Kansas Democratic Party

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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 to Kansas races.

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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.

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A deadline is looming for Kansas voters who want to change political parties in time for the August primary election.

State law says voters can’t switch party affiliation for the primary after June 1. This is only the second election affected by the new party registration deadline.

Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew says some voters were caught unaware two years ago.

“We had a number of people -especially in July because of the old registration deadline which happens in July- who were used to redeclaring a party and they couldn’t,” Shew says.

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Kansas Democrats held a convention in Topeka Saturday to pick the remaining delegates pledged to Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. But they’re more concerned about elections closer to home.

When state Rep. Jim Ward stood up to give his pitch to the committee that elected him as a Clinton delegate, he looked out at what he saw as potential candidates for the Kansas Legislature.

Stephen Koranda

Democrats in the Kansas Legislature have outlined some of their legislative priorities for the year. One plan would only allow lawmakers to be paid for 90 days during odd-numbered years when lawmakers are writing a budget.

In even-numbered years, the length of the session would be capped at 60 days. Democratic Senator Tom Holland hopes that can prevent a repeat of last year’s record-long session.

Carla Eckels

Kansas has more than 7,000 precinct seats per party, but fewer than a fifth of Democratic seats are occupied and less than half of Republican seats are filled, according to a newspaper report.

Precincts are geographical units within the electoral system. Each Kansas precinct has two seats per political party. Races for the seats occur on primary ballots in even-numbered years.

Kansas Democrats expect to pick a longtime Wichita-area activist as their new state chairman this weekend after the resignation of a leader who suggested rebranding the party.

Prominent Democrats say Derby attorney Lee Kinch emerged quickly as the favored candidate for the job. The party's state committee plans to meet Saturday in Salina to select the new leader.

The chairman of the state Democratic Party has resigned after efforts to revamp the party’s message for Kansas, where Republicans hold big majorities.

Recently, Kansas Democratic Party Chairman Larry Meeker had been using the phrase “red state Democrats,” arguing that Kansas Democrats are different from Democrats in traditionally blue states.

He said there was room in the party for people with different views about abortion and same-sex marriage. But Democratic activists pushed back, saying Meeker was abandoning some of the party’s core principals.

Democrats no longer have a candidate for a U.S Senate race in Kansas after Chad Taylor dropped out. Now, it's not clear what role, if any, the state Democratic Party will take in the campaign. Stephen Koranda reports.

There's no love lost between Republican Senator Pat Roberts and the leaders in the Kansas Democratic party. But that doesn't mean top-ranking Democrats are throwing their support behind independent candidate Greg Orman. Joan Wagnon is the chair of the Kansas Democratic Party.

Wichita Attorney Seeking Resigning Lawmaker's Seat

Aug 19, 2013

Democrat John Carmichael says he wants to replace Representative Nile Dillmore in the Kansas House after Dillmore steps down next month.

The Wichita Attorney is the secretary of the Kansas Democratic Party and a former member of the Kansas Human Rights Commission.

Democratic precinct committee members in Dillmore's 92nd House District in northwest Wichita will decide this fall who will fill the seat through the end of Dillmore's current term.

But Carmichael is also preparing to run for the seat in 2014.