Amy Jeffries


Amy Jeffries is the editor of the Kansas News Service, based at KCUR in Kansas City. 

Before the launch of the Kansas News Service in 2017, Amy led a team of reporters from public radio and nonprofit media collaborating on coverage of the 2016 elections in Kansas. That explains why her workspace is covered in political mailers of every stripe. 

A Connecticut Yankee with Midwestern roots, she majored in philosophy, of course, at Wesleyan University and got her master's in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

She has covered art in suburbia, striking public sector workers in South Africa, and the aftermath of hurricanes and politicking along the Gulf Coast. She started her career in journalism at WNPR in Hartford, Connecticut, and has edited and reported for, GlobalPost, and the Associated Press. 

Before coming to Kansas, she headed the WRKF newsroom in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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Our Kansas elections coverage team is taking questions (submit yours here). 

One question that seems to come up almost every election season is why people sometimes vote against their own best interests -- specifically their economic interests.

Diane Wahto of Wichita asked it this way:

“Why do Kansans often vote against their best interests? ... When we don't have money to fix the highways or fund social programs, who cares about those other things?”

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We’re almost three months away from the next Kansas Legislative session, and the top Republican in the Senate is already predicting overtime.

There will be a monster agenda facing lawmakers when they return to Topeka in January.

The state is already $60 million in the hole, and that is likely to worsen. So legislators will have to raise taxes, cut budgets or both.

Senate President Susan Wagle is expected to be reelected to the chamber. On KCUR’s podcast Statehouse Blend, she says there’s too much work for the allotted time.

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The president of the Kansas Senate says lawmakers should take a bigger role in crafting the budget.

The governor creates a Kansas budget proposal and delivers it to the Legislature at the start of the session. While the final budget bill is often significantly different, the governor gives legislators a starting point to work from.

Senate President Susan Wagle says lawmakers should do more and write their own budget plan from scratch.

Kansans Registered At DMV Can Vote This November

Sep 29, 2016
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Kansas' Secretary of State Kris Kobach has avoided a contempt of court hearing by striking a deal with the ACLU on Thursday. 

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It’s time to start voting, Kansas.

From the top of the primary ballot to the bottom there are important decisions to make by Aug. 2.

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In far western Kansas, Senate District 39 spans 10 counties – it’s vast and it’s flat.

For once, there is a Democratic candidate out here. Zach Worf, a political novice, is the first Democrat to try for the Senate seat in a long time.

The real race is still the Republican primary. This time, it’s a contest between incumbent Sen. Larry Powell and Garden City Rep. John Doll.

Doll says he knows what the prime attack against him will be: that he used to be a Democrat.

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The Kansas Republican Party will vote Saturday on whether to support ousting some state Supreme Court justices.

The GOP’s proposed resolution points to gripes with the Kansas Supreme Court over death-penalty reprieves and rebukes of school finance policies.

Five Supreme Court justices are up for retention on the November ballot, but Republicans would be targeting just four.

“Be it resolved,” the resolution reads, “the Kansas Republican Party supports the non-retention of Justice Lawton Nuss, Justice Marla Luckert, Justice Carol Beier, and Justice Daniel Biles.”

Updated on 05/01/16:

Kansas Democrats held a convention in Topeka Saturday to pick the remaining delegates pledged to Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. But they’re more concerned about elections closer to home.

When state Rep. Jim Ward stood up to give his pitch to the committee that elected him as a Clinton delegate, he looked out at what he saw as potential candidates for the Kansas Legislature.