election 2014

Politics
12:31 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Huelskamp Has New GOP Primary Challenger

The Republican congressman from the sprawling 1st District of western and central Kansas is finding himself on the defensive while campaigning back home.

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp is a tea party favorite and Kansas farmer known for his criticism of GOP leadership.

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.

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Politics
11:21 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Kobach: Opponent Is Not In Sync With Kansas GOP's Conservatives

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.

But GOP challenger Scott Morgan said Tuesday that the criticism shows that Kobach doesn’t care about his office.

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.

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Transportation
12:01 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

State Officials To Enforce Ban On Political Campaign Signs Alongside State Highways

The Kansas Department of Transportation is warning political candidates that the agency’s crews will remove campaign signs found alongside the state’s highways.

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.

The reminder of the rule comes as campaigning ramps up before the state’s Aug. 5 primary.

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Politics
12:17 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Kobach Challenger's Daughter Encounters Problems With Voter Registration

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.

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.

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Politics
12:36 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Debate about Kansas Finances Previews Fall Election

A routine financial meeting last week at the Kansas Statehouse turned into a heated exchange between Republican Governor Sam Brownback and some Democratic lawmakers.

The two sides sparred over the state's financial policies.

As Stephen Koranda reports, the meeting previewed many of the arguments that are likely to be repeated on the campaign trail this fall.

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.

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Politics
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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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Richard Crowson: The Cost Of Campaigns

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.

One of the tenants of conservatism that is usually most loudly touted is this one: diligent watchfulness over the spending of every dollar.

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.

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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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