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States Mounting Big Movements Against Federal Laws

AP | DAVID A. LIEB | Posted 06.21.2013 | Politics

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Imagine the scenario: A federal agent attempts to arrest someone for illegally selling a machine gun. Instead, the federal agen...

Planned Parenthood Takes On Contentious Abortion Law

AP | JOHN HANNA | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics

TOPEKA, Kan. — Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit Thursday over a new Kansas law requiring doctors to inform women seeking abortions that they'r...

John Celock

GOP Lawmakers Approve Tax Plan After Contentious Debate

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 06.02.2013 | Politics

The Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature approved a permanent sales tax hike in the early morning hours Sunday, as part of a plan to replace the s...

John Celock

GOP Infighting Stales Republican Gov.'s Tax Hike Proposal

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 05.31.2013 | Politics

Republican Party infighting over the size of the state sales tax has led to gridlock in the Kansas Legislature as lawmakers continue in overtime. ...

John Celock

Lawmakers in Kansas Pass New Gun-Related Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics

Kansas lawmakers continued a legislative session dominated by pro-gun measures with a bill that would prohibit using state funds to lobby for gun-cont...

John Celock

GOP Governor's Allies Balk At Sales Tax Hike

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics

A group of conservative Republican freshmen state legislators in Kansas met with Gov. Sam Brownback (R) on Friday and told him that they will not supp...

On Supporting Our Mothers, Wives and Daughters

Michael Sargeant | Posted 07.13.2013 | Politics
Michael Sargeant

As working women across the United States are finding jobs as the economy recovers from the Great Recession, it is more crucial than ever that they receive the same pay as their male counterparts.

John Celock

GOP Lawmakers Likely To Block Key Decision

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics

Legislative maneuvering in Kansas will likely postpone a decision on Medicaid expansion, if the state ever decides to enter the program. Gov. Sam ...

John Celock

Kansas Vows To Fight Holder Claims

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 05.02.2013 | Politics

Kansas officials are vowing to fight United States Attorney General Eric Holder's claim that the state's new ban on federal gun laws is unconstitution...

John Celock

GOP Governor Signs 'Strictest' Pro-Gun Law

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) on Tuesday signed what is being called the nation's most pro-Second Amendment law, but one that could face constitutiona...

The Week In Wingnuts

The Daily Beast | Posted 04.14.2013 | Politics

From a representative suggesting bulletproof vests for town meetings to a GOP committeeman comparing gays to alcoholics, our weekly roundup of way-off...

Anti-Abortion Measure Sparks Concern

AP | JOHN HANNA | Posted 06.06.2013 | Politics

TOPEKA, Kan. — A phrase declaring that life begins "at fertilization" tucked into new abortion legislation in Kansas is creating concern among a...

Sweeping Anti-Abortion Measure Passes State Legislature

AP | Posted 04.06.2013 | Politics

BY JOHN HANNA, ASSOCIATED PRESS TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas legislators gave final passage to a sweeping anti-abortion measure Friday night, sending Go...

Dem Blasts 'Taliban-Like Philosophies' Of GOP Colleagues

The Huffington Post | Preston Maddock | Posted 04.02.2013 | Politics

The rhetoric surrounding a debate over abortion rights in Kansas heated up on Monday, when state Sen. David Haley (D-Kansas City) accused his GOP coll...

David Barton Justifies Destruction Of Indian Tribes

Warren Throckmorton, Ph.D. | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Warren Throckmorton, Ph.D.

Barton's characterization of the Indians engaging in torture and the English as civilized ignores the many American atrocities committed against the native people during that war and other conflicts.

John Celock

Lawmakers Advance More Abortion Restrictions

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 03.19.2013 | Politics

The Republican-controlled Kansas House of Representatives voted to advance legislation adding new restrictions to abortions in the state Tuesday. T...

Proposal Could Deliver Extreme Civil Service Makeover

Colin Curtis | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics
Colin Curtis

HB 2384, a bill pending in the Kansas state legislature relating to civil service classification for public employees, advances a misguided solution i...

John Celock

GOP Lawmakers Advance Sweeping Anti-Abortion Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 03.07.2013 | Politics

A Kansas legislative committee advanced a sweeping anti-abortion bill Thursday after removing a provision that would have banned abortion clinic worke...

John Celock

Top Dem: Govs 'Scared To Death'

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 02.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, the head of the Democratic Governors Association, steered clear of calling for a total assault weapons ban F...

Republican Effort To End Income Tax Does Not Impress Kansas Homeowners

AP | JOHN HANNA | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics

TOPEKA, Kan. -- Brian Jones has been an admirer of Republican Sam Brownback's fiscal conservatism going back to Brownback's days as an anti-tax congre...

State Bill Looks To Replicate Brewer Plan

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics

Republican lawmakers in Kansas are finalizing "phase one" in a plan to eliminate the state's civil service protections. The state House Appropriat...

John Celock

Prayer Urged For 'Dark Spiritual Areas'

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics

The branch of a national group that advocates prayer in state Capitols has called for prayers for Kansas' "dark spiritual areas" which include large D...

Abortion Bill Contains Interesting Ban

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 02.03.2013 | Politics

A Republican state legislator in Mississippi has proposed a ban on human-animal hybrids. State Rep. William Tracy Arnold (R-Booneville) proposed t...

John Celock

Anti-Union Legislation Moves Ahead

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics

The Republican-dominated Kansas House of Representatives gave preliminary passage to a contentious anti-union billon Wednesday, overcoming opposition ...

Bruised Kansas

Jeffrey Ann Goudie | Posted 03.31.2013 | Politics
Jeffrey Ann Goudie

Kansas has become the caricature of the starkly red state the nation always thought it was. Only it wasn't. Until now.