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John Boehner resigning as speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives could be good for Kansas 1st District Congressman Tim Huelskamp. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, Huelskamp hailed the announcement that Boehner was stepping down.

There’s no love lost between Huelskamp, from the 1st District in western Kansas, and Speaker Boehner. After some conflict, Huelskamp lost his positions on the important Agriculture and Budget Committees.

DODGE CITY, Kan.--A former staffer for U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp has been sentenced to 12 months in prison in a Kansas child- sex case.

Matthew Pennell was sentenced Friday in Ford County after admitting to two of the 17 child sexual exploitation counts he was charged with in March. The Dodge City Daily Globe reports that Pennell also will be required to register as a sex offender and complete a treatment program.

The affidavit says Pennell was in possession of child pornography.

Sean Sandefur


The Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association is holding its 77th annual KIOGA Convention in Wichita this week. The event is attended each year by Kansas business owners who work in the oil and gas industry. This year’s spotlight has turned to the Lesser Prairie Chicken. 

Monday morning’s agenda at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel included a panel discussion with Kansas’ congressional delegation. They fielded questions about federal legislation and the oil and gas industries.

The Republican congressman from the sprawling 1st District of western and central Kansas is finding himself on the defensive while campaigning back home.

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp is a tea party favorite and Kansas farmer known for his criticism of GOP leadership.

Huelskamp is being challenged in this year’s GOP primary by Alan LaPolice, a farmer and educator from Clyde who has made Huelskamp’s conflicts with other Republicans the centerpiece of his campaign.

Kansas Congressman Huelskamp says he’s working with other members of Congress on proposals to cut the Fish and Wildlife Service’s budget.

The goal is to get the agency to back off its decision to list the lesser prairie chicken as threatened.

The agency listed the lesser prairie chicken as threatened because of its declining population; the listing allows federal oversight of efforts in Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas to preserve the grouse’s habitat.

Bryan Thompson

A Washington Post blog called “The Fact Checker” gives a “Four Pinocchios” rating to recent claims by Kansas First District Congressman Tim Huelskamp about the Affordable Care Act

The rating is based on statements Huelskamp made during recent town hall meetings in Hays and Salina, when he was asked about the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

Kansas congressman Tim Huelskamp has revised his plans for raffling off tickets to men's college basketball games for small campaign contributions because of legal questions.

Huelskamp announced yesterday he's no longer requiring a donation for a chance to win four tickets to NCAA men's tournament games this week in St. Louis.

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson told Huelskamp's campaign that the contest he announced on Monday was illegal.

The all-Republican Kansas delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives was evenly split on the House's budget bill.

Congressmen Mike Pompeo and Tim Huelskamp voted against the bill.

Both said one reason was because it undoes some of the sequestration cuts that took effect earlier this year.

Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins supported the agreement because it cuts long-term spending, and she says there would be increases in short-term spending with or without this bill.

Kansas Congressman Tim Huelskamp's bill seeking a constitutional amendment to gay marriage is picking up support, but not from Kansas colleagues.

Huelskamp's bill has picked up at least 47 co-sponsors in the U.S. House since its introduction a month ago.

But co-sponsors from Kansas are absent from this list.

U.S. Representative Mike Pompeo says he strongly believes in defending traditional marriage and is looking at the amendment carefully.

Representatives Kevin Yoder and Lynn Jenkins declined comment.

As Kansas supporters of gay marriage celebrated two U.S. Supreme Court rulings Wednesday, Republican Congressman Tim Huelskamp said he would take action.

The Supreme Court struck down a provision of a federal law that denies federal benefits to married gay couples. It also cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California.

Many Kansas residents celebrated at the rainbow-colored "Equality House" in Topeka. Leaders of the Planting Peace organization there unfurled a large banner from the roof of the house that said, "Bye, Bye DOMA."