Government

ELECTION 2020: Karleskint appears to lose close primary to Neelly in Kansas House District 42
August 5, 2020
The race for Kansas’ 42nd District House seat in 2020 saw a rematch of a primary that happened just two years prior — this time, it seems, with a different result.
Kelly says tighter restrictions may be needed again if Kansas’ COVID-19 spike continues
July 29, 2020
As Kansas continues to see spiking numbers of new COVID-19 cases, Gov. Laura Kelly didn’t mince words Monday afternoon. If the rate at which the deadly respiratory virus is spreading doesn’t slow — and soon — Kelly said she will have no other choice but to recommend that the state move back to Phase 2 of her Ad Astra reopening plan by next week.
Polls open Tuesday for primaries
July 29, 2020
The primary for the 2020 election is next week. Primaries are Tuesday, with polling sites set to be open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. that day. Local voters also can utilize advance ballot voting by making an appointment at the Leavenworth County Courthouse with the office of County Clerk Janet Klasinski at 913-684-0421.
Primary election Aug. 4; deadline for independent candidate filing is Aug. 3
July 22, 2020
The primary for the 2020 election is almost here. Primaries are Aug. 4, with polling sites set to be open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. that day. Local voters also can utilize advance ballot voting by making an appointment at the Leavenworth County Courthouse with the office of County Clerk Janet Klasinski at 913-684-0421.
New deadline for pet licenses and UTV registrations is next week
July 22, 2020
Tonganoxie residents have until the end of the month to renew pet licenses and UTV vehicle registrations. There was a delay in registration due to Tonganoxie City Hall’s lobby being closed during a portion of the COVID-19 pandemic. City Hall now is open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Residents have until July 31 to renew licenses.
Gov. Kelly requires masks, checks for fever at schools
July 22, 2020
Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly issued an order Monday requiring masks and daily temperature checks in the state’s K-12 schools, setting some coronavirus-inspired rules that are stricter than guidelines adopted by the Republican-controlled State Board of Education.
Governor to announce plans for schools today
July 15, 2020
The details of the fall semester for K-12 schools in Kansas will become clearer Wednesday, as Gov. Laura Kelly will announce her administration’s plan for how the state’s children will be educated amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kelly stresses mask-wearing as Kansas records nearly 3,500 new COVID-19 cases in two-week stretch
July 8, 2020
The state of Kansas should continue to remain in Phase 3 of the recommended reopening process as new cases of COVID-19 continue to spike, Gov. Laura Kelly said Monday. In the past two weeks, Kansas has seen nearly 3,500 new cases of the potentially deadly respiratory virus — by far the biggest increase the state has seen during the pandemic, Kelly said. Since Friday alone, the state confirmed over 980 COVID-19 cases, the statewide cumulative case total sits at nearly 17,000, and the virus has killed 280 Kansans.
Meet-the-candidates forum is Saturday
July 8, 2020
Voters will have the opportunity to pose questions to local candidates running in the 2020 primary elections.
Leavenworth County won’t follow governor’s mandatory mask order
July 2, 2020
Leavenworth County officials will continue to encourage and recommend that the county’s residents continue to wear masks when social distancing is not possible. But the county is opting out of Gov. Laura Kelly’s executive order for mandatory mask-wearing, which is set to start Friday. County Commissioners voted, 5-0, to opt out of the order and follow recommendations from Leavenworth County Health Officer Jamie Miller during a special meeting Thursday night at the Leavenworth County Courthouse.
Tonganoxie City Hall closed Friday for observance of Independence Day holiday Saturday
July 2, 2020
Many government offices in Leavenworth County will be closed Friday in observance of the national holiday Saturday.
Kansas to begin mandatory mask policy on Friday as COVID-19 cases in state trend upward
June 29, 2020
The state of Kansas, beginning on Friday, will require every person to wear a mask in public places where social distancing is not possible, Gov. Laura Kelly announced Monday. The marked escalation in Kansas’ strategy to slow the spread of COVID-19 came after the state confirmed over 900 new cases of the respiratory virus over the past weekend. Repeatedly on Monday, Kelly stressed that mask wearing is currently the only method available to slow the virus spread in any meaningful way until a vaccine is readily available.
Tonganoxie City Council begins budget season with work session: deadline to submit is Aug. 25
June 17, 2020
The Tonganoxie City Council had its first work session as it works to finalize the 2021 budget. Council members met virtually Monday through a Zoom meeting. The two-hour session came before the regular meeting.
Kansas plans protective poll measures; Schwab says mail election would create confusion
June 11, 2020
Kansas’ top election official argued Tuesday that going in person to the polls is “a community event” for many voters and that moving solely to mail ballots because of the coronavirus pandemic would create confusion.