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Trump suggests Colyer may get post in his administration

TOPEKA — One can only guess that there was an awkward moment Saturday when President Donald Trump landed at Forbes Field in Topeka and rode to the Kansas Expocentre for a political rally with Gov. Jeff Colyer in the limousine. Trump, of course, came to Topeka for a political rally on behalf ...

Poll: Kansas governor’s race still a dead heat

TOPEKA - A new poll released by Kansas Democrats on Thursday shows the race for Kansas governor is still a dead heat between Republican Kris Kobach and Democrat Laura Kelly, with independent candidate Greg Orman showing a distant third. The survey, conducted Sept. 12-13, asked Kansas voters ...

Fact-checking the first Kansas gubernatorial debate

TOPEKA – Political candidates often make exaggerated or hard-to-verify statements during public debates, and Wednesday’s Kansas gubernatorial debate was no exception. Here's a more in-depth look at some of the claims Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach, Democratic state Sen. Laura ...

Former Republican Gov. Bill Graves endorses Democrat Laura Kelly

TOPEKA - Former Republican Gov. Bill Graves on Tuesday formally endorsed Democrat Laura Kelly in the 2018 race for Kansas governor. “Laura Kelly is the only Democrat I have ever endorsed for public office,” Graves said in a statement released by the Kelly campaign. “And the reason I’m ...

Colyer’s communications director, wildlife secretary move on

TOPEKA - Gov. Jeff Colyer's office announced Tuesday that communications director Kendall Marr has stepped down and that press secretary Kara Zeyer, formerly Kara Fullmer, will move into that position. Both Marr and Zeyer joined Colyer's office in 2017 when Colyer was still lieutenant governor ...

A surprise visitor at Kansas’ Demofest: former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner

One of the more interesting side notes to the Kansas Democratic Party's "Demofest" convention in Wichita this past weekend was the surprise sighting of a Republican political celebrity, former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner. In what appeared to be a bizarre coincidence, both he and former ...

In GOP primaries for Kansas House, conservatives look for a comeback

TOPEKA - Conservative Republicans, including some with backing from the Kansas Chamber's political action committee, appear aimed at retaking ground they lost in the 2016 elections by challenging moderates in the upcoming primaries on Tuesday. Conservatives suffered significant damage in 2016, ...

Kobach releases internal poll showing him ahead in GOP primary

TOPEKA — The Republican primary for governor in Kansas got a little more interesting over the weekend when Kris Kobach, the current secretary of state, released an internal poll showing him nine points ahead of incumbent Gov. Jeff Colyer, while Colyer picked up the endorsement of former U.S. ...

In Kansas, candidates have some leeway on how their names appear on ballot

TOPEKA - When voters in Kansas go to the polls, state law requires them to show a government-issued photo ID to prove they are who they say they are. But when they file to run for an office, they're given a little more latitude about how their names appear on the ballot. That became evident ...

Kansas Senate president demotes GOP senator for endorsing Democrats

TOPEKA — Republican Senate President Susan Wagle on Wednesday stripped fellow GOP Sen. Barbara Bollier, R-Mission Hills, from her leadership position on a key committee after Bollier endorsed two Democrats in the upcoming elections. Wagle, of Wichita, issued a statement Wednesday calling ...

How the abortion issue threatens to divide Democrats

TOPEKA — Although abortion has been a lightning-rod issue that has been dividing the Kansas Republican Party for decades, in the 2018 primaries, it’s an issue that threatens to divide Kansas Democrats, as well. In the primary race for governor, state Sen. Laura Kelly has been blasting one ...

Gannon decision puts internet sales tax, sports gambling back on the table

Monday's decision from the Kansas Supreme Court on school finance may be just what it takes to put two seemingly unrelated issues back on the table at the Kansas Legislature: taxing internet sales and sports gambling. To refresh, the court ruled Monday in the long-running case Gannon v. Kansas ...

Barnett questions fundraisers for Colyer; one to be held at home of Regents chairman

Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer on Wednesday declared himself the "front-runner" in the race for the GOP nomination, saying he is leading in the polls and that he has raised more money than any other candidate in the race. His claim about leading in the polls might be arguable by some. [One poll, ...

Why Jim Ward’s exit from Kansas governor’s race could help Democrats in 2018

House Minority Leader Jim Ward’s exit from the 2018 race for governor in Kansas came as a surprise to some observers, but not much of a surprise to those who were paying close attention to fundraising numbers. Ward, a Wichita Democrat, had raised less than $100,000 at year’s end in 2017 ...

Corporate tax breaks part of final package being negotiated in Kansas Legislature

Two specific kinds of corporate tax breaks, the size of which officials can't even estimate yet, are at the center of bargaining between the Kansas House and Senate that threatens to push the Legislature right up to its deadline Friday night. Those tax breaks are part of an effort by ...

Senate tax bill sent to conference committee

The Kansas House on Thursday declined to go along with a Senate-passed tax bill that would cut state income taxes for most people, with Republican leaders saying there is still too little information available about what it would do to state revenues and the budget. The [Senate Substitute ...