Politics

Election filings begin for city commission, school board, college trustees

Local election season is just around the corner. In Arkansas City, there are three governing bodies that each will need to fill at least two seats in this fall’s elections. The deadline to file for candidacy is noon June 1. Three city commissioners — Charles Tweedy III, Jay Warren and […]

South-central Kansas residents vote today in special congressional election

South-central Kansas residents will take part in a special election April 11 to decide who will take the U.S. House of Representatives seat vacated by Mike Pompeo. Pompeo was chosen by President Donald Trump to be the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency, a position for which he was […]

Medicaid expansion vetoed by Brownback despite passing House, Senate

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has vetoed Medicaid expansion for the state, citing the costs of doing so as one of the reasons he chose to kill the expansion after it passed through both the Kansas House and Senate. “The cost of expanding Medicaid under Obamacare is irresponsible and unsustainable. … […]

Deadline to register to vote in April 11 special election is March 21

Voter registration for the special election scheduled for April 11 must be completed on or before March 21. This special election is to elect the Fourth Congressional District representative to the U.S. House. Mike Pompeo was re-elected to the position last November, but subsequently chosen by President Donald Trump to […]

Mid-session legislative forum sees four representatives talk Medicaid, taxes

Four local elected officials gathered March 3 at Sirloin Stockade in Arkansas City to participate in a public forum. Attendees passed in questions written on index cards for the officials to answer. Medicaid expansion, tax bills and revenue streams were among the issues covered during the 90-minute event. The participants […]

Mid-legislative session update: Taxes, school funding, revenues, other bills

I write this letter to you on March 1, right in the middle of our “Turnaround” break. Turnaround is the midpoint of the session — where bills that were introduced in one chamber must pass out of that chamber in order to be considered by the other. There are exceptions — […]

Local representatives to attend legislative forum at 11:30 a.m. March 3

The local chambers of commerce will be host to their first legislative forum of 2017 on March 3. Sen. Larry Alley, R-Winfield; Rep. Anita Judd-Jenkins, R-Arkansas City; and Rep. Ed Trimmer, D-Winfield, will meet with the public from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sirloin Stockade, which is located at […]

Early legislative session update: Taxes dominate discussion in Topeka

It has been about 20 days since my initial newsletter, and with all that has transpired in Topeka on taxes, I wanted to provide you an update. The major subject, as you have likely gathered from news reports, is indeed taxes. Last month, we were supposed to have a debate […]

Women for Kansas to hear from Clarkson on election integrity Feb. 11

WINFIELD — Women for Kansas-Cowley County will have its monthly meeting from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 11 at the Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce office, located at 123 E. Ninth Ave. The event is free and open to the public. The featured speaker will be Wichita State University statistician […]

Year 2016 featured quakes, elections, Burford opening, funding decisions

The year 2016 began with tremors felt in Arkansas City. A group of more than 20 earthquakes in and around Fairview, Oklahoma, included two significant quakes that were felt right here at home. The strongest of them topped out at 4.7 and 4.9 magnitude on the Richter scale, respectively. The […]