Statehouse Live

Capital city begs to differ with Commissioner Matthew Herbert's Topeka bashing; Herbert apologizes

Peter Hancock

TOPEKA – Suffice it to say there were people in Topeka who were fairly unamused Wednesday after reading the comments that one Lawrence city commissioner made the night before regarding the Topeka arts scene. Expressing his displeasure with City Manager Tom Markus' budget recommendations, including cuts to the Lawrence Arts ...

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee targets Yoder as part of national ad campaign

Peter Hancock

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee began airing TV ads nationwide Monday targeting vulnerable Republicans who have endorsed GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, and among the media markets being targeted is the Kansas City-centered 3rd Congressional District of Kansas, where U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder is running for re-election. Neither of the ...

Kansas Farm Bureau endorses challenger against Huelskamp in Big First district

Peter Hancock

The political arm of Kansas Farm Bureau, the state's largest farm organization, is endorsing Great Bend physician [Roger Marshall][1] over incumbent [U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp][2] in the "Big First" congressional district in western Kansas. The announcement Friday deals a major blow to Huelskamp, a three-term incumbent. KFB is a major ...

Top aide leaves House Democrats office

Peter Hancock

House Democratic Leader Tom Burroughs replaced his top aide over the weekend, just two weeks before advance voting begins in the 2016 primary elections. Burroughs, D-Kansas City, confirmed Tuesday that Abbie Hodgson, who has been his chief of staff since he was elected minority leader after the 2014 elections, has ...

Kansas Democrats stir speculation about retired U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom

Peter Hancock

An email sent out Thursday from the Kansas Democratic Party is sparking more speculation about the political future of retired U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom. The announcement was about an upcoming gala in Overland Park at which Grissom will receive a service award from the party, where former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius ...

KNEA endorses all Lawrence-area lawmakers in upcoming primaries

Peter Hancock

The state's largest teachers union issued its list of primary election endorsements Tuesday, backing 108 House candidates and 40 Senate candidates. Included in the list are all six Douglas County legislators: Democratic Reps. John Wilson, Boog Highberger and Barbara Ballard; Republican Rep. Tom Sloan; and Democratic Sens. Marci Francisco and ...

Kansas Chamber issues all-GOP endorsements

Peter Hancock

The Kansas Chamber's Political Action Committee released its list of endorsements, all Republicans, for the upcoming Aug. 2 primary in 26 Senate races and 58 House races. The overwhelming majority of primary races involve contests between Republicans. But included in the list are districts in which there will be no ...

A spectator’s guide to the special legislative session

Peter Hancock

TOPEKA — Kansas lawmakers return to the Statehouse at 8 a.m. Thursday for the start of a special legislative session, the 23rd such session in state history and the second one in 11 years focusing on school funding and the Kansas Constitution. At stake is one simple question: Will public ...

No 'Dump Trump' movement for Kansas GOP

Peter Hancock

The chairman of the Kansas Republican Party said Monday that he is not taking part in recent efforts to change party rules in a way that could deny Donald Trump the presidential nomination. "At this point I’m not on board with this," Kelly Arnold, the GOP chairman, said. "We held ...

Gun debate heats up locally, nationally

Peter Hancock

The debate over gun control is heating up in at least one congressional race in Kansas at the same time that Democrats in the U.S. Senate are trying to pressure Republicans into allowing a debate on the issue in the wake of Sunday's massacre in Orlando, Fla. Democrat Jay Sidie, ...

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