John Carmichael, a local lawyer and state Democratic Party secretary, was unanimously elected by Democratic Party precinct members on Saturday to replace Nile Dillmore, D-Wichita, who announced in August that he would resign his seat in the Kansas House of Representatives.
In Wichita for a fundraiser for Gov. Sam Brownback, U.S. Rep. and former vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan dared Democratic senators in swing states to vote down a House bill that would defund implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer testified to Congress Wednesday that Kansas is having and expecting more trouble implementing the Affordable Care Act, although the state has opted not to participate in the national health plan to the extent possible.
The House minority leader, who is a Lawrence attorney, announced his plans through Facebook, Twitter and a YouTube video. It is the 41-year-old Davis first attempt at statewide office. No other Democrats have joined the race.
Budget constraints and the need to remodel office space will keep newly confirmed Kansas Court of Appeals appointee Caleb Stegall from taking his seat for another three months, state officials said Wednesday.
The morning after the Kansas Senate approved Gov. Sam Brownbacks office attorney Caleb Stegall for a seat on the state Court of Appeals, a Washington-based conservative group ran a full-page ad in the Topeka newspaper thanking and congratulating all three.
After a tear-choked speech by a state senator whose teenage daughter was murdered, the Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved and sent to the governor a bill to revise the state’s Hard 50 sentencing law, bringing closure to a two-day special session of the Legislature.
The Senate approved Gov. Sam Brownback’s lawyer for the 14th seat on the Kansas Court of Appeals on Wednesday afternoon.
After a brief detour into voting rights, the Kansas House easily passed a bill to fix the constitutionally troubled Hard 50 sentencing law in a special session Tuesday.
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story spelled Elizabeth King’s name incorrectly.
About 100 people rallied in the Capitol rotunda Tuesday supporting a proposal by Wichita lawmakers to ease restrictions on voting registration that have resulted in 15,000 Kansans being ineligible to vote.
Kansas House members have introduced the bill that would change the state’s Hard 50 criminal sentencing law.
When state lawmakers return to the Capitol this week for a rare September session, they’ll be busy trying to fix an unconstitutional murder-sentencing law, confirming a controversial judge and facing an insurgent effort to repeal proof-of-citizenship requirements for state voters.
A “shot across the bow” isn’t the way for the United States to respond to Syria, U.S. Rep Mike Pompeo said Friday.
A Bonner Springs woman has announced she is seeking the Libertarian Party’s nomination as candidate for the Kansas gubernatorial race in 2014.
Chairman and state Rep. Lance Kinzer, R-Olathe, said the committee’s eight House members and six senators will convene Aug. 26 to review proposed legislation on the “Hard 50” law from Attorney General Derek Schmidt. The statute allows judges to sentence convicted murderers to life in prison with no chance of parole for 50 years, but a U.S. Supreme Court decision in June raised questions about its constitutionality.
Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Monday that he’s working with prosecutors across the state to come up with a consensus on how to fix the state’s Hard 50 sentencing law when the Legislature goes into special session next month.
TOPEKA — Republican Gov. Sam Brownback promised Monday to move “aggressively” to name a new Kansas Court of Appeals judge but wouldn’t pin down the date, even though a top Democratic legislator has called for the nomination to come this week.
HUTCHINSON – A Republican congressman’s legislation seeking a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage has picked up more sponsors – except from his colleagues in Kansas.
Wichita restaurateur Craig Gabel will not face criminal charges on allegations that he violated campaign law and threatened the Wichita City Council.