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Brownback, Davis differ on meaning of economic figures

Scott Rothschild

Gov. Sam Brownback's administration says recent state tax collection figures are positive, but his presumptive Democratic opponent, Paul Davis, has a different view. Davis says the plummeting tax revenues and increasing unemployment rate are signs that Kansas is lagging because of Brownback's policies. "Gov. Brownback's `real live experiment' is not ...

Davis, Schodorf gain support from Kansas AFL-CIO

Scott Rothschild

The Kansas State AFL-CIO executive board has endorsed two Democrats, Paul Davis for governor and Jean Schodorf for secretary of state, in the 2014 election. Davis, the House minority leader from Lawrence, is the presumptive Democratic nominee to take on Gov. Sam Brownback, a Republican. Schodorf, a former Republican state ...

Government shutdown produces automated calls from Democratic Party group targeting Jenkins, Yoder

Scott Rothschild

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Tuesday launched automated phone calls in the 2nd congressional district blaming U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, for helping shut down the federal government. The campaign asks Kansans to call Jenkins to tell her to end the shutdown. The call says: "While you were sleeping, ...

Kobach to have clay-shooting fundraiser

Scott Rothschild

A clay-shooting fundraiser for the re-election campaign of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is scheduled for Oct. 12. Kobach also will discuss Second Amendment rights at the event, which will be held at the Ravenwood Lodge in Topeka. Participation options run from $25 to $1,000. Kobach, a Republican, is ...

Praeger providing information on changes in health law

Scott Rothschild

Topeka — While politicians fume over the pros and cons of the Affordable Care Act, Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger is providing detailed information about the health law through a website, videos and public meetings across the state. "We urge you to get the facts for yourself," Praeger said. The ...

State officials will tour Lawrence as part of Farm to School celebration

Scott Rothschild

State officials will tour Lawrence on Tuesday as part of a Farm to School Celebration that focuses on connecting local farms with healthy meals in school cafeterias. Kansas Agriculture Secretary Dale Rodman and Kansas Education Commissioner Diane DeBacker will have lunch with students at West Middle School, 2700 Harvard Road. ...

Moran part of bipartisan effort to pay military if government shuts down

Scott Rothschild

In case of a federal government shutdown, U.S. Sens. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, and Mark Udall, D-Colo., have filed legislation that would ensure the military and National Guard units assisting in disaster recovery will not have their paychecks delayed. "The financial well-being and readiness of those serving our country must not ...

Kobach promotes Voter Registration Kit on National Voter Registration Day; doesn't mention problem of voters in 'suspense'

Scott Rothschild

Topeka — It's National Voter Registration Day and like secretaries of state across the nation, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach on Tuesday encouraged people to register to vote. But Kobach made no mention of the more than 17,000 Kansans whose voter registrations are on hold because of the proof-of-citizenship ...

Brownback to speak about judicial selection at discussion sponsored by The Federalist Society

Scott Rothschild

Gov. Sam Brownback will speak on judicial selection during a discussion sponsored by The Federalist Society, a conservative legal group that has been involved in the debate on changing the way judges are selected in Kansas. The discussion will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Overland ...

Office seeks input on laws to repeal

Scott Rothschild

Visitors to the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson can tell officials what state laws and regulations they think should be repealed. The Office of the Repealer will be accepting suggestions at Gov. Sam Brownback's booth in the Meadowlark building. In 2011, Brownback established the repealer function as a way to ...

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