TOPEKA, Kansas — Kansans thinking about wagering a few bucks on the Kansas City Chiefs' Super Bowl appearance this weekend would have to go to one of 14 states to do it legally. But by later this year, sports betting could be legal in Kansas. This year's bill is a compromise — allowing people over 21 to gamble on sports through the companies that r...
Happy Kansas Day. Today, we celebrate 159 years of statehood. Our origins are rooted in freedom. We were the last state to be admitted to the union before the Civil War. We rejected slavery by popular vote and vowed to fight with the union not only to preserve it but to advance freedom and end slavery. President Abraham Lincoln foreshadowed our dec...
TOPEKA, Kansas — The 2020 Kansas Legislature is underway. And while Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly laid out some of her top priorities during the State of the State address on Wednesday, Republican leaders of the House and Senate (and Kelly's fellow Democrats) have some different goals. Here are five issues that will be top of mind for the governor an...
  This Tuesday I attended the funeral of Colonel (Ret.) Clyde and Sadie Tate at Arlington National Cemetery. Clyde and Sadie were the parents of one of my law school classmates, Butch, who went on to serve as the Deputy Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Army before retiring in 2013. Clyde had a distinguished career in the United States Army, enlis...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) today announced that he nominated 41 Kansas students for an appointment to one of the U.S. Service Academies for the class of 2024. “As a Marine, I’m pleased to nominate this outstanding group of young men and women to our nation’s service academies,” Senator Roberts said. “I am especially proud ...
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today stressed the importance of passing the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) during a speech on the Senate floor. To watch Sen. Roberts’ speech, click here. Remarks as prepared for delivery: Madam President. I ...
Kansas Treasurer Jake LaTurner is ending his campaign for the U.S. Senate and will instead launch a primary challenge against Republican Congressman Steve Watkins. LaTurner said he’s switching his efforts to run for the 2nd District, arguing that Watkins isn’t running a good campaign and it could cost the Republican Party the seat.  "Second Distric...
Governor Laura Kelly has urged Kansas’ congressional delegation to support the pending United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), due to its importance to Kansas trade and exports, and the state’s economy. “Kansas has always been – and always will be – an export state. We cannot prosper without access to international markets,” the governor sai...
LEAVENWORTH, Kansas — Republican former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach announced Monday that he’s running for the U.S. Senate seat held by Pat Roberts. Kobach beat then-Gov. Jeff Colyer in the primary election last year — helped partly by a last-minute endorsement from President Donald Trump — but ultimately lost the governor’s race to Democ...
Long-running frustration about Amtrak’s willingness to keep a rail passenger line running through remote parts of the country has politicians threatening to block new directors to the agency. A handful of U.S. senators demanded specifics by this week about how Amtrak plans to spend an added $50 million to keep the Southwest Chief line running from ...
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