Government

Brownback calls for special legislative session to address questions on ‘Hard 50’ law
July 26, 2013
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has called for a special legislative session starting Sept. 3 to address legal questions about the state’s so-called “Hard 50” sentencing law.
Kansas weighs benefits, costs of ‘Hard 50’ session
July 26, 2013
Attorney General Derek Schmidt acknowledged Thursday that rewriting Kansas’ “Hard 50” law still may not preserve the sentence for pending first-degree murder cases, but he said the state will be in a better legal position if legislators approve a fix during a special session instead of waiting.
City plans for mill increase
July 23, 2013
Tonganoxie will see an increase in taxes in 2014, as well as a slight increase in water and sewer fees. For someone whose house has a property valuation of $150,000, a yearly increase of nearly $65 in taxes can be expected.
Tonganoxie City Council meeting agenda for tonight’s regular meeting
July 22, 2013
The Tonganoxie City Council will meet at 7 p.m. tonight in council chambers, 321 Delaware.
What is more unpopular: Congress or Obamacare?
July 17, 2013
Right out of the chute, it appears the 2014 campaign for U.S. House District 2 will be a contest to determine which is more unpopular: Congress or Obamacare.
Advocates for those with developmental disabilities urge state to abandon proposal
July 17, 2013
Opponents of putting long-term services for those with developmental disabilities under KanCare made a last-ditch plea to state officials on Tuesday.
Environmentalists say provision in House-approved farm bill would make it easier to build coal-burning Sunflower plant
July 17, 2013
Buried in the farm bill that was approved by the U.S. House is a provision that environmentalists say would make it easier to build a coal-burning electric power plant in southwest Kansas.
KDHE conducting telephone survey
July 16, 2013
Survey started Monday
Kansas among few states that cut funding to universities
July 16, 2013
37 states funded universities at higher lever for next fiscal year
Voting rights advocates fear problems with proof of citizenship requirement will mean many lost votes; board rejects Kobach modification
July 16, 2013
Law requires birth certificate, passport or other document for those registering in state for the first time
Kobach proposed rule change on proof-of-citizenship requirement to register to vote
July 12, 2013
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is proposing a change to the law he pushed through the Legislature that requires proof of citizenship to register to vote.
Brownback’s office says he will release judical applicants’ names, then backs off statement
July 10, 2013
Under fire from advocates for open government, Gov. Sam Brownback’s office on Tuesday said he will disclose the names of applicants for a new Kansas Court of Appeals position. But then minutes later the office said a decision on that issue hadn’t been finalized yet.
Tonganoxie City Council agenda for Monday, July 8
July 5, 2013
Tonganoxie City Council agenda for the July 8, 2013, meeting:
U.S. Supreme Court rulings on gay rights could affect Kansas
June 26, 2013
Decisions today by the U.S. Supreme Court in two major gay rights cases probably increase the likelihood that Kansas’ constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage will be overturned at some point, a Kansas University constitutional law professor said.