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Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer raised more money than any candidate in the 2018 elections for governor, including Kris Kobach, who is generally considered the front-runner in the GOP race.

Campaign finance reports show Colyer, a Republican, raised $632,068 in 2017. In campaign finance reports filed Wednesday, Kobach reported raising $354,732. Two other GOP candidates, Wichita businessman Willis Hartman and Kansas Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer, reported having more money but both men made substantial personal contributions to their campaigns.

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A Kansas lawmaker says she will introduce legislation that would end the Legislature's practice of proposing bills without identifying the sponsors.

The Kansas City Star reports more than 94 percent of bills passed in last year's session had no named sponsor. Lawmakers keep their names off bills by introducing them through committees.

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Fellow Republicans on Wednesday characterized Gov. Sam Brownback’s spending plan — more than $6.6 billion a year — as a beeline return to deficits and an abdication of responsibility in a budding crisis.

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Sedgwick County commissioners elected a new chairman and second-in-command during their meeting Wednesday.

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A task force formed to fix Kansas’ troubled foster care system relied largely on the ideas of a lone member to meet a deadline for preliminary suggestions, reflecting the daunting nature of its job and some troubles within the panel.

The Child Welfare System Task Force, formed in June 2017, submitted its first report, including preliminary recommendations, to the Legislature on Monday.

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A Kansas Supreme Court ruling saying the state must spend more on schools could require lawmakers to find hundreds of millions of dollars. With some lawmakers saying a tax hike for education remains off the table, that financial hunt won’t be easy.

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Gov. Sam Brownback, poised to leave Kansas after a generation of dominating its politics, on Tuesday called for steep infusions of money into public schools — spurring fellow Republicans to accuse him of raising hopes with a “fairy tale.”

Brownback said the state can add $600 million over the next five years — without a tax hike.

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President Trump has re-nominated Kansas Republican Gov. Sam Brownback for a post in the U.S. State Department.

The president’s re-nomination of Brownback to serve as ambassador for international religious freedom won’t trigger any immediate action.

Brownback says he will remain governor until the U.S. Senate votes to confirm him.

First nominated in July, Brownback expected to start his new job before the end of last year. He recently began handing over responsibilities to his successor, Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer.

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Kansas’ troubled child welfare agency asked lawmakers Monday for money to solve mounting problems: foster kids sleeping in offices, children lost in the system, and a skyrocketing caseload.


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A Kansas lawmaker resigned Tuesday from his legislative chairmanships after racial comments he made drew widespread criticism.

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