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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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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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Politics
4:55 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Advance Voting For Local Primary Begins

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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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Politics
8:36 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Wichita Arts Council Holds Mayoral Candidate Forum

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Nine of the ten mayoral candidates for Wichita took stage at the Mary Jane Teall Theater at Century II on Thursday night to talk about their positions on the arts.

The Wichita Arts Council hosted the forum. 

With little less than three weeks until the primaries, the candidates first spoke about their own relationship with the arts. Tony Rosales, a private business owner, says he’s been involved in theatre throughout his life. He encouraged any young artist to stick with it.

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Politics
3:47 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Total Of 10 Candidates File For April's Wichita Mayoral Race

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A total of 10 people have thrown their names in the hat for Wichita's mayoral seat, as Tuesday's noon filing deadline has come and gone. They are:

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Politics
2:00 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

President Obama Speaks At KU

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President Obama spoke on the University of Kansas campus on Thursday, Jan.22nd. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc has more . . .

With the State of the Union still on the top of his mind, President Obama seemed to be at home in the red state of Kansas.

"As you know, my mom was born in Wichita, her mom grew up in Augusta, her father was from El Dorado -- so I'm a Kansas guy," he says.

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5:57 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Wichita City Council Member Jeff Longwell To Run For Mayor

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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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