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(Photo by Abigail Censky, KCUR)
Kansas News Service Thursday, October 21st, 2021

For decades, college towns like Lawrence, Manhattan and Emporia lost the political power of their students when it came to state legislative districts. This year, things are different.  

(Graphic by Crysta Henthorne, KCUR 89.3)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, October 19th, 2021

Law professors who reviewed the redacted content for the Kansas News Service struggled to understand why the state would consider it legal to black out the information.  

Proposed changes in Kansas liquor laws would give small producers like the Boot Hill Distillery in Dodge City more direct access to consumers. (Photo by Jim McLean, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, October 12th, 2021

Liquor industry and grocers are now pushing Kansas lawmakers to lift restrictions on home delivery and online sales.  

Demonstrators protesting mask mandates gather outside City Hall in Kansas City, Kansas. Now Kansas Republicans are planning to oppose a forthcoming federal policy, mandating large employers require employees to be vaccinated against or regularly tested for COVID-19. (Photo by Carlos Moreno, KCUR-FM 89.3)
Kansas News Service Thursday, October 7th, 2021

Republicans in Kansas are intent on pushing back against a forthcoming federal vaccine policy for private employers. The only problem? It isn't written yet. But the politics of a non-existent policy are benefiting both sides.  

Governor Laura Kelly established the Division of the Child Advocate after the Legislature struggled to do so. (Photo by Jim McLean, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, October 5th, 2021

Governor Laura Kelly created the Division of the Child Advocate after lawmakers failed to do so.  

Burdett Loomis (Photo from KMBC)
Jim McLean Monday, September 27th, 2021

Burdett Loomis, known to many as "Bird," died over the weekend at 76, after being a fixture on the Kansas political scene for decades.

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?

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