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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 ...

'Women for Kansas' to organize Lawrence chapter

Peter Hancock

The relatively new political group [Women for Kansas][1] will hold organizational meetings this week to launch a chapter in Lawrence as it gears up for the 2016 elections. Deena Burnett, a former teacher in the Lawrence school district and a former president of the Lawrence Education Association, said the goal ...

Meeker resigns as Democratic Party chair

Peter Hancock

http://www2.ljworld.com/users/photos/2015/aug/21/295641/ The Kansas Democratic Party confirmed today that Larry Meeker has resigned as chairman of the party after only five months on the job. Kerry Gooch, the party's executive director, confirmed that Meeker submitted a letter of resignation Friday, just as the party's state committee is gathering in Wichita for ...

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