October 9, 2015

Brownlee discusses new role

Danedri Thompson submissions@gardnernews.com Former state Sen. Karin Brownlee views a few things differently from her new post as the Kansas Secretary of Labor, she told a Republican group during a speech on Sept. 7. Installed as a member of Gov. Sam Brownback’s cabinet last January, Brownlee represented Gardner, Edgerton, Spring Hill and parts of Olathe Continue Reading

Precinct members select Olson to replace Brownlee

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Gardner, Edgerton and Spring Hill will have new representation in Topeka once the 2011 Legislature starts in January. Precinct committee men and women selected Rep. Rob Olson, R-Olathe, to replace Sen. Karin Brownlee, R-Olathe, on Monday night. “I’m going to fight for you guys in Topeka,” Olson said, taking the podium after Continue Reading

OPINION: The people deserve more say in Brownlee’s replacement

Gardner, Edgerton and part of Spring Hill will have new representation in the Kansas Senate very soon, and the people’s voice will be strangely absent from the process. Voters overwhelmingly elected Brownlee to her current post in 2008, but that doesn’t mean voters would necessarily support her choice as a replacement. However, local voters won’t Continue Reading

Two seek to replace Brownlee in state Senate

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com At least two Olathe politicians are campaigning to replace Sen. Karin Brownlee, R-Olathe, in the Kansas Senate come January. There may be more candidates when Republican precinct committeemen and women meet on Dec. 20 to elect her replacement. During the Dec. 20 replacement convention, nominations will be taken from the floor, and Continue Reading

Brownlee to resign post in Senate

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Sen. Karin Brownlee won’t represent Gardner, Edgerton and part of Spring Hill much longer in the state Senate. Gov.-Elect Sam Brownback recently named the Olathe Republican to his cabinet as the Secretary for the Department of Labor. She pursued a new role in the capitol, in part, because she’s been a member 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

Stimulus funds won’t mean big boost for GE

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Although Kansas will soon receive approximately $92 million in stimulus funds for education spending courtesy of recently passed federal legislation, Eric Hansen, Gardner Edgerton Business Director, doesn’t believe that will translate into buckets of extra money for the GE District. “It’s not going to be a windfall,” Hansen said. “It will just Continue Reading

Sunflower expansion hearing draws hundreds

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Environmental and economic concerns clashed on Monday afternoon at a public hearing hosted by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). The hearing allowed citizens to document their concerns surrounding a draft environmental permit for the Sunflower Electric Corporation’s plans to build a 895-mega watt coal-fired plant in Holcomb, Kan. Initial Continue Reading

Opinion: Brownlee thanks constituents, supporters

Sen. Karin Brownlee, R-Olathe Guest Columnist It has been a privilege and an honor to serve the people of the twenty-third Senate district for the past fourteen years. I am taking this opportunity to say thank you for intrusting this responsibility to me and to communicate some closing thoughts. I will switch hats on January Continue Reading

Intermodal debate moves from Gardner to Statehouse

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com The debate over BNSF’s logistics hub moved to Topeka this week as supporters and opponents of Senate bill 693 testified before the Kansas Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday morning. As written, the bill would make the state a credit backer on loans for infrastructure improvements that Gardner city officials say are necessary Continue Reading