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Gov. Sam Brownback, Kansas lawmakers prepare for more veto fights

John Doll, a moderate Republican from Garden City, predicted a cycle of vetoes and override attempts as lawmakers look for a fix for the state's...

Moderate Republicans cruise to victories in Kansas primaries

Dinah Sykes and John Skubal, both running on moderate platforms, defeated incumbent conservatives Greg Smith and Jeff Melcher for two Senate seats in Johnson County.

Readers share views on off-leash dog park, guns, Donald Trump

... for the improvements at the Swope off-leash dog park. The drainage work looks as if it will improve the flooding, and the additional picnic...

High school state track results

- May 27Kansas City StarLiberal, 2; T17. Leavenworth, 2; T17. Wichita Bishop Carroll, 2. Top individuals. 3,200: 1. Misse, BV Southwest, 11:12.35; 2. Flake,...

#NeverTrump, #NeverClinton lead to search for presidential alternatives

There have been well-publicized third-party presidential challenges over the years, including campaigns by George Wallace in 1968 and Ross Perot in 1992 — yet a...

How Johnson County voters can sap Gov. Sam Brownback's power in 2016

(blog) (blog)Patty Markley over Craig McPherson, Leesa Gabel over Keith Esau, Tom Cox over Brett Hildabrand, Jan Kessinger over Rob Bruchman, Joy Koesten over...

Mellinger Minutes: Alex Gordon's injury, key to the Royals, Streetcar, Sporting, and my old man project

(blog) (blog)In the column, I said “he will likely field offers of $100 million or more,” and I was being intentionally conservative. The Yankees,...

Republican activists work to reconcile Kansas party to Trump

By JOHN HANNA AP Political Writer ... Republican activists in Kansas on Saturday worked to persuade the state party's conservative base to unite behind Donald...

Judicial selection bill increases transparency, but doesn't expand role for governor

The bill was a test of power for Brownback and conservative legislators who want to change the way Supreme Court justices are selected. ... John...

High school wrestling results for February 26

138: Gould, Leavenworth, m.d. Andrews, Schlagle, 13-5; Nuckles, Ark. City, p. Gilkey, Wichita Heights, 5:36; Tujague, St. James, p. Fehlhafer, Bonner Springs, 0:59; .... Monarrez,...

The Latest: GOPers roll out endorsements after fight in IA

Duncan represents one of the most conservative districts in South Carolina. His fellow South Carolina ... Coming next is Ben Carson with three, followed by...

Mellinger Minutes: Super Bowl dumbness, Travis Kelce, Royals business and writer's block

(blog) (blog)All of this comes with the disclaimer that Kelce is a wealthy, young, (presumably) good-looking professional athlete, so, if we can eliminate the...

With a week until the Iowa vote, presidential hopefuls face tough decisions — and reality

... science professor at Washburn University. It's fiendishly hard to find the precise mix of message and motivation that will reach Armstrong — and thousands...

Breaking down a Trump speech: His words show the power of a new politics

(blog) (blog)James Harris. (Bush) takes the ad — and I shouldn't even talk about him. He's down to two or three — I —...

Kansas juvenile justice needs reform, House panel is told

John Carmichael, a Wichita Democrat, would add “sexual orientation or gender identity” to the state's anti-discrimination law that currently covers individuals on the basis of...

Final goodbye: Roll call of some who died in 2015

Lincoln Journal StarOthers in arts and entertainment who died this year include: actors Christopher Lee, Maureen O'Hara, Dick Van Patten, Yvonne Craig and Martin Milner;...

Is Howard Stern going soft or just getting sharper?

It seems clear that the longtime rebel and cultural outsider — who routinely hosted strippers on his show and showed off his butt cheeks at...

High school results for October 31

Paola 28, Fort Scott 7. Piper 38, Atchison 21. Pleasant Ridge 52, Atchison County 22. Prairie View 46, Bishop Ward 6. SM South 14, SM...

AP News in Brief at 5:58 pm EDT

National PostTORONTO (AP) — The stunning victory of Justin Trudeau will have reverberations beyond Canada's borders after the Liberal Party leader emphatically put an end...

Readers react to Donald Trump, Mike Hunter and Planned Parenthood

I am proud to say that for more than a dozen years, I knew Mike Hunter, the longtime volunteer Kansas City head of SNAP, the...

Readers react to green energy, Missouri highways and Kansas Democrats

I do not have a dog in the fight between the farmers in Missouri and Clean Line Energy's request to build the Grain Belt Express...

Kansas Democratic Party chairman resigns

Kansas Democrats kicked off their annual Demofest convention Friday by announcing that state chair Larry Meeker had resigned after only five months on the job.

Mainline Presbyterian members win lawsuit over control of Overland Park church

The congregation's more conservative, evangelical members, including the congregation's senior pastor, Eric Laverentz, voted in October to disaffiliate themselves from the Presbyterian Church USA because...

Photo gallery: Star Shots, best photos from July 16

Jade Helm 15, a seven-state military training exercise that the Army and local officials say is no cause for alarm, has generated paranoia in Christoval...

Twitter Tuesday: All-Star game is finally here, Justin Houston, Alex Gordon ...

