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12:46 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Kris Kobach Insists That Democrats Find A Replacement Senatorial Candidate

The Kansas Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that Democrat Chad Taylor can withdraw from the U.S Senate race and remove his name from the ballot for the election this November.

However, Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach is insisting that Democrats quickly name a replacement candidate.

Jim McLean reports...

In light of the upset, the U.S. Justice Department has agreed to allow Kansas a week's delay in mailing ballots to military overseas.

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5:08 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Kansas Supreme Court: Remove Chad Taylor From Senate Ballot

The Kansas Supreme Court has ordered the state to remove U.S. Senate Democratic nominee Chad Taylor's name from the ballot, in a ruling that could influence the national fight for control of the Senate.

The court's decision Thursday leaves Democrats without a nominee, potentially making it easier for independent candidate Greg Orman to defeat three-term Republican incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts. The GOP has counted on Roberts winning re-election on Nov. 4 as they seek to recapture a Senate majority.

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12:03 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Orman Acknowledges Business Tie To A Man Convicted For Insider Trading

Independent Kansas Senate candidate Greg Orman acknowledges having a modest business tie to a former Goldman Sachs board member convicted of insider trading in 2012.

Orman said Wednesday during a news conference that Rajat Gupta is a friend and that he won't abandon a friend who's made a mistake.

Orman is promoting his business experience as he tries to unseat three-term Republican incumbent Pat Roberts.

The race is competitive, making Kansas an unexpected battleground in the fight for control of the Senate.

Politics
2:54 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Kansas Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Senate Ballot Dispute

Democrat Chad Taylor, left, talks to his attorney Pedro Irigonegaray after arguments before the Kansas Supreme Court in Taylor's petition to remove his name from the ballot after he withdrew from the U.S. Senate race Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in Topeka, Kan.
Credit AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

  The Kansas Supreme Court will soon decide if the state’s chief election officer can prevent a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate from taking his name off the ballot. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more...

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12:32 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

NPR's Juana Summers Speaks Wednesday At KU

There's going to be a panel discussion on journalism and politics at the University of Kansas.

NPR political correspondent Juana Summers is joining three other reporters to talk about the midterm elections, including some tight races here in Kansas.

"The Kansas Governors race is one that surprised a lot of people," she says. "A lot of people, as you know, were not expecting this race as to be as hot as it is, but it's getting the attention of national political reporters just based on how close it is and the fact that it was unexpected."

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Politics
10:29 am
Mon September 15, 2014

KS Democrats Say Pro-School Consolidation Claims Are False

Kansas Democrats say that claims that their party's gubernatorial candidate is pro-school consolidation are false.

Governor Sam Brownback has attacked Democratic challenger Paul Davis on the issue based on remarks made by Davis' appointee to a school efficiency task force.

The appointee, former Republican state senator John Vratil, was interviewed in 2011 by The Topeka Capital-Journal for an article about rural Kansas population decline.

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10:16 am
Mon September 15, 2014

KS Supreme Court To Hear Senate Ballot Arguments

The Kansas Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday on whether Democrat nominee Chad Taylor should be removed from race for U.S Senate in the November elections.

Taylor dropped out of the race this month, and he's trying to get his name off the ballot. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says Taylor's name should stay on because he did not say he was unfit for the position when he withdrew.

University of Kansas Political Science Professor Burdett Loomis calls the situation "extraordinarily unusual."

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12:02 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

KS High Court to Hear US Senate Ballot Dispute

The battle over the ballot in the Kansas Senate race continues. Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor, the Democratic nominee, is trying to keep his name off the ballot this November.

Secretary of State Kris Kobach is trying to keep his name on. And now, the Kansas Supreme Court will decide. J. Schafer has more.

Next week, the Kansas Supreme Court will hold a hearing on a petition by Chad Taylor to get his name removed from the ballot. The court has scheduled arguments for 9am Tuesday.

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11:07 am
Wed September 10, 2014

UPDATE: Taylor Files Petition With Kansas Supreme Court For Ballot Removal

Chad Taylor campaigning at the Wichita Black Arts Festival parade on Saturday, August 30, 2014
Credit Carla Eckels

Updated 09/10/2014, 11:00 a.m.

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Chad Taylor has filed a petition with the Kansas Supreme Court to get his name removed from the November 4th ballot.

Taylor filed his petition yesterday and named Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach as the defendant.

Kobach is the state's chief elections officer. He refused to take Taylor's name off the ballot, even though Taylor has ended his campaign.

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10:04 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Orman Named Defendant In Federal Lawsuit With Everlast

Court records show that independent Senate candidate Greg Orman is part of a federal lawsuit in Kansas with an international boxing equipment manufacturer.

The dispute with Everlast World's Boxing Headquarters Corporation involves $30 million dollars worth of payments for royalties and merchandise sales that the firm claims it will be owed through 2018.

Orman hopes to unseat three-term Republican Senator Pat Roberts in the November 4 election. He is one of five defendants in the lawsuit filed by Everlast, initially in 2012. It is scheduled to go to trial in October 2015.

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