11:53 am
Mon September 8, 2014

100+ Kansas School Districts Asked About Politicians Invited To Schools

The Kansas Association of School Boards says least 100 Kansas school districts have been asked to provide information about the politicians who have been invited to their school events.

KASB general counsel Donna Whiteman told The Associated Press that the Kansas Open Records Act requests were sent to districts in batches. They came from the Kansas Legislative Research Department, which sometimes makes requests from lawmakers.

Staff is required to keep all requester's information confidential and couldn't even confirm that such requests had been sent.

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5:00 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Kansas Governor, Senate Candidates Hold Lively Debates At State Fair

A woman at the Senatorial debate reacts to the banter between candidates.
Abigail Wilson

The Kansas state fairgrounds in Hutchinson became the front lines in two political races Saturday as the top candidates for governor and U.S. Senate met for lively debates. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

The aroma of fresh funnel cake twists its way through the crowd at the state fair. On one side of the grounds, chickens strut nervously in their cages as judges pace by. Across the way, the carnival is alive with laughter and heckling from vendors about winning stuffed animal as prizes. 

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4:00 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Brownback, Davis Meet For KS State Fair Debate

Credit Stephen Koranda

Republican Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and Democratic challenger Paul Davis duked it out during an energized debate at the Kansas State Fair on Saturday.

The two clashed on a series of topics, including wind energy in Kansas.

Stephen Koranda reports.

Davis accused Brownback of flip-flopping on the issue of the Renewable Portfolio Standard, or RPS. It requires electric utilities in Kansas to have 20 percent renewable energy sources by 2020. Davis says he would veto any bills to repeal it because it drives wind energy development in Kansas.

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10:58 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Candidates To Debate At The Kansas State Fair

If you want to hear some candidates in this fall's elections speak for themselves and spar against their opponents, there is an opportunity tomorrow at the Kansas State Fair.

The fair in Hutchinson along with WIBW radio is hosting a gubernatorial debate between incumbent Governor Sam Brownback and Democratic challenger Paul Davis at 10:00 a.m.

At 11:00 a.m., the fair is hosting a senatorial candidate debate between incumbent Republican Senator Pat Roberts and independent candidate Greg Orman.

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3:49 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Sen. Pat Roberts Changes Campaign Team

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts.
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Republican Sen. Pat Roberts has shaken up his struggling re-election team in Kansas, moving aside a longtime confidante as campaign manager and getting help from a national operative in a race that's suddenly a battleground in the fight for Senate control. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more...  

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10:28 am
Tue September 2, 2014

League Of Women Voters Help Reach Stalled Voters

League of Women Voters chapters are trying to contact about 20,000 Kansans whose voter registrations are stalled because of problems in proving their U.S. citizenship.

League of Women Voters of Kansas President Dolores Furtado says the chapters are using various methods to help local election commissioners reach people whose registrations are not complete.

The president of the Lawrence-Douglas County chapter says the work is slow because many of the potential voters do not answer telephone messages or emails from the organization.

9:23 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Kansas Senators Say "Politics" Won't Dampen Their Support National Bio-Agro Defense Facility

National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility construction sign outside Manhattan, Kansas.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The two U.S. Senators from Kansas say they won't play politics with the budget bill containing the final $300 million in federal funding for a state-of-the-art bio-security lab under construction adjacent to the Kansas State University campus. The $1.25 billion lab is scheduled to open in 2023, barring any further hurdles.

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12:13 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Schodorf Challenges Kobach to Release Tax Records

The Democrat running against Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach has released her tax records to the media, and she says Kobach should do the same. Former state Senator Jean Schodorf, from Wichita, released tax returns from the last three tax years. Schodorf wants Kobach to provide his tax documents to prove how much time he spends working on immigration issues that are not related to his job as Kansas secretary of state.

"Whether he's making more money in his private practice, whether it is just a part-time job. And I think it would put the issue to rest," says Schodorf.

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12:08 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Only 20 Percent Of Registered Voters Took Part In Kansas' Primary Elections

Only about 20 percent of the state's 1.74 million registered voters took part in this month's primary elections.

Secretary of State Kris Kobach chairs the three-member State Board of Canvassers, which certified the results of the August 5th primaries yesterday. Nearly 351,000 ballots were cast.

The 20 percent participation was the lowest for a Kansas primary election since 2006, when it was 18 percent.

Logan County in western Kansas had the highest turnout, at 40 percent.

Labette County in southeast Kansas had the lowest, at 12 percent.

12:01 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

'Taking Back Kansas' Rallies Women To Unseat Brownback And Kobach

A grassroots group called Women for Kansas is planning a public rally to open its "Taking Back Kansas" convention on Friday.

The group aims to unite women to defeat Governor Sam Brownback and Secretary of State Kris Kobach in the November elections.

Speakers during the weekend conference include: a first-time voter, a representative from Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Democrat gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis, and independent U.S. Senate candidate and Greg Orman.

The rally takes place at 5:30 p.m. Friday near Century II in Wichita.