Bryan Thompson

Kansas politicians have always been able to score points at the coffee shop by taking jabs at the federal government. But in today's divided America, politicians in red states like Kansas are finding that sometimes the best way to connect with voters is to advocate outright defiance of federal authority.

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Kansas City is competing to be the site of the 2016 Republican National Convention.

The Kansas City Convention and Visitors Association says it's received its bid package from the Republican National Committee.

Officials from both Kansas and Missouri are still working out what the GOP will want from the host city as far as the number of hotel rooms and transportation requirements.

Several other cities, including Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Cleveland and Detroit also have expressed interest in hosting the 2016 event.

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A handful of incumbent Republican state senators are facing primary challenges in Kansas, and the leadership of the Senate hangs in the balance.

The goal of some Republicans in Kansas is to defeat the current moderate leadership in the Senate.

Turnout in primaries is often low.

Washburn University Political Science Professor Mark Peterson says whichever candidates can turnout their supporters will probably come out on top.