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Former Democratic Gov. John Carlin and former Republican House Speaker Mike O’Neal have starkly different views on the condition of Kansas government. That divergence was plain as the two met in Topeka Thursday for a discussion about the size of government recorded for KCUR’s Statehouse Blend podcast

O’Neal and Carlin agree on one thing -- that they don’t know exactly what the “right size” of state government is.

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As part of a two-day tour that included stops in Kansas City and Topeka, four former Kansas Governors were in Wichita on Wednesday, and they had strong opinions about conservative efforts to oust some Kansas Supreme Court justices.

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Some Kansas lawmakers are criticizing new state worker regulations proposed by Gov. Sam Brownback. His administration wants to change how state agencies determine who gets laid off first.

The proposal would also give agencies discretion to protect certain employees. But critics say these changes would reduce the value of experience and make layoffs more subjective. Democratic state Rep. Jim Ward calls the changes an attack on state employees.

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is defending his role as an advisor to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Kobach has been giving the candidate advice on immigration issues and advocating for Trump on national news programs. Kobach says his role as secretary of state is both elected and partisan, so he doesn't see any conflict between his Kansas job and his open support of Trump.

“For a secretary of state to express positions, in particular ones where I might have some expertise outside of my official capacity, I think that’s perfectly fine,” Kobach. says

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The Wichita chapter of a nationwide grassroots organization called Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America is planning to speak out against the decision by Kansas legislators that will allow people to carry guns on college campuses in the state.

The group is hoping to change state legislation that is set to go into effect next summer. They plan to attend candidate forums, ask tough questions and encourage people to vote.

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An independent candidate is running for the Kansas House.

Marco Giorgi was certified last month in the race for House District 87 in Wichita. The retired naval flight officer will face Democrat Tonya Howard and Republican Roger Elliott in November’s general election. Republican lawmaker Mark Kahrs did not seek re-election.

Giorgi says he’s concerned that Republicans and Democrats in the House haven’t solved Kansas' budget issues.

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says he’s still advising Donald Trump's presidential campaign. He also hailed Trump's latest speech on immigration.

Kobach says Trump brought up issues like wage suppression caused by illegal immigration that often aren’t included in speeches.

“It was historic in the sense that I can’t remember a president or a presidential candidate in my lifetime giving a speech about immigration with that much detail or that much content in it,” Kobach says.

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Kansas Democrats are optimistic going into the November general election that they can gain a strong hold in the state Legislature.

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A businesswoman from Kiowa has thrown her hat into the ring for Kansas' 4th Congressional District, a seat currently held by Mike Pompeo.

Miranda Allen is an independent and is running on the platform that people are fed up with career politicians and party affiliations.

The Kansas Secretary of State’s office formally accepted Allen as a candidate this week after she gathered 9,000 signatures from residents of the 4th Congressional District, which makes up much of south central Kansas.

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Kansas lawmakers will take part in a candidate roundtable during DemoFest 2016 on Friday.

Democratic Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau will spearhead the roundtable discussion along with state Reps. Jim Ward and Brandon Whipple, who won their recent primary elections unopposed.

Faust-Goudeau says they will offer helpful tips to candidates who will be on the November ballot. She says one tip for candidates is to meet with voters and hear their concerns.

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