Elections 2014

Taylor may still be critical to U.S. Senate race

Peter Hancock

Although Democrat Chad Taylor has dropped out of the race and terminated his own campaign, he still may be a deciding factor in the outcome of the U.S. Senate race in Kansas. A new [Fox News poll][1] released Thursday shows that when voters are asked about the preference among all ...

Poll: Orman leads, with or without Taylor on the ballot

Peter Hancock

A new poll out today shows Republican Sen. Pat Roberts trailing in his bid for a fourth term, with or without Democrat Chad Taylor's name on the ballot. The [survey by Public Policy Polling,][1] a Democratic firm based in North Carolina, shows that in a head-to-head contest, independent candidate Greg ...

Ballot law was meant to prevent swapping candidates

Peter Hancock

Democrat Chad Taylor's attempt to withdraw from the U.S. Senate race is not without precedent in Kansas, and at least one former legislator who helped rewrite the law says what he is attempting to do is precisely what Kansas lawmakers tried to prevent when they changed the state's ballot law ...

Jenkins, Wakefield agree on EPA water regulations

Peter Hancock

Rep. Lynn Jenkins touted her support Friday for a bill that would block the Environmental Protection Agency from implementing proposed new clean water regulations that some say would extend federal regulation over small creeks, drainage ditches and farm ponds. She also called on her Democratic opponent, Margie Wakefield, to take ...

Taylor asks Supreme Court to keep his name off ballot

Peter Hancock

Democrat Chad Taylor is asking the Kansas Supreme Court to step in and prevent his name from appearing on the Nov. 4 ballot for the U.S. Senate. Taylor filed the petition Thursday, asking for an order preventing Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach from placing his name on the ballot. ...

Poll shows dead heat in U.S. Senate race

Peter Hancock

A new poll sponsored by KSN-TV in Wichita shows a statistical dead heat in the U.S. Senate race between Republican Sen. Pat Roberts and independent challenger Greg Orman. According to a report on the [station's website][1], the latest [SurveyUSA][2] poll shows Orman at 37 percent; Roberts at 36 percent; and ...

Orman regrets giving to Akin as other donations come under scrutiny

Peter Hancock

Independent U.S. Senate candidate Greg Orman said Saturday that he regrets having contributed money in 2006 to Missouri Rep. Todd Akin, a Republican who later said that victims of "legitimate rape" rarely get pregnant. "I had a friend call me and ask me to support a congressman who was on ...

Kansas Senate race becomes nationalized

Peter Hancock

The U.S. Senate race in Kansas appears to have been taken over by the national organizations of both political parties, albeit in very different ways. The latest news today is that the National Republican Senatorial Committee has [taken over][1] the troubled campaign of Sen. Pat Roberts, pushing out his longtime ...

Kobach: Democrat Taylor must stay on Senate ballot

Peter Hancock

UPDATE — 3:10 p.m. TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate in Kansas must remain on the November ballot even though he wants to withdraw against incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Roberts. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said Thursday Democrat Chad Taylor did not comply with ...

Taylor withdraws from U.S. Senate race

Peter Hancock

Democrat Chad Taylor officially withdrew from the U.S. Senate race in Kansas today. "After much consideration and prolonged discussion with my supporters, my staff, and party leadership at every level, I have decided to end my campaign for the United States Senate," Taylor said in a written statement. "I have ...

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