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Sherman Smith

Sherman Smith

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.

Kansas voters defeat abortion amendment in unexpected landslide

By: and - August 3, 2022

OVERLAND PARK — Kansas voters in a landslide Tuesday defeated a constitutional amendment that would have stripped residents of abortion rights, defying polling and political observers who expected a close result. The ballot measure was failing by a 60-40 margin late Tuesday after voters responded to an intense and costly campaign marked by dubious claims by amendment supporters and […]

Kansas voters diving into first statewide referendum on abortion since Roe overturned

By: and - August 2, 2022

TOPEKA — Former Gov. Jeff Colyer pleaded with two dozen volunteers and staff Monday to push through exhaustion and the heat to seek last-minute votes for an amendment to the Kansas Constitution declaring no right to abortion existed in the state. Colyer, a pro-life Republican who lost the 2018 GOP primary for governor by less […]

Kansas governor blocks attack on transgender athletes, civics test for high schoolers, NRA curriculum

By: - April 24, 2021

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 […]

Voter fraud myth persists despite constant failure to prove claims

By: - October 6, 2020

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. […]