News Clips

Medicaid expansion supporters drown out Kansas Senate proceedings (The Topeka Capital-Journal)

Medicaid expansion supporters burst into chants and song during Senate proceedings Wednesday morning, bringing the chamber to a halt. The Rev. Sarah Oglesby-Dunegan, of Topeka, and eight others were apprehended after about 20 minutes of protesting. News reporters were ordered to leave before the arrests under threats from the Senate president’s staff of losing access […]

Kansas Senate affirms Court of Appeals nominee, sends signal to Supreme Court (The Topeka Capital-Journal)

The Kansas Senate overwhelmingly confirmed Wednesday the governor’s nominee to the Kansas Court of Appeals and narrowly approved a procedural maneuver to raise the profile of a proposed constitutional amendment to require Senate oversight of selections to the state Supreme Court. Gov. Laura Kelly said she appreciated the Senate’s swift approval of Johnson County attorney […]

Kansas Legislature reaches chaotic finish amid protests, first veto override of Kelly (The Kansas City Star)

The Kansas Legislature’s annual session came to a chaotic, divisive end Wednesday amid the removal of disruptive protestors and an override of Gov. Laura Kelly’s budget vetoes. The final day of session is often a ceremonial affair. This time, it was anything but. Police removed nine pro-Medicaid expansion protestors from the Senate after they began singing and shouting […]

Former Kansas commerce secretary violated policy with data dump (The Topeka Capital-Journal)

A Kansas Department of Commerce secretary in the administration of Gov. Sam Brownback was involved in secretly transferring a treasure trove of state data on thousands of Kansas companies, business executives and economic development specialists to the secretary’s own private consulting firm. The Topeka Capital-Journal confirmed through documents and interviews the previously unreported maneuver was […]

Brown Foundation celebrates 65th anniversary of Brown v. Board case at Washburn (WIBW)

Hundreds of people packed into Washburn’s Memorial Union for an anniversary banquet. The event is put on every year by the Brown Foundation. Along with celebrating Washburn’s role in the historic case, the banquet celebrated the accomplishments of Senator Anthony Hensley and Michael Young. Young is the artist behind the Brown v. Board of Education […]