Sherman Smith is editor-in-chief of the Kansas Reflector. He has written award-winning news stories about the instability of the Kansas foster care system, misconduct by government officials, sexual abuse, technology, education, and the Legislature. He spent 16 years at the Topeka Capital-Journal. The Kansas Reflector is an affiliate of the nonprofit States Newsroom, which covers state government and politics in media outlets across the country. The Florida Phoenix also is an outlet of the States Newsroom.
TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly this week vetoed a series of controversial bills that would have banned transgender athletes from school sports, required high schoolers to pass a civics test before graduation, and install NRA-sponsored curriculum in public schools. The Republican-dominated Legislature is certain to attempt an override of the vetoes when lawmakers return in […]
TOPEKA, Kansas — Scott Moore had never heard of the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck program before election officials in Kansas and Florida exposed his personal information, along with 944 other Kansas voters. The now-defunct Crosscheck was designed to help county clerks clean up registration lists by looking for voters who had moved to neighboring states. […]