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Brownback hoping for speedy confirmation; Colyer quiet following announcement

Peter Hancock

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback said Tuesday he plans to stay in office until he is confirmed by the U.S. Senate for a diplomatic post in the Trump administration, something he said he hopes will happen as early as next month. Brownback has been nominated by President Donald Trump to be ...

Former Rep. Paul Davis schedules tour to announce 2nd District candidacy

Peter Hancock

Former state Rep. Paul Davis of Lawrence has scheduled a series of appearances Tuesday where he is expected to formally announce that he will seek the Democratic nomination for the 2nd District congressional seat in 2018. Davis, 45, [announced in April][1] that he was exploring the 2nd District race, which ...

EMILY's List makes endorsement in Kansas 3rd District

Peter Hancock

A national fundraising group that backs Democratic women who support abortion rights, announced that it is supporting Andrea Ramsey in the 3rd District congressional race in Kansas. Friday's announcement by the group EMILY's List was another indication that the 3rd District is becoming more competitive. In 2016, incumbent Republican Rep. ...

Second Democrat gets into 10th District race; convention set for Aug. 12

Peter Hancock

There will be competition to fill the 10th District Kansas House seat being vacated by the resignation of John Wilson when Democratic Party precinct committee members in that district meet Aug. 12 to name a new representative. Brandon Holland, 28, the son of Sen. Tom Holland, of Baldwin City, confirmed ...

Wilson resigns, backs Eileen Horn as successor

Peter Hancock

John Wilson turned in his formal resignation from the Kansas House on Friday and announced that he is backing Lawrence and Douglas County sustainability director Eileen Horn as his successor. Wilson, a Democrat, has represented the 10th District since 2013. It covers a portion of Lawrence southeast of 19th and ...

Kris Kobach now a Douglas County voter

Peter Hancock

With no fanfare, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach changed his official residence recently to his farm near Lecompton and registered to vote in Douglas County. Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew confirmed that Kobach changed his voter registration on March 8. He had previously been a resident of Piper, in ...

More on Moran and his role in scuttling latest GOP health care bill

Peter Hancock

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas helped scuttle a Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare late Monday, but he said later Tuesday that he would support a repeal-only bill so that Congress could start fresh with open hearings on a replacement for the Affordable Care Act. Moran was one ...

Three things to watch for in Tuesday's Supreme Court hearing on school finance

Peter Hancock

After six and a half years of litigation and four previous trips to the Kansas Supreme Court, the long-running school finance case Gannon v. Kansas will come to another climax on Tuesday. That's when lawyers for the state and the plaintiff school districts go back to the Supreme Court to ...

Kansas health care advocates urge rejection of latest GOP health bill

Peter Hancock

Health care advocates in Kansas are turning up the pressure on the state's two U.S. senators to reject the latest version of a health care overhaul, even though one GOP senator, Pat Roberts, has already endorsed the plan. Fellow Republican Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas has not staked out a ...

Study shows Kansas traditionally walks a tight fiscal line

Peter Hancock

Kansas has done a relatively decent job of balancing its revenues and expenses over the last 14 years, according to a new national study that rated all 50 states for their budget-balancing skills. The new [study from the Pew Charitable Trusts][1] shows that while the state ran a net positive ...

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