Latest Kansas State Legislature News

Former Kansas House member to lead children's advocacy group

Sep. 21, 2019 10:49 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A former Kansas House member will be taking over as president of a children's advocacy group later this fall. Kansas Action for Children says former state Rep. John Wilson will become president when current President Annie McKay steps down Oct. 31. Wilson has been the group's vice...

Ex-Kansas lieutenant governor Mann running in 1st District

Sep. 9, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Former Kansas Lt. Governor Tracey Mann says he plans to run for the state's 1st District seat in Congress. Mann, who was lieutenant governor for former Gov. Jeff Colyer, announced his candidacy on Monday. The announcement comes two days after the 1st district's two-term incumbent,...

Kansas treasurer drops Senate bid to challenge Rep. Watkins

Sep. 4, 2019 2:33 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' Republican state treasurer on Wednesday abandoned a campaign for an open Senate seat to challenge a GOP freshman congressman that he describes as vulnerable to Democratic defeat. Treasurer Jake LaTurner's announcement came little more than a week after former GOP Gov. Jeff...

Ex-Kansas governor seeks primary challenger for Rep. Watkins

Aug. 27, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Former Kansas Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer on Tuesday urged the state treasurer to drop his Senate bid and instead challenge freshman Rep. Steve Watkins in the GOP primary, arguing the move would help "nominate a candidate that can win." Colyer's public opposition to a congressman from...

Republicans still waiting on Pompeo in Kansas Senate race

Aug. 16, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Even though U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has declared a Senate run to be "off the table" next year, many fellow Republicans in Washington and his home state of Kansas aren't buying it. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is among the GOP senators encouraging the former congressman to...

GOP leader, Democratic governor differ on shootings response

Aug. 9, 2019 12:06 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The leader of the Kansas House is responding to a series of mass shootings by proposing more mental health personnel in rural areas and expansion of a mental health program in K-12 schools while the Democratic governor proposes looking at gun laws. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports...

Garden City native running for 1st Congressional seat

Aug. 6, 2019 2:02 PM EDT

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A 34-year-old Garden City native is running for the 1st Congressional District seat in Kansas. Kali Barnett, a Democrat, is a political newcomer who taught school in Kansas and New York City. She is running for the seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall. Marshall has not...

Kansas City lawmaker resigns to serve on city council

Jul. 31, 2019 5:38 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City Democratic Rep. Brandon Ellington has officially stepped down from the Missouri House. Ellington submitted his letter of resignation Wednesday. He's leaving to serve on the Kansas City Council. Voters first elected Ellington to the Missouri House in 2011. He would...

Judge dismisses lawmaker's lawsuit against former columnist

Jul. 31, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A judge has thrown out a defamation lawsuit filed by Kansas Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning against former Kansas City Star columnist Steve Rose. Public radio station KCUR reports that Johnson County District Court Judge Paul Gurney ruled that Denning had not established the...

Kansas senator returns to GOP after working for independent

Jul. 29, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas state senator is back with the Republican party after leaving it to join independent Greg Orman's campaign for governor. The Wichita Eagle reports Sen. John Doll, of Garden City, changed his party affiliation a few weeks ago. He had been an independent since March 2018, when he...