State and Region

Democrats challenge independent bid for Kansas governor

Topeka — Kansas Democrats launched a legal challenge Monday in hopes of removing Kansas City-area businessman Greg Orman from the November ballot as an independent candidate for Kansas governor after Orman stoked fears that his bid would imperil Democrats’ chances of winning. Attorney ...

Autopsy: Lawrence motorist was drunk before crash that killed Topeka officer

TOPEKA — A newly-released autopsy reports says a 72-year-old Lawrence man was driving drunk when he collided with a vehicle driven by an off-duty Topeka police officer, killing both men. The crash on May 29 killed 25-year-old officer Trey McCluskey, of Mayetta, and Peter Bieri. The Topeka ...

KC-area school district embraces gender-neutral bathrooms

NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City-area school district that garnered national attention when a transgender student was crowned homecoming queen in 2015 has installed gender-neutral restrooms at two new elementary schools and in some existing locations. The individual bathroom stalls at ...

A 3-way contest for governor has everyone guessing whom Orman helps, hurts

TOPEKA — With independent candidate Greg Orman now officially in the race for governor in Kansas, Republicans and Democrats alike are scrambling to figure out how he affects the race. Orman, 49, an Olathe businessman, first made political news in Kansas in 2014 when he ran as an independent ...

Kansas launches campaign to reduce stillbirth rate in state

TOPEKA — The state is promoting a campaign to reduce the number of stillborn deaths in Kansas. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced Wednesday it is partnering with Count the Kicks, a stillbirth prevention public health campaign. Kansas officials say the state records an ...

Independent Greg Orman qualifies for November ballot for Kansas governor’s race

Story updated 5:51 p.m. Aug. 17, 2018: TOPEKA – Kansas election officials announced Friday that independent candidate Greg Orman gathered more than enough valid petition signatures to qualify to be on the Nov. 6 general election ballot in the governor's race. He will appear on the ballot ...

Kansas posts 14th straight month of job growth

TOPEKA – The Kansas economy recorded its 14th consecutive month of job growth in July, the Kansas Department of Labor said Friday. Preliminary numbers show that on a seasonally adjusted basis, Kansas gained 23,400 nonfarm jobs overall during that period, including 20,900 private-sector ...

Colyer sees net gain of 20 votes in Douglas County, final canvass shows

An official canvass of primary election ballots in Douglas County on Thursday gave Gov. Jeff Colyer a net gain of 20 votes in the Republican gubernatorial primary, a small consolation after he conceded the race two days earlier. Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew said after the canvass that 66 ...

Kobach kicks off general election campaign in race experts now call a toss-up

TOPEKA - Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach kicked off his general election campaign for governor on Wednesday in a race that some political experts are now describing as a toss-up. "The general election begins today. The race is on," Kobach said during a news conference outside the ...

Unaffiliated voters key to outcome of Kansas’ GOP primary

Nearly 31 percent of registered voters in Kansas have no party preference but they are allowed to vote in the Democratic and Republican primaries if they declare allegiance to one of the parties before casting their ballot. But these unaffiliated voters and what constitutes "declaring ...

A look at provisional ballots in the primary for Kansas governor

More than 313,000 ballots were cast in the hotly contested Republican primary for Kansas governor, but the two candidates are separated only by about 200 votes. Secretary of State Kris Kobach leads Gov. Jeff Colyer after all regular ballots were counted, including mail-in and absentee votes. ...

Disputed Kansas primary pits low-key governor against flashy rival

In a deeply conservative state where some fellow Republicans built national reputations, Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer is known mostly as a low-key policy wonk and once compared himself to the "Star Trek" character Mr. Spock. The 58-year-old former surgeon is locked in a remarkably close GOP ...

Kansas GOP governor candidates dig in for long ballot fight

WICHITA — Kansas election officials began reviewing some 9,000 provisional ballots Monday as the two candidates in the state's tight GOP primary for governor appeared to dig in for a long and potentially nasty legal fight that could take weeks to play out. Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a ...

Man picked to handle Kansas election duties had past controversies

TOPEKA — The top assistant whom Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach tapped Friday to take over his duties until the hotly contested Republican gubernatorial primary race with Gov. Jeff Colyer is resolved has been reprimanded in the past for his handling of abortion investigations. Kobach ...

Margin in Kobach-Colyer race changes as counties count mail-in ballots

Story updated at 6:13 p.m. Aug. 10, 2018: TOPEKA — The razor-thin margin in the Republican primary for governor in Kansas continued to change throughout the day Friday as several counties, including Douglas County, tallied up mail-in ballots that have come in since Tuesday. As of 6:10 p.m., ...