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Moderates, Democrats could control school finance next legislative session

John Carmichael, D-Wichita. “We are going to have to have cooperation between three factions – conservative Republicans, moderate Republicans and Democrats – in order to...

Berger beats Bruce, McGinn keeps seat in 'brutal' night for ...

Updated at 1:35 a.m.: One of Gov. Sam Brownback's closest allies in the Legislature lost his bid for re-election Tuesday night amid a wave of...

District 87 House candidates have differing views on taxes, Medicaid

... school board. Alessi, 40, ran for House District 92 in 2014 but lost to Democratic Rep. John Carmichael. He rented an apartment in District...

Court to hear arguments in September on whether Kansas spends enough on schools

“If they uphold the trial court, it's $800 million,” said John Robb, an attorney for the plaintiff districts in the case. That includes $86 million...

How Kansas lawmakers came to agree on a plan to keep schools open

Those lawyers – Alan Rupe and John Robb – hated the plan and told their clients not to back it. Wichita nearly backed away from...

Upset voters seek third option for president

The internet exploded Monday after conservative columnist Bill Kristol promised that an “impressive” independent candidate would soon surface to challenge Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton...

Kansas legislators asked to sign letter against U.S. transgender bathroom guidance

John Carmichael, D-Wichita, said he opposes Merrick's letter and will not sign it, although he acknowledged that the speaker and supporting lawmakers have the right...

Legislature likely to act on transgender restroom use on final session day

John Whitmer, R-Wichita, said he and other conservative lawmakers will try to run a resolution that would express the Legislature's displeasure with the federal guidance,...

Kansans pour money into presidential election – but not how you might think

But the two who did well most consistently were the most evangelical and conservative candidates: Ben Carson and Ted Cruz. ... Joe Smith was the...

Kansas House passes budget on heels of court ruling on school funding

John Carmichael, D-Wichita, referenced the estimated cost of additional funding for schools and said that in his law business, if he had received a $54...

Kansas Supreme Court strikes down judicial selection law; court funding in doubt

John Carmichael, D-Wichita and the ranking minority on the House Judiciary Committee, agreed with Barker that the situation needs to be dealt with “high and...

Koch Industries paves bipartisan path to prison and justice reform

A number of political insiders and activists who have been working on criminal justice reform for decades say Koch's support has provided political cover for...

Senate President Susan Wagle: Legislative session should be short, unless ...

“We feel like as senators and as elected officials that we are the ones who are voted by the people of Kansas to determine how...

The Eagle's Top 11 teams, listed by school, from 1961-2015

Liberal (13) – Marcus James (1999), Trace Haskell (1997), Kevin Oehme (1997), Eric Rosel (1996), Garrett Hill (1996), Robbie Lanning (1995), Lamar Chapman (1994), Jerame...

Wichita economic development group gaining momentum, looks forward to 2016

(Dec 1, 2015) Mike Hutmacher The ... Until this year, the county commission had given that money to the coalition routinely, but that changed...

Bobby Jindal, trailing in polls, drops out of GOP race

USA TODAYHe focused heavily on Iowa, where he courted social conservative voters intensively and had begun to tick up in state polls. But he remained...

Kansas Democratic Party chairman resigns

... values is more conservative on various issues than the national Democratic Party.” On Friday, the party executive committee closed its meeting at the Wichita...

SC governor: Removing Confederate flag will defy race hatred

Fox NewsThe massacre inside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church has suddenly made removing the flag — long thought politically impossible in South Carolina —...

Kansas Democrats see opportunity to regain seats in Legislature

John Carmichael, D-Wichita, said that people in both parties have asked him to challenge O'Donnell but that he thinks it's too early to make a...

The worm's turn

Even back to the resort in time for an early lunch, Harris and his guest boated a conservative 35 wipers. At times the action rivaled...

Some Sedgwick County commissioners want to reopen boys ranch

The commission's conservative majority last month instructed county staff members to include money to revive the aging Lake Afton campus or open a similar reform...

Kansas governor announces, then cancels unveiling of tax plan

Hensley's motion found support among frustrated conservatives in the Senate, who overwhelmingly voted down a tax bill earlier this week. “You put this bill in...

Kansas House approves bill to increase secretary of state's power

Jim Ward and John Carmichael, questioned the need for and the motives behind the bill. In floor debate, Ward called Kobach an “excessively partisan secretary...