election 2014 http://kmuw.org en Operation Rescue Files Ethics Complaint Against U.S. Congressman Mike Pompeo http://kmuw.org/post/operation-rescue-files-ethics-complaint-against-us-congressman-mike-pompeo <p>A national anti-abortion leader has asked the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo for alleged ethics violations during his re-election campaign.</p><p>Troy Newman is president of Operation Rescue. Last week, he sent public documentation to the agency accusing Pompeo of posting links to campaign material on his House website.</p><p>Pompeo’s office says it has found nothing that rises to a “material failure” to comply with all requirements.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:01:21 +0000 Associated Press 37781 at http://kmuw.org Tuesday Is Last Day To Register To Vote For KS Primaries http://kmuw.org/post/tuesday-last-day-register-vote-ks-primaries <p>Tomorrow is the final day for Kansans to register to vote or update their address before the Kansas primary election on August 5th. As&nbsp;Stephen Koranda reports, there’s also still time to provide missing citizenship documents that are keeping voter registrations from being processed.</p><p></p><p>Anyone who's registering to vote for the first time in Kansas needs to provide a document proving that they're a U.S. citizen. Andrew Howell is Shawnee County’s election commissioner.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:17:58 +0000 Stephen Koranda 37426 at http://kmuw.org Huelskamp Has New GOP Primary Challenger http://kmuw.org/post/huelskamp-has-new-gop-primary-challenger <p>The Republican congressman from the sprawling 1st District of western and central Kansas is finding himself on the defensive while campaigning back home.</p><p>Incumbent U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp is a tea party favorite and Kansas farmer known for his criticism of GOP leadership.</p><p>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.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 17:31:57 +0000 Associated Press 37059 at http://kmuw.org Kobach: Opponent Is Not In Sync With Kansas GOP's Conservatives http://kmuw.org/post/kobach-opponent-not-sync-kansas-gops-conservatives <p>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.</p><p>But GOP challenger Scott Morgan said Tuesday that the criticism shows that Kobach doesn’t care about his office.</p><p>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.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:21:42 +0000 Associated Press 36843 at http://kmuw.org State Officials To Enforce Ban On Political Campaign Signs Alongside State Highways http://kmuw.org/post/state-officials-enforce-ban-political-campaign-signs-alongside-state-highways <p>The Kansas Department of Transportation is warning political candidates that the agency’s crews will remove campaign signs found alongside the state’s highways.</p><p>The department notes that Kansas law prohibits campaign signs and billboards on a highway right-of-way. The law allows only guide, warning or regulatory signs in those spaces.</p><p>The reminder of the rule comes as campaigning ramps up before the state’s Aug. 5 primary.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 17:01:58 +0000 Associated Press 36557 at http://kmuw.org Kobach Challenger's Daughter Encounters Problems With Voter Registration http://kmuw.org/post/kobach-challengers-daughter-encounters-problems-voter-registration <p>The daughter of a primary challenger to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach had her voter registration put on hold temporarily because of a proof-of-citizenship requirement criticized by her father.</p><p>Republican Scott Morgan of Lawrence said Monday the Douglas County clerk’s office told his 18-year-old daughter, Grace, that her registration was incomplete because she hadn’t documented proof of her U.S. citizenship.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 17:17:55 +0000 Associated Press 36433 at http://kmuw.org Debate about Kansas Finances Previews Fall Election http://kmuw.org/post/debate-about-kansas-finances-previews-fall-election <p>A routine financial meeting last week at the Kansas Statehouse turned into a heated exchange between Republican Governor Sam Brownback and some Democratic lawmakers.</p><p>The two sides sparred over the state's financial policies.</p><p>As Stephen Koranda reports, the meeting previewed many of the arguments that are likely to be repeated on the campaign trail this fall.</p><p></p><p>The State Finance Council met for what has become an annual event: The state of Kansas borrows money to help manage cash flow during the year.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 17:36:53 +0000 Stephen Koranda 36372 at http://kmuw.org Jean Schodorf: State Commission Has Dismissed GOP's Ethics Complaint http://kmuw.org/post/jean-schodorf-state-commission-has-dismissed-gops-ethics-complaint <p>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.</p><p>Schodorf’s campaign said Wednesday that the commission had informed it of the decision after the panel’s regular monthly meeting.</p><p>The commission made no public announcement and typically doesn’t unless it sets a public hearing to consider sanctions.</p><p>The GOP filed the complaint last month against Schodorf, a former state senator from Wichita.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:30:36 +0000 Associated Press 36197 at http://kmuw.org Primary Candidate Scott Morgan Is Demanding Kobach To Release Income Tax Records http://kmuw.org/post/primary-candidate-scott-morgan-demanding-kobach-release-income-tax-records <p>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.</p><p>GOP candidate Scott Morgan said Tuesday that voters deserve to know the extent of Kobach’s private financial dealings with other parties.</p><p>Kobach and his campaign spokeswoman did not immediately return telephone messages seeking comment.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 16:58:57 +0000 Associated Press 36131 at http://kmuw.org Richard Crowson: The Cost Of Campaigns http://kmuw.org/post/richard-crowson-cost-campaigns <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Among the many great mysteries of life for me is this one: political candidates who loudly proclaim themselves to be conservative, all the while gleefully flushing handfuls of thousand dollar bills down the toilet.</span></p><p>One of the tenants of conservatism that is usually most loudly touted is this one: diligent watchfulness over the spending of every dollar.</p><p>Indeed, with the rise to prominence (if that’s what you want to call it) of the Tea Party, tight-fisted fiscal obsessiveness is practically the defining trait of conservatism.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Richard Crowson 35529 at http://kmuw.org Richard Crowson: The Cost Of Campaigns