:51 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Presumed Republican nominee Derek Schmidt on Wednesday announced that he's chosen a staffer for one of Kansas' two U.S. senators as his running mate in his bid to unseat Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly. Schmidt filed the necessary paperwork to get him and Katie...

Kansas Supreme Court upholds Republican congressional map

May. 18, 2022 16:19 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans on Wednesday improved their chances of flipping the only Kansas congressional seat held by a Democrat, when the state’s highest court upheld the new congressional map they drew. The map slices territory out of the Kansas City-area district...

Live updates | LA abortion rights protest turns violent

May. 04, 2022 01:21 AM EDT

A Los Angeles protest over the leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion that would throw out Roe v. Wade briefly turned into a skirmish with police, who say one officer was injured. A citywide police tactical alert was declared after a Tuesday night confrontation near downtown's...

Kansas lawmakers vote to use $1.1B to bolster pension system

Apr. 28, 2022 22:00 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators have voted to commit more than $1.1 billion in surplus state funds to shoring up the state pension system for teachers and government workers. The Republican-controlled state Senate voted 26-10 on Thursday for a bill that would put the funds...

Editorial Roundup: Kansas

Apr. 19, 2022 07:16 AM EDT

Kansas City Star. April 14, 2022. Editorial: Laura Kelly can recover from unforced error if she wins important victory this month Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly remains in hot water for her unfortunate decision to sign a bill nullifying parts of a Wyandotte County...

Kansas governor nixes bills on trans athletes, parents' role

Apr. 15, 2022 21:53 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Friday vetoed conservative Republicans’ proposed ban on transgender athletes in girls’ and women’s sports and a GOP proposal aimed at making it easier for parents to try to remove materials from public school classrooms and libraries. ...

Kansas judge dismisses parts of lawsuit against election law

Apr. 12, 2022 15:35 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas judge has dismissed a legal challenge by voting rights advocates to two provisions of a state election law enacted last year. Four voting rights groups, including the League of Women Voters of Kansas, argued in a lawsuit filed in June that the law will...

Kelly signs bill to ban local 'sanctuaries' for immigrants

Apr. 11, 2022 19:32 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly on Monday signed a bill pushed by state Republicans to overturn three communities’ policies that could help immigrants stay in the state illegally. The bill was filed after Wyandotte County passed a “sanctuary” ordinance in...