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New 50-state polls show Trump ahead in Kansas but Clinton winning overall

Peter Hancock

Two recent 50-state polls show Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump with a big lead in Kansas but Democrat Hillary Clinton with a significant lead in electoral votes nationwide. But Trump’s numbers in Kansas are far below what previous GOP candidates have received here, while Clinton’s numbers are about average for ...

Kansas school funding and the definition of ‘classroom’ spending

Peter Hancock

TOPEKA — As school officials, lawmakers and Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration open discussions about writing a new school finance formula, expect to hear a lot of discussion about “putting money in the classroom.” This has been a long-running debate whenever people talk about how much Kansas does or doesn’t spend ...

As Paul Davis stumps for fellow Democrats this year, speculation swirls about his plans for 2018

Peter Hancock

Former Rep. Paul Davis has been showing up a lot at political events throughout Kansas this summer. Just in recent weeks, he has spoken at events in Wichita and in southwest Kansas. He was with the Kansas delegation at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last month. And he has ...

Poll depicts disengaged voters in one Senate district

Peter Hancock

A Democratic candidate running for a state Senate seat in Johnson County released a poll this week purporting to show her ahead by three points over the Republican incumbent. But the poll can also be read as suggesting there are a lot of voters in Kansas who simply don't eat, ...

A grandmother's memory of the first women's vote

Peter Hancock

On this day in 1920, women in the United States finally received the right to vote nationwide. That was the day that Tennessee, [by a narrow vote of its Legislature][1], became the 36th state to ratify the 19th amendment that put universal women's suffrage into the U.S. Constitution. In Kansas, ...

Trump campaign launches Kansas operation

Peter Hancock

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has begun putting a field operation together in Kansas, hiring a full-time state coordinator and opening an office in Wichita to coordinate his Kansas campaign. "Trump Team Kansas" sent out emails Wednesday providing contact information and soliciting volunteers to help with the campaign. Kansas GOP ...

As dust from primaries settles, depth of conservative losses sets in

Peter Hancock

TOPEKA — Conservative Republicans in Kansas legislative races suffered heavy losses in Tuesday’s primaries, and if the trends continue through November, they may be in danger of losing effective control of the House and Senate. That was the assessment Wednesday morning when the full picture of Tuesday’s election results came ...

Polls closed in Kansas primary elections; check here for latest results

Peter Hancock

9 p.m. update - 92 of 97 precincts: **42nd House District** - Republican primary (Douglas County only; 4 of 4 precincts): Rep. Connie O'Brien, 45 percent; Jim Karleskint, 55 percent **44th House District** - Democratic primary, 16 of 16 precincts: Rep. Barbara Ballard, 82 percent; Steven X. Davis, 18 percent ...

Kansas Chamber 'thanks' Huelskamp while not technically endorsing

Peter Hancock

The Kansas Chamber on Monday issued the closest thing it could to an endorsement of 1st District Congressman Tim Huelskamp. "While the Kansas Chamber PAC does not endorse or contribute to candidates for federal office, we can certainly thank them for standing up for the Kansas business community and Kansas ...

GOP primary in 42nd District could be a bellwether for the state

Peter Hancock

TOPEKA — The 42nd House District, which includes part of eastern Douglas County, may be as good a place as any to watch for signs that a more moderate, pro-public education wing of the Kansas Republican Party will make a resurgence this year. That’s where Rep. Connie O’Brien, of Tonganoxie, ...

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