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Vickrey confirms he'll run for speaker of Kansas House in 2017

Peter Hancock

Although the general elections are still more than three months away, some Kansas lawmakers are already lining up to run for leadership positions next session. The latest was Rep. Jene Vickrey, R-Louisburg, who confirmed Wednesday that he plans to run for speaker of the House in the 2017 session, hoping ...

Kobach defends role in drafting 'most conservative platform' in GOP history

Peter Hancock

TOPEKA — Republicans meeting at their national convention in Cleveland this week adopted what some are calling the most conservative platform in Republican Party history. In fact, one of the people calling it that is Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach who played a significant role in drafting many of ...

Huelskamp draws opposition from Chicago Cubs and WWE owners

Peter Hancock

TOPEKA — A political ad airing on TV stations in Topeka and other parts of Kansas raises an interesting question: Why do the owners of the Chicago Cubs and World Wrestling Entertainment care about who represents western Kansas in Congress? You wouldn't immediately know that just from watching the ad, ...

Poll: Trump has big lead over Clinton in Kansas; Brownback's approval rating worse than Nixon's

Peter Hancock

Kansans are sharply polarized over this year's presidential election, but Republican Donald Trump still leads Democrat Hillary Clinton by a substantial margin, [according to a new poll out this week][1]. Still, there are signs that his numbers may be soft in Kansas, although Clinton's numbers show her doing no better ...

Capital city begs to differ with Commissioner Matthew Herbert's Topeka bashing; Herbert apologizes

Peter Hancock

TOPEKA – Suffice it to say there were people in Topeka who were fairly unamused Wednesday after reading the comments that one Lawrence city commissioner made the night before regarding the Topeka arts scene. Expressing his displeasure with City Manager Tom Markus' budget recommendations, including cuts to the Lawrence Arts ...

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee targets Yoder as part of national ad campaign

Peter Hancock

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee began airing TV ads nationwide Monday targeting vulnerable Republicans who have endorsed GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, and among the media markets being targeted is the Kansas City-centered 3rd Congressional District of Kansas, where U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder is running for re-election. Neither of the ...

Kansas Farm Bureau endorses challenger against Huelskamp in Big First district

Peter Hancock

The political arm of Kansas Farm Bureau, the state's largest farm organization, is endorsing Great Bend physician [Roger Marshall][1] over incumbent [U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp][2] in the "Big First" congressional district in western Kansas. The announcement Friday deals a major blow to Huelskamp, a three-term incumbent. KFB is a major ...

Top aide leaves House Democrats office

Peter Hancock

House Democratic Leader Tom Burroughs replaced his top aide over the weekend, just two weeks before advance voting begins in the 2016 primary elections. Burroughs, D-Kansas City, confirmed Tuesday that Abbie Hodgson, who has been his chief of staff since he was elected minority leader after the 2014 elections, has ...

Kansas Democrats stir speculation about retired U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom

Peter Hancock

An email sent out Thursday from the Kansas Democratic Party is sparking more speculation about the political future of retired U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom. The announcement was about an upcoming gala in Overland Park at which Grissom will receive a service award from the party, where former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius ...

KNEA endorses all Lawrence-area lawmakers in upcoming primaries

Peter Hancock

The state's largest teachers union issued its list of primary election endorsements Tuesday, backing 108 House candidates and 40 Senate candidates. Included in the list are all six Douglas County legislators: Democratic Reps. John Wilson, Boog Highberger and Barbara Ballard; Republican Rep. Tom Sloan; and Democratic Sens. Marci Francisco and ...

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