Kansas government

Judges weigh ballot lawsuit after plaintiff fails to show; Kobach not allowed to intervene
September 29, 2014
A three-judge panel must decide within a couple of days whether the Kansas Democratic Party must name a new candidate for the U.S. Senate. But during a hearing in Topeka Monday, the judges seemed reluctant to do so after the person who filed the lawsuit failed to show up in court. By Peter Hancock
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Kansas tax collections $21M short in September
September 30, 2014
Kansas says its tax collections fell $21 million short of expectations in September.
Kansas officials await word on September taxes
September 30, 2014
Kansas officials are waiting for word on whether state tax collections in September met expectations.
Lawsuit could scramble Kansas Senate race again
08:43 a.m., September 29, 2014 Updated 10:24 a.m.
A key contest in the fight for control of the Senate could turn on the outcome of an arcane legal argument Monday over whether Democrats must field a candidate against struggling Kansas Republican Sen. Pat Roberts.
Debate highlights differences between Kansas 2nd District candidates
September 28, 2014
Republican U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins and her Democratic challenger, Margie Wakefield, took jabs at each other during a debate at Eudora Middle School on Sunday while Libertarian candidate Christopher Clemmons made a strong appearance of his own. The debate was sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Holy Family Council No. 12932 and By Peter Hancock
Strip-club raid shadows Kansas governor’s race
September 28, 2014
After weeks of giving Republican Gov. Sam Brownback a strong challenge in GOP-leaning Kansas, his Democratic challenger is on the defensive over disclosures that he was inside a strip club during a 1998 meth raid and an officer reported finding him in a dark back room with a nearly naked woman.
Wakefield campaigning for bipartisanship in Congress
September 27, 2014
Margie Wakefield says Congress has been crippled by “hyper partisanship,” and she says incumbent Rep. Lynn Jenkins is part of the problem. The Lawrence attorney is running as a Democrat in a long-shot campaign to unseat the three-term Republican. By Peter Hancock
Lynn Jenkins, part of GOP leadership, seeking fourth term in U.S. House
September 26, 2014
Rep. Lynn Jenkins has risen in Congress to become part of the House Republican leadership team and says she is proud of what the GOP has accomplished. As she seeks a fourth term, she says the partisan gridlock in Washington is largely the fault of the Democratic majority in the Senate, something she hopes will change after the Nov. 4 elections. By Peter Hancock
Brownback, Kobach to launch Kansas Business Center
10:43 a.m., September 26, 2014 Updated 12:48 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback and Secretary of State Kris Kobach are preparing to launch what they’re describing as a new Kansas Business Center.
Candidates for Kansas insurance post to have forum in Wichita
September 26, 2014
The candidates for Kansas insurance commissioner are having a forum next month in Wichita.
Kansas attorney general wants to have a say in Senate dispute
September 25, 2014
Republican Attorney General Derek Schmidt wants a chance to argue in court that Kansas Democrats are legally obligated to pick a new nominee for U.S. Senate.
Budget chief: Kansas identifies $101 million in savings
10:57 a.m., September 25, 2014 Updated 03:17 p.m.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s top budget adviser says the administration has identified $101 million in savings to help the state reduce a $238 million budget shortfall predicted for July 2016.
White House: Holder resigning as attorney general
September 25, 2014
Eric Holder, who served as the public face of the Obama administration’s legal fight against terrorism and pushed to make the criminal justice system more even-handed, is resigning after six years on the job. He is the nation’s first black attorney general.


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