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Davis outraising GOP field in 2nd District congressional race

Peter Hancock

Democrat Paul Davis raised more money in the last quarter than all of his Republican opponents combined, according to [campaign finance reports][1] for the Kansas 2nd Congressional District race that were filed with the Federal Election Commission. Although Davis' report had not been posted on the FEC website by Monday ...

Kansas DCF Secretary Gilmore under fire from some Republicans

Peter Hancock

Some Republicans in Kansas are now calling for Phyllis Gilmore to be removed as Secretary of the Department for Children and Families, a fact that could have implications in next year's race for governor. Gilmore has long been a target of criticism from Democrats who allege, among other things, that ...

Brandon Smith, Brownback's policy director, stepping down next week

Peter Hancock

In another sign that Gov. Sam Brownback's administration is winding down to a close, his office announced Thursday that his policy director Brandon Smith will step down from that role next week. Smith, a 2011 graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law, has served as Brownback's policy director ...

O'Malley enters GOP race for Kansas governor; Orman weighing independent bid; new entry in 2nd District

Peter Hancock

Former Rep. Ed O'Malley launched his bid for the Republican nomination for governor Tuesday, saying he wants to improve public education and modernize the state government workforce. O'Malley, 41, a moderate Republican and former aide to Gov. Bill Graves, served in the Kansas House from 2003 to 2006 representing the ...

GOP candidates for secretary of state respond to ACLU voting rights campaign

Peter Hancock

An announcement over the weekend that the [American Civil Liberties Union is launching a political campaign][1] to repeal Kansas' restrictive voting laws prompted sharp comments Monday from Republican candidates running for secretary of state. Rep. Scott Schwab issued a statement calling the ACLU an "extreme leftist" group that wants to ...

Bitter feud roils Kansas Democrats on eve of fall convention

Peter Hancock

Kansas Democrats are embroiled in a bitter feud on the eve of their annual fall "Demofest" convention in Wichita as top party officials are now trying to oust the party secretary while the secretary and her allies are fighting back with a series of blistering blog posts. At the center ...

Brownback confirmation hearing set for Oct. 4, setting stage for his resignation

Peter Hancock

Topeka — Gov. Sam Brownback will appear before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday, Oct. 4, for a confirmation hearing on his nomination to be U.S. Ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom. Brownback confirmed that date while speaking with reporters outside the Statehouse Wednesday. A former senator himself, Brownback ...

Kobach calls NFL players 'unpatriotic,' 'ignorant' for taking knee during national anthem

Peter Hancock

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, no stranger to the culture wars in America, dived headlong into another one Monday, calling NFL players who protest during the national anthem "unpatriotic" and "ignorant." In [an opinion piece][1] written for the conservative website Breitbart, the Republican firebrand who is now running for ...

In hearing, Sen. Roberts defends GOP health care proposal

Peter Hancock

Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas argued Monday that Kansas would come out ahead under a GOP-backed bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. During the bill's one and only hearing before the Senate Finance Committee, Roberts also said that his constituents ...

GOP candidate for 2nd District congressional seat says he'll move into 2nd District

Peter Hancock

Antonio Soave, a Republican candidate in the 2nd District congressional race, said Wednesday that he does plan to move into the district, but he did not specify when. Although he lives in Olathe, in Johnson County, which is part of the 3rd District, Soave said in an email to the ...

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