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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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