"Briarwood Presbyterian Church already has more than 4,000 members, two private schools and its own radio station. And if administrators have their way, the wealthy congregation could soon add something that no other American church has: its own police force.
"Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) brushed off concerns over a voter photo identification requirement in his state last year, telling a civil rights advisory panel that he didn’t see it as a burden to reach for one’s wallet or purse to get identification.
In 2011, Kansas introduced one of the strictest voter laws in the United States, the Safe And Fair Elections Act, requiring voters to show both photo identification at the polls and proof that they are citizens when they register. Last year, the proof of citizenship requirement was blocked in federal court.
"A former employee of a national victims’ advocacy group is suing the organization, saying she was fired after questioning what she said was evidence that it was accepting kickbacks for referring sex abuse victims to attorneys.
The civil lawsuit, filed Tuesday against the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, alleges that instead of protecting or helping survivors of sexual abuse, the organization neglects and exploits them.
"The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or FIRE, has included the University of Kansas on a list (a rather large list) of public colleges and universities it says have speech codes that violate the First Amendment and student and faculty rights to free speech.
The committee is continuing to work on its charge, led by Richard Levy, KU’s J.B. Smith Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law. He recently checked in with the University Senate Executive Committee for some guidance.
"A federal court hearing that had been scheduled over the Kansas same sex marriage ban was canceled Friday. The American Civil Liberties Union, which brought the case, told the court it needs more time to review the state's response to the lawsuit because the response had just been filed. ACLU attorney Doug Bonney said U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Crabtree is considering whether to reschedule the oral arguments or decide the case based on written arguments from attorneys on both sides.
"Kansas' attorney general withdrew on Wednesday a court brief that cites the slavery-era Dred Scott decision to support the state's position that the Kansas Constitution does not gua
"The Kansas Supreme Court today will hear oral arguments on whether the state is spending enough money to provide all students with an adequate education.
"The long-running school finance lawsuit Gannon v. Kansas will return to the state Supreme Court on Wednesday, marking the fourth time the justices have been asked to resolve the matter.
This time, though, the oral arguments before the court will coincide with a hotly contested political campaign in which the issue of school funding is driving many races for state legislative seats.
The arguments also come at a time when five of the seven Supreme Court justices are on the election ballot themselves.
"News of the Supreme Court striking down Texas' strict regulations of abortion clinics may have a trickledown effect in Kansas. Texas rules require abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and forced clinics to meet hospital-like standards for outpatient care.
The nation's highest court held Monday that those regulations are medically unnecessary and unconstitutionally limit a woman's right to an abortion. Some law experts say that regulations in Kansas are quite similar.
"When the Kansas Supreme Court and state legislature faced off over school finance more than a decade ago, many lawmakers insisted that judges had overreached.
So much so that they passed a law banning courts from closing schools if the issue ever got to that point again.
And now that we’re there, with a June 30 deadline looming and the threat of a school shutdown real, some legislators insist judges should go back and abide by that 2005 law.