Davis taps into doubts about Kansas governor
August 31, 2014
A Democratic legislator still unknown to some Kansas voters is giving Republican Gov. Sam Brownback a tough re-election race, tapping into doubts about tax-cutting that cemented the incumbent’s reputation in conservative circles. State Rep. Paul Davis has lived much of his life within walking distance of the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence, long seen as a liberal, blue island in a red state. He’s a bespectacled 42-year-old lawyer and a two-time Democratic National Convention delegate for President Barack Obama.
Jenkins frustrated with lack of strategy for Ukraine crisis
August 29, 2014
Rep. Lynn Jenkins hopes President Barack Obama will outline a strategy to Congress when it reconvenes next week about how to respond to Russian military incursions into Ukraine. Both she and her Democratic opponent in this year’s election, Margie Wakefield, say they are not yet ready to commit to a military response. By Peter Hancock
14 apply for vacancy on Lawrence school board
August 29, 2014
At its Sept. 8 meeting, the school board will discuss the applications received and appoint a member to serve the remainder of Adina Morse’s term, which expires June 30, 2015.
Kansas taxes $4M less than expected in August
08:40 a.m., August 29, 2014 Updated 05:00 p.m.
A new report says Kansas collected $4 million less in taxes than expected in August.
Kobach reappoints Johnson County election chief
August 28, 2014
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has appointed the top elections official in the state’s most populous county to another four-year term.
Kansas primary election saw 20 percent turnout
August 27, 2014
Kansas officials say about 20 percent of the state’s 1.74 million registered voters took part in this month’s primary elections.
Kansas board OKs 92-year-old’s voter registration
11:24 a.m., August 27, 2014 Updated 01:41 p.m.
It took action by three of the state’s highest-ranking elected officials, but a 92-year-old Johnson County woman has been declared eligible to vote in Kansas. The State Election Board, which includes the lieutenant governor, secretary of state and attorney general, agreed Wednesday that even though Evelyn Howard of Shawnee could not produce a birth certificate or a passport to prove she is a U.S. citizen, her family bible and some old census records were sufficient for the state.
Schodorf releases tax info, challenges Kobach to do same
09:59 a.m., August 27, 2014 Updated 12:18 p.m.
The Democratic challenger to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has released the past three years of personal income tax information and is challenging her opponent to do the same.
Women for Kansas rally to open convention
August 27, 2014
A grassroots group called Women for Kansas is planning a public rally to open its “Taking Back Kansas” convention.
Report finds Kansas schools not misusing funding formula
August 26, 2014
A Kansas Association of School Boards report finds the increase in children receiving free or discounted meals is tied to increasing poverty rates and is not a ploy to boost school funding.
Brownback outlines education goals for second term
August 25, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback laid out goals he wants to achieve in a second term for K-12 and higher education while touting the accomplishments of his first term. But Democrats argue his tax cuts are likely to force further cuts in education spending. By Peter Hancock
Appeals court questions proof-of-citizenship rules
10:37 a.m., August 25, 2014 Updated 04:38 p.m.
A federal appeals court in Denver is considering whether Kansas and Arizona can force federal elections officials to help them impose their proof-of-citizenship requirements on voter registration forms.
Kansas Democrats to fight back on Obamacare
August 24, 2014
The Kansas Democratic Party adopted a platform this weekend that offers a full-throated defense of the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare. They also plan to attack Gov. Sam Brownback over his own health care policies, which some are now dubbing “BrownbackCare.” By Peter Hancock
Documentary ‘After Tiller’ to air on PBS
August 24, 2014
Lana Wilson and Martha Shane’s Sundance award-winning documentary “After Tiller” will premiere nationally on PBS on Sept. 1.
Paul Davis, Kansas Democrats focus campaigns on education funding
August 23, 2014
Democrat Paul Davis told his party’s faithful Saturday that restoring funding for public education will be his top priority if he is elected governor. But he acknowledged it will be a tough battle with a state senate dominated by Republicans loyal to incumbent Gov. Sam Brownback. Davis was the keynote speaker Saturday at the Kansas Democratic Party’s annual “DemoFest” convention in Wichita. By Peter Hancock