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Francisco, Wilson file for re-election; several retirements coming

Peter Hancock

TOPEKA — State Sen. Marci Francisco and Rep. John Wilson, both Democrats from Lawrence, have both filed re-election. Francisco filed Monday, shortly after the 2016 Legislature adjourned, to seek a third term representing the 2nd Senate District, which includes nearly all of Lawrence north of 23rd Street, portions of northern ...

Sebelius headlines Kansas Democrats fundraiser; Ballard chosen as one of final 11 delegates to DNC

Peter Hancock

Former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius was back in Topeka over the weekend to help raise money for the Kansas Democratic Party, and she quickly showed she can still draw a crowd and fire up the party’s base. Speaking to about 100 party officers, donors and elected officials, Sebelius said Kansas Democrats ...

Keep an eye out for dealmaking as Kansas parties pick delegates in presidential race

Peter Hancock

The Democratic and Republican parties in Kansas are getting ready to make their final delegate selections, and if you've been paying close attention to the presidential races, you already know this could be more contentious than usual. Both parties have already named a certain number of their delegates, in proportion ...

5 things to watch for when Legislature reconvenes this week

Peter Hancock

Kansas lawmakers return to the Statehouse on Wednesday to wrap up the 2016 legislative session, and GOP leaders are hoping to keep it short, within the "traditional" three to seven days. There's a built-in incentive to keep it short this year. Under Kansas law, incumbent legislators are prohibited from accepting ...

Latest Kansas highway cuts won't hit Douglas County

Peter Hancock

Douglas County and the surrounding area are being spared from any of the project delays that were announced this week by the Kansas Department of Transportation. Those projects — 25 in all, totaling nearly $553 million — are being put on the back burner for now as part of Gov. ...

Conflicting rulings make Westar bills hard for consumers to understand

Peter Hancock

If you're a customer of Westar Energy, you might be understandably confused about what's about to happen to your electric bill. Is it going up or down? The answer is, it's hard to say right now. The confusion stems from decisions last week by two different regulatory agencies — one ...

Sloan draws primary challenger; other recent candidate filings

Peter Hancock

**Rep. Tom Sloan, R-Lawrence**, will face a rematch in August with the same primary challenger he defeated two years ago. **Jeremy Ryan Pierce**, 33, recently filed paperwork to run as a Republican against Sloan in the 45th House District, which includes parts of western Lawrence and rural western Douglas County. ...

Jenkins launches PAC to help GOP legislative candidates

Peter Hancock

Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins has launched a new state-level political action committee to help Republican candidates running this year for the Kansas House and Senate, primarily within the 2nd Congressional District. Paperwork for the new PAC, known as Jenkins Ad Astra PAC, was filed with the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission March ...

Vegas oddsmakers now rivaling the best pollsters

Peter Hancock

You had to know it would only be a matter of time. As soon as the Internet started offering online gambling sites, and states like Kansas began legalizing fantasy sports betting, it was only a matter of time before the odds makers in Vegas would figure out a way to ...

The ABCs of school finance: How we got here and where we go next

Peter Hancock

If you want to understand the the debate over school finance in Kansas, a shouting match might be the place to start. A debate on the House floor Thursday briefly erupted into a shouting match as lawmakers were debating a bill that, in essence, makes only minor changes in the ...

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