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11:29 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Brownback Carr Brothers Ad Irks Former DA Foulston

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The political races are as much on TV as they are on the stump in Kansas. At a debate this week, challenger Paul Davis called "foul" on a commercial Governor Brownback is running. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc has this report.

From former Sedgwick County DA Nola Foulston's press release: 

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11:26 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Campaign To Remove Two Kansas Justices Endorsed By Brownback

Governor Brownback is endorsing an effort to persuade Kansas voters to remove two justices from the state Supreme Court.

Brownback said during a news conference Thursday that he's voting against retaining Justices Lee Johnson and Eric Rosen in the Nov. 4 election.

The governor criticized the court for its July ruling that overturned the death sentences of brothers Jonathan and Reginald Carr, convicted of killing five people in Wichita in December 2000.

Members of the victims' families formed a group to work to remove the justices.

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11:33 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Former Sedgwick County DA Slams Brownback's Carr Brothers Ad

The district attorney who prosecuted two brothers in a quadruple Wichita homicide is criticizing Governor Sam Brownback's use of the case in a new campaign commercial.

Brownback's ad references Reginald and Jonathan Carr, whose death sentences for the December 2000 killings were overturned in July by the Kansas Supreme Court.

Former Sedgwick County District Attorney Nola Foulston issued a statement Wednesday saying the ad exploits the case for political gain.

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4:47 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Carr Brothers Murders An Unexpected Topic In Gubernatorial Debate

Eugene Williams, general manager of KTWU-TV in Topeka, Kansas, serves as moderator of the Gubernatorial debate between Paul Davis and Sam Brownback at the Kansas Association of Broadcasters annual convention in Wichita, Kansas.
Credit Aileen LeBlanc

The brutal murders committed by Jonathan and Reginald Carr in Wichita over a decade ago were an unexpected topic in Tuesday’s debate between Governor Sam Brownback and Democratic Challenger Paul Davis.

In Brownback’s opening remarks, he mentioned that the Kansas Supreme Court’s liberal tendency led to a ruling in July that overturned six of the eight death sentences for the Carr brothers.

  “It matters what judges you appoint,” Brownback says. “[Either] they stick with the law and the constitution, or they rewrite it.”

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12:06 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Chris Christie In KS To Stump For Brownback

Governor Brownback and Governor Chris Christie.
Credit Stephen Koranda

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was in Topeka on Monday to help Governor Sam Brownback in his race against Democrat Paul Davis.

Christie is chair of the Republican Governors Association.

He says a year ago he wouldn't have thought he'd be working in Kansas to help a Republican facing a tight race.

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9:46 am
Mon October 20, 2014

KMUW Broadcasts KWCH Candidate Forums

KMUW will partner with KWCH to broadcast the Kobach/Schodorf Candidate Forum on Tuesday, October 21 at 6:30 p.m. Tune in to 89.1 or listen live at kmuw.org.

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6:33 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Roberts and Orman Face Off In Final Debate

Pat Roberts and Greg Orman debate in September at the Kansas State Fair.
Credit Abigail Wilson

Senator Pat Roberts appeared in his final debate against Independent candidate Greg Orman in Wichita on Wednesday night. The two are in a close battle, which could determine whether Democrats maintain a majority in the U.S. Senate.

Local NBC affiliate KSN provided the two candidates one last go at one another.

The conversation quickly turned to foreign affairs and what should be done with the militant Islamic group calling itself the Islamic State. Independent Greg Orman sounded supportive of current operations.

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4:51 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Roberts and Orman Meet Tonight For Final Debate

Senator Pat Roberts and independent candidate Greg Orman debate last month at the Kansas State Fair
Credit Abigail Wilson

Incumbent U. S. Senator Pat Roberts and independent challenger Greg Orman will meet in Wichita tonight for a final debate. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson reports…

The contest between Roberts and Orman has catapulted Kansas into the national spotlight. Polls indicate a difference of only a few points and the race could sway the control of the U.S. Senate.

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4:45 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Obamacare Divides Candidates For Insurance Commissioner

The election is now less than a month away, and one of the statewide races in Kansas that isn’t commanding a lot of attention is the contest for insurance commissioner. But as Jim McLean reports, the continuing controversy over the Affordable Care Act has increased the stakes in the race.

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6:38 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

KS Midterm Elections In National Spotlight

A woman at the senatorial debate at the Kansas State Fair reacts to the banter between candidates.
Credit Abigail Wilson

Kansas midterm elections are in the national spotlight, and the gubernatorial and senate races will be the focus of a national call-in show Tuesday, October 7, at 9:00 a.m. (CDT). Tom Ashbrook will field calls and talk with experts on his show, On Point, from WBUR in Boston, MA. Guests on the show include:

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