During a confirmation hearing, a group of state senators raised their concerns about the level of support for funding the Kansas public defender system.
Questions were raised yesterday during hearings to confirm appointments by Gov. Sam Brownback to various state agency positions. Among them were Paul Eugene Beck and Kevin Mark Smith, who were named to the Board of Indigent Defense.
Senator Tim Owens, an Overland Park Republican, asked the pair if they would be willing to press Brownback for funding to keep the public defenders' office functioning.
Officials do not expect a special election in Topeka to result in a legal battle because it didn’t reverse the outcome of a Republican primary for the Kansas House.
Shawnee County officials Wednesday certified the results from the special election. It was held Tuesday for a single polling place in Topeka where some voters received the wrong ballots in the Aug. 7 primary election.
Hutchinson voters in November might face ballot issues that would either repeal gay rights or broaden them.
In June, the Hutchinson City Council added protections against discrimination in housing and employment for gay, lesbian and bisexual people.
After the vote, opponents began gathering signatures on petitions to require a November vote to repeal that ordinance. Today, the Kansas Equality Coalition announced it would gather signatures on a ballot question asking voters to approve wider protections for gays, lesbians and bisexuals.
The primary election is Tuesday and for the second time in Sedgwick County history, photo identification will be required.
This primary election is the second time voters will need to show their ID when they go to the polls in Sedgwick county.
It also also carries more weight than most.
A number of races will likely be decided tomorrow, including the race for Sedgwick County District Attorney, Sedgwick county Sheriff, state Board of Education in district 8, Sedgwick county commissioner in district 3 and 5 of the 6 open seats in the 18th judicial district.
Secretary of State Kris Kobach is predicting 18 percent of registered voters will cast a ballot in the Kansas primary elections next week. Kobach says he doesn’t believe the hotly contested races for the state Legislature will spur much voter participation.
“Historically, while those races sometimes become very fierce and very heavily contested with money spent,” says Kobach.
“They don’t necessarily drive people to the polls like a hotly contested race higher on the ballot might do.”
Half of the Kansas Board of Education’s 10 seats are on the ballot in this year’s elections. The August 7 primary will most likely settle the race in Wichita’s 8th district. Both Republican candidates say they’re ready to serve.
At a recent forum in Wichita, 70 year old incumbent, Walt Chappell, explained why he’s running for a second 4-year term on the state school board. Chappell told the crowd it’s important to provide relevant education to every child.