October 13, 2015

Raffle definition appears hazy

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com There appear to be discrepancies between the Kansas Gaming and Racing Commission, the Kansas Department of Revenue and the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office on what constitutes a “raffle.” In part, the confusion results from a recent constitutional amendment, for which the state legislature has yet to adopt statutes that will regulate legal Continue Reading

Campaign finance reports

Citizens curious about who funded Kansas Legislature political candidates and how the candidates spent their campaign funds can visit the Kansas Ethics Commission’s website. Final reports are not due until the end of the year, but the most recent campaign finance reports, due in late October, can be viewed on the site. Below are direct Continue Reading

Court finds school funding inadequate

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com In a unanimous decision, the Kansas Supreme Court ordered the state of Kansas to provide additional funding to public education. The court ruled that the state’s current base state funding, $3,838 per weighted pupil, is not adequate. A three judge panel of District Court judges will review and determine what adequate funding Continue Reading

Sutton launches investigation of USD 231 attorney

Topeka – Rep. Bill Sutton, R-Gardner, is requesting that the Kansas Disciplinary Administrator investigate USD 231 board of education attorney W. Joseph Hatley. The Kansas Disciplinary Administrator’s Office works under the direction of the Kansas Supreme Court. The administrator reviews complaints of misconduct against lawyers and when appropriate, recommends discipline to the Supreme Court in Continue Reading

Sutton to serve out remainder of Kiegerl’s term

Mark Taylor mtaylor@gardnernews.com Republican Bill Sutton is now the official representative of the 43rd District. Sutton was selected by the 43rd District Precinct Committee to finish the balance of Mike Kiegerl’s term. Kiegerl recently announced his retirement from the 43rd District. Sutton, who has lived in Gardner for 14 years, recently defeated Republican challenger Dan Continue Reading

UPDATED: Kiegerl seeks fifth term

UPDATE: Kiegerl has officially filed for re-election. “After careful consideration and consultation with my family and doctors I have decided to file for my fifth and final term to represent the new 43rd District,” Kiegerl said. “Health issues have not prevented my performance during the last session. I have a perfect attendance record this year Continue Reading

Candidates miss report deadline

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Two former candidates for Gardner City Council have yet to file campaign finance reports. By state statute, candidates for office in cities of the second class, like Gardner, are required to file finance reports by Dec. 31 of the year in which the election was held. The Johnson County Election Office has Continue Reading

Sutton files to replace Kiegerl

Bill Sutton, Republican, has filed to represent the 43rd House District, which includes Gardner, Edgerton and parts of Olathe and Spring Hill in the Kansas House. Rep. Mike Kiegerl, R-Olathe, currently holds the seat. Kiegerl has endorsed Sutton’s candidacy. Sutton has lived in Gardner since 1998. He is the founding chairman of the Gardner-Edgerton City Continue Reading

Gardner City Council ballot set

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com A lot of newcomers threw their hats in the ring for a chance to sit on the Gardner City Council for the next four years. Three seats will be up for grabs in the April 5 municipal elections and eight people are vying for the seats of Steve Hale, Dan Newburg and Continue Reading