Politics

Election Coverage
2:18 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Obama Will Appear on November Ballot

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President Barack Obama will appear on the November election ballot in Kansas. On Monday, the State Objections Board formally ended a review of a complaint filed by a Manhattan man.

Joe Montgomery had argued Obama wasn't eligible to run for president. Montgomery withdrew his challenge last week because of what he called intimidation. After reviewing documents from the state of Hawaii, Secretary of State Kris Kobach says he now has no doubts about the president's citizenship, but he says the board had to investigate the claim.

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Politics
6:52 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Brownback, Dems Have Differing Views Of Tax Plan

Protesters hold a sign outside Brownback's speech on the KU campus.
Stephen Koranda Kansas Public Radio

During a speech at the University of Kansas Monday, Governor Sam Brownback touted a tax-cutting bill he signed into law earlier this year. 

The plan will cut personal income tax rates and eliminate income taxes for nearly 200,000 businesses.  Brownback said that could help attract people and jobs to the state. 

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Politics
6:49 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Ex-Kan. Lawmaker: Doubts About Residency ‘Crazy’

The president of a tea party group in Wichita yesterday questioned whether a former Democratic legislator who’s running again for the Kansas House lives at the address he lists as his home, a concern the ex-lawmaker dismissed as “crazy.”

Craig Gabel, president of Kansans for Liberty, said interviews with neighbors and other information gathered by the group suggest that no one lives at the address listed by former Representative Tom Sawyer when he filed for office in June.

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Politics
12:50 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Panel Raises Issue Of Kan. Public Defender Funding

During a confirmation hearing, a group of state senators raised their concerns about the level of support for funding the Kansas public defender system.

Questions were raised yesterday during hearings to confirm appointments by Gov. Sam Brownback to various state agency positions. Among them were Paul Eugene Beck and Kevin Mark Smith, who were named to the Board of Indigent Defense.

Senator Tim Owens, an Overland Park Republican, asked the pair if they would be willing to press Brownback for funding to keep the public defenders' office functioning.

Election Coverage
12:35 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Legal Fight From Special Topeka Vote Not Expected

Officials do not expect a special election in Topeka to result in a legal battle because it didn’t reverse the outcome of a Republican primary for the Kansas House. 

Shawnee County officials Wednesday certified the results from the special election. It was held Tuesday for a single polling place in Topeka where some voters received the wrong ballots in the Aug. 7 primary election.

Politics
11:17 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Gov Brownback, Shawnee County DA Disagree On Alleged Open Meetings Violations

Gov. Sam Brownback speaks with reporters Monday at the Statehouse.
Stephen Koranda

Gov. Sam Brownback and the Shawnee County district attorney continue to disagree about some alleged violations of the Kansas Open Meetings Act.

Brownback held a series of legislative dinners at Cedar Crest earlier this year. More than 90 lawmakers, virtually all Republicans, were invited.

As Stephen Koranda reports, the investigation looked at whether the legislative dinners violated the open meetings act.

Discrimination Protection
12:56 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Hutchinson Ballots Could Have Dueling Gay Rights Issues

Hutchinson voters in November might face ballot issues that would either repeal gay rights or broaden them. 

In June, the Hutchinson City Council added protections against discrimination in housing and employment for gay, lesbian and bisexual people.

After the vote, opponents began gathering signatures on petitions to require a November vote to repeal that ordinance. Today, the Kansas Equality Coalition announced it would gather signatures on a ballot question asking voters to approve wider protections for gays, lesbians and bisexuals.

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Election 2012
6:05 am
Fri August 10, 2012

At Least 80 Voters Given Wrong Ballots At Topeka Polling Place

The Kansas Statehouse.
Jimmy Emerson Flickr

 

A mix-up at a polling place in Topeka could affect the outcome of two Republican primary elections for seats in the Kansas House. At least 80 voters were given the wrong ballots.

The victor in one of the affected House races won by just 41 votes.

Politics
7:50 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Democrats Say They’ll Be Competitive In Fall Elections

Representative Paul Davis (left, D-Lawrence) and Senator Anthony Hensley (D-Topeka) talk to reporters.
Stephen Koranda

Democrats in the Legislature say they are in a good position to pick up some seats in the fall election.

In this week’s primary elections, conservative Republicans beat more moderate candidates in many races.

Democrats say that could affect their chances in the fall election.

Election 2012
5:45 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Election Results From Major Races In August 7 Primary

Marc Bennett won the Republican primary for Sedgwick County district attorney over Kevin O’Connor.  There was no Democratic candidate.

Karl Peterjohn kept his seat on the Sedgwick County Commission winning over Wichita City Council member Jeff Longwell.

Jeff Easter defeated incumbent Bob Hinshaw in the Republican primary for Sedgwick County sheriff.

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