2008 Elections

Obama adviser has ties to city
Gen. Jones a cousin of Lawrence resident
December 7, 2008
Carol Hatton has special incentive for following President-elect Barack Obama and his administration when they take office next month. The Lawrence woman’s cousin — retired Marine Corps Gen. James Jones — will be one of Obama’s closest advisers. The former Marine commandant, NATO commander and special envoy for Middle East security was Obama’s choice for national security adviser.
General Election — November 4, 2008
General Election — Ballot measures
Video: Residents share reflections from historic night

This 2008 election is one that will forever change history books. Democrat Barack Obama became the nation's first black president-elect. 6News reporter Chardae Davis caught up with leaders from Lawrence's black community on Wednesday to get their reactions to the moment that re-wrote history. Watch »

Video: Boyda loses U.S. House seat to Jenkins

Republican Lynn Jenkins unseated Democrat Nancy Boyda in the 2nd District US House race. Watch »

Video: Obama supporters take to Mass. Street

Bells were ringing, flags were waving and car horns were honking in Downtown Lawrence after Barack Obama promised supporters that "change has come." Watch »

Video: Election Tuesday has come and gone

Lines were out the door Tuesday morning, but by the time the polls were closing, only a few last-minute voters were around. Watch »

Video: Poll workers ready for busy day

While county officials have been tested by all the advance voting action, they'll receive plenty of part-time help on Tuesday. Watch »

Voter Education Coalition forum: Douglas County Commission 3rd District
Opening statements South Lawrence Trafficway County budget Industrial sites City/county partnership The environment Retiree population Domestic partnership registry Motivations Rural property rights Economic development Consolidation of service Agricultural land T sales tax Development rules Meeting schedule Closing statements

Republican Jim Flory and Democrat Ken Grotewiel debate the issues prior to the Nov. 4 general election.

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Voter Education Coalition forum: Douglas County Commission 2nd District
Opening statements Urbanization County and city interests Aging population Transportation projects Economic development Non-discrimination Fairgrounds South Lawrence Trafficway Commission structure KU collaboration Budget Industrial sites T sales tax Meeting schedule Business incentives Five-acre exemption Closing statements

Republican David L. Brown and Democrat Nancy Thellman debate the issues prior to the Nov. 4 election

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Local law enforcement, emergency services estimate Obama’s visit cost them more than $60K; mayor says worth every penny
05:54 p.m., February 10, 2015 Updated 09:57 p.m.
With the added security, visitors and spectacle of President Barack Obama’s visit to Lawrence last month, local law enforcement departments and emergency services racked up a few bills, officials said.
Affordable Care Act nears major milestone; Brownback still opposed
September 3, 2013
With a month to go before the launch of a major portion of the Affordable Care Act, Gov. Sam Brownback remains opposed to the law—even as some other Republican governors have been softening their opposition and even begrudgingly accepting the new health insurance program in their states. By Scott Rothschild
Motorcycle chase ends in arrest, multiple felony charges
December 25, 2012
Suspect caught in Buford Watson Park after abandoning motorcycle and trying t flee on foot. By Peter Hancock
Room and board increases approved by Kansas Board of Regents
December 19, 2012
The Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday approved a 2.5 percent increase for room and board at Kansas University. By Scott Rothschild.
Douglas County Clerk’s office provides informational brochure on voting
October 25, 2012
More information provided on voting in Douglas County. By Scott Rothschild
Former KDOT Secretary Miller says Brown was not involved in helping improve safety on K-10
October 11, 2012
Former Kansas Department of Transportation Secretary Deb Miller on Thursday said that state Rep. Anthony Brown, R-Eudora, was not involved in helping secure safety improvements along Kansas Highway 10.
Statehouse Live: Echo accusations reverberate in 2nd Congressional District race
August 17, 2012
Democrat Tobias Schlingensiepen, who is challenging U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, usually gets applause when he says that the 2nd Congressional District “needs a voice, not an echo.”
Republicans vie to unseat Sen. Holland in 3rd District
August 1, 2012
Rep. Anthony Brown and J.C. Tellefson think the newly drawn Kansas Senate 3rd District needs new blood and hope to unseat Democratic Sen. Tom Holland of Baldwin City.
Bill Self meets with President in Osawatomie
KU hoops coach learns that Barack Obama is ‘huge basketball fan’
04:12 p.m., December 6, 2011 Updated 02:44 a.m.
Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self met with President Barack Obama at a meet-and-greet session before the President’s speech on Tuesday at Osawatomie High School.
Bank starts foreclosure proceedings against Douglas County Sheriff Ken McGovern’s home
July 28, 2011
An attorney for U.S. Bank last Friday filed a civil suit seeking a mortgage foreclosure on the west Lawrence home of Douglas County Sheriff Ken McGovern, according to Douglas County District Court records.
Unlike Kansas, California and Florida have laws allowing municipalities to set price guidelines for tow companies
July 19, 2011
Douglas County officials looked at options several years ago to regulate prices, but couldn’t come up with anything that wouldn’t violate the federal law. But county officials says he would be receptive to options that would set standard prices.
New Hillary Clinton style challenges notions about shorter hair for older women
August 29, 2010
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton serves as further proof that women do not have to kowtow to expectations, rules of thumb or other quietly bullying cultural assumptions. She is a role model for women who are past the ingenue phase of their lives. She is making a fashion statement.
Girlfriend charged in McCollum gun hoax
July 14, 2010
Douglas County prosecutors have charged a 20-year-old woman with falsely reporting a crime in connection with an April incident that led to chaos at Kansas University’s largest residence hall.
Robinson announces House candidacy; Sloan will seek re-election
Former school board member Linda Robinson to seek House seat
11:33 a.m., April 13, 2010 Updated 01:09 p.m.
The 45th District includes west Lawrence and Lecompton.
Obama’s 1st pitch to mark 100-year ritual
April 3, 2010
One hundred years ago this month, a rotund right-hander, President William Howard Taft, started a baseball tradition by throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at the Washington season opener. On Monday, the Nationals turn to a svelte southpaw, President Barack Obama, to make his Nationals Park debut.