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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 ...

Jenkins endorses Fiorina in GOP presidential race

Peter Hancock

Kansas Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins announced over the weekend that she is endorsing Carly Fiorina for the Republican presidential nomination. "Carly Fiorina is exactly the strong, steady, no nonsense businesswoman that our nation so desperately needs," Jenkins said in a statement Sunday. "Starting as a secretary and fighting her way to ...

Fiorina leads in early Kansas GOP online poll

Peter Hancock

An [online straw poll from the Kansas Republican Party][1] shows former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina with an early lead over the other contenders for the GOP presidential nomination. Clay Barker, executive director of the state party, said he posted the poll on the party's website Wednesday night, shortly after a ...

Legislative leaders authorize study panels on school finance, sales tax exemptions

Peter Hancock

Kansas legislative leaders on Wednesday authorized two more interim committees, one to begin work crafting a new school finance formula and another to examine the state's long list of sales tax exemptions. The most interesting aspect of the sales tax panel appears to be that none of the Republicans on ...

Hansen withdraws as commerce secretary nominee

Peter Hancock

George Hansen, Gov. Sam Brownback's nominee for secretary of commerce, withdrew his name from consideration Tuesday, saying an extended family member has "extensive business dealings" with the agency. A statement from Brownback's office gave no further details. "I respect George's decision and have reluctantly accepted his request to withdraw his ...

Brownback to host town hall meeting on possible Gitmo transfer

Peter Hancock

Gov. Sam Brownback announced Wednesday that he will hold a town hall meeting Thursday, Sept. 3, in Leavenworth to air concerns about a possible transfer of prisoners from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Fort Leavenworth. That announcement was the third statement Brownback has made in recent days on the subject. On ...

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