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No TV broadcast for State of the State this year

Peter Hancock

For the first time in many years, the Kansas governor's State of the State address won't be broadcast live on television. At least that's how things stand now. Dave McClintock, interim CEO of KPTS-TV, the public television station in Wichita, said the station was unable to raise the money to ...

Helgerson returning to Kansas House

Peter Hancock

Henry Helgerson, a Wichita Democrat who served in the Kansas House from 1983 through 2000, will return to the chamber for the 2016 session. Helgerson was elected by Democratic precinct committee members Tuesday night to replace Rep. Carolyn Bridges in the 83rd District. Only six precinct committee slots are filled ...

Christie files in Kansas; Campbell running for House seat; Brunk resigns from Legislature

Peter Hancock

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie this week became the seventh Republican candidate to file for the Kansas Republican caucuses, which will take place March 5. Christie filed Wednesday, the day after the latest Republican presidential debate was broadcast on CNN. "The 13 Republican candidates, including Governor Christie, showcased at Tuesday's ...

ACLU expects 'religious freedom' bills in statehouses next year

Peter Hancock

The American Civil Liberties Union said Wednesday it expects a plethora of so-called "religious freedom" bills to be introduced in state legislatures nationwide next year, including bills that would allow faith-based and other nonprofit agencies to discriminate against gay and lesbian couples in the placement of foster children. "Now mind ...

Clinton becomes first Democrat to file for Kansas caucuses

Peter Hancock

Hillary Clinton pledged to run a "ground up, grassroots campaign" in Kansas Thursday as she became the first Democratic candidate to file in the state's March 5 caucuses. “Our campaign in Kansas is being built from the ground up, driven by a grassroots coalition that’s excited about Hillary Clinton’s proven ...

Former Gov. Carlin to lead Hillary Clinton campaign in Kansas

Peter Hancock

Former Kansas Gov. John Carlin has been named to lead a 30-person "State Leadership Council" for [Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign][1] in Kansas. “Since day 1 of her campaign, Hillary Clinton has been laying out bold policy proposals like her comprehensive infrastructure plan that will create good-paying jobs and meet a ...

Democrat files for Johnson County House seat

Peter Hancock

Democrat Brett Parker announced Tuesday that he will run for the 29th District seat in the Kansas House, a seat currently held by Rep. James Todd, R-Overland Park. Parker, an English language teacher in the Olathe school district, said he plans to make education a major issue in the campaign. ...

Couture-Lovelady resigns from Kansas House

Peter Hancock

Rep. Travis Couture-Lovelady, a leading supporter of a new law that allows people to carry concealed handguns without training or a permit, resigned from the Kansas House over the weekend to accept a job as a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association. Couture-Lovelady, a two-term Republican from Palco, in central ...

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 ...

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