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Poll workers sign-in voters during the August, 2020, primary in Wichita. Under a new Kansas election law, people can be criminally charged for appearing to impersonate an election official. That's prompted non-partisan groups to halt voter registration events while the law is challenged in court. (Photo by Brian Grimmett, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Thursday, September 9th, 2021

Voter registration drives in Kansas have slowed to a trickle while a new election law is challenged in court, but Republicans are undeterred.  

Jeff Colyer speaking as lieutenant governor of Kansas in 2017. This was his second bid for the governor's seat. He lost to then Attorney General Kris Kobach in the 2018 Republican Primary. (Photo by Stephen Koranda, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Monday, August 30th, 2021

Former Governor Jeff Colyer's unexpected early departure from the Republican primary for Kansas governor all but clears the way for Derek Schmidt to face Democratic incumbent Laura Kelly in 2022.  

There's confusion over whether Governor Laura Kelly has the authority to issue new pandemic restrictions after a Johnson County judge ruled a law that took away some of her powers was unenforceable. Kelly did not issue a mask mandate on Wednesday. (Photo by Abigail Censky, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Monday, August 2nd, 2021

As the delta variant pummels Kansas, there's confusion about who has the authority to issue pandemic restrictions that could curb the spread of COVID.  

Kansas Statehouse (Photo by J. Schafer)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, July 6th, 2021

The last time Kansas drew new congressional district boundaries, state lawmakers deadlocked on the maps and things got controversial. Will that happen again this time around?

A protester outside the Kansas Statehouse in the spring of 2020. (Photo from Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, June 15th, 2021

The Democratic governor has warred with Republican leaders in the Legislature over emergency orders throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Legislators outside the door to the Kansas House. (Photo: Stephen Koranda, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Monday, May 10th, 2021

Conservatives flexed the strength of their legislative supermajority, but they failed to override Democratic Governor Laura Kelly on some key issues.

 Lawmakers in the Kansas Statehouse failed to override a veto on a bill to restrict transgender athletes. (Photo by Stephen Koranda, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Monday, May 3rd, 2021

Democratic Governor Laura Kelly warned that the ban would have encouraged more bullying and cost the state business.  

Kris Kobach is running for another office: Kansas attorney general. (Photo by Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Thursday, April 29th, 2021

Kobach lost a race for governor against Democrat Laura Kelly and lost the Republican primary for U.S. Senate to Roger Marshall. He's a staunch supporter of Donald Trump and was an adviser to the former president on immigration and voting fraud.

Kansas Statehouse (Photo by J. Schafer)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, April 27th, 2021

Kansas lawmakers will return to the Statehouse next week (May 3) to start the final days of the legislative session.

(Photo by Scott Canon, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Friday, April 23rd, 2021

Currently, Kansans 21 years and over can carry concealed weapons without special permits. Expect the Legislature to try to override the governor.  

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