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9:45 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Fifteen Same-Sex Couples Wed On Steps Of Wichita's Historic Courthouse

Same-sex couples stand on the steps of Wichita's historic courthouse waiting for a wedding ceremony to begin
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Correction: A previous posting of this story incorrectly stated 14 couples were wed; an additional couple registered after the ceremony

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Government
2:27 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Fight Over Voter Citizenship Law Shifts Back To State Courts And Lawmakers

The fight over a voter proof-of-citizenship law that prevented about 22,000 Kansas residents from casting ballots on Election Day has shifted back to state courts and lawmakers.

The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals recently overturned a judge's order that added citizenship documentation requirements on national voter registration forms used by Kansas and Arizona voters.

Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach has championed the state law as a way to limit fraud; opponents argue that it wrongfully disenfranchises voters.

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Government
2:05 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

State Agency Fails To Widely Correct Inflated Poverty Rate

A state agency says it sent out a news release before the election that incorrectly claimed poverty in Kansas had declined under Gov. Sam Brownback and did not issue a correction to the media when it became aware of the inaccuracy.

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Government
7:00 am
Sat November 15, 2014

Sedgwick County Board Of Canvassers Count Provisional Ballots

Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman meets with Board of Canvassers to count provisional ballots from the 2014 mid-term election
Credit Carla Eckels

The Sedgwick County board of canvassers met Thursday in downtown Wichita to approve the process of counting provisional ballots from the November 4th mid-term election. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

A provisional ballot is cast when voters’ eligibility is questioned. Four thousand of those were presented Thursday morning to the canvass board.

About 140 provisional ballots were cast due to errors made by poll workers. Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says other voters lacked needed documents.

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Government
5:03 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Supreme Court Lifts Same-Sex Marriage Ban In Kansas

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The U.S. Supreme Court has cleared the way for same-sex couples to marry in Kansas. The decision was handed down on Wednesday afternoon. 

    

For now, Kansas is the 33rd state to allow same-sex couples to marry. The Supreme Court ordered the state to lift its ban while legal battles over the practice continue. County clerks across the state can begin issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

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Government
1:01 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Temporarily Blocks Same-Sex Marriage In Kansas

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has issued an order temporarily blocking same-sex marriage in Kansas.

Sotomayor's order Monday puts a lower-court order clearing the way for same-sex couples to marry on hold indefinitely.

The lower-court order was set to take effect at 5 o'clock this afternoon. Sotomayor acted at the request of Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt.

Sotomayor also directed the American Civil Liberties Union to file a response to Schmidt's request by 4 o'clock this afternoon.

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Government
11:39 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Federal Appeals Court Makes Ruling Over Kansas' Duel-Voter System

A federal appeals court has ruled that Kansas and Arizona residents can register to vote using a federal form without providing proof of citizenship.

Most residents in the two states register using a separate state form requiring them to show a birth certificate, a U.S. passport or naturalization papers.

Kansas and Arizona had asked the U.S. government to also impose that same requirement on voters who register using the simpler federal form, which only requires a sworn statement.

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Government
6:00 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Group Updating KS Tax Collection Estimates

A group meeting on Monday will update estimates for Kansas tax collections. The revenue predictions let lawmakers know how much money they have to spend as they write the state budget. Stephen Koranda reports...

The Kansas Consensus Revenue Estimating Group is made up of members of the governor's administration, non-partisan legislative researchers and economists from universities in Kansas. They meet twice per year.

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Government
6:58 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Court: Proof Of Citizenship Not Required On Federal Voter Forms

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According to a decision issued by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the Election Assistance Commission will not be forced to add proof of citizenship requirements to federal voter registration forms in Kansas or Arizona.

In short, the ruling means voters in Kansas and Arizona will be able to register for federal elections without presenting proof of citizenship—usually in the form of a birth certificate or passport—creating a loophole.

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Government
2:09 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Kansas Supreme Court Postpones Same-Sex Marriage Hearing

The Kansas Supreme Court on Wednesday indefinitely postponed a hearing in a same-sex marriage case because of a federal judge's order in a separate lawsuit barring the state from enforcing its constitutional same-sex marriage ban.

The ban remains in effect because the judge stayed his decision to allow the state to appeal, which it did. The Kansas court was to hear arguments in its case Thursday but will now consider whether to defer to the federal courts.

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