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Kobach’s running mate lends $1.5 million to campaign, finance reports show

Updated 6:20 p.m. TOPEKA – Willis “Wink” Hartman, the Wichita oil executive who is running as Republican gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach’s running mate, has loaned the Kobach campaign more than $1.5 million since March, according to campaign finance records released late Monday night. Those loans accounted for 91 percent of all the money the Kobach campaign took in during the period from Jan. 1 ...

Kobach releases internal poll showing him ahead in GOP primary

TOPEKA — The Republican primary for governor in Kansas got a little more interesting over the weekend when Kris Kobach, the current secretary of state, released an internal poll showing him nine points ahead of incumbent Gov. Jeff Colyer, while Colyer picked up the endorsement of former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole. Kobach and Colyer are generally seen as the two front-runners in the race, based on early fundraising ...

Meet the GOP candidates for Kansas secretary of state

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is stepping down from that office this year as he seeks the Republican nomination for governor. That opening has drawn a crowded field of Republican candidates who hope to succeed him. The secretary of state's office is responsible for a wide range of duties, but the most prominent include supervising state and federal elections in Kansas, being the official record-keeper ...

Four local Kansas House races draw primary contests

As the Aug. 7 primary elections in Kansas draw near, much of the advertising money and media attention will be focused on races for governor, congressional seats and other statewide offices. But there are other primary races further down the ballot that are also important for the future of state government in Kansas. All 125 seats in the Kansas House of Representatives are up for election this year, and there ...

Sen. Moran faces fervent anti-Trump backlash during his stop in Baldwin City

BALDWIN CITY - U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas on Friday faced a backlash of criticism against President Donald Trump and his own reluctance to criticize the president, as a number of Douglas County residents asked why he, as a Republican, wasn't doing more to hold Trump accountable for his actions or even help remove the president from office. "The last year and a half, we've been going through this circus of ...

Jurors to see video of Eudora bar shooting; trial likely to continue into next week

Jurors in the trial of a man accused of murder stemming from a brawl outside a Eudora bar last summer will be shown security camera video Friday of the entire incident. Danny W. Queen, 37, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 32-year-old Bo Hopson following a fight that occurred at D-Dubs Bar and Grill, 10 West Ninth St., in Eudora, in the early-morning hours of June 24, 2017. The trial had been ...

Witnesses say defendant instigated fight that led to deadly shooting outside Eudora bar

A string of witnesses provided testimony Wednesday about the events that led to a deadly shooting outside a Eudora bar last year, with all of them identifying Danny Queen as the one who instigated the disturbance. The jury also saw body camera video shot by Eudora police officer Brandon Sharp, the first responder on the scene, depicting the pandemonium taking place outside D-Dubs Bar and Grill, 10 West Ninth ...

Defendant to claim self-defense in 2017 deadly shooting at Eudora bar

Story updated 7:07 p.m. July 24, 2018: Prosecutors and defense attorneys offered vastly different explanations Tuesday of what happened in the early-morning hours of June 24, 2017, when an argument at a Eudora bar turned into a melee and, eventually, a fatal shooting. During opening statements in the trial of Danny W. Queen, Assistant District Attorney Bryant Barton said Queen acted with premeditation when he ...

Potential jurors in Eudora shooting case asked about views on guns, alcohol

Jury selection will continue for a second day Tuesday in the trial of a man charged in a June 2017 shooting death outside D-Dubs Bar and Grill in Eudora. Danny W. Queen, 37, is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 32-year-old Bo Hopson. Queen also faces two counts of attempted first-degree murder for allegedly aiming his gun at two other individuals and pulling the trigger, although the gun ...

Next governor will preside over 2022 reapportionment; who stands to gain and lose

TOPEKA — There are contested races this year in all four of the state’s congressional districts. But in just a few years, those districts will look very different from how they look today. In 2022, the next governor and Legislature will have to redraw those district lines to balance out their populations based on the 2020 census. And since the last federal census in 2010, the population of Kansas has ...

Kansas job growth now exceeding national average

TOPEKA — After several years of lagging behind the national average, job growth in Kansas outpaced the nation in June, posting a 1.8 percent increase in jobs compared with a year ago, the Kansas Department of Labor reported Friday. Overall, the Kansas economy added 24,800 jobs over the year, including 1,900 jobs just since May, the agency reported. “Current trends in the Kansas labor market are strong,” ...

In Kansas, candidates have some leeway on how their names appear on ballot

TOPEKA - When voters in Kansas go to the polls, state law requires them to show a government-issued photo ID to prove they are who they say they are. But when they file to run for an office, they're given a little more latitude about how their names appear on the ballot. That became evident recently during a candidate forum in Lawrence featuring candidates in contested primaries for local seats in the Kansas ...

Officials hope to rebrand Kansas as not just a 'flyover state'

TOPEKA - The state of Kansas is about to launch a new marketing campaign aimed at rebranding the state as not just one that people pass by on their way to somewhere else, but one that can attract high-tech manufacturing, aviation and agribusiness companies. Gov. Jeff Colyer and other state officials unveiled the new "Land in Kansas" campaign during a Statehouse news conference Thursday, saying the campaign will ...