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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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Politics
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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Politics
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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Politics
12:09 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Orman Unveils Plan To Boost Small Business

Independent U.S. Senate candidate Greg Orman has unveiled a plan to boost small business. Orman released the details of the proposal Friday, as he toured to meet with Kansas entrepreneurs. Stephen Koranda reports.

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Politics
11:52 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Role Of Democratic Party Unclear For KS Senate Race

Democrats no longer have a candidate for a U.S Senate race in Kansas after Chad Taylor dropped out. Now, it's not clear what role, if any, the state Democratic Party will take in the campaign. Stephen Koranda reports.

There's no love lost between Republican Senator Pat Roberts and the leaders in the Kansas Democratic party. But that doesn't mean top-ranking Democrats are throwing their support behind independent candidate Greg Orman. Joan Wagnon is the chair of the Kansas Democratic Party.

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Politics
4:04 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Court Says No Democrat Needed In Kansas U.S. Senate Race

Credit Stephen Koranda

 

Shawnee County court says Democrats don't have to name a new candidate for the U.S. Senate to appear on the Kansas ballot. In its ruling today, the court said the party could choose a replacement for Chad Taylor but didn't have to do so. Taylor dropped out of the race last month and his name has been removed from the ballot, leaving no Democrat to challenge incumbent Republican Pat Roberts. Kansas Democratic Party Chair Joan Wagnon defended the party’s decision not to appoint a new candidate.

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Politics
10:37 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Attorney General Schmidt Wants To Argue Disgruntled Voter's Lawsuit

Republican Attorney General Derek Schmidt wants a chance to argue in court that Kansas Democrats are legally obligated to pick a new nominee for the U.S. Senate election this November.

On Thursday, Schmidt's office asked a three-judge panel in Shawnee County District Court for permission to file friend-of-the-court arguments in a disgruntled voter's lawsuit. A hearing in the case is set for Monday.

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2:19 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Kobach Intervenes In Lawsuit Over Democratic Nominations For Senate

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is trying to intervene in a lawsuit filed by a voter who wants to force the Democratic party to name a new U.S. Senate nominee.

Kobach filed a motion on Wednesday in Shawnee County District Court.

David Orel of Kansas City, Kansas, filed the lawsuit. Orel is has been a registered Democrat for years, but his son works on Republican Governor Sam Brownback's re-election campaign.

Politics
5:00 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Libertarian Gubernatorial Candidate Umbehr Speaks At WSU

Keen Umbehr, the libertarian candidate in the Kansas gubernatorial race speaks to a political science class at Wichita State University
Credit Abigail Wilson

Libertarian candidate for Kansas Governor Keen Umbehr spent some time with a political science class at Wichita State on Tuesday. Umbehr will face incumbent Republican Governor Sam Brownback and Democrat candidate Paul Davis in the upcoming November election. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson was in the classroom…

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12:04 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

KS Senate Candidate's Assets Top $20 Million

Credit Stephen Koranda

Independent U.S. Senate hopeful Greg Orman has released a financial disclosure form, and it indicates he could be one of the wealthiest members of the Senate, if elected.

Stephen Koranda reports.

Orman's assets are somewhere between $21 and about $85 million. That wide range is because exact amounts aren't required on disclosure forms. Instead, the candidates pick from a range of values.

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