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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.

John Celock

'Extreme' Kansas Union Bill Set For Quick Hearing

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 01.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Kansas lawmakers are set to hold a hearing Tuesday afternoon on a bill that could dramatically overhaul collective bargaining for teache...

GOP To Governors: Show Us The Way

AP | KEN THOMAS and STEVE PEOPLES | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Looking for a new direction, many Republicans are turning to the states for an antidote to their 2012 election drubbing. Republica...

John Celock

‘Ultraconservative Utopia' Would Include Drug Testing The Poor & Unemployed

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 01.25.2013 | Politics

Lawmakers seeking to abolish income taxes and stymie unions in Kansas think it might also be worthwhile to make the poor and unemployed pee in cups to...

John Celock

Bill That Some Say Threatens Unions Advances

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 01.24.2013 | Politics

Legislation that the chief lobbyist for the Kansas Chamber of Commerce said would help abolish public employee unions easily passed a state House of R...

Jason Linkins

Plan To Soak Poor With Sales Taxes Is Catching On Everywhere

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.24.2013 | Politics

Seems like only hours ago that I was given the occasion to remember how Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's "fresh, new" idea in policymaking was to "elimin...

John Celock

Lobbyist Wants Bill To 'Get Rid Of' Unions

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 01.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The chief lobbyist for the Kansas Chamber of Commerce told state legislators Wednesday that he wants to see them pass a bill to end auto...

John Celock

Anti-Union Bill Aims At 'Problem That Doesn’t Exist'

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 01.22.2013 | Politics

The battle over labor unions has reached a new state, with Kansas legislators due to start discussing a proposal that would curtail unions' political ...

States Still Seek To Limit Key Rights

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 03.24.2013 | Politics

Ever since a 40-year-old Supreme Court decision found that abortions are legal in some circumstances, state legislatures across the country have been ...

On Anniversary Of High Court Ruling, Abortion Foes March On

AP | JOHN HANNA | Posted 03.24.2013 | Politics

TOPEKA, Kan. — Abortion opponents marked the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision Tuesday with workshops, prayers and calls for more lim...

Challenge Of State's Abortion Law Dropped

AP | ROXANA HEGEMAN | Posted 01.19.2013 | Politics

WICHITA, Kan. -- The American Civil Liberties Union ended its legal challenge Friday to a Kansas law restricting private health insurance coverage for...

John Celock

GOP Gov Declares He's 'Not Beholden' To Special Interests

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 01.15.2013 | Politics

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) used his State of the State address Tuesday evening to push to eliminate the state income tax and to call for overhaulin...

Kansas Cuts To Education Unconstitutional, Court Rules

stateline | Jim Malewitz | Posted 01.16.2013 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Center on the States that provides daily r...

John Celock

Former Republican Plans To 'Celebrate' Democrats

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 01.15.2013 | Politics

A moderate Republican state senator in Kansas plans to become a Democrat just hours after she officially leaves office Monday. Former state Sen. J...

Kansas Makes Surprising Claim Against Sperm Donor

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Kansas state officials are seeking child support from the sperm donor to a lesbian couple in exchange for the state providing the child's mother with ...

John Celock

Westboro Faces Big Fight In Backyard

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 12.21.2012 | Politics

Over 2,000 people have signaled an intent to join a human shield in an attempt to block a Westboro Baptist Church protest of the funerals of two Topek...

John Celock

15 States To Take On Tax Reform In 2013

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Fifteen states are likely to see some sort of tax reform legislation in 2013, according to a study released Wednesday by the Institute o...

Kansas: Storm Against the Future

Tom Hayden | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics
Tom Hayden

The clinic where Dr. George Tiller performed abortions until being shot and killed during worship at his church on May 31, 2009, will be open for services in two or three months.

GOP Governor Criticized Over Religious Rally

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 12.10.2012 | Politics

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) is being criticized by a secular group for speaking at, and promoting, a religious rally Saturday in Topeka. American...

John Celock

Obamacare Foe's Aide Gears Up Run For Key Post

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 12.11.2012 | Politics

Kansas' moderate Republican insurance commissioner, Sandy Praeger, who supported setting up a state-run health care exchange, is planning not to seek ...

John Celock

GOP Leader Says Party Needs To 'Be More Tolerant'

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 12.08.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The leader of Kansas' moderate Republican faction says that the GOP nationally needs to be more open to moderates, along with embracing ...

Jeffrey Young

Another Republican-Led State Rebuffs Obamacare

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 11.13.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Ohio won't go along with a key component of President Barack Obama's health care reform law and plans to let federal authorities run the...