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Parties name slate of people who will cast Kansas' electoral college votes in presidential election

Peter Hancock

All three recognized political parties in Kansas have named their slate of people who will cast the state's six electoral votes in the event their presidential candidate wins Kansas in November. During presidential elections, a lot is written about electoral votes. And with the miracle of modern computer graphics, newspapers ...

New report shows state nearing budget deficit

Peter Hancock

A new analysis of the state's financial condition shows that if revenues hit the mark for the rest of this fiscal year, it will end the fiscal year on June 30 with only $5.6 million in its general fund. But as anyone who has watched the monthly revenue reports knows, ...

Wyoming Gov. Mead tops 'indifference' rating in new poll; Kansas governor least popular

Peter Hancock

The website Morning Consult published results of [a new 50-state poll][1] on Tuesday, once again ranking the nation's governors according to their approval rating. And yes, once again, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback came out as the least popular governor in America. But that's happened so many times in recent months, ...

In new digital ad, Holland 'takes aim' at Brownback's policies

Peter Hancock

Some people may have noticed that the use of firearms in political campaign ads has been on the rise the last few election cycles. In 2010, a Senate candidate in West Virginia ran an ad in which he [shot a hole through a climate change bill][1], making a metaphorical point ...

New 50-state polls show Trump ahead in Kansas but Clinton winning overall

Peter Hancock

Two recent 50-state polls show Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump with a big lead in Kansas but Democrat Hillary Clinton with a significant lead in electoral votes nationwide. But Trump’s numbers in Kansas are far below what previous GOP candidates have received here, while Clinton’s numbers are about average for ...

Kansas school funding and the definition of ‘classroom’ spending

Peter Hancock

TOPEKA — As school officials, lawmakers and Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration open discussions about writing a new school finance formula, expect to hear a lot of discussion about “putting money in the classroom.” This has been a long-running debate whenever people talk about how much Kansas does or doesn’t spend ...

As Paul Davis stumps for fellow Democrats this year, speculation swirls about his plans for 2018

Peter Hancock

Former Rep. Paul Davis has been showing up a lot at political events throughout Kansas this summer. Just in recent weeks, he has spoken at events in Wichita and in southwest Kansas. He was with the Kansas delegation at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last month. And he has ...

Poll depicts disengaged voters in one Senate district

Peter Hancock

A Democratic candidate running for a state Senate seat in Johnson County released a poll this week purporting to show her ahead by three points over the Republican incumbent. But the poll can also be read as suggesting there are a lot of voters in Kansas who simply don't eat, ...

A grandmother's memory of the first women's vote

Peter Hancock

On this day in 1920, women in the United States finally received the right to vote nationwide. That was the day that Tennessee, [by a narrow vote of its Legislature][1], became the 36th state to ratify the 19th amendment that put universal women's suffrage into the U.S. Constitution. In Kansas, ...

Trump campaign launches Kansas operation

Peter Hancock

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has begun putting a field operation together in Kansas, hiring a full-time state coordinator and opening an office in Wichita to coordinate his Kansas campaign. "Trump Team Kansas" sent out emails Wednesday providing contact information and soliciting volunteers to help with the campaign. Kansas GOP ...

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