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Texas Gov. Perry to campaign for Brownback in Kansas
September 15, 2014
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is scheduled to be in Wichita next week to raise money for Gov. Sam Brownback’s re-election campaign.
Salina representative defends residency, condo in Lawrence
11:00 a.m., September 15, 2014 Updated 12:44 p.m.
A Kansas state representative whose district includes Salina says the condominium he owns in Lawrence is simply a place for him to stay while the Legislature is in session, and his full-time residence is at his sister’s home in Salina.
All parties in U.S. Senate race closely watching Kansas Supreme Court
September 14, 2014
Kansas Republicans and Democrats will keep a close eye on the Kansas Supreme Court Tuesday when the justices hear arguments in a case that could decide whose names appear on the ballot for U.S. Senate. Democrat Chad Taylor wants his name removed, while Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach argues it needs to stay on. By Peter Hancock
Analysis: Kobach at center of Kansas Senate drama
September 14, 2014
Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s position as chief Kansas elections officer is allowing him to play a marquee role in the political drama surrounding Democrat Chad Taylor’s attempt to get off the ballot in the U.S. Senate race.
Alcohol and sex can create a dangerous mix on campus
September 13, 2014
As Kansas University and other institutions grapple with sexual assault on campus, alcohol is a complicating factor. And it will remain that way, national experts on campus rape say, until changes occur in cultural norms and attitudes that allow or even encourage students to go to bars and parties, get drunk and have sex.
Orman says Roberts campaign doctored audio in latest video ad
September 12, 2014
The video ad features a series of clips spliced together that appear to show Orman repeatedly saying that he agrees with Roberts. But the Orman campaign says at least one of those clips was doctored to misrepresent what he actually said. By Peter Hancock
Kansas conference reviews higher education courses
September 12, 2014
Faculty from state universities, community colleges and technical colleges in Kansas are meeting to review courses as part of an effort to make sure students can transfer some credits among all institutions.
Roberts, Jenkins skeptical of military plan against ISIS; Wakefield more supportive
September 11, 2014
Sen. Pat Roberts and Rep. Lynn Jenkins expressed guarded support for President Barack Obama’s plan to use limited military force in the Middle East to combat the Islamist group ISIS. Democrat Margie Wakefield, who is challenging Jenkins for re-election, said the president made a “strong case” for his plan. By Peter Hancock
Kobach disputes Taylor’s statement about Senate race withdrawal
01:49 p.m., September 11, 2014 Updated 01:55 p.m.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach on Thursday disputed a key argument made by the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate in petitioning the state Supreme Court to remove his name from the ballot.
Taylor asks prominent party attorney to help with ballot case
September 10, 2014
The legal battle over Democrats’ efforts to get their nominee off the ballot in the U.S. Senate race in Kansas heated up Wednesday, with a prominent party attorney from Washington helping and Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach moving again to thwart the attempt.
Orman walks tightrope in Senate campaign against Roberts
September 10, 2014
Greg Orman, the suddenly relevant independent candidate for the U.S. Senate in Kansas, is walking a tightrope in his campaign against GOP Sen. Pat Roberts, projecting himself as fresh and authentic while acknowledging that he’s been both a Republican and a Democrat.
Kansas legislative panel endorses KU’s capital improvement plan
September 10, 2014
A state legislative committee gave its blessing Wednesday to Kansas University’s capital improvement plan, which calls for $92 million in construction projects next year. Most of the funding will come from private gifts and university funds, but some will require state appropriations. By Peter Hancock
Republicans call for removal of former legislator from education panel
September 10, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback says Democrat Paul Davis appointed a former state senator who favors forced consolidation of rural schools to a task force now studying school efficiency. But the three-year-old quotes attributed to former Sen. John Vratil, R-Leawood, may have been taken out of context. By Peter Hancock
Moderate Republicans endorse Democrat Jim Sherow in 1st District congressional race
September 9, 2014
Jim Sherow, a Democrat running for the 1st District congressional seat of central and western Kansas, received the endorsement Tuesday from Kansas Republicans for Common Sense. Sherow is trying to unseat incumbent Republican Tim Huelskamp. By Peter Hancock
Kansas seeks to dismiss gun lawsuit challenge
10:17 a.m., September 9, 2014 Updated 03:07 p.m.
Kansas’ attorney general has asked a federal court to toss out a national gun control group’s challenge of a law that asserts the federal government lacks authority to regulate firearms manufactured, sold and kept only in the state.

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