Politics

Politics
1:01 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Kansas Boating Measure Causing Confusion

Supporters of a Kansas constitutional amendment that would change the way property taxes are charged on boats say the wording on the ballot is confusing.

The change would give legislators the authority to reduce property taxes on boats. Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Secretary Robin Jennison says that two words on the page-long question are confusing early voters.

The question is asking voters to add the words "and watercraft" to the constitution regarding the levying of property taxes.

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Election 2012
6:17 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Early Voting Underway In Sedgwick County, Numbers Down From 2008

Voters casting their ballots early in downtown Wichita Thursday.
Credit Carla Eckels

Some voters in Wichita are taking advantage of casting their ballots early during this election cycle, but so far there hasn't been as many advanced voters in person as in 2008.

On the first day of voting Wednesday, Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says the number of early voters was a little more than 400, about half as many as on the first day of advanced voting during the 2008 Presidential Election.  However, Lehman says voting by mail has significantly increased.

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Election 2012
6:39 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Candidates Speak At Event For League Of Women Voters

Candidates and constituents talk politics at a League of Women Voters event in downtown Wichita
Credit Carla Eckels

Key political issues were on the minds of attendees at a League of Women Voters membership drive in downtown Wichita Saturday. Some candidates were invited to share what they see as priorities during this election season.

Seated at round tables with white linen tablecloths and steaming cups of coffee, League members and guests wait for three politicians take to the podium in Larkspur's banquet room. Kenya Cox is running for State Senate district 29. Cox says generating jobs is essential.

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Politics
6:13 am
Mon October 22, 2012

6 Outgoing Republicans Back Senate Democratic Leader's Re-election Bid

Six outgoing Kansas Republican state senators have endorsed the chamber's Democratic leader in his bid for re-election.

All six of those announcing their support Friday for Minority Leader Anthony Hensley are considered GOP moderates.

They include Senate Vice President John Vratil, who decided against running for re-election this year, and five who lost their primary races to Republican conservatives. Those five are Dwayne Umbarger, Jean Schodorf, Pete Brungardt, Roger Reitz and Ruth Teichman.

Politics
6:35 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Kansas Man Launches Effort To Recall Kobach

A Topeka resident formally launched an effort Wednesday to recall Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, but state law creates large hurdles to force an election.

Sonny Scroggins contends Kobach has been “derelict in his duties,” partly because of Kobach’s work on immigration issues outside the state. Scroggins submitted a $100 application fee and a copy of his proposed recall petition to the office of Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer, who will determine the validity of a recall petition.

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State Senate
2:09 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Sen. Steve Abrams Running For Senate President

State Senator Steve Abrams of Arkansas City says he plans to run for president of the Kansas Senate.

Abrams, a Republican who has represented the 32nd District since 2008, says he would champion conservative principles if he is chosen Senate president. He promised to insist on civility while working with Gov. Sam Brownback and the House to promote a conservative agenda.

State Senator Susan Wagle, a Republican from Wichita, also plans to run for Senate president, if she defeats Democrat Patrick Cantwell, also from Wichita, in the November 6 general election.

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Politics
6:15 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Supporters, Opponents Continue To Tout, Deride Tax Cut

 

Supporters and opponents of tax-cutting legislation continue to talk about the plan, even going on the road to do it.

Members of the governor’s administration toured the state last month, and some Democrats are making stops this week. The cut will reduce personal income tax rates and completely eliminate income taxes for around 200,000 businesses in Kansas.

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Election Coverage
2:18 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Obama Will Appear on November Ballot

Courtesy Photo

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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