Government

Leavenworth senator’s response to donation likens Planned Parenthood to Nazi concentration camp
March 17, 2017
A Kansas legislator is standing by a comment he made in a letter comparing Planned Parenthood with a Nazi concentration camp. Republican state Sen. Steve Fitzgerald of Leavenworth told The Kansas City Star on Monday that he considers Planned Parenthood worse than the Nazi regime in Germany.
Taxes, education dominate legislative forum in Tonganoxie
March 8, 2017
Taxes and education dominated the first legislative update of the latest Statehouse session Saturday at Tonganoxie VFW Hall. Sen. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City, Rep. Jim Karleskint, R-Tonganoxie and State School Board Member Janet Waugh of Kansas City, Kan., spoke during the forum.
Unanimous decision by Kansas Supreme Court: School financing system does not meet constitutional requirements
March 2, 2017
The Kansas Supreme Court on Thursday declared that funding for public schools in the state is unconstitutionally low, and it gave the Legislature until June 30 to come up with a response, setting up another possibility that it could order the closing of public schools if lawmakers fail to come up with a satisfactory solution.
Candidate forum Saturday at Tonganoxie VFW
March 2, 2017
Tonganoxie VFW Post 9271 will host a legislative update next month. The forum will start at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Tonganoxie VFW Post Home. The venue traditionally has been the venue for candidate forums, a city polling site and legislative updates. This will be the first legislative update for state Rep. Jim Karleskint, R-Tonganoxie. Karleskint, a retired educator and school superintendent, defeated longtime Republican incumbent Connie O’Brien of Tonganoxie in the primaries and then Democrat and Toganoxie City Council Member Kara Reed in the general election this past November. Karleskint represents the 42nd District in the Kansas House of Representatives.
Tonganoxie voters approve 20-year sales tax; Tonganoxie Days entertainment agreement approved; VFW Park news
March 1, 2017
A 3/4-cent sales tax will fund a new Tonganoxie Public Library. Tonganoxie residents voted, 776-429, to replace the current 3/4-cent sales tax with a new 20-year sales tax at the same rate, according to Leavenworth County Clerk Janet Klasinski. She noted voter turnout was nearly 42 percent. The “yes” votes won with about 64 percent of the vote.
The Columnists: Jarbalo Jottings, Linwood News and McLouth Happenings
February 15, 2017
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About 800 Tonganoxie ballots mailed backed so far
February 15, 2017
If Tonganoxie residents haven’t seen their ballots for the sales tax question come in the mail yet, they should contact Leavenworth County Clerk Janet Klasinski. Informational meetings have taken place, but The Mirror continues to offer reminders about the mail-in election, which centers around whether to approve a 20-year 3/4-cent sales tax that would replace the current swimming pool sales tax of the same rate. A 3/4-cent sales tax was approved in 2007 to help pay for Tonganoxie Water Park.
Ballots sent out for Tonganoxie sales tax question
February 8, 2017
Ballots should start popping up in Tonganoxie mailboxees for the Tonganoxie’sdf 3/4-cent sales tax replacement vote, Informational meetings have taken place, but The Mirror continues to offer information about the mail-in election, including a story from Tuesday’s second and final informational meeting, which took place after The Mirror’s deadline Tuesday evening in Tonganoxie City Council Chambers.
Bonner Springs lawmaker leaves loaded gun in Statehouse room
January 27, 2017
A Kansas legislator acknowledged Thursday that he inadvertently left a loaded gun in a public committee room where a secretary found it a few minutes later. Republican Rep. Willie Dove said the incident occurred after Tuesday’s meeting of the House Education Committee. Dove said he left the .380-caliber handgun in a holster under a table where lawmakers sit, where it wouldn’t have been visible to audience members because of a curtain on the table.
Tonganoxie selects newest city manager
January 25, 2017
Tonganoxie will have a new city manager starting March 1. City Council members unanimously approved George Brajkovic for the city’s top post following a nationally advertised executive search that spanned the past four months.
Tonganoxie City Council meets to hire city manager
January 24, 2017
Tonganoxie is expected to have a decision on a new city manager this week.
Tonganoxie City Council puts hold on rezoning vote
December 21, 2016
The Tonganoxie City Council again is asking its planning commission to take a vote on a rezoning issue on the east side of town, but this time it would be whenever an RV resort company also issued a special use permit. About 50 people attended Monday’s City Council meeting at which the council was potentially going to vote on the rezoning of about 32 acres from rural residential to commercial.
Tonganoxie City Council to have special meeting Thursday, regular meeting Monday
December 15, 2016
Tonganoxie City Council will have a special meeting from 6-8 p.m. Thursday to review city manager applications in executive session and identify semifinalists to bring in for interviews in January. The meeting will be in City Hall.
Tonganoxie accepting goods for food drive
November 30, 2016
The city of Tonganoxie is accepting food in November to help fill Good Shepherd Thrift Store and Food Bank. Non-perishable food items can be dropped off at City Hall, 526 E. Fourth St.
Tonganoxie sales tax mail-in ballot question coming this winter
New developments with potential library locale, interlocal agreement and festivals
November 23, 2016
Tonganoxie will move ahead with a mail-in ballot for replacement of the 3/4-cent sales tax for Tonganoxie Water Park. The Council approved the final measure, 5-0, Monday, with ballots expected to be sent out in February.

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