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Brownback's press secretary retiring; assistant taking over

Peter Hancock

Gov. Sam Brownback announced Monday that his press secretary, Eileen Hawley, will retire at the end of the week and that her assistant, Melika Willoughby, will take over the post. Hawley took the job of press secretary in 2013. Before working for the Brownback administration, she worked in communications at ...

How to fill a $350 million budget hole in six months

Peter Hancock

News that the state of Kansas now faces a $350 million budget hole for the current fiscal year did not seem to rattle Gov. Sam Brownback's administration. His office made it clear Thursday that it will wait until January, when the new Legislature convenes, to lay out a budget plan ...

Democrats gain 12 in Kansas House; Finney County website controversy; which polls were right

Peter Hancock

Democrats running for the Kansas House took over 13 Republican seats in Tuesday's elections, but lost one of their own, which probably gives them enough to form a governing coalition with moderate Republicans on key issues like taxes and education spending. But Democrats gained only one seat in the Kansas ...

Kobach PAC violated rules with late last-minute reporting; Yoder denies he's taking sides in judicial retention battle despite contribution; World Series superstition

Peter Hancock

The head of the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission said Thursday that Secretary of State Kris Kobach's political action committee "Prairie Fire" violated Kansas campaign finance laws by failing to make a timely disclosure of last-minute independent expenditures it made in the days leading up to the Aug. 2 primary. Executive ...

Kobach's PAC made unsuccessful last-minute push in primary; Douglas County voter registration numbers; more on 2011 votes on voting laws

Peter Hancock

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's political action committee made some unsuccessful last-minute attempts to help Republican candidates in the Aug. 2 primary, but those expenses weren't disclosed until this week. Kobach's PAC, Prairie Fire, has been a source of [controversy since it was formed in 2012][1]. His critics, both ...

Incumbents voted for voting laws they now oppose

Peter Hancock

In the [Lawrence Journal-World's Voter Guide][1] that was published Sunday, some readers may have noticed that all of the incumbent legislators expressed at least some level of opposition to the state's voting laws that require voters to show photo ID at the polls to vote and proof of U.S. citizenship ...

Brownback pick for KDOT secretary may be hard sell for confirmation

Peter Hancock

Gov. Sam Brownback officially named Richard Carlson to be the next permanent secretary of the Kansas Department of Transportation and director of the Kansas Turnpike Authority, but some are already saying he could face opposition when he comes up for confirmation by the Kansas Senate. Carlson has been serving as ...

Brownback says media not reporting good economic news. Here's why.

Peter Hancock

News outlets in Kansas are not reporting the good news about the Kansas economy, and if they did, voters might feel differently about the impact that Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax policies have had on the state. That’s the message that Brownback himself has been delivering lately, in talks to various ...

Democrats tout poll showing Clinton up in 3rd District; Signs Yoder may be vulnerable

Peter Hancock

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released [polling results][1] Tuesday showing Democrat Hillary Clinton leading Republican Donald Trump by double digits in the 3rd Congressional District of Kansas, and that Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder is locked in a surprisingly close race with Democrat Jay Sidie. The poll was conducted Oct. 5-8, ...

Brownback highlights some positive news; provides some thoughts on K-12 funding, economy woes

Peter Hancock

When you’re enclosed in the Statehouse on a full-time basis, it’s easy to get consumed by it all, and it’s often hard to see a world beyond the partisanship, the budget shortfalls and whatever else that may constitute the Scandal of the Day. So in fairness, Gov. Sam Brownback may ...

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