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Supreme Court hears arguments on water rights, antitrust
October 14, 2014
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Tuesday. In Kansas v. Nebraska and Colorado the court is tasked with deciding whether Nebraska violated a compact apportioning the waters of the Republican River between Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado, and, if so, what relief is appropriate to re....... [more]

Kansas Supreme Court puts same-sex marriage on hold
October 12, 2014
The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday temporarily halted the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples. On the same day, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit challenging the state's same-sex marriage ban. The stay is set to last until November 6, when oral arguments will b....... [more]

Congressional study: voter ID laws lower minority turnout
October 9, 2014
States that have toughened voter identification laws have experienced steeper drops in election turnout than those that have not, including disproportionate falloffs among black and younger voters, according to a nonpartisan congressional study released on Wednesday by the US Government Accountabili....... [more]

US Supreme Court refuses nationwide ruling on same-sex marriage
October 6, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Monday denied seven pending appeals, rejecting calls for a nationwide ruling on same-sex marriage. The rebuff puts into effect three federal appeals decisions, legalizing same-sex marriage in Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Wisconsin and Indiana. Other states including Colorado....... [more]

Federal judge rejects requests to put voter citizenship ruling on hold
May 9, 2014
US District Judge Eric Melgren on Wednesday ruled that Kansas and Arizona voters will have to provide proof of US citizenship while registering to vote using the federal form, despite a pending appeal by a US agency of the federal judge's ruling that aids in the enforcement of new voter registration....... [more]

Army general denies Chelsea Manning's request for clemency
April 14, 2014
US Army Major General Jeffery S. Buchanan on Monday upheld Private Chelsea Manning's conviction and prison sentence for turning over classified information to WikiLeaks. Manning is currently serving her 35-year prison sentence in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and she could be released as early as Febru....... [more]

Kansas legislature approves bill to create statewide gun possession regulations
April 6, 2014
The Kansas state legislature approved a bill on Saturday that would establish statewide firearm possession regulations and nullify city and county variances on gun permitting restrictions. The bill would also restrict local governments from imposing rules on how guns must be stored and transported....... [more]

Federal appeals court allows Kansas to defund Planned Parenthood
March 27, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled on Tuesday that the Kansas legislature can withhold federal funding for two Planned Parenthood clinics. In the original lawsuit, Planned Parenthood challenged a state law that stripped Planned Parenthood of funding under Title X because the group....... [more]

Federal judge rules for Kansas, Arizona on voter proof of citizenship laws
March 20, 2014
The US District Court for the District of Kansas on Wednesday ordered the US Election Assistance Commission (EAC) to assist Kansas and Arizona in enforcing their proof of citizenship laws for new voters by adding language requested by both states to the state-specific instructions on the federal mai....... [more]

Kansas high court rules education funding reductions unconstitutional
March 8, 2014
The Supreme Court of Kansas on Friday held that the state's legislature violated the Kansas constitution when it underfunded K-12 public education during the 2009 through 2012 school years. The court found that 2009 reductions in funding for public education impeded the school districts' ability to....... [more]

Legal and Sensible: Kansas' Dual Voter Registration System
February 3, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Robert Popper of Judicial Watch defends the recent changes to Kansas' voter registration process...Kansas' decision to implement a two-tiered system for voter registration is a rationalóand perfectly legalóresponse to a lawless situation that it did not create. Its d....... [more]




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