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Farm ties key for GOP, Kansas Rep. Marshall in U.S. Senate race

TOPEKA — Republicans are likely to stress Kansas Rep. Roger Marshall's service on the House Agriculture Committee as he runs for the Senate. The two-term GOP congressman for western and central Kansas who sometimes calls himself “the only candidate who can sort heifers from steers" is ...

Biden selects California Sen. Kamala Harris as running mate

WILMINGTON, Del. — Joe Biden named California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate on Tuesday, making history by selecting the first Black woman to compete on a major party’s presidential ticket and acknowledging the vital role Black voters will play in his bid to defeat President Donald ...

Big Ten, Pac-12 become first major conferences to cancel fall football

Story updated at 4:29 p.m. Tuesday The Big Ten and Pac-12 called off their fall football seasons on Tuesday because of concerns about COVID-19, taking two of college football's five power conferences out of a crumbling season. Five months after the first spikes in coronavirus cases in the ...

States strain to carry out Trump order on unemployment aid

RICHMOND, Virginia (AP) — Governors and state labor department officials were scrambling Monday to determine whether they could implement President Donald Trump’s executive order to partially extend unemployment assistance payments to millions of Americans struggling to find work in the ...

In this Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019 photo, Kansas state Sen. Barbara Bollier, D-Mission Hills, makes a point during a meeting of Democratic senators at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas Democrats excited about ex-GOP lawmaker’s Senate bid

TOPEKA — Democrats are pinning their unusually high hopes for winning a U.S. Senate seat in Kansas for the first time in almost 90 years on a retired doctor and former Republican who vexed conservatives with her support for Medicaid expansion and abortion and LGBTQ rights. State Sen. Barbara ...

Kansas Senate race tests GOP leaders’ power to block Kobach

TOPEKA — Establishment Republicans sought Tuesday to thwart polarizing conservative Kris Kobach's bid for Kansas' open Senate seat, a task complicated by President Donald Trump's refusal to endorse their favored candidate in the primary. Republicans haven't lost a Senate contest in Kansas ...

GOP leaders can’t bank on Trump’s help in Kansas’ U.S. Senate race

Holton — Establishment GOP leaders are scrambling to pull out a win in a tense battle for the nomination in Kansas’ U.S. Senate race, and they won’t be able to count on last-minute help from President Donald Trump. Trump has signaled to allies that he won’t endorse in the primary ...

Detective: Kansas Congressman Watkins lied about voting in 2019 race

LIBERTY, Mo. — A detective who investigated Rep. Steve Watkins wrote in an affidavit that the Kansas congressman told her he didn't vote in a 2019 Topeka City Council election, despite evidence showing he had cast a ballot in the race after listing a UPS store as his home address. The ...

Watkins says he didn’t lie about incorrect voting form information

TOPEKA — U.S. Rep. Steve Watkins of Kansas gave seemingly contradictory answers when questioned Tuesday about an incorrect voting registration form that led to three felony charges against him. Watkins, a Republican, told The Kansas City Star that he did not tell a criminal investigator that ...

Congressman Watkins losing July campaign cash race to main GOP foe

TOPEKA — Freshman Rep. Steve Watkins had less campaign cash than his main Republican rival as the GOP primary race entered its final 20 days, online finance records show. State Treasurer Jake LaTurner had about $379,000 in campaign cash on July 15, compared to Watkins' $256,000. The race ...

Trump gives former Olympian, Kansas congressman the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Updated at 12:06 p.m. Friday WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Friday presented one of the nation's highest civilian honors to Jim Ryun, a former Republican congressman and the first U.S. high schooler to break the 4-minute barrier in running the mile. Ryun, a University of Kansas ...

Retiring Kansas Sen. Roberts endorses Marshall over Kobach for seat

Updated at 4:56 p.m. Tuesday TOPEKA — Retiring Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts declared his support Tuesday for Rep. Roger Marshall as his replacement, the latest signal that the Republican establishment is determined to push Marshall past polarizing conservative Kris Kobach in the GOP ...