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Clinton becomes first Democrat to file for Kansas caucuses

Peter Hancock

Hillary Clinton pledged to run a "ground up, grassroots campaign" in Kansas Thursday as she became the first Democratic candidate to file in the state's March 5 caucuses. “Our campaign in Kansas is being built from the ground up, driven by a grassroots coalition that’s excited about Hillary Clinton’s proven ...

Former Gov. Carlin to lead Hillary Clinton campaign in Kansas

Peter Hancock

Former Kansas Gov. John Carlin has been named to lead a 30-person "State Leadership Council" for [Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign][1] in Kansas. “Since day 1 of her campaign, Hillary Clinton has been laying out bold policy proposals like her comprehensive infrastructure plan that will create good-paying jobs and meet a ...

Democrat files for Johnson County House seat

Peter Hancock

Democrat Brett Parker announced Tuesday that he will run for the 29th District seat in the Kansas House, a seat currently held by Rep. James Todd, R-Overland Park. Parker, an English language teacher in the Olathe school district, said he plans to make education a major issue in the campaign. ...

Couture-Lovelady resigns from Kansas House

Peter Hancock

Rep. Travis Couture-Lovelady, a leading supporter of a new law that allows people to carry concealed handguns without training or a permit, resigned from the Kansas House over the weekend to accept a job as a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association. Couture-Lovelady, a two-term Republican from Palco, in central ...

KASB president to run against Abrams for Kansas Senate

Peter Hancock

Don Shimkus, a school board member from Oxford and current president of the Kansas Association of School Boards, announced Wednesday that he will run as a Democrat for a seat in the Kansas Senate. Shimkus is challenging incumbent Republican Steve Abrams of Arkansas City in the 32nd District in south-central ...

Kobach defends speech to group labeled as 'white nationalists'

Peter Hancock

Secretary of State Kris Kobach confirmed Tuesday that he recently spoke at a writers conference sponsored by [The Social Contract Press][1]. But he vehemently rejected the [Southern Poverty Law Center's claim][2] that the group and its publication are an outlet for "white nationalists." "The SPLC puts that crap out whenever ...

Kobach files late response in federal suit

Peter Hancock

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach was several days late filing a response to a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn one of his signature policies, but plaintiffs in the case say they won't make an issue out of it. The lawsuit seeks to overturn the state's proof of citizenship law, ...

KPI email comes from GOP consulting firm

Peter Hancock

An email statement released by the conservative think tank [Kansas Policy Institute][1] is causing something of a stir, not because of what it said, but because of who sent it out on their behalf. The statement praising Kansas Education Commissioner Randy Watson for his new ["vision" statement for public schools][2] ...

Poll: Growing discontent with Sen. Jerry Moran

Peter Hancock

*Note: This post has been changed from an earlier version to correct a math error.* Republicans in Kansas are expressing growing dissatisfaction with U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, according to one recent poll, but it's not yet clear whether he will face the same kind of re-election trouble that his colleague ...

Brownback satisfaction rating at 18%; Democrats targeting Senate seats

Peter Hancock

A new poll from the Docking Institute of Public Affairs at Fort Hays State University shows only 18 percent of Kansans are satisfied with Gov. Sam Brownback's performance in office, and most (61 percent) think his signature tax policies have either been a "failure" or a "tremendous failure." The [Fall ...

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