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Politics
11:46 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Could Anti-Incumbency Decide Kansas Races?

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Although midterm elections are less than two weeks away, a number of races in Kansas are still up in the air. Polls haven’t indicated a clear favorite for governor or the U.S. senate. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur takes a look at the political makeup of Kansas voters and why some incumbent Republicans are fighting for their lives.

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Politics
4:47 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Carr Brothers Murders An Unexpected Topic In Gubernatorial Debate

Eugene Williams, general manager of KTWU-TV in Topeka, Kansas, serves as moderator of the Gubernatorial debate between Paul Davis and Sam Brownback at the Kansas Association of Broadcasters annual convention in Wichita, Kansas.
Credit Aileen LeBlanc

The brutal murders committed by Jonathan and Reginald Carr in Wichita over a decade ago were an unexpected topic in Tuesday’s debate between Governor Sam Brownback and Democratic Challenger Paul Davis.

In Brownback’s opening remarks, he mentioned that the Kansas Supreme Court’s liberal tendency led to a ruling in July that overturned six of the eight death sentences for the Carr brothers.

  “It matters what judges you appoint,” Brownback says. “[Either] they stick with the law and the constitution, or they rewrite it.”

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Government
8:03 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Former Lawmaker: FBI Investigating KanCare Contracts

There have been reports around the Kansas Statehouse that there is an FBI investigation into how contracts were awarded for KanCare, the state's privately managed Medicaid program. As KPR's Stephen Koranda reports, someone has now come forward to say the investigation exists.

Former Republican Kansas state Senator Dick Kelsey says the FBI contacted him and interviewed him several times. He says a focus of the investigation is David Kensinger, a former chief of staff to Governor Brownback.

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Politics
12:22 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Three Gubernatorial Candidates Have Different Views Of Budget & Economy

Three of the candidates for Kansas governor have been painting very different pictures of the state budget and the state's economy.

Democrat Paul Davis, Republican Governor Sam Brownback and Libertarian Keen Umbehr met Friday at a debate in Johnson County to talk about taxes, among other topics.

Income tax cuts that Governor Sam Brownback championed reduced the state budget last year.

Libertarian candidate, Keen Umbehr says the cuts weren't fair because they completely eliminated income taxes for thousands of Kansas business owners.

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Politics
10:29 am
Mon September 15, 2014

KS Democrats Say Pro-School Consolidation Claims Are False

Kansas Democrats say that claims that their party's gubernatorial candidate is pro-school consolidation are false.

Governor Sam Brownback has attacked Democratic challenger Paul Davis on the issue based on remarks made by Davis' appointee to a school efficiency task force.

The appointee, former Republican state senator John Vratil, was interviewed in 2011 by The Topeka Capital-Journal for an article about rural Kansas population decline.

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Politics
6:25 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Brownback: 100,000 Private Sector Jobs If Re-Elected

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback speaking at Wichita Area Technical College on Tuesday, Aug. 12.
Credit Sean Sandefur

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is on the campaign trail after last week’s primary election victory.  He visited Wichita on Tuesday afternoon to announce ideas for his potential second term. 

Governor Brownback took his turn to speak on the campus of the Wichita Area Technical College - Democratic Candidate Paul Davis campaigned there in late June.

Joined by Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer, Brownback outlined his plan to create 100,000 private sector jobs in Kansas. He says it starts with limited taxes on small businesses.

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Politics
11:25 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Davis Outraises Brownback In 2014 Campaign Donations

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis has raised more in contributions this year than Republican Governor Sam Brownback, but Brownback is entering the fall campaign with more cash on hand.

Finance reports filed Monday show Davis raised more than $1.1 million dollars in cash contributions from January through July 24th.

Brownback’s total was about $744,000.

Governor Brownback's campaign also received a $500,000 loan on July 23 from Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer. He made a similar loan in December, only to see it paid back within days in early January.

Politics
6:56 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Brownback, Santorum Greeted By Protesters In Visit To Wichita

Members of the Kansas National Education Association were joined by other local unions and voter rights groups in their protest of Gov. Sam Brownback.
Credit Sean Sandefur

The Kansas gubernatorial race is in full swing—incumbent Sam Brownback took his campaign to a movie theater in east Wichita Monday afternoon. Joining him was former presidential hopeful and Republican senator from Pennsylvania, Rick Santorum. Greeting them were teachers protesting an education bill signed into law in April.  

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Politics
5:00 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Paul Davis Cites High Property Taxes In Wichita Visit

Democrat Paul Davis speaks with diners at Connie's Mexican Grill in Wichita. Davis is running against Gov. Sam Brownback in November's gubernatorial election
Sean Sandefur

Democrat Paul Davis, currently a member of the Kansas House of Representatives, is running against Gov. Sam Brownback in the upcoming November elections, Davis visited Wichita on Monday, KMUW’s Sean Sandefur has more…

 

Gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis met with supporters at a Mexican restaurant in Wichita on Monday evening. The event was nondescript. On Davis’ mind were the same issues that are on many Kansan minds: education, the economy and rising taxes - property taxes in particular. 

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Government
11:39 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Gov. Brownback Signs A New Round Of Bills This Week

Governor Sam Brownback has signed 5 new bills into law this week.

House Bill 2210 - Prohibits residents from changing their party affiliation in an election year, from the date of the deadline for candidates to file for office in June through the certification of the results of the August Primary Election.

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