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Dole in state to sing Roberts’ praises
September 22, 2014
A newly upholstered chair and an American flag dominated Village Square Mall on the west side of Dodge City, the Kansas hometown of Sen. Pat Roberts, who is seeking re-election. But the man who took the seat — and who commanded the audience of more than 200 — wasn’t Roberts.
Former budget director says tax cuts make higher education funding ‘vulnerable’
September 22, 2014
About 25 people attended the discussion that was hosted by the Kansas Farmers Union. Citing statistics provided by the non-partisan Kansas Legislative Research Department, Goossen said the tax cuts championed by Gov. Sam Brownback will reduce revenues to the state general fund by $3.7 billion through 2018. The current annual budget is $6.3 billion. By Scott Rothschild
Report: Senate challenger Orman’s assets top $21M
11:53 a.m., September 22, 2014 Updated 01:21 p.m.
The independent candidate trying to unseat U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts in Kansas disclosed Monday that he owns assets worth between $21.5 million and $86 million.
Report: Paul Davis was at rural Kansas strip club raided by police in 1998
05:40 p.m., September 20, 2014 Updated 06:43 p.m.
A southeast Kansas newspaper reported Saturday that Democrat Paul Davis was caught in 1998 at a strip club in Coffeyville, where police executed a search warrant for suspected drug trafficking. Davis did not deny that he was present during the drug raid but said he had done nothing wrong. He also accused Gov. Sam Brownback’s campaign of engaging in a smear campaign. By Peter Hancock
Roberts, a GOP institution, now battling for his political life
September 20, 2014
Sen. Pat Roberts has been a powerful political force in Kansas and Washington for decades. He has helped craft significant farm bills and was at the center of national security debates over intelligence failures that led up to the war in Iraq. But this year, he has had to fight for his political life against a new generation of politicians on both the right and the left. By Peter Hancock
Orman travels unique path to enter Kansas politics
September 20, 2014
Kansas has never elected an independent candidate to the United States Congress, but Greg Orman hopes to be the first. As a relative newcomer in Kansas politics, however, his biggest challenge will be introducing himself to voters and convincing them to trust him with one of the highest offices in government. By Peter Hancock
Some Kansas ballots won’t have Democrat for Senate
September 19, 2014
Kansas will send voters living overseas a ballot for the November election with no Democratic candidate for a U.S. Senate race that has unexpectedly become one of the most hotly-contested in the nation.
Kobach to add disclaimer to Kansas Senate ballots
03:30 p.m., September 19, 2014 Updated 04:37 p.m.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says about 500 voters living overseas will be told they may have to re-vote in the U.S. Senate race after ballots are mailed to them Saturday.
Kansas Gov. Brownback, Democratic, Libertarian rivals spar at debate
01:25 p.m., September 19, 2014 Updated 05:35 p.m.
All three candidates for governor faced each other Friday during a debate in Johnson County, answering questions about tax policy, economic development, education funding and a variety of issues. For the most part, though, the major candidates stuck to their key talking points, with Republican Gov. Sam Brownback boasting that his tax cuts are producing economic growth, while Rep. Paul Davis, the Democratic candidate from Lawrence, promising to restore cuts in base aid to public schools that have occurred under the Brownback administration.
Kansas father of Brownback staffer files suit to force new Democrat on ballot
September 18, 2014
A registered Democratic voter has filed a new petition with the Kansas Supreme Court asking it to force the party to name a new nominee for the U.S. Senate.
Kansas Supreme Court orders state to remove Taylor from Senate ballot
04:43 p.m., September 18, 2014 Updated 06:47 p.m.
Kansas must remove the name of the Democratic candidate against Republican Sen. Pat Roberts from the ballot, the state Supreme Court declared Thursday, in a unanimous ruling that could influence the fight for control of the U.S. Senate.
Davis names bipartisan business advisory council
September 18, 2014
Democrat Paul Davis has named a group that includes business leaders from various sectors of the Kansas economy to advise his gubernatorial campaign. Although he said no one on the list has been offered a cabinet post, Davis said the group reflects the kind of administration he wants to form. By Peter Hancock
Orman launches new ad in US Senate race in Kansas
11:25 a.m., September 18, 2014 Updated 12:43 p.m.
Independent candidate Greg Orman is launching a new statewide television ad in the U.S. Senate race in Kansas to counter criticism from Republican Sen. Pat Roberts.
Staff at Kansas universities get pay raises
08:59 a.m., September 18, 2014 Updated 12:20 p.m.
Staff at five of six public Kansas universities who voted to leave the civil service received their first raises in several years.
Journalists comment on why Kansas races drawing national attention
10:29 p.m., September 17, 2014 Updated 09:12 a.m.
National and regional reporters covering the 2014 midterm elections told a Lawrence audience Wednesday that the races for governor and U.S. Senate in Kansas have been surprising so far, as two powerful Republican incumbents suddenly find themselves in trouble. The discussion was hosted by the Dole Institute of Politics on the Kansas University campus. By Peter Hancock