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Recent Kansas editorials

Mar. 31, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

The Kansas City Star, March 29 Once again, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has acted to protect her constituents, imposing a statewide stay-at-home order on Saturday in response to the global coronavirus pandemic. Without nearly enough equipment or tests, not to mention ICU beds, and no vaccine or proven treatment beyond...

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, left, talks to Chuck Magerl, right, the owner of the Free State Brewing Company pub in Lawrence, Kan,, after a news conference to announce the launch of a new state loan program, Friday, March 20, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The new program will make $5 million in short-term, no-interest loans to bars, taverns, restaurants and motels struggling to cover their operating expenses. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Pandemic spurs Kansas lawmakers to rethink governor's power

Mar. 21, 2020 12:38 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Some Kansas legislators say they didn't understand how much power the governor has in emergencies until Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly closed K-12 schools for the rest of the semester and ordered a six-week halt to new evictions and mortgage foreclosures amid the coronavirus pandemic. ...

Newly appointed Kansas Supreme Court Justice K.J. Wall, right, speaks to reporters as Gov. Laura Kelly watches during a news conference, Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Wall is a 49-year-old Lawrence, Kan., attorney who formerly worked for the high court. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Ex-staffer appointed as Kansas Supreme Court's new justice

Mar. 11, 2020 2:06 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Wednesday named an attorney who said he's similar in temperament to former Chief Justice Lawton Nuss to replace Nuss as a Kansas Supreme Court justice. K.J. Wall, of Lawrence, also formerly worked for the state's highest court overseeing special projects...

Recent Kansas editorials

Feb. 25, 2020 9:10 AM EST

The Kansas City Star, Feb. 23 Is it fair that Kansans who work on the Missouri side of Kansas City pay a 1% earnings tax there — but it doesn’t work the other way around for Missourians who work on the Kansas side? Probably not. But what if fixing that inequity would open the door to allowing all...

President Donald Trump speaks at the 68th annual National Prayer Breakfast, at the Washington Hilton, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Trump puts global religious freedom in the political fray

Feb. 6, 2020 7:06 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Even as President Donald Trump sharply challenged the faith of his political opponents this week, he was drawing new attention to a religious issue that he’s staked repeated claim to: the global freedom to worship. The day after Trump touted his support for domestic religious liberty...

Recent Kansas editorials

Feb. 4, 2020 9:00 AM EST

The Topeka Capital-Journal, Jan. 31 The Kansas Highway Patrol had a big ask for lawmakers last week — $16.4 million to pay for two new helicopters, a new airplane and operating expenses. But the request appears reasonable and with Wichita being the Air Capital of the World, our law enforcement officials...

Kansas House Taxation Committee Chairman Steven Johnson, R-Assaria, front left, confers with Rep. Jene Vickrey, R-Louisburg, during the House's session Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Johnson said continued monthly surpluses in state tax collections make the case for cutting income taxes more compelling. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Rising Kansas revenues fuel GOP anger over lack of tax cuts

Feb. 3, 2020 5:48 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas has collected more tax revenue than expected almost every month for more than two years, and Republicans are growing increasingly angry that Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly still insists that the state can't afford income tax cuts favored by the GOP-controlled Legislature. The state...