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10:58 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Kansas Congresswoman Delivers Dole Lecture

Bill Lacey, director of the Dole Institute of Politics (L), sits next to Kansas Republican Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins, who delivered the 2015 Dole Lecture at the University of Kansas. Jenkins represents the state's 2nd Congressional District in eastern Kansas.
Credit Jeff Carmody

Kansas Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins emphasized the role of women in community leadership on Sunday, when she delivered the Dole Lecture at the University of Kansas.

"Whether we learn it as babysitters or big sisters or mothers, we are good at keeping everybody happy and a lot of balls in the air and multitasking," Congresswoman Jenkins says. "We just have unique skill sets that maybe some of our men don't have." 

She also highlighted some of the challenges of a career in public office.

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Politics
5:24 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Kansas Supreme Court To Consider Marijuana Ballot Dispute

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The state’s highest court has taken up the dispute over the legality of a new voter-approved ordinance in the state’s largest city that lessens criminal penalties for marijuana possession.

The Kansas Supreme Court on Thursday ordered Wichita to respond by May 6 to arguments made by the Kansas attorney general seeking to nullify the ordinance because it conflicts with state law. The court also halted for now proceedings in Sedgwick County District Court that had also aimed to resolve the issue.

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Politics
11:32 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Jeff Longwell, Marijuana Initiative Successful In General Election

Credit City of Wichita

 

Voters in Wichita have chosen their next mayor: Current Wichita City Council Member Jeff Longwell easily defeated retired advertising executive Sam Williams, collecting nearly 60 percent of the vote. 

Money spent during the campaign didn’t translate to votes at the polls. Williams out-raised opponent Jeff Longwell by more than $70,000, but, it was Longwell who cruised to an easy victory. 

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Politics
5:00 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Mayoral Candidates Participate In Forum

Mayoral Candidates Jeff Longwell (l) and Sam Williams (r), with moderator Tim Witsman (c) at the Non-Profit Chamber of Service Candidate Forum
Credit Beth Golay

Wichita Mayoral Candidates participated in a forum last week sponsored by non-profit business leaders. It’s one of several forums leading up to the general election April 7th. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

City Council member Jeff Longwell and Former Advertising Executive Sam Williams were asked to identify the top challenges facing the city as well as their priorities if elected mayor.

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Politics
10:47 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

The 2015 Primary Election Results

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The race for Wichita’s next mayor was narrowed in Tuesday night’s primary elections. The ballot also featured primary races for two Wichita City Council seats. 

The field of 10 mayoral candidates included a banker, business owners and politicians. In the end, it went to the two who raised the most money.

Jeff Longwell, a current Wichita City Council member, will face Sam Williams, a notable Wichita marketing executive. 

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Politics
4:00 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Primary Voter Turnout Light, But Determined

Credit Carla Eckels

Voter turnout in Wichita has been light Tuesday as predicted. Still, some determined voters made it to the polls. KMUW's Carla Eckels reports...

 

There were a few in the early hours Tuesday, but the largest number of voters--nearly 150--took advantage of the lunch hour to vote at the Wichita State Metroplex. Poll staff hope the numbers will increase after work.

Charlene Chapman says she took part in community forums with mayoral candidates which she says made her decision easy. She says it’s important to vote.

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Politics
2:59 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

KS House Moves To Bar Political Candidates From Dropping Out Of Races

Voters casting ballots in Douglas County.
Credit Stephen Koranda

The Kansas House has advanced a bill that would bar political candidates from removing themselves from the ballot after the filing deadline. Currently, candidates can declare they can’t serve in office and have their name taking off the ballot before an election.

Republican Representative Mark Kahrs repeatedly referenced Democrat Chad Taylor dropping out of the U.S. Senate race last year.

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4:55 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Advance Voting For Local Primary Begins

Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

Starting at noon on Thursday, advance voting sites in Wichita will be open. Ballots cast in the primary will help narrow the field for city and school board positions. Election officials say they hope to see an uptick in voter turnout. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

According to Sedgwick County Chief Deputy Election Commissioner Sandra Gritz, the 2011 primary -- the last primary in Wichita that included a mayoral vote -- resulted in just under 8 percent voter turnout. The 2013 primary had even fewer people casting ballots.

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Politics
11:38 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Kansas Lawmakers Seek To Boost Campaign Contribution Limits

Credit Stephen Koranda

Kansas lawmakers want to boost their campaign contribution limits to keep pace with a boom in outside election ads.

The House Elections Committee unanimously endorsed a bill last week that would at least double contribution limits to campaigns for state offices. Lawmakers from both major parties said the move is necessary after an election cycle in which outside groups vastly outspent official campaigns.

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Politics
11:20 am
Mon February 23, 2015

KS Senate's Top Democrat Believes Session Is Off Track

Senator Anthony Hensley speaking to the media last month.
Credit Stephen Koranda

The top Democrat in the Kansas Senate says lawmakers haven't accomplished enough so far this session.

Legislators are facing a significant deadline this week, which marks the midpoint of their scheduled time in Topeka.

Democratic Senator Anthony Hensley believes they're not making enough progress solving problems like a budget shortfall.

Stephen Koranda reports...

Hensley is concerned that they haven’t tackled some big issues and they haven’t passed enough bills. He says they’re already set up to go beyond the normal 90 days of the Kansas session.

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