Kris Kobach

Government
9:29 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Kobach Backs Bill To Exclude Lesser Prairie Chicken From Federal Protection

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is backing a bill that would exclude the lesser prairie chicken from federal protection.

Kobach told the Senate Natural Resources Committee on Thursday that the bill would likely lead to a legal battle that pits state rights against federal law.

Commentary
5:36 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Crowson Cartoon: Winfield!

Government
7:32 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Group Seeks Repeal Of Kansas Voter Citizenship Law

About 100 people from the Wichita-based voter advocacy group KanVote rallied at the State House Tuesday urging legislators to repeal the new voter law. But their effort immediately stalled.

The NAACP, the American Civil Liberties Union and Equality Kansas have also called publicly for the law's repeal.

More than 15,900 legal Kansas residents' voter registrations are "on hold" because they have yet to provide proper documents; until then, they can't legally vote.

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Voting Laws
4:12 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

ACLU Ready to File Lawsuit Over Kansas Voter Registration Law

The American Civil Liberties Union said in a letter that it's ready to go to court over a voter registration law in Kansas.

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Secretary of State
5:47 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Kobach Seeks Protest Investigation

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has asked for an investigation into an immigration reform protest held outside his Wyandotte County home.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:28 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Kobach Denied Authority To Prosecute Election Fraud

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has failed to gain authority to prosecute election fraud allegations. The state House rejected a bill that contained his proposal.

Legislators approved similar versions of Kobach's proposals earlier this year. However, negotiators tied new authority for his office to another measure about collecting DNA samples from criminal suspects.

Some Republican lawmakers said collecting DNA from suspects violates the suspects' civil liberties.

Other House members didn't want to give Kobach the expanded authority.

2013 Legislative Session
5:57 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Kobach Office Could Get Expanded Power Soon

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says he is close to winning legislative approval for new power for his office to investigate and prosecute election fraud cases. 

Secretary of State Kobach said Friday he's optimistic lawmakers will approve the bill when they reconvene this week to wrap up their business for the year.

The House and Senate have approved different versions of Kobach's bill, setting up negotiations over the final version. Lead House negotiator Lance Kinzer said Kobach's proposal is on track to pass.

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Government
11:59 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Democrats Target Kobach's Outside Work With New Bill

Kansas Democrats want to put limits on the Secretary of State.

Democratic leaders say they will introduce two measures in January in an effort to limit Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's power, and his work outside the office on immigration and other issues.

Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley said Tuesday that he would submit a bill to limit the ability of statewide elected officials and their employees to work more than 10 hours a week outside their official duties and still receive compensation.

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Politics
1:45 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Kansas Democrat Won't Force Recount After Losing By 21 Votes

A Democratic legislator who's been a critic of Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach says she won't seek a recount after losing her race for re-election by 21 votes out of nearly 11,000 cast.

State Representative Ann Mah of Topeka said Friday that a recount probably wouldn't change the outcome of the 54th House District contest. She lost to Republican challenger Ken Corbet of Topeka.

The district covers parts of Douglas, Shawnee and Osage counties. The last reviews of ballots - in Shawnee County - finished late Thursday.

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Election 2012
11:58 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Lawsuit Filed Over Provisional Ballots

A Kansas House Democrat has filed a lawsuit hoping to force Shawnee County officials to turn over a list of voters who cast provisional ballots.

Rep. Ann Mah of Topeka is trying to avert a narrow election loss.

Democratic Party officials gave The Associated Press a copy of Mah's petition before it was filed in Shawnee County District Court Friday.

Mah trails Republican challenger Ken Corbet of Topeka by 27 votes out of almost 11,000 cast. She says she wants to ensure that all provisional votes are counted and that maybe 150 votes are in play.

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