February 27, 2024

Keeping Media and Government Accountable.

Tag: Jim Denning

Charter Commission chair cancels meeting, six members stay to listen to public

A formal public hearing before the Johnson County Charter Commission ended abruptly last night, but a handful of its 25-members…

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Gov. Kelly may close bars and nightclubs based on incomplete data

During last week’s State Finance Council meeting, Senator Jim Denning (R-Overland Park) said he’s seeing positive results from closing bars…

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Medicaid expansion won’t save rural hospitals

Preventing rural hospitals from closing is one of the main arguments legislators face in the less-populated areas of Kansas, but…

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Kansas GOP leaders react to Medicaid expansion agreement

Over the weekend more Kansas politicians and stakeholders chimed in on the Medicaid expansion agreement announced last week in Topeka…

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Kelly-Denning Medicaid expansion plan defies voters

Governor Laura Kelly and Kansas Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning held a press conference in the Capitol rotunda to announce…

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Medicaid expansion plan would hike cigarette taxes, raise fees

Over the last two days, members of the Senate Select Committee on Healthcare Access noodled on details of a Medicaid…

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Judge tosses Denning defamation suit against Star

The Kansas City Star doesn’t have legal liability for printing claims that are “misleading” at best, according to a ruling…

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Legislators to attempt override of Kelly vetoes on final day

Kansas Majority Leader Dan Hawkins has spoken to every single Republican House member leading up to the legislature’s final day…

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Senator Denning, House moderates disagree over Medicaid interim committee

The makeup of a Medicaid interim committee that will be tasked with writing expansion legislation is causing a rift between…

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Legislators to consider work around to Kelly’s veto of ‘windfall’ bill

State lawmakers may make another try at returning the so-called federal tax reform “windfall” to taxpayers, despite a recent veto…

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Despite legislative trick, Medicaid expansion unlikely in KS this year

Sen. Anthony Hensley, a Topeka Democrat, submitted a motion to move a House bill for Medicaid expansion out of committee…

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School districts demand $270 million more than Gov. Kelly proposes

Governor Laura Kelly and the Department of Education say about $90 million more is needed to comply with the Supreme…

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Sen. Denning: Star’s Legal Defense ‘Absurd’

The Kansas City Star wants a defamation lawsuit against it thrown out, because it violates the First Amendment. Senate Majority…

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KS Senate Set To Repay $115M to KPERS

Kansas senators launched an opening salvo on the budget today, forwarding to final action a bill that would make a…

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Capital-Journal treats school funding rumor as fact

Despite a lack of evidence or confirmation, the Topeka Capital-Journal printed allegations from Democrats saying House Speaker Ron Ryckman, (R)…

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Sen. Jim Denning sues KC Star for defamation

Kansas Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning, (R) Overland Park, is suing the Kansas City Star and columnist Steve Rose for…

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Senate Republicans Prioritize Returning Trump Windfall to Taxpayers

Senate Republicans are poised to debate and pass legislation that would direct the Trump windfall back to Kansas taxpayers, but…

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Education Debate Whiplash: Constitutional Amendment Stalled, Funding Debate Next

The Kansas Senate is expected to take up debate on an education spending bill at some point today. That’s despite…

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Colyer, Kobach Appear To Part Ways on School Finance Solution

In all but tone, there’s little daylight between the policy positions of Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer and Kansas Secretary of…

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Tired of Appeasing the Beast, Kansas Senate Leaders Want to Take Away Its Power

For years now, legislators in the State of Kansas have been paying nervous tribute to the Kansas Supreme Court. Indeed,…

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Tempers Flare in KS Legislature as Lawmakers Consider Constitutional Amendment for School Funding

Senate leadership announced they won’t schedule a debate on school finance until a constitutional amendment proposal moves through the House and…

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Education Study a ‘$200K Birdcage Liner’, Lawmaker Says

Lawmakers are balking at an education study that recommends spending up to an additional $1.77 billion on school funding. Lori…

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House Slams Brakes on Banking Bill as Medicaid Expansion Vehicle

Kansas House Minority Leader Jim Ward tried to slip amendments related to Medicaid into legislation dealing with banks yesterday. The…

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Absentee, Party-Switcher Sen. Doll Escapes Consequences

Sen. John Doll announced he would be leaving the Kansas Republican Party on March 6, and then he promptly stopped showing…

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