February 12, 2016

Candidates fund-raising through illegal raffles

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Although voters approved a constitutional amendment legalizing raffles last November, raffles aren’t authorized until after the 2015 Kansas Legislature writes statutes to govern the practice. Several candidates for Gardner City Council and USD 231 Board of Education are using raffles in order to fundraise for their respective campaigns. A practice Jeanine Koranda, Continue Reading

Charter commissions may reconsider partisan elections

Danedri Thompson submissions@gardnernews.com A Johnson County Charter Commission amendment to return to partisan elections may not be dead, despite not garnering enough votes to move the proposal ahead. Commissioners voted 9-14 against recommending partisan elections for Board of County Commission races in the future. The final outcome of the Nov. 7 vote is not in Continue Reading

Ballot question seeks to protect voting rights of mentally ill

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com A question on the Nov. 2 ballot will ask Kansas voters whether the state constitution should be amended to ensure the right of people with mental illness to vote. Existing language in Article 5 Section 2 of the Kansas Constitution allows the Legislature to “exclude persons from voting because of mental illness Continue Reading