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5:09 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Sebelius To Stump For Possible Kan. Governor Candidate

Former Democratic Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius will return to the state later this week. The visit is connected to an event being held for a statehouse politician who's weighing a run for the governor's office.

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2:52 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Kris Kobach and Arizona Secretary of State Sue Federal Election Commission

Kobach and Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett filed the suit against the U.S. Election Assistance Commission Wednesday.
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Kansas and Arizona officials have filed a federal lawsuit to try require voter applicants to show proof of citizenship.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett filed the lawsuit today in federal court in Topeka.

The suit seeks to change federal voter registration forms to require documents proving citizenship. Currently, the forms require that an applicant make an oath affirming citizenship.

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1:04 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Bonner Springs Libertarian Woman Files For Governor Race

Tresa McAlhaney and her husband, Mike
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A Libertarian woman from Bonner Springs has filed the paperwork to run for the 2014 Kansas gubernatorial race.

Tresa McAlhaney announced Wednesday she's running as a Libertarian in a third-party challenge to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. McAlhaney has filed the necessary documents to form a committee with the state to begin her campaign.

Grant Nelson of Prairie Village joins McAlhaney on the ticket as lieutenant governor candidate.

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7:30 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Brownback's Democratic Challenger Could Surface Soon

We could hear of a Democratic challenger to incumbent Republican Gov. Sam Brownback by Labor Day.

The Democrats most often mentioned as potential candidates are Kansas House Minority Leader Paul Davis of Lawrence; businesswoman and former Board of Regents member Jill Docking of Wichita, and former state Agriculture Secretary Joshua Svaty, of Ellsworth County.

Democrats say their nominee will need to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars and build statewide name recognition early.

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6:55 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Governor Brownback Will Consider Releasing Names of Court of Appeals Applicants

Update 11:35 a.m. Brownback spokeswoman Eileen Hawley has revised her statement to say only that the release of names is under discussion. She said she'd been premature in announcing a change in plans because the governor hadn't formally signed off. Hawley said no final decision has been made.

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7:46 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Brownback's Office Rejects Request To Disclose Court Of Appeals Applicants

Gov. Sam Brownback's office has rejected a request to publicly disclose the names of applicants for a new seat on the state Court of Appeals.

The League of Women Voters of Kansas filed a request for the applicant names under the Kansas Open Records Act. League President, former Democratic state Rep. Dolores Furtado, says the process for picking judges legislators approved this year is "definitely less open" than the previous method.

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7:56 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Moderate Party of Kansas Co-Founder Considers Run Against U.S. Senator Pat Roberts

"Moderate Party of Kansas" co-founder Aaron Estabrook says he's considering a run against Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts.

Estabrook, of Manhattan, Kan., says he is forming an exploratory committee to look into running against Roberts, who's up for re-election in 2014. Estabrook is Army veteran who works at the Salvation Army as a case manager for homeless veterans in northern Kansas.

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7:32 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Holcomb Delays Allowing Concealed Weapons In Public Buildings

Holcomb city council has voted to delay implementing a new state law that allows concealed weapons in public buildings. City administrator Robin Pena said the six-month extension will give Holcomb time to create a plan to keep everyone safe.

The law takes effect July 1, but local governments are allowed to seek a delay until Jan. 1, 2014.

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7:21 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Wade Hapgood Named Merrick's New Chief of Staff

Kansas House Speaker Ray Merrick has named Wade Hapgood as his new chief of staff.

Hapgood replaces Christie Kriegshauser, who is leaving to join the Kansas Chamber of Commerce as vice president for political affairs.

Hapgood has been Merrick's legislative director since January. He was previously an aide to Merrick when the Stilwell Republican was House majority leader from 2007 through 2010. Merrick says he'll name a new legislative director soon.

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6:32 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Kansas House Committee Approves More NBAF Bonds

On Thursday, The House Appropriations Committee approved an amended version of Governor Brownback's proposal to issue more bonds for a federal lab.

Earlier, they'd delayed a decision on whether to approve an extra $200 million for the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility to be built in Manhattan, KS.

Some state lawmakers like Mark Hutton of Wichita, believe the deal between the federal and state government wasn't clearly defined.

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