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Kansas governor, challenger discuss gay marriage
October 20, 2014
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback vowed Monday to defend Kansas’ ban on same-sex marriage, while Democratic challenger Paul Davis said during a debate Monday that there’s nothing either of them can do at this point because the matter is in the hands of the courts.
Christie makes 3rd trip to stump for Brownback
October 20, 2014
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday made his third trip to Kansas to raise money and stump for fellow Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. Christie, who heads the Republican Governors Association, has spent heavily on TV advertising to support Brownback against his Democratic challenger, Rep. Paul Davis of Lawrence. By Peter Hancock
Court sets hearing in Kansas gay marriage lawsuit
October 20, 2014
A federal judge has set a hearing this week to hear arguments over whether he should order Kansas to allow same-sex marriages.
Kansas City Royals get Paul Ryan’s endorsement
October 20, 2014
Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan isn’t just endorsing politicians now.
Brownback, Davis set for back-to-back debates
08:36 a.m., October 20, 2014 Updated 03:37 p.m.
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback has trumpeted his massive tax cuts benefiting the wealthiest Kansas residents and businesses as a red-state model for the rest of the nation to follow, but on Monday he is likely to face questions about whether the reductions have actually harmed the state’s economy and its schools during his third debate with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis.
Top Republicans make gay marriage issue in Kansas
October 19, 2014
Republican Sen. Pat Roberts and Gov. Sam Brownback are raising gay marriage as an issue to help paint their challengers as too liberal for GOP-leaning Kansas in the final weeks of tough re-election races.
Kansas education cuts among largest in the nation
October 18, 2014
Kansas is one of several states where K-12 education funding is still below pre-recession levels. The report by the Center for Budget Policies and Priorities is likely to fuel the debate over school funding, which has been a central issue in this year’s race for governor. By Peter Hancock
As races tighten in final weeks, experts say turnout will be key
October 18, 2014
Political experts watching the races for governor and U.S. Senate in Kansas say both races appear to be tightening and are now considered toss-ups heading into the final two weeks of the campaign. That means both races will likely depend on who actually turns out to vote Nov. 4. By Peter Hancock
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan lends support to Pat Roberts in Senate race
October 17, 2014
Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan urged Kansans on Friday to back Republican Sen. Pat Roberts in a tight re-election race, saying that his independent challenger is a liberal who would support President Barack Obama.
Democrat slams plan giving Kansas control of Medicare
October 17, 2014
The Democratic nominee for Kansas insurance commissioner is deriding a proposed multi-state health care compact that would give the state control of Medicare within its borders.
Kansas wildlife commission removes snake from threatened list
07:49 a.m., October 17, 2014 Updated 02:14 p.m.
Despite a scientific recommendation against it, a Kansas commission voted to remove the redbelly snake from the state’s threatened species list in response to complaints from developers and the possibility of retaliation from state lawmakers.
Kansas attorney general appeals two death penalty decisions
October 17, 2014
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has formally appealed a decision to vacate death sentences of three men convicted in two separate murder cases.
Arts panel approves design for Eisenhower Memorial
October 16, 2014
A key arts panel has approved a revised design for a memorial to honor President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Washington, which could clear the way for groundbreaking.
Jenkins defends ad touting her vote on Violence Against Women Act
October 16, 2014
Democrat Margie Wakefield is questioning an ad by 2nd District Rep. Lynn Jenkins about her vote on the Violence Against Women Act. But the Jenkins campaign stands behind the ad and has accused national commentators of “glaring errors” in their coverage of it. By Peter Hancock
Kansas Democrats fire spokesman over online insult
02:17 p.m., October 16, 2014 Updated 05:44 p.m.
The Kansas Democratic Party fired its communications director Thursday over an online posting that mocked three towns in the state’s southeast corner, and two of the party’s top officials promised to visit the region to apologize.

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