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5:00 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Davis And Schodorf Reach Out At Minority-Led Rally

Credit Carla Eckels

Kansas People’s Action, a black and Latino-led organization held a political forum and a "Get Out The Vote" rally last Saturday in Wichita. Nearly 200 voters of all races participated in the standing-room-only event. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

Kansas Secretary of State candidate Jean Schodorf talked about minimizing voting hurdles and fellow Democrat, gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis, stressed education funding as priorities if elected. Davis says a strong coalition has formed.

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5:00 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Taking The Political Temperature

Credit Aileen LeBlanc

"I'll vote. I'm still on the fence about the Democratic candidate, but I won't vote Republican in the governor's race. In the senate race I will vote Republican, yes. Roberts has been in there a long time, but he's got a lot of seniority in DC. An independent being there...he's not going to have a voice." - KAB Debate Attendee

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11:46 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Could Anti-Incumbency Decide Kansas Races?

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Although midterm elections are less than two weeks away, a number of races in Kansas are still up in the air. Polls haven’t indicated a clear favorite for governor or the U.S. senate. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur takes a look at the political makeup of Kansas voters and why some incumbent Republicans are fighting for their lives.

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11:45 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Schodorf and Kobach Spar Over Voter Citizenship Law

Democrat Jean Schodorf and Republican incumbent Kris Kobach
Credit wikipedia.org and kslegislature.org

The forum covered several issues several times as the SAFE (Secure and Fair Elections) law, sponsored by Kobach, was attacked and defended. The law, which requires proof of citizenship for new Kansas voters, has left 22,000 would be registrants -- not so.

"And now we have 22,000 people, who are citizens, in limbo. They don't have cell phones and smart phones," said Democrat Jean Schodorf

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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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Politics
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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