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Kansas Governor Sam Brownback (File photo by Stephen Koranda)
Staff and Wire ... Wednesday, January 24th

After a tie vote in the U.S. Senate, Vice President Mike Pence broke the tie in favor of Kansas Governor Sam Brownback's nomination to become a U.S. ambassador.  A final Senate vote, which could come this week, still needs to be held before Brownback can assume the position of ambassador at large for international religious freedom.

Kansas News Service Tuesday, January 23rd

Members of both parties want to expand disclosure requirements for legislative lobbyists.

House Speaker Ron Ryckman (left) and House Majority Leader Don Hineman at the Statehouse Monday. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
Stephen Koranda Monday, January 22nd

The change requires committees to record the author of a bill.

David Kensinger, Governor Brownback’s former chief of staff, is now working as a lobbyist for prison contractor CoreCivic.
Kansas News Service Monday, January 22nd

Kansas lawmakers are calling for a bill that would require people lobbying for state contracts to register like they have to do when they’re lobbying for legislation.

Lobbyist Cindy Luxem tells a Kansas House committee that the nursing home industry is on the brink of financial collapse. (Photo credit: Peter Hancock, Lawrence Journal World)
Kansas News Service Friday, January 19th

Lobbyists for the nursing home industry in Kansas say federal regulations are hurting them financially and compromising patient care.

Governor Sam Brownback speaking in 2017 as Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer looks on. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
Stephen Koranda Thursday, January 18th

Brownback is again waiting for a confirmation vote in the full U.S. Senate.

The prison in Lansing. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
Stephen Koranda Thursday, January 18th

This is the second time this month a decision on the proposal was delayed.

A former legislative staffer described the harassment in Topeka as rampant and cited interns mixing with lawmakers at after-hours events as a particular problem.
Kansas News Service Thursday, January 18th

The session was not mandatory but attendance was encouraged by legislative leaders determined to do something in response to a recent wave of sexual harassment allegations in the Legislature.

House Speaker Paul Ryan presenting the award to Bob Dole.
Stephen Koranda Wednesday, January 17th

The medal is the highest civilian honor Congress can bestow. 

The prison in Lansing. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
Stephen Koranda Wednesday, January 17th

Legislative leaders could decide the fate of the prison plan Thursday.

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