If voters amend the Kansas Constitution to allow the Legislature to ban abortion, anti-abortion legislators promise that any new laws will have exceptions for the life and health of pregnant women. But how exactly are threats to life and health going to be defined in the legislation? It’s not so simple, wrote Patrick Miller in last week’s column.
State attorneys general races have largely succumbed to today’s hyper-partisanship–but is GOP AG candidate Tony Mattivi an exception? Russell Fox reviews the evidence for and against this claim in his latest column.
With all the attention given to the “Value Them Both” Amendment, Kansas voters may be wondering what else is on this summer’s primary ballot. In his most recent column, Michael Smith discussed the requirements for voting and two primary races worth watching.
Yard signs play only a small role in motivating votes–but the different designs and placement strategies highlight the difference in strategies being used by the the “Vote Yes” and “Vote No” campaigns on the upcoming constitutional amendment, wrote Russell Fox in last week’s column.
If Kansas’ “Value Them Both” Amendment passes in August, eliminating the state constitutional right to abortion, it could complicate or even lead to bans on in vitro fertilization treatments, wrote Patrick Miller in last week’s column.
School safety is in the news since the horrific shootings in Uvalde, Texas. But, arming teachers is not the solution, wrote Sharon Iorio in last week’s column.
As things stand, 55 of 125 Kansas House seats currently have only one, unopposed candidate running this year. This is bad for Kansas voters and for democracy, wrote Alex Middlewood in last week’s column.
In last week’s column, Michael Smith offers a celebration for the kindness, inclusiveness and sincerity of iGen/GenZ. He also expresses concern for their high levels of anxiety.
According to the annual Kansas Speaks poll, Kansans support the right to keep and bear arms, but with restrictions. “Ghost guns” allow gun owners to subvert these popular restrictions, such as not allowing people convicted of felonies to own guns. Yet a bill to ban ghost guns went nowhere this year, showing the power of a well-organized interest group, wrote Alex Middlewood in last week’s column.
The Kansas Legislature considered a host of education-related bills this term, including a so-called “Parents’ Bill of Rights” and open transfer. Some bills passed, some didn’t, but no solution was offered to the most pressing problem: a shortage of qualified teachers, wrote Sharon Iorio in last week’s column.