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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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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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11:05 am
Wed July 16, 2014

National Tea Party Group Backs Milton Wolf In Senate Race Against Pat Roberts

A national tea party group is backing challenger Milton Wolf's bid to unseat Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts in the state’s Republican primary.

The Atlanta-based Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund announced Tuesday that it has endorsed Wolf. The group described Wolf as the right conservative candidate to fight Democratic President Barack Obama’s agenda in Washington.

Roberts is seeking his third, six-year term in the Senate. Wolf has made the senator’s longevity in politics an issue, as Roberts began working as a congressional aide in 1967.

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10:59 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Current & Former Kansas GOP Officials Endorse Davis

Wint Winter, a former state senator from Douglas County, and more than 100 other current and former elected officials who are Republicans endorsed Paul Davis and Jill Docking, the Democratic candidates for Kansas governor and lieutenant governor, at an event Tuesday in Topeka.
Credit Susie Fagan, KHI News Service

More than 100 current and former Republican office holders endorsed Democrat Paul Davis for governor on Tuesday in Topeka.

Dick Bond is a former president of the Kansas Senate from Overland Park. He says he’ll always be a Republican, but he also says cuts to public education and Governor Sam Brownback’s tax cuts have the state headed in the wrong direction.

"The decision to endorse a democratic candidate for governor is a big step for every one of us," he says. "A major departure from our Republican roots. We do not make this decision lightly."

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12:01 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Americans For Prosperity Spends $410K On Ads Thanking Mike Pompeo

A conservative group with ties to billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch is spending big money to thank U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo for his work in Congress amid a bitter race for his seat.

Americans for Prosperity says it’s spending nearly $410,000 for radio and television ads that begin today and run until the day before the Aug. 5th Republican primary.

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6:56 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Brownback, Santorum Greeted By Protesters In Visit To Wichita

Members of the Kansas National Education Association were joined by other local unions and voter rights groups in their protest of Gov. Sam Brownback.
Credit Sean Sandefur

The Kansas gubernatorial race is in full swing—incumbent Sam Brownback took his campaign to a movie theater in east Wichita Monday afternoon. Joining him was former presidential hopeful and Republican senator from Pennsylvania, Rick Santorum. Greeting them were teachers protesting an education bill signed into law in April.  

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12:31 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Huelskamp Has New GOP Primary Challenger

The Republican congressman from the sprawling 1st District of western and central Kansas is finding himself on the defensive while campaigning back home.

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp is a tea party favorite and Kansas farmer known for his criticism of GOP leadership.

Huelskamp is being challenged in this year’s GOP primary by Alan LaPolice, a farmer and educator from Clyde who has made Huelskamp’s conflicts with other Republicans the centerpiece of his campaign.

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11:21 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Kobach: Opponent Is Not In Sync With Kansas GOP's Conservatives

Secretary of State Kris Kobach is criticizing his opponent in the Aug. 5 Republican primary for holding views on social issues that Kobach says are out of sync with the Kansas GOP’s conservative platform.

But GOP challenger Scott Morgan said Tuesday that the criticism shows that Kobach doesn’t care about his office.

Their exchange began Monday, the deadline for Kansas voters to switch parties. Kobach’s re-election campaign sent out a tongue-in-cheek statement reminding Morgan of the deadline and suggesting that he’d registered as a Republican by mistake.

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7:20 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Paul Davis Announces Economic Advisors, Plan For Job Growth

Kansas gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis speaks at Wichita Area Technical College. Alongside him are running mate Jill Docking and newly appointed economic advisors Gary Sherrer, far right, and John Moore.
Credit Sean Sandefur

During stops in Kansas City and Wichita on Monday, gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis announced new advisors to his campaign, as well as ideas for fixing Kansas’ lagging economy.

After visiting an elementary school in Kansas City, Paul Davis made his way to the Wichita Area Technical College. Here, he introduced two former Kansas Lieutenant Governors as his economic advisors: Republican Gary Sherrer and Democrat John Moore. Sherrer, a lifelong Conservative, said that despite his affiliation, he supports the ideas coming from Davis and running mate Jill Docking.

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1:50 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Tea Party Candidate Milton Wolf Criticizes Senators Moran and Roberts

Tea party candidate Milton Wolf is attacking both Republican U.S. senators from Kansas as he tries to unseat three-term incumbent Pat Roberts in the state’s GOP primary.

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran declined Thursday to respond to Wolf’s criticism of him over his chairmanship of the Republican National Senatorial Committee.

Wolf contends the committee betrayed the Republican Party and its conservative base by supporting Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran in his hotly contested primary race against a tea party challenger. Cochran narrowly won a runoff earlier this week.

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