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Program run by Kobach checks voter registation records of more than 100 million people
April 20, 2014
A little-known program run by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach goes through more than 100 million voter records from states across the nation. By Scott Rothschild
Area legislators getting an earful on school finance
April 20, 2014
Lawrence-area legislators say they’re hearing more than the usual amount of feedback from constituents during their three-week break. Much of it is about the recently-passed school finance bill, and almost all of it is negative. By Peter Hancock
Casino, Medicaid among issues decided by Brownback
April 18, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback on Friday made it easier to get a casino in southeast Kansas and harder to get Medicaid coverage for thousands of low-income Kansans. By Scott Rothschild
Brownback to tout bonds for new health education building at KU Medical Center
April 18, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback will visit the Kansas University Medical Center on Monday to tout $25 million in bonding authority to help build a new health education building. By Scott Rothschild
Spokeswoman: Sebelius not considering US Senate race
10:54 a.m., April 18, 2014 Updated 02:02 p.m.
Departing U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is not considering running for the U.S. Senate, a spokeswoman said Friday. The statement from HHS spokeswoman Dori Salcido is in line with comments from Sebelius’ fellow Democrats about speculation that she’d return to Kansas this year to run for the seat held by three-term Republican Sen. Pat Roberts. Sebelius served two terms as Kansas governor before joining President Barack Obama’s administration five years ago.
Governor lets Southeast Kansas casino bill become law
10:46 a.m., April 18, 2014 Updated 02:00 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback is allowing a bill aimed at luring a state-owned casino to southeast Kansas to become law without his signature.
New revenue estimate prompts debate over Brownback’s tax cuts
April 17, 2014
Kansas tax revenue to fund state government continues to fall because of Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax cuts but administration officials maintained that the state budget was in good shape and that the governor’s policies are helping the economy. By Scott Rothschild
Dole to pay visit to KU
April 17, 2014
Former Sen. Bob Dole will return to the Kansas University campus this week. An open house is scheduled from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the Dole Institute of Politics, 2350 Petefish Drive. By Peter Hancock
Roberts, Wolf report Senate fundraising totals
April 16, 2014
Incumbent U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts continues to maintain his fundraising advantage over fellow Republican Dr. Milton Wolf in their Kansas primary race.
Kansas to mandate some health coverage on autism
08:33 a.m., April 16, 2014 Updated 12:50 p.m.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is preparing to sign legislation that will require health insurance plans to provide coverage for some services for children with autism, starting next year.
Political analyst predicts Republicans will reclaim U.S. Senate
April 15, 2014
A well-respected political analyst told a Lawrence audience Tuesday night that Republicans appear likely to take command of the U.S. Senate following this year’s midterm elections.
Jenkins explains budget vote; tours local businesses
April 15, 2014
U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins on Tuesday explained her vote in favor of a federal budget bill that she says would reign in the federal deficit, but which Democrats say would gut funding for domestic programs such as Medicare and student financial aid. By Peter Hancock
Praeger, health care groups urge Brownback to veto bill allowing state to take over Medicare
April 15, 2014
Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger and senior citizen and health care groups on Tuesday urged Gov. Sam Brownback to veto a bill that they said could jeopardize health care to hundreds of thousands of Kansans under Medicare. By Scott Rothschild
Regents committee will look at proposed revisions to controversial social media policy
April 15, 2014
Members of the Kansas Board of Regents this week will have their first discussion on proposed changes to their controversial social media policy. By Scott Rothschild
Moran receives award for support of research
April 14, 2014
On Monday at the Dole Institute of Politics, U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran received an award for his support of scientific research. Presenting the award was Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, who worked closely with Moran when KU was trying to win a National Cancer Institute designation for its cancer research center. By Ben Unglesbee

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