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1:56 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

GOP Candidates For Kansas Secretary Of State: In Their Own Words

On Tuesday, Republican primary voters will have to choose between two candidates vying for the office of Kansas Secretary of State.

Incumbent Kris Kobach is seeking a second term, but first, he’ll have to fend-off a challenge from Lawrence attorney Scott Morgan, who has positioned himself as a moderate alternative to the more conservative Kobach.

We'll hear from Kris Kobach in a moment. But first, KPR's J. Schafer brings us more from the challenger, Scott Morgan.

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Politics
12:07 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Brownback Proposes Earlier Primary Elections

The Kansas secretary of state's office predicts only around one in five Kansas voters will cast a ballot in this week's primary election. 

Governor Sam Brownback says it might be time for Kansas to look at moving the primary to an earlier date.

"It's late summer. A lot of people go on vacation this time of year. It's kind of the last respite before they get into the school year," says Governor Brownback. "That's part of it, but I hope people get out and vote. I encourage them to get out and vote."

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Politics
9:16 am
Fri August 1, 2014

22% Voter Turnout Predicted For KS Primary

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach predicts 22% of registered voters will cast a ballot in next Tuesday's primary election.

That's similar to the statewide turnout in the 2008 primary, which he says is the one most like this year's contest.

Higher turnout is expected this year in the Wichita area, where former Republican Congressman Todd Tiahrt is trying to take back his old seat from incumbent Congressman Mike Pompeo. Kobach says this could mean 30% of registered voters in the district might show up at the polls.

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Politics
11:25 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Davis Outraises Brownback In 2014 Campaign Donations

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis has raised more in contributions this year than Republican Governor Sam Brownback, but Brownback is entering the fall campaign with more cash on hand.

Finance reports filed Monday show Davis raised more than $1.1 million dollars in cash contributions from January through July 24th.

Brownback’s total was about $744,000.

Governor Brownback's campaign also received a $500,000 loan on July 23 from Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer. He made a similar loan in December, only to see it paid back within days in early January.

Politics
12:42 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Orman Collects 10,000 KS Signatures For Senate Run

Orman speaking at an event at the Kansas Statehouse.
Credit Stephen Koranda

Olathe businessman Greg Orman says he has enough signatures to appear on the Kansas ballot as an independent candidate for the U.S. Senate. Orman says his campaign has collected more than 10,000 signatures. He says that number shows many Kansans are tired of the current political system.

"Kansans are looking for an option, they're looking for an alternative. They want people who are problem solvers, not just engaged in the old partisan fighting. They want problem solvers, and I think that’s the message of our campaign,” says Orman.

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Politics
12:43 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Interviews Provide Insight Into Bob Dole's Career

Bob Dole speaking at an event this year at the Dole Institute.
Credit Stephen Koranda

The Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas has made hours of interviews about Bob Dole's Senate career available online. The announcement coincides with the former Kansas senator's 91st birthday. Stephen Koranda reports.

You can now go online for videos and audio of high-profile people talking about Bob Dole's nearly 3 decades in the U.S. Senate. Here's former president George H.W. Bush.

"I, as president, had to have strong leadership that would be supportive of my programs in the Senate. And Bob Dole proved to be a great leader on that,” says Bush.

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Politics
11:45 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Scott Morgan: 'Duel' Voting System Will Confuse Voters And Suppress Turnout

Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s opponent in the Republican primary predicts that a “dual” voting system for helping Kansas enforce a proof-of-citizenship rule will confuse voters and suppress turnout.

Challenger Scott Morgan's criticism Tuesday of the Kobach-designed system came a day after the secretary of state's office began mailing notices to dozens of voters about it. The voters registered using a national form without providing proof of their U.S. citizenship to election officials.

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Politics
12:01 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Operation Rescue Files Ethics Complaint Against U.S. Congressman Mike Pompeo

A national anti-abortion leader has asked the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo for alleged ethics violations during his re-election campaign.

Troy Newman is president of Operation Rescue. Last week, he sent public documentation to the agency accusing Pompeo of posting links to campaign material on his House website.

Pompeo’s office says it has found nothing that rises to a “material failure” to comply with all requirements.

Politics
11:12 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Republicans Maintain Voter-Registration Advantage

New figures from the Kansas secretary of state’s office show that Republicans have maintained their significant voter-registration advantage since March.

But the preliminary numbers released Wednesday also show a small increase in the number of unaffiliated voters since March 1. The registration deadline for the August 5 primary was Tuesday.

Kansas Voter Breakdown

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Politics
11:26 am
Wed July 16, 2014

American Hospital Association Funds Ads Supporting Sen. Pat Roberts

The American Hospital Association has disclosed spending $212,000 on television advertisements praising Sen. Pat Roberts as he faces Milton Wolf in the Aug. 5 primary.

The association disclosed the spending in a report filed last week with federal regulators, with the bulk of the money buying advertising time. An association spokeswoman did not immediately return telephone and email messages.

Roberts' re-election campaign said the ads began airing statewide last week. The ads say Roberts is a leader on protecting rural health care.

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