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8:36 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Wichita Arts Council Holds Mayoral Candidate Forum

Credit The Arts Council

    

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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3:47 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

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

Credit City of Wichita

 

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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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

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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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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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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