Pat Roberts

Politics
11:26 am
Wed July 16, 2014

American Hospital Association Funds Ads Supporting Sen. Pat Roberts

The American Hospital Association has disclosed spending $212,000 on television advertisements praising Sen. Pat Roberts as he faces Milton Wolf in the Aug. 5 primary.

The association disclosed the spending in a report filed last week with federal regulators, with the bulk of the money buying advertising time. An association spokeswoman did not immediately return telephone and email messages.

Roberts' re-election campaign said the ads began airing statewide last week. The ads say Roberts is a leader on protecting rural health care.

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Politics
11:05 am
Wed July 16, 2014

National Tea Party Group Backs Milton Wolf In Senate Race Against Pat Roberts

A national tea party group is backing challenger Milton Wolf's bid to unseat Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts in the state’s Republican primary.

The Atlanta-based Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund announced Tuesday that it has endorsed Wolf. The group described Wolf as the right conservative candidate to fight Democratic President Barack Obama’s agenda in Washington.

Roberts is seeking his third, six-year term in the Senate. Wolf has made the senator’s longevity in politics an issue, as Roberts began working as a congressional aide in 1967.

Politics
10:44 am
Tue May 13, 2014

State Panel Rejects Challenge to Roberts Candidacy For Re-Election

Two of the panel's members, Eric Rucker, representing Secretary of State Kris Kobach (right) and Brant Laue representing Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer.
Credit Stephen Koranda

A state panel has rejected an effort to block Kansas Senator Pat Roberts from running for re-election. The State Objections Board ruled 3-0 against a group of Kansans arguing that Roberts doesn’t really live in the state. It sets the stage for Roberts to face challenger Milton Wolf in the August Republican primary.

Chuck Henderson, a Milton Wolf supporter from Manhattan, filed one of the objections. He believes Roberts shouldn’t be eligible to run again because he actually lives in a home in Virginia.

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Politics
1:58 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

UPDATE: Kansas Board Rejects Residency Challenge Against Sen. Pat Roberts

UPDATE: A state elections board has rejected a claim that U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts is not truly a Kansas resident, allowing him to seek re-election this year.

A state panel will meet today to decide if Republican Kansas Senator Pat Roberts is eligible to appear on the primary election ballot.

Four Kansans have filed claims challenging his candidacy; they say he may not meet the residency requirement.

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Government
10:29 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Kansas State Objections Board Considers Allegations Over Senator Pat Robert's Residency

The State Objections Board will meet Monday to consider allegations that U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts is not truly a Kansas resident and shouldn’t be allowed to seek re-election.

Secretary of State Kris Kobach scheduled the board meeting after four citizens filed objections to listing the three-term senator on the August 5th Republican primary ballot.

GOP tea party challenger Milton Wolf contends that Roberts lives in Alexandria, Virginia, where the senator owns a home.

Roberts and his wife own a duplex unit in Dodge City but rent it out.

Politics
11:56 am
Thu April 17, 2014

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts Out-Fundraising Primary Challenger

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts continues to maintain his fundraising advantage over challenger Dr. Milton Wolf in their Kansas primary race.

According to reports filed with the Federal Elections Commission, incumbent Senator Roberts raised more than $534,000 from Jan. 1 through March 31st, aided by nearly $260,000 from political action committees.

Wolf’s campaign says it raised more than $318,000 during the same period, and that all but about 5 thousand dollars were from individual donors.

Politics
9:35 am
Tue February 11, 2014

As He Seeks A Fourth Term, Senator Roberts Faces Questions About His Residency In Kansas

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts is facing questions about whether he can claim Kansas as his home, as he seeks a fourth Senate term.

Roberts and his wife own a duplex in Dodge City, but it has a tenant.

He's registered to vote at another Dodge City address less than half a mile away. That home belongs to some longtime friends and supporters; he rents a room and a bathroom there for $300 a month.

The issue is getting new scrutiny after a New York Times story suggested Roberts was "desperate" to re-establish ties with his home state.

Politics
8:44 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Senate Conservatives Fund Endorses Tea Party Candidate Milton Wolf

The national group "Senate Conservatives Fund" has endorsed Milton Wolf in campaign against Senator Roberts for the Kansas Republican primary.

Wolf is a radiologist in Leawood, Kansas, and is running against Roberts as a tea party candidate.

He's criticized Roberts on budget, tax and health care issues and sees the endorsement as helping him build momentum.

Former South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint founded the Senate Conservatives Fund.

Politics
5:35 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Roberts, Opponent Spar Over Budget Deal

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts has announced he'll vote against a bipartisan budget deal, but the Kansas Republican's primary opponent says Roberts should have spoken up earlier.

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U.S. Congress
4:34 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Roberts Wants Farm Bill Talks to Resume

Republican Kansas Senator Pat Roberts says he isn't satisfied with the pace of negotiations on the farm bill.

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