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Gaughan, Robinson face off in Douglas County Commission primary
July 30, 2014
The Aug. 5 Democratic primary for the First District of the Douglas County Commission, between incumbent Mike Gaughan and attorney Greg Robinson, features two different approaches in how the county government should invest its money.
In Kansas City, Obama to GOP: ‘Stop just hating all the time’
July 30, 2014
Pointing the finger at Republicans for congressional inaction, President Barack Obama chided lawmakers Wednesday for spending the waning days before their month-long summer break trying to sue him rather than addressing economic issues that could boost the middle class. “Stop being mad all the time. Stop just hating all the time. Come on,” the president said in a boisterous and sharply partisan speech in Kansas City.
Wolf confronts Roberts during U.S. Senate campaign stop, but still no debate
12:24 p.m., July 30, 2014 Updated 02:11 p.m.
Tea Party challenger Milton Wolf sought again to challenge Republican Sen. Pat Roberts to a debate Wednesday by confronting the three-term incumbent during a campaign stop in downtown Emporia. But Roberts again declined, saying Wolf should focus on his own ethics problems and pending investigation by the Board of Healing Arts. By Peter Hancock
Obama gets a taste of Kansas City barbecue alongside some fellow citizens; plans to speak in K.C. today
July 30, 2014
President Barack Obama feasted on working-class delicacies in Kansas City Tuesday night as he sought to bond with people unaccustomed to having the ear of the most powerful man in the world.
Brownback’s GOP challenger has bankruptcy in past
July 30, 2014
A Wichita businesswoman who is challenging Gov. Sam Brownback in the Republican primary has filed for bankruptcy protection in the past, while her running mate has done so twice.
Sloan, Pierce face off in Republican Party Primary for House District 45
July 29, 2014
The Republican Party race to represent the 45th House District features veteran legislator Tom Sloan and political newcomer Jeremy Ryan Pierce. The two differ on nearly all major issues facing the Kansas Legislature. By Scott Rothschild
Wolf brings Tea Party-backed campaign to Lawrence
July 29, 2014
Milton Wolf, the Republican candidate trying to unseat U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts in the Aug. 5 primary, brought his campaign to Lawrence on Tuesday evening. Despite a 20-point gap in at least one major poll, Wolf said he still believes he can pull off an upset. By Peter Hancock
Doctors’ PAC backs Roberts in Kansas Senate race
July 29, 2014
Sen. Pat Roberts is getting help in his Republican primary race from a political action committee representing tea party challenger Milton Wolf’s fellow radiologists, and the group’s director said Tuesday that it would be “hard to rally around” Wolf because of his past postings of graphic X-ray images on Facebook.
Independent groups active in Kansas governor’s race
July 29, 2014
Independent groups are now getting active in the Kansas gubernatorial campaign. The Kansas Values Institute sent out mailers this week criticizing Gov. Sam Brownback over cuts in education spending. But another group called the Alliance for Freedom has been airing TV ads praising Brownback for supporting a coal-fired power plant in southwest Kansas. By Peter Hancock
Kansas Republican lawmakers seek to streamline death penalty appeals
July 29, 2014
A group of Republican legislators plan to reintroduce a bill that would streamline appeals of death penalty cases in Kansas. The announcement is a reaction to last week’s Kansas Supreme Court ruling that vacated death sentences of convicted killers Jonathan and Reginald Carr. By Peter Hancock
Lawrence school board advances tax cut, rebate for apartment project
July 28, 2014
The Lawrence school board on Monday advanced both a district budget that includes a property tax decrease and a tax rebate for a proposed high-dollar apartment building aimed at housing Kansas University students. By Scott Rothschild
Death penalty case rulings prompt legislative ire
July 28, 2014
The Kansas Supreme Court’s decision to overturn two brothers’ death sentences for a notorious robbery, rape and killing rampage will likely fuel another push by conservative Republicans to give the governor and legislators more say in how the justices are chosen.
Davis leads Brownback in fundraising, polls show undecided race
July 28, 2014
New campaign finance reports show Democrat Paul Davis’ campaign has raised about 50 percent more money than incumbent Republican Gov. Sam Brownback since Jan. 1. Those reports come on the heels of mixed polls showing the race is far from decided. By Peter Hancock
Lawrence board member named director of school foundation, will resign from board
July 28, 2014
Lawrence school board member Adina Morse has been selected as the next executive director of the Lawrence Schools Foundation, which provides funding to benefit students and teachers.
Senate challenger says he has enough signatures to get on ballot as independent candidate
10:59 a.m., July 28, 2014 Updated 01:36 p.m.
Johnson County businessman Greg Orman announced Monday that he has gathered enough petition signatures to file as an independent candidate for U.S. Senate. Kansas law requires people to gather signatures from at least 10,000 registered voters to run as an independent in a statewide election, and Orman said his campaign crossed that threshold Monday.

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