Jim McLean

REPORTER AND EDITOR, KANSAS NEWS SERVICE

Jim McLean is managing director of the Kansas News Service, a collaboration between KMUW and other public media stations across Kansas. 

Jim was previously news director and Statehouse bureau chief for Kansas Public Radio and a managing editor for the Topeka Capital-Journal. He has received awards for journalistic excellence from the Kansas Press Association, Society of Professional Journalists and Kansas Association of Broadcasters.

 

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For an increasing number of voters, choosing between red and blue feels like no choice.

Elections in Kansas this year could serve as a proving ground for a fed-up electorate made up of folks who might be disgusted enough to form a new political party.

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A Kansas House committee on Thursday recommended the legalization of medicinal supplements containing cannabidiol, CBD, a marijuana extract used by some to control seizures and pain.

It also moved to keep an herbal stimulant, kratom, legal in Kansas.

Both decisions came in a regular update of what drugs are legal or illegal in the state. The rules are contained in legislation that still needs approval of the full House, and the Senate, before the governor could sign any changes into law.

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The once-crowded field of Republican candidates for Kansas governor is quickly narrowing.

Mark Hutton is the latest to end his campaign for the GOP nomination.

In a brief statement, he gave no specific reason for his exit but said he hoped to serve Kansas in some “small way” in the future.

A former legislator, Hutton was among the first conservative Republicans to question the wisdom of former Gov. Sam Brownback’s income tax cuts.

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On Thursday, the Kansas Senate narrowly turned back a push by conservatives to re-write portions of the U.S. Constitution.

Supporters wanting Kansas to join a list of states calling for a constitutional convention needed a two-thirds majority, or 27 votes. They got 22.

Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, of Topeka, was among the 16 senators voting “no.”

“A convention of the states to amend the Constitution would put unelected, unaccountable delegates in charge with the potential of re-writing our entire Constitution,” Hensley says.

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The new head of Kansas’ troubled child welfare agency got a unanimous vote of confidence from a legislative committee Friday.

Even the agency's staunchest critics think she’ll sail through a confirmation vote from the full Senate to head the Department for Children and Families.

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(An earlier version of this story mistakenly said Doll was removed from committees. He actually gave up those posts.)

State Sen. John Doll, a one-time Democrat, started the week as a Republican holding leadership posts on influential legislative committees.

Then he agreed to be a candidate for lieutenant governor running in the second spot on an independent ticket with Johnson County businessman Greg Orman.

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Independent candidate for governor Greg Orman on Wednesday picked a running mate with middle-of-the-road credentials who also balances the ticket geographically.

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Republicans in the Kansas House on Tuesday unveiled a plan they say will make schools safer.

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Kansas Democrats aren’t yet united behind a candidate for governor.

Still, they emerged from their annual convention over the weekend talking confidently about a fighting chance to break the recent Republican grip on key state and federal offices.

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It’s been a while since Kansas Democrats had much to celebrate -- but party leaders are expecting an overflow crowd this weekend for their annual convention.

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