Candidates spar over Davis tax plan
August 22, 2014
The two candidates for governor issued dueling press releases Friday about the impact of Democrat Paul Davis’ proposal to freeze income tax rates, preventing future tax cuts enacted by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback from taking effect. Brownback said that amounts to a tax hike on the poor, while Davis said Republicans are distorting the issue. By Peter Hancock
Former Sen. Dole resuming Kansas homecoming tour
August 22, 2014
Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole returns to Kansas next month for the latest of several planned trips to his home state this year.
Democratic congressional candidate endorses Orman
August 22, 2014
The Democratic nominee in Kansas’ 1st Congressional District has crossed party lines to endorse independent candidate Greg Orman for U.S. Senate.
Report: Kansas economy picked up steam in late 2013
04:37 p.m., August 21, 2014 Updated 05:54 p.m.
New economic numbers released this week show the Kansas economy picked up steam in the fourth quarter of 2013 and actually outperformed the Plains region and the nation as a whole. For the entire year, though, Kansas’ Gross Domestic Product grew only 1.9 percent. By Peter Hancock
Moran to give battle against gridlock ‘one more try’
August 20, 2014
Questioned Tuesday at a Baldwin City town hall meeting about how he could accomplish anything positive in the “rigged” Washington, D.C., environment, Sen. Jerry Moran said he would give the system one more chance. The question came after Moran told about 15 area residents that the U.S. Senate was not functional.
New Jersey Gov. Christie stumps for Brownback
01:00 p.m., August 20, 2014 Updated 03:16 p.m.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie praised Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s leadership during a Wednesday stopover in the Midwest, hoping to give his fellow Republican a boost in the polls amid Brownback’s tougher-than-expected race against Democrat Paul Davis.
GOP intensifies efforts in Kansas governor’s race
August 19, 2014
The Republican Governor’s Association is intensifying its efforts to help Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s re-election campaign.
Roberts: Drug cartels behind US border crisis
August 18, 2014
U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts says drug cartels are enticing Central American immigrants to come to the United States to work for their operations here. The Kansas Republican made the claim Monday at the annual convention of the Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association.
Editor’s note: What issues are important to you in the 2014 elections?
August 18, 2014
As we cover the 2014 campaigns, we’d like to focus on the issues that are most important to readers: jobs and the economy, the future of the Affordable Care Act, tax policy, education funding and federal regulation. Our question to readers: Are we missing any issues of importance to you or Douglas County? Are there specific questions on the topics above that you’d like to see us answer?
Brownback discusses efforts to fight federal laws
12:07 p.m., August 18, 2014 Updated 06:52 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback vowed Monday that if he is re-elected, he will make battling the federal government on issues such as environmental regulation, health care and gun rights a major focus of his second term. By Peter Hancock
Kansas jobless rate ticks up to 4.9 percent
August 18, 2014
The Kansas unemployment rate rose a tenth of a point in July to 4.9 percent. The total number of people employed fell since June while new claims for unemployment increased. By Peter Hancock
Higher education hoping to avoid budget cuts
August 18, 2014
With a state revenue shortfall on the horizon, higher education officials are hoping they can maintain the currentlevel of state funding and avoid getting cut. By Scott Rothschild
Davis keeping relatively low profile in race for Kansas governor
August 18, 2014
A recent poll found that nearly one in five likely Kansas voters have never heard of Paul Davis, the Democratic candidate for Governor. Despite that, Davis is running a low-profile campaign, speaking mainly at small private gatherings with no media coverage, and so far airing no radio or TV ads. By Peter Hancock
Democrat sees path to upset in Kansas Senate race
August 17, 2014
Democrats’ hopes for upsetting three-term Republican Sen. Pat Roberts rest on challenger Chad Taylor’s belief that he can escape President Barack Obama’s shadow, even in GOP-leaning Kansas. The 40-year-old Shawnee County district attorney’s low-budget campaign is trying to tap into frustration with Washington and sentiments against incumbents. Roberts, 78, began his political career as a congressional aide in the late 1960s and faced questions during the tough GOP primary about owning a Washington-area home while listing rented space in the Dodge City home of two supporters as his official residence.
Lawrence school district accepting applications for board vacancy
August 15, 2014
The deadline for applicants to fill a vacancy on the Lawrence school board is Aug. 29.