election 2012

Health
6:06 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Fluoride: Wichita's Big Question

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Wichita voters will consider adding fluoride to the city water supply when they go to the polls on Nov. 6, and both sides have waged heavy campaigns over the hotly contested issue.

Wichita’s history with the fluoride debate runs long and deep.

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Election 2012
6:01 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Kansas GOP May Lose Seats In The House

Top Republicans say Tuesday's elections could cost them a few seats in the Kansas House and reduce the influence of the chamber's GOP conservatives.

Several Republicans Thursday said this year's redrawing of political district boundaries appears to have hurt the GOP in some places, especially in the Wichita area. And Governor Sam Brownback said he doesn't know how much power his fellow conservatives will have after Tuesday's voting.

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News
5:45 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Top Morning News 11.02.12

 Kobach predicts voter turnout to be around 68 percent; Kansas GOP says they may lose some House seats on Nov. 6; A hydroelectric power plant in Lawrence is expected to start operating Friday.

Kobach Predicts 68 Percent Voter Turnout In Kansas

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is predicting 68 percent voter turnout in Tuesday's elections. Kobach offered the forecast Thursday.

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Election 2012
6:47 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Candidates Speak Out At Voter Empowerment Forum

(L-R) Rodrick Houston, Kenya Cox, Barry Stanley, Gail Finney, Patrick Cantwell, Oletha Faust-Goudeau
Credit Carla Eckels

A political forum was held at Wichita's Tabernacle Bible Church Sunday giving voters a chance to learn more about candidates before going to the polls.

Several candidates took part in a forum sponsored by 19 churches and organizations called The Voter Empowerment Committee. Democrat Gail Finney, an incumbent running for the 84th district responded to a question about corporate personhood, affordable health care, and student debt.

Finney says its, what she calls, "the 1 percenters" who benefit the most.

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Politics
5:55 am
Wed October 31, 2012

PACs Raising, Spending Big Bucks In Kansas

The top of the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka peeks out from the trees.
Credit Jimmy Emerson / Flickr

Political action committees, or PACs, have submitted their last campaign finance reports before the fall election. Two of the wealthiest in Kansas are a PAC connected to a teachers' union and another affiliated with the Kansas Chamber of Commerce.

The two PACs both have raised and spent big bucks, but they have very different goals.

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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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News
7:39 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Top Morning News 10.24.12

Gov. Brownback in Ohio stumping for Romney; Healthcare firm moving 300 employees into Kansas; Executive bonuses are considered a factor in KS gas rate.

Gov. Brownback Stumps For Romney In Swing State Of Ohio

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback spent Tuesday on a five-city tour of northeastern Ohio stumping for the Republican presidential ticket of Mitt Romney and and Paul Ryan.

Brownback is a former U.S. senator. Ryan served on Brownback's U.S. Senate staff in the 1990s.

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Youth and Families
6:22 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Legislative Candidates Discuss Early Childhood Priorities At Forum

A preschooler reading.
Sarah Gilbert Flickr

Sedgwick County legislative candidates Thursday took questions about early childhood policy and priorities at a forum hosted by the Sedgwick County Early Childhood Coordinating Council.

Sixteen candidates attended the forum on the Heartspring campus in east Wichita. They answered questions on preschool standards, child abuse prevention, childcare costs, early intervention, funding and health care.

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Election Coverage
2:18 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Obama Will Appear on November Ballot

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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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