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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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Politics
12:30 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Overseas Voters Told They May Have To Re-Vote

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says about 500 voters living overseas will be told they may have to re-vote in the U.S. Senate race after ballots were mailed to them Saturday.

On Friday, Kobach directed counties to begin mailing overseas ballots to meet the federal deadline.

The ballots will have no Democratic candidate in the U.S. Senate race after the Kansas Supreme Court ordered Kobach to honor nominee Chad Taylor's request to remove his name, since he dropped out of the race.

Politics
12:22 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Three Gubernatorial Candidates Have Different Views Of Budget & Economy

Three of the candidates for Kansas governor have been painting very different pictures of the state budget and the state's economy.

Democrat Paul Davis, Republican Governor Sam Brownback and Libertarian Keen Umbehr met Friday at a debate in Johnson County to talk about taxes, among other topics.

Income tax cuts that Governor Sam Brownback championed reduced the state budget last year.

Libertarian candidate, Keen Umbehr says the cuts weren't fair because they completely eliminated income taxes for thousands of Kansas business owners.

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Politics
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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Politics
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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Politics
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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Politics
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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Politics
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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