Kris Kobach

2:09 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Kobach Says He Is Preparing To Prosecute Election Fraud

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says his office would immediately begin to prepare election fraud prosecutions if Governor Sam Brownback signs a bill giving him the power to prosecute.

Kobach has sought that authority since taking office in 2011.

The state House approved the bill 67-55, and sent the bill to the governor.

The secretary of state is currently Kansas' chief elections official, but must refer cases to county and federal prosecutors to pursue criminal charges.

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4:14 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

House Approves Bill Upping Secretary Of State's Power

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The House has approved a bill that would give Kansas' secretary of state the power to prosecute election fraud.

The chamber's 67-55 vote Thursday sends the measure to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has sought prosecutorial authority on election fraud cases since taking office in 2011. He has also authored state laws requiring voters to present photo ID.

The bill would also stiffen penalties for election fraud crimes and allow organizations to reward voters with gifts worth less than $3.

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1:18 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

KS House Committee Considers Removing Tuition Benefit For Undocumented Students

Kelvin Lopez urges lawmakers not to repeal the in-state tuition law for certain undocumented immigrants.
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Currently, the children of illegal immigrants are allowed to pay in-state tuition at Kansas community colleges and universities - if they meet certain criteria. But some lawmakers want to change that.

A House committee took testimony Tuesday on a plan to revoke the in-state tuition, which is currently used by about 650 students in Kansas.

Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach says the current law is unfair to legal immigrants, who may not be eligible for in-state tuition.

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4:59 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Kobach: Kansas Supreme Court System Produces 'Mediocre Results'


Secretary of State Kris Kobach says Kansas Supreme Court decisions in school funding and death penalty cases show the justices are not as competent as federal judges.

Kobach was among the witnesses testifying on Thursday during a House Judiciary Committee hearing in favor of changing how state Supreme Court justices are chosen.

Kobach says the state's current system has produced what he called "mediocre results." He believes federal judges are better qualified for their jobs.

Defenders of the current system say it's worked well for decades.

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11:45 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Schodorf and Kobach Spar Over Voter Citizenship Law

Democrat Jean Schodorf and Republican incumbent Kris Kobach
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The forum covered several issues several times as the SAFE (Secure and Fair Elections) law, sponsored by Kobach, was attacked and defended. The law, which requires proof of citizenship for new Kansas voters, has left 22,000 would be registrants -- not so.

"And now we have 22,000 people, who are citizens, in limbo. They don't have cell phones and smart phones," said Democrat Jean Schodorf

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12:30 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Overseas Voters Told They May Have To Re-Vote

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says about 500 voters living overseas will be told they may have to re-vote in the U.S. Senate race after ballots were mailed to them Saturday.

On Friday, Kobach directed counties to begin mailing overseas ballots to meet the federal deadline.

The ballots will have no Democratic candidate in the U.S. Senate race after the Kansas Supreme Court ordered Kobach to honor nominee Chad Taylor's request to remove his name, since he dropped out of the race.

Crime and Courts
11:46 am
Wed September 17, 2014

KS Supreme Court Justices Mulling Senate Ballot Dispute

The Kansas Supreme Court still considering whether Democrat Chad Taylor should be removed from the ballot as a candidate for the U.S. Senate.

Taylor's attorney told the justices yesterday that Secretary of State Kris Kobach did not have the authority to reject Taylor's request to withdraw from the race.

The justices had pointed questions for both sides, but they had more questions for Kobach's attorney.

Stephen Koranda has more...

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10:16 am
Mon September 15, 2014

KS Supreme Court To Hear Senate Ballot Arguments

The Kansas Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday on whether Democrat nominee Chad Taylor should be removed from race for U.S Senate in the November elections.

Taylor dropped out of the race this month, and he's trying to get his name off the ballot. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says Taylor's name should stay on because he did not say he was unfit for the position when he withdrew.

University of Kansas Political Science Professor Burdett Loomis calls the situation "extraordinarily unusual."

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12:13 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Schodorf Challenges Kobach to Release Tax Records

The Democrat running against Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach has released her tax records to the media, and she says Kobach should do the same. Former state Senator Jean Schodorf, from Wichita, released tax returns from the last three tax years. Schodorf wants Kobach to provide his tax documents to prove how much time he spends working on immigration issues that are not related to his job as Kansas secretary of state.

"Whether he's making more money in his private practice, whether it is just a part-time job. And I think it would put the issue to rest," says Schodorf.

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1:56 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

GOP Candidates For Kansas Secretary Of State: In Their Own Words

On Tuesday, Republican primary voters will have to choose between two candidates vying for the office of Kansas Secretary of State.

Incumbent Kris Kobach is seeking a second term, but first, he’ll have to fend-off a challenge from Lawrence attorney Scott Morgan, who has positioned himself as a moderate alternative to the more conservative Kobach.

We'll hear from Kris Kobach in a moment. But first, KPR's J. Schafer brings us more from the challenger, Scott Morgan.

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