The National Park Service will return staff to Nicodemus National Historic Site, and renew efforts to acquire land to build a visitor center.  On Wednesday, representatives from the National Park Service met with the Nicodemus Historical Society to listen to local concerns about the agency’s current management. Acting Regional Deputy Director Clara...
John Tester farms wheat on the same land his grandparents homesteaded when they moved to the prairie in 1912. He champions rural issues and practices a form or agrarian populism reminiscent of William Jennings Bryan, the “Great Commoner.” And Tester shares other characteristics with Bryan; both are Democrats, both were elected to represent their st...
Who attends an off-year political convention in a snowstorm? Campaigns for the 2020 elections won’t intensify for several more months, but Senator Pat Roberts recent announcement that he won’t seek reelection means that Kansas Republicans are already speculating on his replacement. It also means that anyone considering a run at Roberts’ seat would ...
After recruiting only three teachers in Kansas last year, nonprofit Teach For America is asking lawmakers for a quarter of a million dollars to continue working for the state. In 2018, legislators appropriated $520,000 for Teach For America to recruit 12 teachers. In a contract finalized in December, the state education department agreed to pay the...
Kansas senators are studying what it would take to send a so-called “windfall” back to state taxpayers. The price tag could hit $400 million over three years. The federal tax cut of 2017 will have some Kansans paying more in state taxes. Republican Senate President Susan Wagle is in a hurry to pass legislation that would apply to tax returns being ...
State Senator Jim Denning, a Republican from Overland Park, has sued the Kansas City Star and columnist Steve Rose for publishing false statements that suggest Denning disparaged Medicaid recipients.  In the article, Rose says that Denning "recited a plethora of ill-conceived notions, which may have a kernel of truth, but which ultimately fail the ...
The Kansas Public Employees Retirement System's Board of Trustees voted unanimously to oppose funding cuts to public employee pensions. Governor Kelly proposed the cuts in her budget proposal which was released Thursday.  The retirement system has been underfunded for years, but in 2012, when funding levels were below 60%, the state initiated a pla...
Stockton Mayor, and Nicodemus descendant, Kim Thomas, fell short in her bid for the 110th district of the Kansas House of Representatives. She had run on the Democratic nomination against incumbent Rep. Ken Rahjes, in a heavy Republican district. The final tally was 6,287 votes for Rahjes, and 1,994 votes for Thomas.  In a statement Kim said: "Than...
Mr. Speaker, it is appropriate from time to time that we reflect upon our country's past, study events of history, and remember what we have learned from those who came before us. The western Kansas town of Nicodemus, though small in size, has a rich history that can teach us much about who we are as Kansans, and who we are as Americans. Discrimina...
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