Jonathan Shorman, The Kansas City Star

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Past articles by Jonathan:

Will Susan Wagle run for U.S. Senate? Website reveals possible campaign

Susan Wagle for Senate site suggests Wichita Republican moving closer to a campaign for U.S. Senate. A strategist tweeted out the site the day after Kris Kobach announced his bid. → Read More

Kobach appears to launch Kansas Senate bid by misspelling own name on federal form

Kobach for Senate committee filed with the FEC hours before Kris Kobach is slated to give a speech in Leavenworth. His 2020 campaign launch comes less than a year after hw lost a race for Kansas governor. → Read More

Wichita clinic won’t resume telemedicine abortions, after judge refuses to block law

Shawnee County District Court Judge Teresa Watson said a 2018 Kansas law doesn’t prohibit telemedicine abortions. But Wichita clinic Trust Women and other abortion rights supporters are not so sure. → Read More

Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach officially kicks off 2020 Senate campaign

Kansas Republican Kris Kobach kicked off his campaign for U.S. Senate Monday. The former Kansas secretary of state’s candidacy faced criticism from GOP establishment in both Kansas and Washington. → Read More

Kobach supporters will gather Monday amid speculation over Kansas Senate run

GOP sources say Kris Kobach is telling supporters to gather in Leavenworth Monday afternoon, helping fuel speculation that the conservative Republican could run Kansas’ open Senate seat in 2020. → Read More

Judge throws out Kansas lawmaker’s defamation suit against The Star, citing 2016 law

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Kansas Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning, R-Overland Park against The Kansas City Star. The lawsuit accused former contributing columnist Steve Rose of defamation, alleging Rose falsely attributed statements to Denning. → Read More

‘A landmark case’: After Kansas residents stop wind farm, is more resistance ahead?

Kansas is a national leader in the wind energy industry. But wind farm developers are encountering fierce pushback as they come closer to more-populated areas. Reno County residents just blocked one proposal. → Read More

Kansas to allow transgender people to change their gender on birth certificates

With a consent judgment in a federal lawsuit, Kansas has become the 47th state in the country to allow transgender individuals to change their sex on their birth certificates. → Read More

No tuition increase for many students at KU, K-State, Wichita State next year

Tuition will stay flat for Kansas residents studying at the state’s public universities. The decision comes after lawmakers approved a funding increase. → Read More

How Kansas prisons became an ‘absolute mess’ that will cost taxpayers millions to fix

Lawmakers knew about problems in Kansas prisons but did not stop the growing crisis. The state will be dealing with the consequences for years. → Read More

Kansas, Missouri teamed up to lure USDA jobs to KC. Now, the competition begins

The USDA picked Kansas City as the new home for two of its federal research agencies. Now, Kansas and Missouri, which partnered to lure the jobs from Washington, will be competing with incentives to land them. → Read More

Supreme Court says Kansas school funding now adequate, but will continue to monitor

Kansas public schools are constitutionally funded after a decade-long lawsuit forced the Legislature to add rounds of additional money, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled Friday. The court will continue to oversee the case. → Read More

Kelly plans action to end Kansas-Missouri border war, after Parson signed truce bill

Gov. Laura Kelly wants to bring the Kansas City-area economic fight between Kansas and Missouri to a close. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson this week signed a measure aimed at ending the battle. → Read More

Despite new law, you won’t be able to vote wherever you want in the mayoral election

A new law designed to eliminate confusion over polling places and make it easier to vote won’t be put into effect in time for city and school board elections this year. → Read More

Missouri governor signs ‘Border War’ truce. But the deal is not done without Kansas.

Gov. Mike Parson signed a bill that would stop incentives to companies hopping over from Kansas border counties in the Kansas City metro area. But the bill doesn’t go into effect unless Kansas agrees to do same. → Read More

Other states changed their constitutions to limit abortion. Will Kansas soon follow?

Abortion opponents want to change the Kansas Constitution. They’ve already been successful in other states. → Read More

Kansas may send inmates to private prison in Arizona run by controversial company

Kansas officials are talking to CoreCivic about sending potentially hundreds of inmates to Arizona. Kansas prisons are crowded and suffer from staff shortages. → Read More

Kansas Republicans accuse Kelly of breaking welfare law. Agency says that’s not true.

Republicans say Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s administration is bypassing state limits on food assistance. → Read More

No health insurance rate hikes for Kansas state employees in 2020. It’s a big change

Thousands of Kansas government employees will see either reduced or flat insurance rates next year. Some have experienced large jumps recently. → Read More

After Trump promises tariffs to curb migration, McCarthy won’t say if they’ll work

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy blamed Democrats when asked if President Donald Trump’s plan for tariffs on imports from Mexico will reduce migration along the southern border. → Read More