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What is more unpopular: Congress or Obamacare?

Scott Rothschild

Right out of the chute, it appears the 2014 campaign for U.S. House District 2 will be a contest to determine which is more unpopular: Congress or Obamacare. Earlier this week, Democrat Margie Wakefield, of Lawrence, announced she is contemplating a run against three-term incumbent Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka. In her ...

Huelskamp slams Obama, Clinton in 140 characters

Scott Rothschild

U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, is attracting some national media attention for a tweet he wrote yesterday that slams both Presidents Obama and Clinton. After a House Republican meeting on immigration reform, Huelskamp tweeted: "Most House Rs agree w/ most Senate Rs and Americans. Trusting Obama w/ border security is ...

Brownback says Romney focused too much on the economy in failed White House bid

Scott Rothschild

Visiting Arkansas today, Gov. Sam Brownback said that unsuccessful Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney focused too narrowly on the economy and that the GOP must stick to its opposition to gay marriage and abortion. His comments were made in Little Rock, Ark., to a reporter for The Associated Press before ...

Brownback running for re-election

Scott Rothschild

Topeka — Gov. Sam Brownback is running for re-election. A message recently sent to supporters seeks to raise funds for the 2014 election. "With your help, we're turning Kansas around," the message from Brownback says. Brownback, a Republican elected in 2010, says he turned a projected budget deficit into a ...

Kansas representatives illustrate divide over farm bill

Scott Rothschild

The chasm over the farm bill in Congress is no more evident than in Kansas where six conservative Republicans from an agriculture state are divided on the issue. On Thursday, the farm bill failed in the U.S. House, splitting the Kansas delegation. U.S. Reps. Lynn Jenkins, of Topeka, whose district ...

Roberts votes against farm bill, Moran votes for it

Scott Rothschild

Kansas senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran were on opposite sides Monday on the farm bill that was approved 66-27 in the U.S. Senate. Moran voted for the bill, while Roberts voted against it. In statements, the two Republicans gave their reasons. “The Farm Bill passed in the Senate meets ...

Kobach takes voter photo ID fight to Alaska

Scott Rothschild

Topeka —Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has taken his fight for voter photo ID to Alaska. In the process, Kobach, a Republican who has become a national figure on immigration restrictions and voter ID, has thrust himself into a state legislative battle and a U.S. Senate race there. Here's ...

House GOP leader says state employee furloughs possible unless budget approved; measure putting brakes on Common Core in the mix

Scott Rothschild

Topeka — Republican leaders in the House told their rank-and-file members that they needed to approve a state budget Saturday or state employees would face furloughs. But some GOP House members said they felt like they were being given a take-it or leave-it option, and others said they would vote ...

Inadvertently sent Kansas Department of Revenue email shows expectation of revenue gain in May

Scott Rothschild

TOPEKA — Gov. Sam Brownback's administration expects tax revenue gains for the month of May, according to an email inadvertently sent Friday to the Lawrence Journal-World. The email, from Chad Bettes, who is a high-ranking official in the Kansas Department of Revenue, to Sherriene Jones-Sontag, spokeswoman for Gov. Sam Brownback, ...

NAMI report says Medicaid expansion would help thousands of Kansans living with mental illness

Scott Rothschild

Topeka — More than 21,000 uninsured Kansans with mental illness would receive needed treatment, and lives would be saved if Gov. Sam Brownback and the Kansas Legislature expanded Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act, a new report says. So far, Brownback, a vocal opponent of the ACA, and his ...

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