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Kansas providers cautious about doing telemedicine abortions

Nov. 30, 2022 12:59 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas providers might not be ready for months to do telemedicine abortions even though a state-court judge has blocked the state from enforcing its ban on teleconferencing with patients seeking pregnancy-ending medications. Planned Parenthood Great Plains said...

Ex-majority leader jailed for DUI is leaving Kansas Senate

Nov. 29, 2022 17:29 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas lawmaker who was forced out of one of the state Senate's most powerful jobs following an arrest for drunken driving and speeding the wrong way on two interstate highways is planning to leave the Legislature in early January. Former Senate Majority...

Top Kansas transportation official is stepping down Dec. 23

Nov. 29, 2022 13:28 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The top transportation official in Kansas is stepping down just before Christmas in the first major change at a state agency since Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly narrowly won reelection earlier this month. Kelly's office announced Tuesday that Transportation...

Rift in Kansas GOP boils over after loss in governor's race

Nov. 17, 2022 18:10 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A push by top Republicans in Kansas to punish party officials who backed an independent candidate for governor is shining a spotlight on an internal rift that could hinder GOP leaders' efforts to steer the state to the right over Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's objections. ...

Kansas GOP pins Democratic governor's win on lawmaker's run

Nov. 16, 2022 16:23 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A state senator many Republicans see as the spoiler in the Kansas governor’s race has a long history of irritating GOP leaders, once even daring colleagues to smell a jar of catfish stink bait he’d brought to a tax debate. More recently during a...

Kansas refuses to increase Legislature’s power over agencies

Nov. 15, 2022 15:45 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas voters have narrowly rejected a proposal to curb the power of the governor and other officials to regulate businesses and set environmental and public health rules, rebuking the state's Republican-controlled Legislature again after affirming abortion rights this summer....

Abortion rights support helps Kansas Gov. Kelly win 2nd term

Nov. 09, 2022 17:49 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan., (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly narrowly won reelection in Republican-leaning Kansas by racking up big leads in the Kansas City area and other places where abortion rights are popular, while her party helped an independent candidate deny the GOP nominee a few crucial votes. ...

GOP’s Kobach wins Kansas AG’s race, revives political career

Nov. 09, 2022 13:02 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican Kris Kobach revived his political career by winning the Kansas attorney general’s race after two big losses tied to his national reputation as an immigration and election law provocateur. Kobach, a former two-term Kansas secretary of state and...

Too early to call measure to boost Kansas lawmakers' power

Nov. 09, 2022 11:21 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — It’s too early to call a winning side in the effort to give the Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature a bigger say over how the state regulates businesses, protects people’s health and preserves the environment. The proposed amendment to the Kansas...

Republican US Sen. Moran wins reelection in Kansas

Nov. 08, 2022 21:02 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Republican Jerry Moran on Tuesday won a third term in the U.S. Senate, defeating Democrat Mark Holland, former mayor of Kansas City, Kansas. Former President Donald Trump endorsed Moran early in 2021, insulating him from a serious Republican primary...