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7:30 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Brownback's Democratic Challenger Could Surface Soon

We could hear of a Democratic challenger to incumbent Republican Gov. Sam Brownback by Labor Day.

The Democrats most often mentioned as potential candidates are Kansas House Minority Leader Paul Davis of Lawrence; businesswoman and former Board of Regents member Jill Docking of Wichita, and former state Agriculture Secretary Joshua Svaty, of Ellsworth County.

Democrats say their nominee will need to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars and build statewide name recognition early.

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Politics
6:55 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Governor Brownback Will Consider Releasing Names of Court of Appeals Applicants

Update 11:35 a.m. Brownback spokeswoman Eileen Hawley has revised her statement to say only that the release of names is under discussion. She said she'd been premature in announcing a change in plans because the governor hadn't formally signed off. Hawley said no final decision has been made.

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Politics
7:46 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Brownback's Office Rejects Request To Disclose Court Of Appeals Applicants

Gov. Sam Brownback's office has rejected a request to publicly disclose the names of applicants for a new seat on the state Court of Appeals.

The League of Women Voters of Kansas filed a request for the applicant names under the Kansas Open Records Act. League President, former Democratic state Rep. Dolores Furtado, says the process for picking judges legislators approved this year is "definitely less open" than the previous method.

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Politics
7:56 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Moderate Party of Kansas Co-Founder Considers Run Against U.S. Senator Pat Roberts

"Moderate Party of Kansas" co-founder Aaron Estabrook says he's considering a run against Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts.

Estabrook, of Manhattan, Kan., says he is forming an exploratory committee to look into running against Roberts, who's up for re-election in 2014. Estabrook is Army veteran who works at the Salvation Army as a case manager for homeless veterans in northern Kansas.

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Politics
7:32 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Holcomb Delays Allowing Concealed Weapons In Public Buildings

Holcomb city council has voted to delay implementing a new state law that allows concealed weapons in public buildings. City administrator Robin Pena said the six-month extension will give Holcomb time to create a plan to keep everyone safe.

The law takes effect July 1, but local governments are allowed to seek a delay until Jan. 1, 2014.

Politics
7:21 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Wade Hapgood Named Merrick's New Chief of Staff

Kansas House Speaker Ray Merrick has named Wade Hapgood as his new chief of staff.

Hapgood replaces Christie Kriegshauser, who is leaving to join the Kansas Chamber of Commerce as vice president for political affairs.

Hapgood has been Merrick's legislative director since January. He was previously an aide to Merrick when the Stilwell Republican was House majority leader from 2007 through 2010. Merrick says he'll name a new legislative director soon.

Politics
6:32 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Kansas House Committee Approves More NBAF Bonds

On Thursday, The House Appropriations Committee approved an amended version of Governor Brownback's proposal to issue more bonds for a federal lab.

Earlier, they'd delayed a decision on whether to approve an extra $200 million for the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility to be built in Manhattan, KS.

Some state lawmakers like Mark Hutton of Wichita, believe the deal between the federal and state government wasn't clearly defined.

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Politics
2:45 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Kansas House Considers Allowing Religious Symbols In Public Lands And Schools

Buhler city sign
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The Kansas House is considering a bill that would allow religious symbols on public land.

According to the bill, religious  symbols would be allowed if they are part of the community's history or heritage. This bill was introduced in response to an incident last summer when the community of Buhler was threatened with a lawsuit because its city symbol contained a cross. 

The Freedom From Religion Foundation said the city's official design violated the U.S. Constitution by favoring Christianity over other religions. The town replaced it with similar signs on private land.

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Politics
5:54 am
Wed January 23, 2013

More Than 1,000 Rally At KS Statehouse Against Abortion

The rally attracted more than 1,000 people to the Statehouse grounds.
Credit Stephen Koranda

More than 1,000 anti-abortion advocates gathered at the Statehouse to mark the anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling that made abortion legal in the country. The event is one of the largest yearly rallies held on the capitol grounds.

Speakers at the event noted that this year is the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. Gov. Sam Brownback urged the crowd to keep fighting for the cause.

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Politics
6:39 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Some Lawmakers May Pursue Cuts During Budget Talks

Gov. Sam Brownback has proposed more income tax cuts in Kansas over the coming years. And to help pay for that, he wants to make permanent part of a temporary sales tax increase that is set to expire later this year.

He's also suggested eliminating some tax deductions, like the home mortgage deduction. Though, some lawmakers may try to alter that plan.

There is now a conservative majority in both the House and Senate, and some lawmakers may try to find additional cuts to state spending instead of using the sales tax and tax deductions to help pay for an income tax cut.

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