State and Region

Pence stumps for Kobach, Missouri candidate for U.S. Senate

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Vice President Mike Pence rallied several hundred fellow Republican conservatives Friday in hopes of pushing Senate candidate Josh Hawley in Missouri and governor candidate Kris Kobach in Kansas to narrow victories in states that President Donald Trump won handily two years ...

Judge rules against opening new Dodge City polling site days before election

TOPEKA — Opening a new polling site in Dodge City just days before the election is not in the public's interest because it would likely create more voter confusion, a federal judge ruled Thursday. U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree denied the motion by the American Civil Liberties Union ...

Sen. Jerry Moran’s staff to be available Friday in Eudora

A member of U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran’s staff will be available to constituents during an open office event Friday in Eudora. The event will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at the Eudora Recreation Center Community Room, 1630 Elm St. During that time, staff will be available to area residents ...

Federal court hears arguments in Dodge City polling place controversy

UPDATED STORY - Judge rules against opening new Dodge City polling site days before election TOPEKA — A federal judge in Topeka said Thursday that he will rule soon on a request from the American Civil Liberties Union for an order directing Ford County to reopen the one polling place that ...

Kobach echoes Trump on issue of birthright citizenship

Topeka — Republican candidate Kris Kobach on Wednesday echoed President Donald Trump's assertion that Trump can deny U.S. citizenship to babies born to parents living in the country illegally, intensifying a focus on immigration in the final days of a close Kansas governor's race. Kobach, ...

Senate panel advances three Kansas Board of Regents appointments

TOPEKA - A Kansas Senate committee gave its approval Wednesday to Gov. Jeff Colyer's appointments of two new members of the Kansas Board of Regents and the reappointment of another, all three of whom are former state lawmakers. The Board of Regents supervises higher education in Kansas. That ...

Final debate reveals a few new facts about candidates for governor

TOPEKA - The three major candidates for governor in Kansas squared off in their last televised debate Tuesday evening, offering their thoughts and ideas on a handful of issues that hadn't been widely discussed during the campaign, such as their own campaign ads and their views about transgender ...

U.S. attorney to send monitor to observe Dodge City election

Story updated at 5:53 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30: WICHITA — A federal monitor will be sent to observe voting in Dodge City in the November election, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said in a court filing. His notification to the court came on the same day that U.S. District Judge Daniel ...

Orman campaign treasurer resigns, endorses Kelly, says Kobach must be stopped

Independent candidate Greg Orman's campaign treasurer resigned Tuesday and endorsed Democrat Laura Kelly in the race for Kansas governor, according to the Kelly campaign. Tim Owens, a former Republican state senator from Overland Park, announced his departure in a news release issued by the ...

Kansas militia men blame Trump’s rhetoric for planned attack

WICHITA — Attorneys for Kansas militia members who conspired to bomb a mosque and apartment complex housing Somali immigrants have asked the court to take into account at a sentencing hearing next month what they called President Donald Trump's rhetoric encouraging violence. One has asked ...

Laura Kelly leads in fundraising for Kansas governor’s race

TOPEKA - Democrat Laura Kelly has raised $2.3 million during the general election cycle for her bid to be the next governor of Kansas, far more than Republican opponent Kris Kobach, even though recent polls show it to be an extremely close race. According to campaign finance reports that were ...

Attorney: Not possible to open Dodge City polling site

Wichita — An attorney for the elections official who sent newly registered voters a notice with the wrong location for its lone polling site in Dodge City has told a federal judge that it is “not humanly possible” at this late date to open a second polling site before the November ...

KPERS turns in positive report for 2017

TOPEKA — After taking steps in recent years to shore up the state's troubled pension system, Kansas lawmakers got good news about the fund's long-term outlook Monday. Its unfunded liability — how much the pension fund will have to pay out over the next 40 years that isn't covered by ...

U.S. election integrity depends on security-challenged firms

It was the kind of security lapse that gives election officials nightmares. In 2017, a private contractor left data on Chicago's 1.8 million registered voters — including addresses, birth dates and partial Social Security numbers — publicly exposed for months on an Amazon cloud ...

Why did you get that political mailer? It’s about your ‘score’

TOPEKA - This close to Election Day, a lot of people may be wondering why their mail boxes are stuffed with particular kinds of political ads, and why their friends or neighbors might be getting completely different mailers, or maybe even none at all. The answer is, it's about your "score." ...

Voters Guide: 45th District candidates differ on importance of party affiliation

A former Lawrence mayor is attempting to flip the Kansas 45th House District from red to blue, while his opponent says it is important a Republican continues to represent the district. Democrat Mike Amyx and Republican Cynthia Smith are vying to replace retiring 12-term Republican Tom Sloan in ...

Voters Guide: 3 incumbent Kansas House Democrats unopposed on ballot

Short of a wildly successful last-minute write-in campaign, three incumbent Lawrence Democrats are assured of serving another two-year term in the Kansas House Unopposed on the general election ballot are Barbara Ballard, of the 44th District, which includes Lawrence precincts west of Iowa ...