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Kansas Politics

Speechless in Topeka

Jeffrey Ann Goudie | Posted 07.21.2015 | Politics
Jeffrey Ann Goudie

The normally talkative woman was speechless after the last Kansas legislative session. The typically productive writer, deflated by the antics that occurred in her hometown of Topeka, was stuck about how to characterize the dismal politics of her adopted state.

Samantha Lachman

Judge Blocks Kansas Law Banning Procedure Used In Most Second-Trimester Abortions

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Kansas judge on Thursday blocked a law that would have effectively banned the majority of second-trimester abortions performed in the ...

Samantha Lachman

Why This Ob-Gyn And Her Father Are Suing Kansas To Stop Its New Abortion Ban

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Working as an abortion provider is increasingly dangerous in any state, let alone in Kansas. But the father-daughter pair of Drs. He...

Kansas Becomes First State To Ban Common Form Of Abortion

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) signed a bill Tuesday that made his state the first to ban a procedure used for most second-trimester abortions. The...

Kansas Legislature Passes First-In-The-Nation Abortion Procedure Ban

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics

The Kansas state House passed a law Wednesday that would ban a second-trimester abortion procedure used in 8 percent of abortions performed in the sta...

Criminalizing Physicians Who Provide Abortions

David A. Grimes | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
David A. Grimes

New bills introduced in state legislatures in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri would outlaw the safest method of second-trimester abortion in America. Known as dilation and evacuation (D&E), this procedure is also the most commonly used.

A Shameful Perception Will Beget a Difficult Reality for Kansas

Joseph P. Mastrosimone | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics
Joseph P. Mastrosimone

The shameful decision by Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, both a lawyer and a politician, to rescind a longstanding executive order outlawing employment discrimination against executive branch state employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity is particularly troubling.

Brownback's Disconnect

Jeffrey Ann Goudie | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics
Jeffrey Ann Goudie

Governor Sam Brownback's Jan. 15 State of the State address was short and disconnected from reality. He promised a continued "march to zero income taxes," in spite of a projected $700 million hole in the state's budget over the next 18 months.

When a Real Kansas Marriage Turns Into a Legal One

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg | Posted 01.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

Thirteen years after Courtney and Denise vowed to love each other with all their heart and soul for their lifetimes, we're talking about a party, long unimaginable and longer overdue, to celebrate the love of justice and the justice of love.

Eliot Nelson

One Of America's Most Politically Toxic Congressmen Is Going To Be Re-Elected -- Here's Why

HuffingtonPost.com | Eliot Nelson | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics

TOPEKA, Kan. -- All politics is local, except when it isn't. That's the lesson being learned in Kansas' 1st Congressional District, where tea party...

Eliot Nelson

Kansans Are Moderate As Hell And They're Not Going To Take It Anymore

HuffingtonPost.com | Eliot Nelson | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics

OVERLAND PARK, Kansas -- A boring thing happened in Kansas last week. In a nondescript conference room in a nondescript community center, a group ...

Kansas Is So Broke That It Has To Auction Off Sex Toys

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 09.26.2014 | Politics

Kansas' budget woes are so dire that the state government has resorted to selling off furry handcuffs and vibrators seized by its revenue department. ...

Absentee Senator Pat Roberts Survives Bruising Kansas Primary

Erik Ose | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics
Erik Ose

Roberts appeared vulnerable earlier this year after questions were raised about his residency in Kansas, similar to what helped defeat veteran Sen. Richard Lugar two years ago.

Kansas Senator's Longevity Gives Tea Party Foe Opening

AP | JOHN HANNA | Posted 09.10.2014 | Politics

AUGUSTA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts stoked the political brushfire he was hoping to smother during a recent Kansas City-area radio morning ...

What's the Matter With (Tax Cuts) in Kansas?

Jared Bernstein | Posted 08.29.2014 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

Ask yourself whether this all sounds familiar: cut taxes on the wealthy and you'll unleash enough growth to more than make up the difference. Investment will flourish leading jobs, wages, and productivity to accelerate. It's plain old vanilla trickle-down, supply-side economics.

Brownback Faces Blowback On Tax Cuts, Trails Dem Challenger In New Poll

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.26.2014 | Politics

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) is feeling some heat over his support for income tax cuts that have resulted in dramatic revenue decreases and budget sh...

What's the Matter With Education in Kansas?

Carla Shutak | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Carla Shutak

What's the matter with Kansas? Quite a lot, actually, but if I were to focus on one really big issue it would be education.

What's the Matter with Kansas? Not a Damn Thing

Heather Cronk | Posted 04.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Heather Cronk

Without investment in progressive infrastructure and resources to help support populist tendencies, states like Kansas have been left on their own -- and, as a result, they're becoming the political playgrounds of right-wing extremists.

Kansas: What Happened to Its Historic Leadership in Civil Rights?

Dan Glickman | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics
Dan Glickman

I am particularly proud of the history of Kansas as a progressive leader against discrimination. Fast forward to 2014 and the Kansas House of Representatives turns away from our proud heritage. The Kansas House passed a law that clearly and forcefully discriminates, in both the private and public sector, against same-sex couples.

Kansas: The Surreal State of the State

Jeffrey Ann Goudie | Posted 03.29.2014 | Politics
Jeffrey Ann Goudie

This bizarre scenario wasn't church, this was state -- or at least the Statehouse -- and the constitution that is revered by social conservatives is very firm on the separation of the two. That separation has gone the way of the Passenger Pigeon in Kansas.

Looks Like 1984 in Kansas

Paul Stoller | Posted 02.26.2014 | College
Paul Stoller

The Kansas Board of Regents, many members of which have been appointed by the governor, has voted to restrict academic free speech.

Kate Sheppard

Attacks On Clean Energy Were A Giant Failure

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 11.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Efforts to roll back renewable energy standards in the states this year have largely failed despite the best efforts of conservative gro...

John Celock

Democrat Vows To Take On Koch Brothers

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 10.11.2013 | Politics

The leading critic of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) is seeking a return to the state Legislature with a vow to reduce the influence of the...

John Celock

Some States Requiring Some Married Couples To Be Treated As Singles

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 10.10.2013 | Politics

While the Internal Revenue Service plans to allow same-sex married couples to file joint federal tax returns, not every state will be following suit. ...

John Celock

GOP Voting Plan 'A Huge Mess'

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics

Republican officials in Arizona and Kansas want to change their voting systems so that one registration would be required for federal elections, and a...