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5:40 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Jenkins: Not Easy For KS To Regain Ag Committee Seat

Congressman Tim Huelskamp lost his seat on the Ag Committee last week.
Credit The Associated Press

Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins says it may not be easy to get a Kansan back on the Agriculture Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. Kansas congressman Tim Huelskamp lost his seat on the committee last week.

Jenkins says the three remaining members of the Kansas House delegation already serve on high-profile committees, like Appropriations or Ways and Means. House rules say if you serve on one of those powerful committees, you can't serve on a second.

She says it would take a waiver for one of them to be allowed to take Huelskamp's place.

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Election 2012
5:42 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Political Watchers To Gather At Washburn, Discuss 2012 Election

Voters in Douglas County cast ballots on election day.
Credit Stephen Koranda

Political science professors from around Kansas will gather Thursday to discuss the 2012 election.

Washburn University in Topeka is hosting the meeting, which will focus on the campaign and the election results. Nationwide, Democrats held the presidency and gained some seats in Congress.

Washburn political science professor Bob Beatty says they'll look at how different the election results were nationally and in Kansas, where conservative Republicans gained power in the state Legislature.

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Politics
1:45 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Kansas Democrat Won't Force Recount After Losing By 21 Votes

A Democratic legislator who's been a critic of Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach says she won't seek a recount after losing her race for re-election by 21 votes out of nearly 11,000 cast.

State Representative Ann Mah of Topeka said Friday that a recount probably wouldn't change the outcome of the 54th House District contest. She lost to Republican challenger Ken Corbet of Topeka.

The district covers parts of Douglas, Shawnee and Osage counties. The last reviews of ballots - in Shawnee County - finished late Thursday.

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Politics
9:07 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Kansas Dems Look At Future Plans After Long Election Night

District 4 Democratic Congressional candidate Richard Tillman and supporters pose with a cardboard cutout of President Barack Obama.
Credit Carla Eckels

Republican Mike Pompeo beat out both Democrat Robert Tillman and Libertarian candidate Thomas Jefferson.  Tillman who served the state for 24 years says he desired to continue serving Kansas as a United States Congressman, but now will look to other things.

"The whole world is open to me," says Tillman. "I still have a chance to decide what I'm going to do. I'm a retired Kansas Supreme Court Services officer, I retired in 2008 so I'll go back right into retirement and then I'll regroup."

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Election 2012
5:16 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Election Results Trickle In, Some Upset For Sedgwick Co. GOP

It was a long night for Sedgwick County, as candidates and supporters found themselves waiting for election results long after the polls closed. Briana O’Higgins spent the evening downtown at the Sedgwick County Republican Party headquarters.

The County election office experienced software problems and did not start releasing results until after 11 p.m.

With those results came some disappointments for the Wichita GOP.

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Politics
1:38 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Election 2012: The Results

Voters casting paper ballots in Sedgwick County Tuesday.
Credit Carla Eckels

Updated at 4:55 am

2012 General Election unofficial results for Sedgwick County, Kan.

With nearly all precincts reporting, Sedgwick County residents cast 179,784 votes, which resulted in a 65 percent turnout.

Wichita Water Fluoridation:

  • Yes ...... 50890 / 40%
  • No ...... 74788 / 59%

Constitutional Amendment on water craft taxation:

  • Yes ...... 92712 / 60%
  • No ...... 62646 / 40%

U. S. Representative 4th District:

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Politics
3:56 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Voters See Long Lines On Election Day

Residents waiting to vote at Bel Aire City Hall.
Carla Eckels

Several voting sites throughout Sedgwick County were busy Tuesday.

A steady line of voters snaked throughout the hallway at the Bel Aire polling place just north of Wichita.

Supervising Judge Vickie Woodworth said the turnout has been tremendous with more than 500 people voting before noon.

"To me, it seems like there's a larger turnout this time than 4 years ago," said Woodworth. "I think that it's just a very important election and people want their views known."

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Election 2012
6:01 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Kansas GOP May Lose Seats In The House

Top Republicans say Tuesday's elections could cost them a few seats in the Kansas House and reduce the influence of the chamber's GOP conservatives.

Several Republicans Thursday said this year's redrawing of political district boundaries appears to have hurt the GOP in some places, especially in the Wichita area. And Governor Sam Brownback said he doesn't know how much power his fellow conservatives will have after Tuesday's voting.

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Election 2012
6:47 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Candidates Speak Out At Voter Empowerment Forum

(L-R) Rodrick Houston, Kenya Cox, Barry Stanley, Gail Finney, Patrick Cantwell, Oletha Faust-Goudeau
Credit Carla Eckels

A political forum was held at Wichita's Tabernacle Bible Church Sunday giving voters a chance to learn more about candidates before going to the polls.

Several candidates took part in a forum sponsored by 19 churches and organizations called The Voter Empowerment Committee. Democrat Gail Finney, an incumbent running for the 84th district responded to a question about corporate personhood, affordable health care, and student debt.

Finney says its, what she calls, "the 1 percenters" who benefit the most.

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Politics
5:55 am
Wed October 31, 2012

PACs Raising, Spending Big Bucks In Kansas

The top of the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka peeks out from the trees.
Credit Jimmy Emerson / Flickr

Political action committees, or PACs, have submitted their last campaign finance reports before the fall election. Two of the wealthiest in Kansas are a PAC connected to a teachers' union and another affiliated with the Kansas Chamber of Commerce.

The two PACs both have raised and spent big bucks, but they have very different goals.

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