Latest Kansas State Legislature News

Officials prepare to faceoff over masks as Kansas cases rise

Oct. 22, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Kansas’ coronavirus case count continued to climb, even as one GOP lawmaker pushed back against Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s call for a statewide mask mandate. “I’ve stated all along, and still believe, a one-size-fits-all COVID solution doesn’t...

Voting in western Kansas county delayed by ballot misprint

Oct. 21, 2020 6:23 PM EDT

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — In-person absentee voting is scheduled to resume Thursday in one western Kansas county after being shut down for three days because of a ballot error. The incorrect ballot listed a Kansas Senate 40th District race as a U.S. Senate race. The names of the candidates, Republican incumbent...

Democratic candidate Barbara Bollier addresses the crowd and answers questions during a lawn chair chat with Johnson County voters at Sar-Ko-Par Park, Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, in Lenexa, Kan. Bollier is running for a seat in the U.S. Senate, facing Roger Marshall, a U.S. Representative of Kansas' 1st congressional district. (Tammy Ljungblad/The Kansas City Star via AP)

Democrat's praise of strict gun law roils Kansas Senate race

Oct. 11, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans on Sunday circulated a video of the Democrats' candidate for an open U.S. Senate seat in Kansas praising strict Australian gun laws that she said “took them all away” to undercut her campaign as a political moderate in what's been an unexpectedly tough...

Records accuse Kansas legislative candidate of threat at 14

Oct. 3, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A 20-year-old running for a state House seat in Kansas who admitted to circulating revenge porn was charged five years ago with threatening to shoot a high school student, according to newly released records. Aaron Coleman was 14 in May 2015 when he was charged with a felony,...

U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., the Republican nominee for an open U.S. Senate seat, answers questions during a debate, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Topeka, Kan. Marshall favors having the Senate move quickly to vote on President Donald Trump's nominee to replace the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (Greg Akagi/Alpha Media Topeka via AP)

Kansas Senate debate sees clashes on Supreme Court, climate

Sep. 19, 2020 6:49 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Republican nominee for Kansas' open Senate seat called Saturday for quick action to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and dismissed his Democratic opponent's disavowal of Green New Deal environmental proposals so often in a debate that she admonished him,...

Kansas candidate admitting abuse had liberal message, base

Aug. 30, 2020 10:53 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A 19-year-old Kansas House candidate who admitted to circulating revenge porn and abusing young girls online narrowly won his primary race this month with an appeal to young, liberal voters in a safe Democratic district after having run for local office just a year earlier. Aaron...

Ex-girlfriend: Kansas House candidate was abusive last year

Aug. 27, 2020 6:34 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A former girlfriend said she was slapped and choked in late December by a 19-year-old Kansas House candidate who already has admitted to circulating revenge porn and abusive online behavior toward girls when he was younger. Taylor Passow, a 21-year-old Topeka resident, told The Kansas...

Party disavows Kansas candidate who admitted to revenge porn

Aug. 26, 2020 8:28 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Democratic Party on Wednesday declared that the 19-year-old nominee for a state House seat is “unfit” for office because of “alarming behavior” that includes admitting to circulating revenge porn, and he said his online fundraising account has been...

Kansas candidate who admitted to revenge porn back in race

Aug. 25, 2020 4:26 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A 19-year-old Democratic candidate for the Kansas House who admitted to engaging in revenge porn and harassing girls online has reversed his decision to abandon his campaign, and a party leader suggested Tuesday that the House wouldn't seat the young candidate if he won. Aaron Coleman,...