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U.S. Rep Ron Estes of Wichita has filed to run for office again.

Estes, a Republican, completed paperwork with the Kansas Secretary of State’s Office to run in the 4th Congressional District race.

A former Sedgwick County and state treasurer, Estes was elected to Congress in April 2017. He won a special election over Democrat James Thompson to replace Mike Pompeo, who was named director of the Central Intelligence Agency by President Donald Trump.

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A nationwide youth movement focusing on the issue of gun violence is also trying to get more young people registered to vote.

Statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau show young people historically have the lowest voting and registration rates among all age groups.

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Several groups, including the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce, are sponsoring a forum for the Republican candidates for governor.

The forum will take place Thursday, March 29, at Botanica. The event begins at 6 p.m.

Former state Sen. Jim Barnett, Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer have confirmed their attendance. Each will open with a three-minute statement and then take turns answering questions.

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Wichita businessman Wink Hartman will be Kris Kobach's running mate in Kobach's campaign for governor.

Kobach formally announced Hartman's selection Wednesday as he kicked off a four-city bus tour in Topeka. As lieutenant governor, Hartman would function like a corporate chief operating officer and audit state agencies, Kobach said.

Hartman dropped out of the governor's race last month and immediately endorsed Kobach, leading to speculation he would join his campaign.

Former Wichita Congressman Mike Pompeo is poised  to be the next U.S. secretary of state.

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The once-crowded field of Republican candidates for Kansas governor is quickly narrowing.

Mark Hutton is the latest to end his campaign for the GOP nomination.

In a brief statement, he gave no specific reason for his exit but said he hoped to serve Kansas in some “small way” in the future.

A former legislator, Hutton was among the first conservative Republicans to question the wisdom of former Gov. Sam Brownback’s income tax cuts.

Orman Campaign

(An earlier version of this story mistakenly said Doll was removed from committees. He actually gave up those posts.)

State Sen. John Doll, a one-time Democrat, started the week as a Republican holding leadership posts on influential legislative committees.

Then he agreed to be a candidate for lieutenant governor running in the second spot on an independent ticket with Johnson County businessman Greg Orman.

Orman For Kansas

Independent candidate for governor Greg Orman on Wednesday picked a running mate with middle-of-the-road credentials who also balances the ticket geographically.

Jim McLean / Kansas News Service

Kansas Democrats aren’t yet united behind a candidate for governor.

Still, they emerged from their annual convention over the weekend talking confidently about a fighting chance to break the recent Republican grip on key state and federal offices.

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It’s been a while since Kansas Democrats had much to celebrate -- but party leaders are expecting an overflow crowd this weekend for their annual convention.