Elections 2014

Roberts signs Obamacare repeal pledge

Peter Hancock

Republican U.S. Senator Pat Roberts has signed a pledge sponsored by a conservative women's organization to repeal, defund and dismantle the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The pledge is sponsored by [Independent Women's Voice][1], which considers the pledge a "litmus test" for candidates that it either supports or ...

State now operating on thin margin

Peter Hancock

This week's news that the state of Kansas finished the fiscal year with a $338 million revenue shortfall will reverberate for the rest of the upcoming year, and raises the possibility that Gov. Sam Brownback may be forced to order unpopular "allotment" cuts before the November election. Meanwhile, Rep. Paul ...

Tea Party groups split on Senate race; poll shows Roberts with wide lead

Peter Hancock

A day after Tea Party-backed candidates lost U.S. Senate primaries in Mississippi and Oklahoma, two major conservative groups appear to be split about what to do in the upcoming Kansas primary between Sen. Pat Roberts and challenger Milton Wolf. That split comes in the context of a new [SurveyUSA poll][1] ...

Poll: Brownback trailing Davis; Roberts opens wide lead

Peter Hancock

A new poll of likely Kansas voters shows Republican Gov. Sam Brownback trailing Democrat Paul Davis by six percentage points, although neither candidate has yet broken the 50-percent mark. The [SurveyUSA poll][1] shows Davis leading Brownback, 47-41 percent, with one in four self-identified Republican voters indicating they will cross party ...

Primary 'tea' leaves — part two

Peter Hancock

Tea Party-backed candidates did not fare well in U.S. Senate primary elections on Tuesday, leaving some to wonder whether the movement has enough momentum left to exert any influence in the upcoming Kansas primaries. "With (Mississippi Sen. Thad) Cochran's win the national 'tea party' groups will need to make a ...

Reading the 'Tea' leaves in Mississippi

Peter Hancock

Many Kansas Republicans will have their eyes focused on Mississippi tonight, awaiting results of a primary runoff race between incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran and his Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel. Chief among those watching is Milton Wolf, the Tea Party-backed candidate who is trying to unseat U.S. Sen. Pat ...

Roberts, Brownback, Kobach win Olathe GOP straw poll

Peter Hancock

GOP incumbents performed well in a straw poll over the weekend at the annual Olathe Republicans picnic in Johnson County. The event, which is usually dominated by conservatives, is viewed as a fairly reliable indicator of how Republican primary candidates are doing, at least in the Kansas City-area suburbs. According ...

Insurance commissioner candidate Anderson says he will schedule town hall meeting on claims reimbursement

Scott Rothschild

Dennis Anderson, the Democratic candidate for insurance commissioner, said Tuesday that if he is elected he will hold town hall meetings statewide to discuss insurance claims reimbursements. Anderson, 57, said that during his campaign travels across Kansas he is hearing from Kansans about their difficulties in getting insurers to pay ...

Of Cantor's defeat, Jenkins says all politics is local

Scott Rothschild

The stunning Republican Party primary defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia has many wondering how it happened and what happens next. U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, who serves with Cantor on the House GOP leadership team, said she considers Cantor a good friend. "He is smart and ...

Wood drops out of House District 45 contest

Scott Rothschild

Tim Wood, an advocate for those with disabilities, will not be running as the Democratic candidate for state House District 45. Wood, of Lawrence, had announced his candidacy last month, but didn't file to run for office by Monday's deadline. Wood works for the Disability Rights Center of Kansas as ...

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