KSNT: Lawmakers set sights on increasing transparency this year

  By Kaitlin BerryKSNT TOPEKA (KSNT) – Do you feel like you really know what’s going on day in and day out with the state government? A group of Democrats believe the state isn’t doing enough to keep Kansans informed, which is why they’re pushing a number of p…

TOPEKA CAPITAL JOURNAL: Kansas Democratic legislators lay out 2016 session goals

By Jonathan ShormanTopeka Capital Journal Democrats on Thursday announced their goals for the session — promising to emphasize education, transparency and public safety — though they didn’t always have specific policy proposals. The lawmakers, in the wake of Gov. Sam Br…

KANSAS CITY STAR: Kansas Democrats denounce Gov. Sam Brownback’s budget policies

By Ed EveldKansas City Star Democratic members of the Kansas House and Senate held a news conference Thursday at the Capitol to denounce Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s budget policies but offered few proposals of their own. “Kansans are paying, literally, for the mismanagement…

TOPEKA CAPITAL JOURNAL: House Democratic leader Tom Burroughs calls Sam Brownback experiment a 'failure'

By Tim CarpenterTopeka Capital Journal House Minority Leader Tom Burroughs responded Tuesday to the State of the State message by declaring the five-year leadership experiment with Gov. Sam Brownback a “failure” epitomized by misguided tax policy damaging to economic growth, edu…

ASSOCIATED PRESS: Top Democrats predict extension of Kansas school funding law

  By John HannaAssociated Press The Kansas Legislature’s top Democrats predicted Sunday that Republican lawmakers will try to extend a new law for funding the state’s public schools that has been criticized by many educators, though two GOP Senate leaders said they knew of…

WICHITA EAGLE: Henry Helgerson chosen to replace resigning Democratic representative

By Matt RiedlWichita Eagle A former Democratic legislator will be heading back to Topeka in the new year to fill the rest of Rep. Carolyn Bridges’ term. Henry Helgerson, 63, was chosen by Democratic precinct representatives on a 4-2 vote to serve as the representative for District 83…

Rep. Emily Perry files for reelection

Written by PVPost Prairie Village Post State Rep. Emily Perry, whose 24th district includes all of Merriam and portions of Mission and northern Overland Park, filed for reelection on Monday. Perry, a Democrat, is seeking her second term in office. She sits on the Transportation Committ…

GOP jobs promise in the back seat

Written by Bob SigmanJohnson County Sun   The Kansas wrecking crew – better known as Gov. Sam Brownback and his ultraconservative allies in the Kansas House – would, if not restrained, wreak havoc across the landscape of state government. Nothing seems immune. Supposedly …

Democrats say GOP not focused on economy

Written by Scott RothschildLawrence Journal World Republicans, who hold a significant majority in the state House of Representatives, are pushing issues that have little to do with improving the economy. At least that’s what Democrats in the Legislature say. His party outnumbered 92-…

Palmer seeks third term in Kansas House

June 10, 2010Fort Scott Tribune Rep. Shirley Palmer, Fort Scott, announced Tuesday that she has filed by petition for re-election to the Kansas House of Representatives. Palmer represents the 4th House District, which includes all of Linn County and most of Bourbon County. She was first ele…