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11:49 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Brownback, Davis Clash Over Kansas Education Funding

Governor Brownback speaking at an event in Topeka.
Credit Stephen Koranda

Republican Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has unveiled some education goals he'll push for if he's reelected to a second term in office. Brownback says he'll aim for 60 percent of Kansas adults to have a college degree or technical certificate. As Stephen Koranda reports, the events in Topeka and the Kansas City area also touched off a clash over education funding.

Brownback touted funding increases during his time in office, specifically money targeted at technical education programs.

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4:45 am
Thu August 21, 2014

State Representative Joe Edwards Of Haysville Dead At 60

A Kansas lawmaker who lost his re-election primary battle earlier this month has died.

Representative Joe Edwards of Haysville died late Tuesday of a suspected heart attack.

The 60-year-old Republican legislator served one term before losing the primary election to John Whitmer.

Kansas Republican Party executive director Clay Barker says Edwards was well liked by his fellow representatives.

Politics
1:41 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Greg Orman To Officially Appear On November Ballot

Olathe businessman Greg Orman is now officially on the November ballot in Kansas as an independent candidate in the U.S. Senate race.

The Kansas Secretary of State's office said on Friday it has certified enough signatures on Orman's campaign petition to qualify him for the general election.

Orman is trying to unseat Republican incumbent Pat Roberts, who is seeking a fourth, six-year term.

The Democratic nominee is Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor.

Orman is the co-founder of a business capital and management services firm.

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Politics
12:47 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

KS Sectetary Of State Candidates Clash Over Election Official

Democratic Kansas Secretary of State candidate Jean Schodorf says Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman should be fired.

Former State Senator Schodorf says Election Commissioner Lehman has made a series of work errors, most recently involving a petition that would place marijuana decriminalization on the fall ballot.

The office initially misreported the signature count and misplaced some of the signatures.

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Politics
6:25 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Brownback: 100,000 Private Sector Jobs If Re-Elected

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback speaking at Wichita Area Technical College on Tuesday, Aug. 12.
Credit Sean Sandefur

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is on the campaign trail after last week’s primary election victory.  He visited Wichita on Tuesday afternoon to announce ideas for his potential second term. 

Governor Brownback took his turn to speak on the campus of the Wichita Area Technical College - Democratic Candidate Paul Davis campaigned there in late June.

Joined by Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer, Brownback outlined his plan to create 100,000 private sector jobs in Kansas. He says it starts with limited taxes on small businesses.

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Politics
1:28 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Roberts Holds Off Challenger To Claim GOP Nomination

More registered Republicans in Kansas voted for someone other than Pat Roberts for the U.S. Senate...but Roberts still won his primary election.

It was a close call, but ultimately he claimed victory by fighting-off his main challenger, tea party-backed Milton Wolf.

He finished the race with just 48% of the vote. The other 52% was split among his three challengers, with Wolf capturing 41% of the vote.

Roberts will now face Democrat Chad Taylor and independent candidate Greg Orman this fall.

Politics
1:06 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Ken Selzer To Face Dennis Anderson In Kansas Insurance Commissioner Election

Ken Selzer of Leawood has won the Republican nomination for Kansas insurance commissioner.

His nearest rival was Eudora health insurance consultant Beverly Gossage, followed by state Senator Clark Shultz of Lindsborg.

Selzer will face Democrat and Overland Park businessman Dennis Anderson in the November election.

Three-term Republican Commissioner Sandy Praeger didn't seek re-election after breaking with most of the GOP and praising the Affordable Care Act.

Politics
6:57 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Kansas 2014 Primary Election Returns (Unofficial)

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2014 Primary Race Results -Unofficial (results will not be official until the state canvass)

Scroll down for a table showing results by county in our listening area.

U.S. Senate

Democratic Primary (100% precincts reporting)

  • Chad Taylor - 53% (34,390 votes)
  • Patrick Wiesner - 47% (30,557  votes)

Republican Primary (100% precincts reporting)

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Politics
4:23 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Wichitans Turn Out For 2014 Primary Elections

Martha Gates votes in primary at Grace Presbyterian Church.
Credit Carla Eckels

Polling sites in Wichita are still open for the Primary Election. KMUW’s Carla Eckels visited a polling place on Tuesday, August 5.

Shawn McCloskey has worked the polls at Wichita's Grace Presbyterian Church for 14 years. He says Tuesday’s turnout has been great.

"Steady crowd. We’ve had a three hour period of masses coming through, but we’ve had smooth voting. More than 500 currently," he says. 

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Politics
5:00 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Primary Voters: Bring An I.D. And Vote Along Party Lines

Voters take advantage of the last day (Monday) for advance voting at the Sedgwick County Election Office. Regular polling locations are open today (Tuesday) from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Credit Carla Eckels

The primary election is underway in Sedgwick County. Polls open at 6:00 a.m. Residents will be able to cast their ballots along the two major party lines.

Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says voters who already belong to a political party must vote that party. She says residents who are unaffiliated can go to the polls and declare at that time.

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