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2 GOP-backed bills would change Kansas election rules

Advance voting in Johnson County during the 2022 general election.

By Dylan Lysen  Just months after Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly won a second term, Kansas Republicans have begun floating two bills that would change how the state runs its elections.

By Dylan Lysen  Just months after Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly won a second term, Kansas Republicans have begun floating two bills that would change how the state runs its elections.


Anti-abortion lawmakers propose complete ban in Kansas

An anti-abortion protest in Topeka.

By Rose Conlon  Republican lawmakers in Kansas have introduced legislation that would outlaw abortion beginning at fertilization — without exceptions for rape, incest or to save the life or health

By Rose Conlon  Republican lawmakers in Kansas have introduced legislation that would outlaw abortion beginning at fertilization — without exceptions for rape, incest or to save the life or health



Local governments could limit abortion under Kansas bill

Kansas health care clinic that provides abortions.

By Rose Conlon  Kansas joins a handful of states debating the power of local governments to restrict abortion. Legislation proposed earlier this month seeks to give local governments the authority

By Rose Conlon  Kansas joins a handful of states debating the power of local governments to restrict abortion. Legislation proposed earlier this month seeks to give local governments the authority


How Kansas lawmakers could try to restrict abortion this year

Inside a Kansas clinic that performs abortions.

By Rose Conlon A resounding statewide vote in Kansas to protect abortion rights last summer won’t stop the Republican-controlled Legislature from attempting to make it harder to get an abortion

By Rose Conlon A resounding statewide vote in Kansas to protect abortion rights last summer won’t stop the Republican-controlled Legislature from attempting to make it harder to get an abortion




These issues could define 2023 Kansas legislative session

The exterior of the Kansas Statehouse building in Topeka.

By Dylan Lysen  Kansas lawmakers returned to the statehouse this week with more than $2 billion in loose change to fight over. How the Legislature’s Republican leaders and Democratic Gov.

By Dylan Lysen  Kansas lawmakers returned to the statehouse this week with more than $2 billion in loose change to fight over. How the Legislature’s Republican leaders and Democratic Gov.


Survivors group presses Kansas for names of priests accused of sexual abuse

A national survivors' group wants Kansas to identify 188 Catholic clergy suspected of sexual abuse.

By Celia Llopis-Jepsen  Janet Patterson remembers attending a Catholic Mass at her parish near Wichita and hearing the congregation’s newly assigned priest lecture the parishioners. “I remember him saying, ‘You

By Celia Llopis-Jepsen  Janet Patterson remembers attending a Catholic Mass at her parish near Wichita and hearing the congregation’s newly assigned priest lecture the parishioners. “I remember him saying, ‘You


🤝 Laura Kelly starts new term asking GOP to work with her

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly addresses a crowd at her second inauguration.

By Dylan Lysen  Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly called for bipartisanship during her inauguration address on Monday amid strong Republican opposition in the Kansas Statehouse. While remembering the challenges and successes

By Dylan Lysen  Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly called for bipartisanship during her inauguration address on Monday amid strong Republican opposition in the Kansas Statehouse. While remembering the challenges and successes


Report says Kansas Catholic church covered up sexual abuse

A Catholic parish in western Kansas.

By Scott Canon A Kansas Bureau of Investigation report released late Friday documents a chronic pattern of sexual abuse by Catholic priests in the state, and the church’s history of

By Scott Canon A Kansas Bureau of Investigation report released late Friday documents a chronic pattern of sexual abuse by Catholic priests in the state, and the church’s history of


?️ Johnson County increasingly at odds with rural Kansas in statehouse

A Johnson County voter casts a ballot in November.

By Dylan Lysen  Republican Ed Roitz lives in central Overland Park, right in the middle of that state’s most populous, suburban county. He ran to represent his affluent Johnson County

By Dylan Lysen  Republican Ed Roitz lives in central Overland Park, right in the middle of that state’s most populous, suburban county. He ran to represent his affluent Johnson County


Will Kansas’ food sales tax end in 2023? That’s up to lawmakers

Kansas's sales tax on food will be 4% starting Jan. 1.

By Dylan Lysen  In the nearly eight months since Republicans controlling the Kansas Legislature and Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly agreed to the terms of phasing out the state’s sales tax

By Dylan Lysen  In the nearly eight months since Republicans controlling the Kansas Legislature and Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly agreed to the terms of phasing out the state’s sales tax


Kansas clinic now offering abortion pills prescribed by out-of-state doctors

The Planned Parenthood clinic in Wichita is now offering abortion pills.

By Rose Conlon  A Planned Parenthood clinic in Wichita has begun allowing patients who visit the clinic in-person to obtain abortion pill prescriptions from out-of-state doctors. Those new telehealth abortion

By Rose Conlon  A Planned Parenthood clinic in Wichita has begun allowing patients who visit the clinic in-person to obtain abortion pill prescriptions from out-of-state doctors. Those new telehealth abortion


ACLU asks U.S. Supreme Court to rule on Kansas congressional map

By Dylan Lysen  The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas wants the U.S. Supreme Court to force the redrawing on Kansas congressional districts, arguing the state’s high court didn’t account

By Dylan Lysen  The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas wants the U.S. Supreme Court to force the redrawing on Kansas congressional districts, arguing the state’s high court didn’t account