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12:30 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Jean Schodorf: State Commission Has Dismissed GOP's Ethics Complaint

Democratic secretary of state candidate Jean Schodorf says the Kansas ethics commission has dismissed a Republican complaint accusing her of illegally soliciting contributions from lobbyists through Facebook.

Schodorf’s campaign said Wednesday that the commission had informed it of the decision after the panel’s regular monthly meeting.

The commission made no public announcement and typically doesn’t unless it sets a public hearing to consider sanctions.

The GOP filed the complaint last month against Schodorf, a former state senator from Wichita.

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Politics
11:58 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Primary Candidate Scott Morgan Is Demanding Kobach To Release Income Tax Records

Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s challenger in the Kansas Republican primary is demanding that Kobach fully disclose his earnings from outside work by releasing his income tax records for the past three years.

GOP candidate Scott Morgan said Tuesday that voters deserve to know the extent of Kobach’s private financial dealings with other parties.

Kobach and his campaign spokeswoman did not immediately return telephone messages seeking comment.

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Politics
11:43 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Is A State Lawmaker Being Punished Politically For Questioning Koch Lobbyists?

A conservative Kansas House member is accusing Koch Industries of trying to punish him politically for questioning the company’s lobbying against the state’s renewable energy standards for utilities.

Olathe Republican Scott Schwab says the Kansas Chamber of Commerce is not endorsing him in the August 5th Republican primary because of a confrontation he had with Koch lobbyists last year.

The chamber and Koch Industries oppose a law requiring utilities to have renewable resources account for 20 percent of their total capacity for generating electricity by 2020.

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Politics
12:52 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Kansas Democrats File Federal Complaint That Claims Lynn Jenkins Violated Ethics And Campaign Rules

Kansas Democrats have filed two federal complaints against Republican congresswoman Lynn Jenkins.

They’re alleging she violated ethics and campaign rules because a staff member also serves as an unpaid re-election spokesman.

The Kansas Democratic Party says the complaints were filed last week with the U.S. House’s Office of Congressional Ethics and the Federal Elections Commission.

Jenkins' office says the allegations are without merit.

Politics
12:03 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Another GOP Candidate Joins An Already Crowded Kansas Insurance Commissioner Race

Republican Senator Clark Schultz of Lindsborg has filed to run for Kansas Insurance Commissioner.

He joins an already crowded field of candidates for the August 5th primary.

Five Republicans and one Democrat are running to replace three-term incumbent Sandy Praeger. She is not seeking re-election.

Shultz was appointed to the Senate earlier this year to fill a vacancy after he served 17 years in the House, including nine years as its Insurance Committee chairman.

Politics
11:39 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Democrat Paul Davis Officially Enters Gubernatorial Race

House Minority Leader Paul Davis has officially entered the race to challenge incumbent Governor Sam Brownback.

Davis is a Lawrence Democrat and attorney.

He filed the paperwork Thursday morning, and is joined by running mate and Wichita businesswoman Jill Docking.

The two are expected to be the only Democratic candidates to file for the governor's race. The filing deadline is Monday.

Brownback and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer filed for re-election earlier this month.

Politics
5:43 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Todd Tiahrt To Challenge Mike Pompeo For 4th Congressional District

Todd Tiahrt, a former U.S. Congressman from Kansas' 4th district, announced that he will challenge his succesor, Mike Pompeo, in the midterms election.
Sean Sandefur

A longtime U.S. Congressman from South Central Kansas revealed this afternoon that he would once again run for office. The announcement was made at the Kansas Aviation Museum in Wichita.

“After much thoughtful deliberation and prayer, I’m announcing that I’m a candidate for Congress in the 4th district of Kansas.”

Former U.S. Representative Todd Tiahrt says he’s challenging fellow Republican Mike Pompeo in this year’s midterm elections.

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Politics
12:15 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Governor Sam Brownback Files For Re-Election Campaign

Republican Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer have officially started their campaign for a second term.

The two were joined at a kickoff event by their campaign co-chairs, former Senator Bob Dole and Mary Eisenhower, granddaughter of Dwight Eisenhower.

At the kick-off event, Gov. Brownback said his economic policies and the tax cuts he helped pass promoted job growth and helped build a significant financial cushion in the state budget.

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Politics
10:44 am
Tue May 13, 2014

State Panel Rejects Challenge to Roberts Candidacy For Re-Election

Two of the panel's members, Eric Rucker, representing Secretary of State Kris Kobach (right) and Brant Laue representing Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer.
Credit Stephen Koranda

A state panel has rejected an effort to block Kansas Senator Pat Roberts from running for re-election. The State Objections Board ruled 3-0 against a group of Kansans arguing that Roberts doesn’t really live in the state. It sets the stage for Roberts to face challenger Milton Wolf in the August Republican primary.

Chuck Henderson, a Milton Wolf supporter from Manhattan, filed one of the objections. He believes Roberts shouldn’t be eligible to run again because he actually lives in a home in Virginia.

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Politics
5:00 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Paul Davis Cites High Property Taxes In Wichita Visit

Democrat Paul Davis speaks with diners at Connie's Mexican Grill in Wichita. Davis is running against Gov. Sam Brownback in November's gubernatorial election
Sean Sandefur

Democrat Paul Davis, currently a member of the Kansas House of Representatives, is running against Gov. Sam Brownback in the upcoming November elections, Davis visited Wichita on Monday, KMUW’s Sean Sandefur has more…

 

Gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis met with supporters at a Mexican restaurant in Wichita on Monday evening. The event was nondescript. On Davis’ mind were the same issues that are on many Kansan minds: education, the economy and rising taxes - property taxes in particular. 

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