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5:57 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Wichita City Council Member Jeff Longwell To Run For Mayor

Credit City of Wichita

 

Wichita City Council member Jeff Longwell announced Friday afternoon he’ll be running for mayor. The former vice-mayor is finishing up a second term representing District Five in south Wichita.

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4:39 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Kansas Republicans Joyous After Contentious Campaigns

U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo speaks at a local Republican watch party.
Credit Abigail Wilson

Elections results are now in, but for some, the votes couldn’t be totaled fast enough. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson was at the Sedgwick County GOP watch party last night.

There are a few hundred people at the Republican watch party for the 2014 midterm elections. Voters in Kansas face one of the busiest ballots in recent years and that’s definitely reflected in the atmosphere at the Marriott in East Wichita.

Early in the evening Congressman Mike Pompeo addresses the crowd.

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3:53 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Sales Tax Defeated - Now What?

Credit Sean Sandefur

Voters in Wichita have made their decision on a proposed one-cent sales tax. The referendum was defeated soundly, with “no” votes over 60 percent. KMUW 's Sean Sandefur has been following this story since it was first discussed by city council members and has this report . . .

    

On Tuesday night, election results roll across TV screens at the Hyatt in downtown Wichita--votes against the city's proposed one-cent sales tax grow and grow. At about 9:30 pm, Jon Rolph of Yes Wichita makes his remarks.

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2:18 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Ranzau And Howell Elected To The Sedgwick County Commission

Richard Ranzau and Jim Howell
Credit www.kslegislature.org and www.voteranzau.org

The two conservatives headed to the Sedgwick County Commission for new terms in January are already thinking ahead. KMUW’s Deborah Shaar has the results from Tuesday’s election. 

    

Voters in the 4th District for the Sedgwick County Commission picked Republican Richard Ranzau to serve a second term.

He won the race by a vote of 51 percent--just 554 votes over Democratic challenger Melody McCray-Miller.

She received 48-percent of the vote and led the race, at times, by a slim margin. Ranzau knows what will be his first order of business.

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Politics
12:49 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Former FHSU President 'Shocked And Disappointed' Over His Image Being Used In A Brownback Mailer

Former Fort Hays State University President Edward Hammond says he did not give permission for his image and words to be used on a campaign mailer supporting Republican Governor Sam Brownback.

Hammond said in an email Sunday that he was "shocked and disappointed" when he learned about it over the weekend.

The Kansas Republican Party produced the mailer. It quotes Hammond saying that "Overall, we are very pleased with the governor's budget recommendation."

Brownback campaign spokesman John Milburn referred questions to the state GOP.

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5:00 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Sedgwick County Commissioner Races Heat Up

The Sedgwick County Courthouse
Credit Jim Good Flickr

Voters in Sedgwick County will be picking three people to serve on the County Commission with terms beginning in January.

One race is already decided--David Unruh, a Republican, will continue to represent the First District because he is not opposed in the election.

As KMUW’s Deborah Shaar reports, the other two contested races aren’t that easy.

    

Four people are trying to join the Sedgwick County Commission to make taking care of the county their full-time job.

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Politics
11:22 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer Dodges Questions About Brownback Campaign Loan

Lieutenant Gov. Jeff Colyer is not answering questions about a new loan he's made to Governor Sam Brownback's campaign.

A financial disclosure filing shows Colyer loaned Brownback's campaign $500,000 in August.

He made similar loans last December and this July, but both were paid back within two days.

At a campaign event yesterday in Wichita, Colyer refused to answer questions about the loans or the origin of the money he's lending to Brownback's campaign.

Brownback campaign spokesman John Milburn says the loans amount to simple "cash management."

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5:00 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Davis And Schodorf Reach Out At Minority-Led Rally

Credit Carla Eckels

Kansas People’s Action, a black and Latino-led organization held a political forum and a "Get Out The Vote" rally last Saturday in Wichita. Nearly 200 voters of all races participated in the standing-room-only event. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

Kansas Secretary of State candidate Jean Schodorf talked about minimizing voting hurdles and fellow Democrat, gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis, stressed education funding as priorities if elected. Davis says a strong coalition has formed.

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5:00 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Taking The Political Temperature

Credit Aileen LeBlanc

"I'll vote. I'm still on the fence about the Democratic candidate, but I won't vote Republican in the governor's race. In the senate race I will vote Republican, yes. Roberts has been in there a long time, but he's got a lot of seniority in DC. An independent being there...he's not going to have a voice." - KAB Debate Attendee

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11:46 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Could Anti-Incumbency Decide Kansas Races?

Credit Bruce Charles / Flickr

Although midterm elections are less than two weeks away, a number of races in Kansas are still up in the air. Polls haven’t indicated a clear favorite for governor or the U.S. senate. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur takes a look at the political makeup of Kansas voters and why some incumbent Republicans are fighting for their lives.

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