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Ethics Commission questions name of Lawrence-based PAC; candidates reshuffle ballot positions

Peter Hancock

Members of the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission said Wednesday that they plan to seek more information about a new Lawrence-based political action committee whose name, they say, may not comply with a new law that says a name must give some indication of what the PAC is all about. But ...

One moderate Republican drops out of House race; another files for Senate; Highberger files for re-election

Peter Hancock

**Rep. Don Hill**, R-Emporia, surprised many people Monday when he announced he will not seek re-election to his 60th District House seat. Hill, a pharmacist who has served seven terms in the House, has been a leader among the dwindling faction of moderate Republicans who often found themselves at odds ...

Moody's forecasts sluggish revenue growth in Kansas

Peter Hancock

Moody’s Investors Service said this week that most states can expect their revenues to continue growing through the end of this year, but at a slower pace than last year. And it said Kansas revenue growth may be more sluggish than most. That won't immediately affect the state's bond rating, ...

Third Democrat files to challenge Yoder in 3rd District; Democrats betting Trump puts district in play

Peter Hancock

Jay Sidie, a Johnson County businessman, announced Thursday he plans to file as a Democrat to challenge Republican Congressman Kevin Yoder in the 3rd District. That would make Sidie the third Democrat to enter the race. Reggie Marselus, who ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination in 2014, and Nathaniel McLaughlin, ...

Kansas Rep. Schwartz stepping down; competition heats up in Senate races

Peter Hancock

**Rep. Sharon Schwartz**, R-Washington, a 20-year veteran of the Kansas House and former chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, has announced she will not seek re-election to her 106th District seat this year, a move that could clear the way for former Rep. Clay Aurand of Belleville to return to ...

Brownback again rated least popular governor in the nation

Peter Hancock

TOPEKA — A [new poll released Thursday][1] by the media and technology firm Morning Consult shows Republican Gov. Sam Brownback with only a 26 percent approval rating, making him the least popular governor in the United States. The nationwide survey of more than 66,000 registered voters in all 50 states ...

Brownback predicts GOP voters will rally around Trump

Peter Hancock

TOPEKA — Republican Gov. Sam Brownback predicted Wednesday that GOP voters will eventually rally around Donald Trump in the upcoming presidential race in the same way people sometimes rally around military leaders during a national crisis. “It’s not unlike times in the past where a military leader would step up ...

Budget bill goes to governor

Peter Hancock

The secretary of the Kansas Senate on Monday officially delivered [the final budget bill][1] to Gov. Sam Brownback, thus starting the 10-day clock for the governor to sign the bill and make any line-item vetoes of provisions he doesn't like. The 10-day clock expires on Thursday, May 19. Most observers ...

Why state lawmakers wait until the last minute to pass laws — hint: It's politics

Peter Hancock

There was a lot of hall chatter, and more than a few tweets, during the Kansas Legislature's wrap-up session that the House had voted on more than twice as many bills in those final five days as it had in the whole 68-day regular session. I don't know if that's ...

Senate Vice President Jeff King won't seek re-election, citing disillusionment

Peter Hancock

TOPEKA — Kansas Senate Vice President Jeff King, R-Independence, announced Thursday that he will not seek re-election this year, saying in part that he has become disillusioned with statehouse politics. "The recent veto session shows the harm of putting politics over good government," King said in a statement. "Last Friday, ...

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