Government

Court Appointments
3:43 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Column Questions Kansas Judicial Selection System

Former Republican Kansas Senator Nancy Kassebaum Baker and former U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Deanell Tacha are skeptical about the new judicial selection system that Kansas has adopted.

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Court of Appeals
3:41 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Committee Seeking Testimony On Court Nominee

A Kansas Senate committee will hold a hearing next week to consider Gov. Sam Brownback's choice to fill an open court seat.

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Government
7:22 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Top Dem, Kan. Gov.'s Staff Spar Over Court Choice

Kansas Court of Appeals nominee Caleb Stegall has submitted more than 300 pages of documents to the Senate Judiciary Committee that will review his appointment by Gov. Sam Brownback.

Stegall currently serves as Brownback's chief counsel.

He also submitted dozens of pages of magazine articles and online columns he has written, including book reviews and commentaries that hint at his conservative politics.

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Civil Rights
4:22 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Governor Marks 50th Anniversary Of March On Washington

Gov. Sam Brownback Wednesday signed a proclamation commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

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Roofing Licenses
3:44 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

State Raising Awareness Of Roofing Law

Under a new law, roofers in Kansas are required to apply for a license to do business.

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Government
7:36 am
Sun August 25, 2013

Work On Hard 50 Sentencing Law Begins Monday

A legislative committee is expected to meet Monday to begin work on modifying the state's so-called Hard 50 sentencing law.

A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling raised questions about whether the law could stand as-is. The Kansas law allows judges to sentence convicted murderers to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 50 years. The committee is headed by Representative Lance Kinzer, a Republican from Olathe. Kinzer says the committee will hold a public hearing on a fix proposed by Attorney General Derek Schmidt.

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Government
8:47 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Group Using Open Records Act To Hunt Names Of Judicial Candidates

The head of the League of Women Voters of Kansas is hoping that seeing the governor's schedule could reveal the names of candidates for an open court seat. The league has filed an open records request for the calendars of Gov. Sam Brownback and some of his staff.

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Government
7:13 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Kansas Republicans Unsure How To Stop Obamacare

Members of Kansas' all-Republican congressional delegation agreed the coming weeks are critical to the future of the federal health care law, though they are still unsure how to stop it.

U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp urged the Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association members at their annual conference in Wichita to tell people in Washington how the new health care law affects small businesses.

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Government
7:17 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Wichita Attorney Seeking Resigning Lawmaker's Seat

Democrat John Carmichael says he wants to replace Representative Nile Dillmore in the Kansas House after Dillmore steps down next month.

The Wichita Attorney is the secretary of the Kansas Democratic Party and a former member of the Kansas Human Rights Commission.

Democratic precinct committee members in Dillmore's 92nd House District in northwest Wichita will decide this fall who will fill the seat through the end of Dillmore's current term.

But Carmichael is also preparing to run for the seat in 2014.

Government
2:04 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Kansas Budget Director Resigns

Gov. Sam Brownback says he's accepted the resignation of state Budget Director Steve Anderson. The governor commended his work and diligence.

Anderson will leave his office, effective the end of this month. He says he's taking more time with his wife and sons.

Anderson is a certified public accountant and managing partner of Anderson, Reichert and Anderson, LLC. The governor named him budget director in late 2010. As a member of the Governor's Economic Growth Team, he worked to strengthen the economy and create jobs for Kansans.

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