2008 Elections

Biden praises economic recovery project in Kansas
10:06 a.m., June 11, 2009 Updated 12:12 a.m.
Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday the $787 billion economic stimulus program is creating jobs with infrastructure projects like the replacement of a dilapidated bridge in central Pennsylvania, the first stop of a cross-country “Road to Recovery” tour.
Roberts wants Biden to see examples of wasteful stimulus spending while on trip to Kansas
June 10, 2009
Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts wants Vice President Joe Biden to extend a visit to Kansas to see what Roberts calls wasteful spending of federal stimulus dollars.
McCain presses Sebelius on whether she’d support tax credit for insurance
March 31, 2009
Republican Sen. John McCain is asking President Barack Obama’s nominee for Health and Human Services secretary if she would support giving Americans a $5,000 tax credit for health insurance — the same plan he offered during his failed presidential bid.
Details suggest body as missing person
March 21, 2009
Family, friends and loved ones of Shawn Fowler, 44, have had suspicions and assumptions as to what happened on Dec. 10, when Fowler went missing from his Perry home. Many of their questions now have answers. “It’s been tough; I have been thinking about it every day ever since he disappeared,” said Shawn Martin, Fowler’s best friend.
Clinton off to Indonesia in next leg of Asia trip
February 18, 2009
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is hoping to revitalize U.S. economic and development ties with Southeast Asia as she visits Indonesia on the next leg of her first overseas trip as America’s top diplomat. In Jakarta today and Thursday, Clinton intends to announce plans to step up U.S. engagement with a region that often felt slighted by the Bush administration.
Lawmaker called to duty in Iraq
February 12, 2009
Newly elected Kansas Rep. Melanie Meier, D-Leavenworth, has been called to report for active duty. On Feb. 22, Meier, who represents the 40th House District, will head to Fort Hood, Texas, where she will complete training with the Army Reserve before her deployment to Iraq later this year.
Kennedy withdrawal a political mystery
January 23, 2009
Caroline Kennedy’s mysteriously abrupt decision to abandon her Senate bid gave rise to an ugly swirl of accusations Thursday and feverish speculation over whether she jumped or was pushed.
Caroline Kennedy won’t bid for Senate seat
January 22, 2009
Caroline Kennedy says she is dropping out of a bid to win appointment to the U.S. Senate seat once held by her slain uncle, Bobby Kennedy.
Hundreds gather at Brown v. Board site to take in Obama’s inauguration
January 21, 2009
Several hundred people gathered at the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka to watch on television in the refurbished elementary school auditorium the inauguration.
Kansas bank honors McCain as latest loser
January 21, 2009
As Barack Obama became president, the man he defeated in November was honored with a different kind of ceremony in northwest Kansas.
Obama has young — and unlikely — fan in Lawrence
January 20, 2009
There was a struggle over the TV remote at the Cornum household Tuesday.
Sebelius takes in inauguration
January 20, 2009
Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, on some short lists as Obama’s running mate or a member of his cabinet, was in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday — not to be sworn in, but as an observer. Sebelius and other governors from around the nation had a prime spot to view the swearing-in ceremony.
Local students spend day learning about inauguration
January 20, 2009
Students at New York School on Tuesday tuned in to television coverage of Barack Obama’s inauguration as the nation’s 44th president.
Lawrence firefighter salutes Obama while at work at South Pole
January 20, 2009
A Lawrence man working as a firefighter at the South Pole had to wait until Tuesday night to view a video recording of President Barack Obama’s inauguration.
Regents hear that higher education could benefit from President Obama’s economic recovery bill
January 20, 2009
Reginald Robinson, president and chief executive officer of the Kansas Board of Regents, said higher education is part of the proposed $825 billion recovery bill that will be worked on by Congress and Obama.