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Schodorf releases tax info, challenges Kobach to do same
09:59 a.m., August 27, 2014 Updated 12:18 p.m.
The Democratic challenger to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has released the past three years of personal income tax information and is challenging her opponent to do the same.
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Kansas board OKs 92-year-old’s voter registration
11:24 a.m., August 27, 2014 Updated 01:41 p.m.
It took action by three of the state’s highest-ranking elected officials, but a 92-year-old Johnson County woman has been declared eligible to vote in Kansas. The State Election Board, which includes the lieutenant governor, secretary of state and attorney general, agreed Wednesday that even though Evelyn Howard of Shawnee could not produce a birth certificate or a passport to prove she is a U.S. citizen, her family bible and some old census records were sufficient for the state.
Women for Kansas rally to open convention
August 27, 2014
A grassroots group called Women for Kansas is planning a public rally to open its “Taking Back Kansas” convention.
1 federally registered voter voted in dual system
August 26, 2014
That’s the total number of Kansans who registered using the federal voter form without proof of citizenship and actually cast a ballot in the Aug. 5 primaries under a dual election system.
Report finds Kansas schools not misusing funding formula
August 26, 2014
A Kansas Association of School Boards report finds the increase in children receiving free or discounted meals is tied to increasing poverty rates and is not a ploy to boost school funding.
Brownback outlines education goals for second term
August 25, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback laid out goals he wants to achieve in a second term for K-12 and higher education while touting the accomplishments of his first term. But Democrats argue his tax cuts are likely to force further cuts in education spending. By Peter Hancock
Appeals court questions proof-of-citizenship rules
10:37 a.m., August 25, 2014 Updated 04:38 p.m.
A federal appeals court in Denver is considering whether Kansas and Arizona can force federal elections officials to help them impose their proof-of-citizenship requirements on voter registration forms.
Longtime public servant starts first semester as director of KU School of Public Affairs and Administration
August 25, 2014
Even as many are disillusioned with national- and state-level government, it’s an exciting time to lead Kansas University’s School of Public Affairs and Administration. So says the top-ranking school’s new director, Reggie Robinson, citing KU’s emphasis on preparing students for leadership roles in municipal government and the “meaningful opportunities” that abound there. By Sara Shepherd
Kansas Democrats to fight back on Obamacare
August 24, 2014
The Kansas Democratic Party adopted a platform this weekend that offers a full-throated defense of the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare. They also plan to attack Gov. Sam Brownback over his own health care policies, which some are now dubbing “BrownbackCare.” By Peter Hancock
Documentary ‘After Tiller’ to air on PBS
August 24, 2014
Lana Wilson and Martha Shane’s Sundance award-winning documentary “After Tiller” will premiere nationally on PBS on Sept. 1.
Paul Davis, Kansas Democrats focus campaigns on education funding
August 23, 2014
Democrat Paul Davis told his party’s faithful Saturday that restoring funding for public education will be his top priority if he is elected governor. But he acknowledged it will be a tough battle with a state senate dominated by Republicans loyal to incumbent Gov. Sam Brownback. Davis was the keynote speaker Saturday at the Kansas Democratic Party’s annual “DemoFest” convention in Wichita. By Peter Hancock
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.

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