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Politics
1:58 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

UPDATE: Kansas Board Rejects Residency Challenge Against Sen. Pat Roberts

UPDATE: A state elections board has rejected a claim that U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts is not truly a Kansas resident, allowing him to seek re-election this year.

A state panel will meet today to decide if Republican Kansas Senator Pat Roberts is eligible to appear on the primary election ballot.

Four Kansans have filed claims challenging his candidacy; they say he may not meet the residency requirement.

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Politics
11:00 am
Mon May 12, 2014

State Officials Agree To Let Lynn Jenkins Use CPA Label On Campaign Materials

Kansas regulators have allowed U.S. Representative Lynn Jenkins to continue tagging congressional and campaign materials with a CPA label, though her state permit to work as a certified public accountant expired nearly two years ago.

The arrangement was approved by the Kansas Board of Accountancy in 2011 before Jenkins’ permit expired in 2012.

Her spokesman Tom Brandt says guidelines of the U.S. House regarding taxpayer-funded mailings enabled official stationary to include information about a member's professional license.

Politics
9:57 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Bob Dole About His Grades At KU During His Kansas Tour

Former Republican Senator Bob Dole speaks while flanked by KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and Bill Lacy with the Dole Institute.
Credit Stephen Koranda

Former Republican Kansas Senator Bob Dole is in the middle of a tour through eastern Kansas to meet with friends and supporters.

Dole will wrap up the three-day trek today in Atchison and Leavenworth. Yesterday, the 90-year-old visited the University of Kansas campus and spoke at a facility named after him, the Dole Institute.

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Politics
11:19 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Bob Dole: The U.S. Should Send Weapons To Ukraine

Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole visited Overland Park yesterday to kick off a three-day homecoming tour.

At a reception on Monday, the 90-year-old Republican Party icon said the U.S. should send weapons, including tanks, to Ukraine to help it resist Russia’s moves on its territory.

Dole says it would send Russian President Vladimir Putin a strong message.

He says Putin considers President Barack Obama to be a weak leader.

The former Senator says he’d not only send tanks and other weapons to Ukraine but put a missile defense system in Poland.

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Politics
11:22 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Wife Of Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce Granted Diversion In DUI Case

Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce’s wife, Sarah, has been granted a diversion and fined for driving under the influence.

Bruce was arrested last December in Hutchinson after getting into a car accident with another vehicle. No one was injured, but court records show her blood alcohol level was .159.

Sarah Bruce will be given at least six months to complete requirements of her diversion.

If she does that, the driving under the influence charge will be dismissed.

Bruce sued the state to have her driving privileges restored.

Politics
11:56 am
Thu April 17, 2014

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts Out-Fundraising Primary Challenger

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts continues to maintain his fundraising advantage over challenger Dr. Milton Wolf in their Kansas primary race.

According to reports filed with the Federal Elections Commission, incumbent Senator Roberts raised more than $534,000 from Jan. 1 through March 31st, aided by nearly $260,000 from political action committees.

Wolf’s campaign says it raised more than $318,000 during the same period, and that all but about 5 thousand dollars were from individual donors.

Politics
10:12 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Congressman Tim Huelskamp Nixes March Madness Raffle Due To Legal Constraints

Kansas congressman Tim Huelskamp has revised his plans for raffling off tickets to men's college basketball games for small campaign contributions because of legal questions.

Huelskamp announced yesterday he's no longer requiring a donation for a chance to win four tickets to NCAA men's tournament games this week in St. Louis.

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson told Huelskamp's campaign that the contest he announced on Monday was illegal.

Kansas Legislature
5:39 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Bill Would Keep People From Changing Political Parties Before Primaries

A Kansas Senate committee is considering a bill that would stop people from switching political parties in the final weeks before a primary election.

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Politics
10:02 am
Thu February 27, 2014

State Republicans Block Proposal To Hold Legislative Party Caucus Meetings In Public

Republicans in the Kansas Senate have blocked a proposal from Democrats to require all legislative party caucus meetings to be open to the public.

The Senate voted 30-8 Wednesday against a proposal from Minority Leader Anthony Hensley.

Only one Republican, Carolyn McGinn of Sedgwick, supported his measure.

The Kansas Open Meetings Act generally requires government meetings to be open to the public. It has an exception for the Legislature, so that each chamber can close their daily caucus meetings.

Politics
9:35 am
Tue February 11, 2014

As He Seeks A Fourth Term, Senator Roberts Faces Questions About His Residency In Kansas

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts is facing questions about whether he can claim Kansas as his home, as he seeks a fourth Senate term.

Roberts and his wife own a duplex in Dodge City, but it has a tenant.

He's registered to vote at another Dodge City address less than half a mile away. That home belongs to some longtime friends and supporters; he rents a room and a bathroom there for $300 a month.

The issue is getting new scrutiny after a New York Times story suggested Roberts was "desperate" to re-establish ties with his home state.

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