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Tariff threats have Kansas farmers on the line, and a state corrections leader is sharing his struggles keeping prison staffed with budget restrictions. Catch up on those stories and more in this week's Inside Kansas Politics.

Kansas Senate rejects Twitter-damaged nominee for Court of Appeals

The Republican-controlled Kansas Senate unanimously voted to reject the nomination of a Labette County judge for a vacancy on the Kansas Court of Appeals after disclosure of vulgar commentary on social media about controversial issues and conservative politicians.
Capitol Insider podcast: Kansas corrections secretary Roger Werholtz concerned with budget restrictions

Kansas Department of Corrections interim secretary Roger Werholtz says two employees of the El Dorado prison have crashed vehicles because they fell asleep after working long hours.


Financial advisers embrace long-term outlook as markets nosedive on tariffs

Monday's stock market fallout from escalating trade tensions between the United States and China left Topeka financial adviser James Walden wondering what happens next.


Kansas taking ecotourism approach to lesser prairie chicken conservation efforts

A handful of ranches in northwest Kansas have become a haven for lesser prairie chickens and the bird watchers who travel entire continents to view their spring mating dance.


Farmers, lawmakers stress need for trade, not aid

Federal lawmakers are looking at ways to get another round of relief funds to U.S. farmers following escalation of President Donald Trump's trade war with China.


Affidavit reveals allegations of sexual abuse by Tomas Co at Topeka women’s prison

Women at the Topeka Correctional Facility say their former dental lab instructor flaunted his authority over inmates, touched their breasts and vaginas against their will and compelled one of them to massage his penis to ejaculation multiple times.


‘Unconscionable’: Spouses vulnerable to sexual abuse under Kansas law

Michelle McCormick has a first-hand understanding of the physical abuse, coercive control and sexual violence that occurs within some marriages.


Anti-abortion rally raises prospect of constitutional amendment debate

Abortion opponents in Kansas took up strategic positions along the Topeka street separating chambers of the Kansas Supreme Court and offices of legislators in the Capitol to express dismay at court decisions finding a right to abortion in the state constitution.


Kansas Supreme Court presses for ‘finish line’ in school finance litigation

Kansas Supreme Court Justice Eric Rosen wanted to know if there will ever be an end to the decades-long fight between public schools and the Legislature over the state's K-12 finance formula.


Four university presidents agree higher education has an image problem

Higher education has an image problem, presidents of four Kansas universities agreed. They encouraged the editorial board of The Topeka Capital-Journal to spotlight the value of a college education and the good things universities are doing in their communities.


‘A punch in the gut’: Kansas Department of Corrections officials ignored warnings about dental lab instructor

The warden of the state-run women's prison doesn't know why Kansas Department of Corrections officials retained until December a dental lab instructor who sexually harassed an inmate in her facility two years ago.


Medicaid expansion supporters hold memorial service at Kansas Statehouse

Marsha Cox worries about the well-being of waiters at restaurants and baggers at the grocery store. She wants legislators who stood in the way of Medicaid expansion to look those low-wage, uninsured employees in the eye the next time they eat out or get groceries and explain the willingness to let them get sick and die.


Gov. Laura Kelly calls for university tuition cuts, yearns for Medicaid expansion

Gov. Laura Kelly said oral arguments before the Kansas Supreme Court revealed eagerness among justices to close this chapter of public school litigation and urged the Kansas Board of Regents to keep steady, or possibly reduce, student tuition rates.


Former KCC executive director returns to regulatory agency as one of three commissioners

Susan Duffy resumed work at the Kansas Corporation Commission as one of three commissioners on the utility, transportation and energy regulatory panel following an eight-year absence.


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