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KASB president to run against Abrams for Kansas Senate

Peter Hancock

Don Shimkus, a school board member from Oxford and current president of the Kansas Association of School Boards, announced Wednesday that he will run as a Democrat for a seat in the Kansas Senate. Shimkus is challenging incumbent Republican Steve Abrams of Arkansas City in the 32nd District in south-central ...

Kobach defends speech to group labeled as 'white nationalists'

Peter Hancock

Secretary of State Kris Kobach confirmed Tuesday that he recently spoke at a writers conference sponsored by [The Social Contract Press][1]. But he vehemently rejected the [Southern Poverty Law Center's claim][2] that the group and its publication are an outlet for "white nationalists." "The SPLC puts that crap out whenever ...

Kobach files late response in federal suit

Peter Hancock

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach was several days late filing a response to a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn one of his signature policies, but plaintiffs in the case say they won't make an issue out of it. The lawsuit seeks to overturn the state's proof of citizenship law, ...

KPI email comes from GOP consulting firm

Peter Hancock

An email statement released by the conservative think tank [Kansas Policy Institute][1] is causing something of a stir, not because of what it said, but because of who sent it out on their behalf. The statement praising Kansas Education Commissioner Randy Watson for his new ["vision" statement for public schools][2] ...

Poll: Growing discontent with Sen. Jerry Moran

Peter Hancock

*Note: This post has been changed from an earlier version to correct a math error.* Republicans in Kansas are expressing growing dissatisfaction with U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, according to one recent poll, but it's not yet clear whether he will face the same kind of re-election trouble that his colleague ...

Brownback satisfaction rating at 18%; Democrats targeting Senate seats

Peter Hancock

A new poll from the Docking Institute of Public Affairs at Fort Hays State University shows only 18 percent of Kansans are satisfied with Gov. Sam Brownback's performance in office, and most (61 percent) think his signature tax policies have either been a "failure" or a "tremendous failure." The [Fall ...

Kansas AG Schmidt files another Obamacare challenge

Peter Hancock

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt on Thursday joined in another multi-state lawsuit challenging a portion of the Affordable Care Act, this time disputing fees the states claim are an unconstitutional tax on states. Schmidt, a Republican, joined Louisiana and Texas in challenging fees that are assessed against insurance companies hired ...

Lawmakers question KU's financing plans for $325 million Central District Development

Peter Hancock

Some Kansas lawmakers are raising objections to Kansas University's plans to finance its $325 million Central District Development Plan, but they stopped short of putting the entire project on hold Tuesday. Instead, the Joint Committee on State Building Construction gave tentative approval to the plan, but told KU officials to ...

Francisco draws GOP opponent

Peter Hancock

Meredith Richey of Perry has filed as a Republican to challenge incumbent Sen. Marci Francisco, D-Lawrence. According to the Secretary of State's website, Richey filed on Thursday, Oct. 15, but did not provide any type of phone number or email address. Francisco was first elected to the 2nd District Senate ...

Behind Clinton-Kobach feud lies serious proposal: automatic voter registration

Peter Hancock

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Kansas' Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach got into a shouting-match-by-press-release this week over Kansas' restrictive voting laws, and in particular the requirement Kobach championed for people to show proof of U.S. citizenship in order to vote. Clinton's campaign started it off Thursday — ...

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