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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.