(blog) (blog)I thought baseball did a smart and long-overdue thing last year when they created what is essentially a Cy Young award for relievers,...

ACLU attorney: Gov. Sam Brownback's executive order may have overstepped ...

During an appearance on a Wednesday appearance on a podcast produced by the conservative Family Research Council, Brownback touted the order and said that the...

South Carolina governor hails Confederate flag vote as 'a new day'

Chron.comJenny Anderson Horne of Charleston shed tears as she pleaded with her fellow Republicans not to amend the Senate bill, which would have sent it...

AP News in Brief at 5:58 pm EDT

Other campaigns around the country include efforts to change the names of Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis and New York City's General Lee Avenue in Brooklyn,...

News from around Wisconsin at 5:58 pm CDT

Two of those who brought the gay marriage ban challenge, Kami Young and Karina Willes of Milwaukee, have filed a federal action seeking to make...

Photo gallery: Star Shots, best photos from June 20

Reese Ferrett, 8, from Overland Park, Kansas, gets the full effect of a water fan to help cool him down from the high 90's temperatures...

Kansas House, Senate pass tax increases, end 113-day session

She also said such legislation would have had a difficult time passing the conservative Senate. “It was the best plan we could ... Democrats voting...

High school results

- May 29Kansas City StarScott, Barstow, d. Thibodeaux, Windsor, 6-0, 6-0. Quarterfinal singles. Peters, John Burroughs, d. Mears, STJ, 6-0, 6-0. Frye, BAR, d.

Royals pleased with rehab progress of Kris Medlen, but still unsure of his role

A month later he remains “right on schedule,” general manager Dayton Moore indicated in a telephone interview on Thursday — even if that schedule is...

Photo gallery: Star shots | Best from may 9th

A protester demonstrating against the Conservative government stands outside Downing Street on Whitehall in Westminster, London, Saturday, May 9, 2015. David Cameron's Conservative Party swept...

AP News in Brief at 5:58 am EDT

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron and his main opponent agree on one thing going into Britain's May 7 election: Voters should choose the...

Star Shots: Best photos of April 17, 2015

JOHN SLEEZER The . Graphic artist Gwen Peterson makes signs ... JOHN SLEEZER The . Meat ages in the meat department .... Chancey Luna is...

Photo gallery: Time Magazine lists 100 most influential people 2015

FILE: ARTIST Audra McDonald poses in the press room with her award for best actress in a leading role in a play for "Lady Day...

Readers share views on Gov. Sam Brownback, Benghazi and Little Libraries

I do not see myself as a liberal but am very concerned about the direction Kansas is going on social issues and the experimental tax...

AP News in Brief at 9:58 pm EDT

But President Barack Obama's chief of staff, Denis McDonough, rejected Netanyahu's attempt to distance himself from his comments, telling an Israel advocacy group Monday that...

Two factions claiming the Presbyterian Church of Stanley ask: Who owns this ...

Although easy to view as a parochial property matter, the same drama of division has been playing out inside hundreds of congregations across the country...

High school results

- February 27Kansas City StarTotals 21 13-21 57. Blue Springs South (23-2): Rolls 8, Moore-McKinney 7, Robinson 15, Ferneau 0, Kilgore 9, Clark 2,...

World Series afterglow draws thousands downtown to Royals' FanFest

Around this time last year, Nick and Mindy Rocha briefly discussed the idea of attending the Kansas City Royals' annual FanFest before ultimately deciding against...

Conservative Republicans cast a longer shadow over moderates in Johnson ...

Conservative dominance of Johnson County's Republican politics isn't universal. Voters easily elected Ed Eilert, a relative moderate, to another term as county chairman. He defeated...

Group of (mostly) conservative JoCo office-holders backs Pat Roberts for re ...

(blog)Jim Thornton. Chad Tomme. Dave Anderson. Michael Ashcraft. Shannon Barks. Bob & Sally Bibb. Mary Birch. Brian Brown. Mike Brown. Karin Brownlee. Frank Denning.

Photo gallery: Star Shots, best photos from Oct. 22

In this photo provided by Conservative MP Nina Grewal, members of Parliament barricade themselves in a meeting room on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada, Wednesday,...

State Senate a lock for GOP, but House up in air

HEIGHTS HOUSE SEAT. City director Stacy Hurst is trying to win over a legislative district that includes the traditionally liberal area Heights neighborhood in Little...

The Star's recommendations in Kansas House races

District 17: Former Lake Quivira mayor Larry Meeker, a Democrat, offers a common-sense vision for this Shawnee-based district. ... She deserves re-election over Republican Mike...

Readers share thoughts on Kemper Arena, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and ...

Vote for fair-minded, conservative-thinking, constitutional leadership and get our government back on track and out of debt. It's time to ... They put our once-proud...

W.Va. Senate race has state, national implications

Jay Rockefeller and the late Robert Byrd, for instance, spent about three and five decades respectively in the nation's capital — long enough to have...

Many in Johnson County say prosperity comes from government services, not ...

Working with conservative allies in the Legislature, the governor aggressively cut the state's taxes and sliced what some see as budget frills — things such...