Government

Federal Government
5:43 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Federal Shutdown Hits Kansas National Guard

Seven hundred Kansas National Guard personnel are being sent home as the impact of the federal government shutdown takes hold.

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Taxes
5:39 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

State Tax Revenues Short Of Expectations

A new report says Kansas collected slightly less in taxes than expected in the first quarter of the fiscal year, but officials believe the shortfall may actually be a positive economic sign.

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Government
7:17 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Gov.'s Office Denies Intentional Swearing In Delay

Gov. Sam Brownback's chief spokesperson, Eileen Hawley, denied Tuesday the suggestion by Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley that the swearing in of Brownback's chief counsel to the Court of Appeals is being delayed for political reasons.

Hensley questioned having Caleb Stegall take his seat on the Court of Appeals on January 3. The Senate confirmed Stegall's appointment September 4.

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Government
7:07 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Hensley: Appeals Swearing In Timed To Avoid Vote

The Kansas Senate's top Democrat says he worries the swearing in of Gov. Sam Brownback's chief counsel as a state appeals judge is being deliberately delayed until next year.

Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley is concerned the delay is to prevent a November 2014 vote on whether appointee Caleb Stegall stays on the bench.

The GOP-dominated Senate confirmed Stegall's appointment September 4. Stegall isn't being sworn in until January 3.

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Voting Laws
5:44 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Kansas Voter Registrations Can Be On Hold For Years

As Kansas election officials deal with prospective voters who've not yet complied with a proof-of-citizenship law, hundreds of registrations have remained on hold for more than a year for other reasons.

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Government
7:59 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Kan. Lawmaker Disappointed With Driver's License Policy Shift

The chairman of the Kansas House Elections Committee says he's disappointed that the Department of Revenue no longer plans to require people to provide proof of legal U.S. residence to renew their driver's licenses.

Olathe Republican Scott Schwab says legislators assumed the driver's license requirement was coming when they enacted a law requiring new voters to provide proof of their U.S. citizenship when registering.

Government
7:13 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Audit: State Overspent $1.5M In Tax Incentives

A recent audit says the state has mishandled an economic development program. And in response, Gov. Sam Brownback says his administration will look at possible changes.

The Kansas Department of Commerce administers the PEAK program, short for Promoting Employment Across Kansas. It provides tax incentives for companies creating jobs in the state. The audit says the program overspent its $6 million budget for incentives last fiscal year by $1.5 million. Gov. Brownback says his office is studying the report.

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Kansas Budget
5:42 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Brownback Moves To Shrink Waiting Lists For Disabled

Gov. Sam Brownback says the state will move more quickly than expected to shrink waiting lists for disabled residents who are seeking in-home services.

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Government
7:48 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Democrat Kicks Off Campaign To Win Back Kansas House Seat

Topeka Democrat Ann Mah kicked off her campaign for the Kansas House Monday.

Mah served in the House for eight years before losing to Topeka Republican Ken Corbet by only 21 votes last November.

Mah was the Legislature's most vocal critic of Secretary of State Kris Kobach. A political action committee formed by Kobach backed Corbet.

After the 2012 election, Mah fought successfully in court to obtain the names of voters whose ballots had been set aside by election officials, in hopes of contacting them and helping them correct problems.

Voting Laws
5:51 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Problems Linger With Voter Citizenship Law

Kansas lawmakers have learned that administrative issues are likely to linger from a state law requiring new voters to provide proof of their U.S. citizenship.

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