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Brownback satisfaction rating at 18%; Democrats targeting Senate seats

Peter Hancock

A new poll from the Docking Institute of Public Affairs at Fort Hays State University shows only 18 percent of Kansans are satisfied with Gov. Sam Brownback's performance in office, and most (61 percent) think his signature tax policies have either been a "failure" or a "tremendous failure." The [Fall ...

Kansas AG Schmidt files another Obamacare challenge

Peter Hancock

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt on Thursday joined in another multi-state lawsuit challenging a portion of the Affordable Care Act, this time disputing fees the states claim are an unconstitutional tax on states. Schmidt, a Republican, joined Louisiana and Texas in challenging fees that are assessed against insurance companies hired ...

Lawmakers question KU's financing plans for $325 million Central District Development

Peter Hancock

Some Kansas lawmakers are raising objections to Kansas University's plans to finance its $325 million Central District Development Plan, but they stopped short of putting the entire project on hold Tuesday. Instead, the Joint Committee on State Building Construction gave tentative approval to the plan, but told KU officials to ...

Francisco draws GOP opponent

Peter Hancock

Meredith Richey of Perry has filed as a Republican to challenge incumbent Sen. Marci Francisco, D-Lawrence. According to the Secretary of State's website, Richey filed on Thursday, Oct. 15, but did not provide any type of phone number or email address. Francisco was first elected to the 2nd District Senate ...

Behind Clinton-Kobach feud lies serious proposal: automatic voter registration

Peter Hancock

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Kansas' Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach got into a shouting-match-by-press-release this week over Kansas' restrictive voting laws, and in particular the requirement Kobach championed for people to show proof of U.S. citizenship in order to vote. Clinton's campaign started it off Thursday — ...

Democrat announces in 4th congressional district

Peter Hancock

The Kansas Democratic Party announced Thursday that Dan Giroux, an attorney in Wichita, will run for Congress in the 4th District of south-central Kansas. He will challenge incumbent Republican Mike Pompeo. The announcement came on the same day that third-quarter campaign finance reports are due to be released. A search ...

City once represented by Kobach ordered to pay $1.4 million in attorney fees, court costs

Peter Hancock

A Pennsylvania city that followed Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's advice in enacting tough laws against illegal immigrants has been ordered to pay $1.4 million in attorney fees and court costs for the plaintiffs who successfully challenged those laws in federal court. A federal judge in Scranton, Penn., ruled ...

Kobach to announce prosecutions

Peter Hancock

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is expected to announce Tuesday his first batch of prosecutions for voting crimes under new authority granted to him by the Legislature this year. A spokesman in Kobach's office said three criminal cases have been filed. But he would not identify the defendants until ...

Brownback officials fire back at Sebelius over Medicaid comments

Peter Hancock

Officials in Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration fired back Thursday at former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius over comments she made about Medicaid expansion, accusing Sebelius of having created the so-called “waiting lists” for elderly and disabled services in the first place. This all started a few days ago when Melika Willoughby, a ...

Davis rejects GOP call to step aside from voting rights case

Peter Hancock

Lawrence attorney and former Democratic Rep. Paul Davis on Tuesday dismissed suggestions by Republicans that he should recuse himself from a federal lawsuit challenging a controversial state voting law. "These guys either need a good lawyer or they’re trying to mislead you," Davis said in response to a statement from ...

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