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As dust from primaries settles, depth of conservative losses sets in

Peter Hancock

TOPEKA — Conservative Republicans in Kansas legislative races suffered heavy losses in Tuesday’s primaries, and if the trends continue through November, they may be in danger of losing effective control of the House and Senate. That was the assessment Wednesday morning when the full picture of Tuesday’s election results came ...

Polls closed in Kansas primary elections; check here for latest results

Peter Hancock

9 p.m. update - 92 of 97 precincts: **42nd House District** - Republican primary (Douglas County only; 4 of 4 precincts): Rep. Connie O'Brien, 45 percent; Jim Karleskint, 55 percent **44th House District** - Democratic primary, 16 of 16 precincts: Rep. Barbara Ballard, 82 percent; Steven X. Davis, 18 percent ...

Kansas Chamber 'thanks' Huelskamp while not technically endorsing

Peter Hancock

The Kansas Chamber on Monday issued the closest thing it could to an endorsement of 1st District Congressman Tim Huelskamp. "While the Kansas Chamber PAC does not endorse or contribute to candidates for federal office, we can certainly thank them for standing up for the Kansas business community and Kansas ...

GOP primary in 42nd District could be a bellwether for the state

Peter Hancock

TOPEKA — The 42nd House District, which includes part of eastern Douglas County, may be as good a place as any to watch for signs that a more moderate, pro-public education wing of the Kansas Republican Party will make a resurgence this year. That’s where Rep. Connie O’Brien, of Tonganoxie, ...

Vickrey confirms he'll run for speaker of Kansas House in 2017

Peter Hancock

Although the general elections are still more than three months away, some Kansas lawmakers are already lining up to run for leadership positions next session. The latest was Rep. Jene Vickrey, R-Louisburg, who confirmed Wednesday that he plans to run for speaker of the House in the 2017 session, hoping ...

Kobach defends role in drafting 'most conservative platform' in GOP history

Peter Hancock

TOPEKA — Republicans meeting at their national convention in Cleveland this week adopted what some are calling the most conservative platform in Republican Party history. In fact, one of the people calling it that is Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach who played a significant role in drafting many of ...

Huelskamp draws opposition from Chicago Cubs and WWE owners

Peter Hancock

TOPEKA — A political ad airing on TV stations in Topeka and other parts of Kansas raises an interesting question: Why do the owners of the Chicago Cubs and World Wrestling Entertainment care about who represents western Kansas in Congress? You wouldn't immediately know that just from watching the ad, ...

Poll: Trump has big lead over Clinton in Kansas; Brownback's approval rating worse than Nixon's

Peter Hancock

Kansans are sharply polarized over this year's presidential election, but Republican Donald Trump still leads Democrat Hillary Clinton by a substantial margin, [according to a new poll out this week][1]. Still, there are signs that his numbers may be soft in Kansas, although Clinton's numbers show her doing no better ...

Capital city begs to differ with Commissioner Matthew Herbert's Topeka bashing; Herbert apologizes

Peter Hancock

TOPEKA – Suffice it to say there were people in Topeka who were fairly unamused Wednesday after reading the comments that one Lawrence city commissioner made the night before regarding the Topeka arts scene. Expressing his displeasure with City Manager Tom Markus' budget recommendations, including cuts to the Lawrence Arts ...

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee targets Yoder as part of national ad campaign

Peter Hancock

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee began airing TV ads nationwide Monday targeting vulnerable Republicans who have endorsed GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, and among the media markets being targeted is the Kansas City-centered 3rd Congressional District of Kansas, where U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder is running for re-election. Neither of the ...

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