Kansas Democratic Party

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Former Republican congressman Todd Tiahrt is among several people who have expressed interest in replacing U.S. congressional Rep. Mike Pompeo, who has been appointed as the next CIA director in the Trump administration, pending Senate approval.

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The Kansas Democratic Party is analyzing the results of the general election to see what needs to change going forward. Kansas Democrats say even though their candidates lost some races, there is still a lot to be proud of this recent election cycle. State party Chair Lee Kinch says all of the Democratic incumbents in the state Legislature were re-elected. The party also gained one seat in the state Senate and 13 seats in the state House. Kinch says voting results show Democrats lost support...

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Now that the registration deadline has passed, both parties in the state of Kansas are concentrating their efforts on getting out the vote. With just weeks until the general election, both Republican and Democratic parties are encouraging their members to go to the polls. Kerry Gooch, executive director of the Kansas Democratic Party, says that it's not just Democrats that he is concentrating on. "We're encouraging not just Democrats, but unaffiliated and Republicans, everybody, to go out...

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Kansas’ two main political parties are hoping voters work their way down the entire ballot on Nov. 8. The Kansas Democratic Party has started a social media campaign called “Finish the Ballot" where they're encouraging voters to consider more races than just the one at the top of the ticket: the race for president. Field and political director Cheyenne Davis says it’s often those down-ballot races that have the most impact on voters’ daily lives. “The things that they see as the biggest...

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is defending his role as an advisor to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Kobach has been giving the candidate advice on immigration issues and advocating for Trump on national news programs. Kobach says his role as secretary of state is both elected and partisan, so he doesn't see any conflict between his Kansas job and his open support of Trump. “For a secretary of state to express positions, in particular ones where I might have some...

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Kansas Democrats are optimistic going into the November general election that they can gain a strong hold in the state Legislature.

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Kansas lawmakers will take part in a candidate roundtable during DemoFest 2016 on Friday. Democratic Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau will spearhead the roundtable discussion along with state Reps. Jim Ward and Brandon Whipple, who won their recent primary elections unopposed. Faust-Goudeau says they will offer helpful tips to candidates who will be on the November ballot. She says one tip for candidates is to meet with voters and hear their concerns. "That face-to-face contact is certainly...

Democrats Hope Latinos Can Turn Western Kansas Blue

Jul 28, 2016
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Kansas is a red state. In western Kansas, it’s deep red. But it’s also one of the most demographically diverse regions in the state. The population in several cities in the southwest corner is almost 50 percent Hispanic. In Finney County, a small group of young Democrats are working to engage that huge group of potential voters who have long been in the background.

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A Bernie Sanders supporter in Wichita is still holding out hope for her candidate to somehow be nominated at the National Democratic Convention in July, but if not, she plans to vigorously help to secure local wins for Democrats. Republicans are also seeking committed volunteers to help invigorate their campaigns. Die-hard Sanders supporter Carri New is a delegate being sent to the National Democratic Convention in July. She says if Bernie Sanders concedes, she will turn most of her attention...

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For the first time in more than 30 years, there's a Democrat running in every Senate district in Kansas . But their fellow left-leaning Kansans might not be voting for them in August. That’s because some are so fed up with Gov. Sam Brownback, they’d rather switch parties to vote for a moderate Republican in the primary than allow the governor’s supporters to stay in the Legislature. A lifelong resident of Arlington, Kansas, 91-year-old Francis Burnett laughs when asked if she’s a Democrat. “I...

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