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Recent Republican victories in several special congressional elections – including this week’s in Georgia – have raised doubts about whether Democrats can gain control of the U.S. House next year. To erase those doubts, they’re focusing on several swing districts, including one in Kansas.

Republican Kevin Yoder has represented Kansas’ 3rd Congressional District since 2011.

But for a dozen years before that, Democrat Dennis Moore held the seat.

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Two Kansas lawmakers say they are okay after reports of a shooting at a congressional baseball practice outside Washington, D.C., Wednesday morning.

NPR reports Louisiana Republican Rep. Steve Scalise, one of his aides, and two Capitol Police were injured in the shooting.

Rep. Kevin Yoder of Johnson County and Rep. Roger Marshall of the "Big First" district in western Kansas are both on the roster for the GOP's team, which was preparing for a charity game.

A Yoder spokesperson tells KCUR the congressman was not at the practice Wednesday.

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Evidence that the wave election Democrats are hoping for in 2018 is brewing can be seen in Kansas’ 3rd Congressional District. It appears there will be competition for the right to challenge Republican incumbent Kevin Yoder.

Iraq veteran and Bronze Star winner Joe McConnell has officially filed for the Democratic nomination. Jay Sidie, the 2016 nominee, is also expected to run.

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There’s apparently another early entry into a 2018 Kansas congressional race.

Democrat Jay Sidie lost his 2016 campaign against incumbent 3rd District congressman Kevin Yoder by about 10 points -- but that was much closer than many expected.

Now Sidie has sent out an email fundraising appeal, asking supporters to kick in $5 to a potential rematch with Yoder.

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Members of the Kansas congressional delegation are under fire — like many of their colleagues across the country — for ducking town-hall meetings with their constituents.

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An amendment to a bill offered by Republican Kansas Congressman Kevin Yoder could cost some Kansas counties federal funding.

Yoder’s proposal would strip existing Federal Emergency Management Agency grants away from local governments that are not fully enforcing national immigration laws.

Under the amendment, Shawnee, Johnson and Sedgwick counties could all lose a substantial amount of federal money. They would still be eligible for disaster aid.

The all-Republican Kansas delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives was evenly split on the House's budget bill.

Congressmen Mike Pompeo and Tim Huelskamp voted against the bill.

Both said one reason was because it undoes some of the sequestration cuts that took effect earlier this year.

Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins supported the agreement because it cuts long-term spending, and she says there would be increases in short-term spending with or without this bill.