Kansas House speaker had COVID-19; governor to get tested

TOPEKA — Kansas House Speaker Ron Ryckman Jr. tested positive for coronavirus last month, and a spokesman for Gov. Laura Kelly said Thursday that she will get tested because she was in a meeting later with Ryckman and other legislative ...

Kansas House speaker had COVID-19; governor to get tested

By: By John Hanna, Associated Press

TOPEKA — Kansas House Speaker Ron Ryckman Jr. tested positive for coronavirus last month, and a spokesman for Gov. Laura Kelly said Thursday that she will get tested because she was in a meeting later with Ryckman and other legislative ...

August 6, 2020 @ 8:28pm

Rep. Marshall's primary win in Kansas buoys GOP Senate hopes

By: John Hanna, Associated Press

TOPEKA — Republicans brimmed with newfound confidence Wednesday about keeping an open Senate seat in Kansas after establishment-backed Rep. Roger Marshall won the party's nomination, advancing to face an unusually formidable Democrat in a ...

August 6, 2020 @ 9:18am

Kansas health official highlights mask mandate’s effectiveness, says school sports ‘very unlikely to succeed’

By: Conner Mitchell

The 15 Kansas counties that followed through with Gov. Laura Kelly’s mask mandate are the only areas of the state actively reducing the spread of COVID-19, Kansas’ top health official said Wednesday. Dr. Lee Norman, Kansas secretary of ...

August 5, 2020 @ 4:32pm

Incumbent Karleskint appears to lose close primary to conservative challenger in Kansas House District 42

By: Conner Mitchell

The race for Kansas' 42nd District House seat in 2020 saw a rematch of a primary that happened just two years prior — this time, it seems, with a different result. Incumbent Jim Karleskint, a Tonganoxie Republican, beat more conservative ...

August 4, 2020 @ 10:33pm

5 area candidates advance through unopposed primaries

By: Conner Mitchell

Five candidates in Douglas County faced no opposition Tuesday evening, and four of them will also run unopposed in November. Though running unopposed, all garnered significant numbers of votes in Tuesday's primary election. Those candidates ...

August 4, 2020 @ 10:08pm

Haswood wins contested primary, will become third Native American in history of Kansas Legislature

By: Conner Mitchell

Christina Haswood, a 26-year-old lifelong Lawrence resident, is now poised to become both the youngest sitting member of the Kansas Legislature and only the third Native American in the body’s history after handily winning a contested ...

August 4, 2020 @ 9:58pm

Kansas Rep. Watkins unseated after facing criminal charges

By: John Hanna, Associated Press

Story updated at 10:54 p.m. Tuesday TOPEKA — Freshman Kansas Rep. Steve Watkins lost his Republican primary Tuesday after being charged with felony election fraud and other crimes. State Treasurer Jake LaTurner unseated Watkins after arguing ...

August 4, 2020 @ 9:37pm

Kansas GOP picks Rep. Marshall for Senate seat over Kobach

By: John Hanna, Associated Press

Story updated at 10:54 p.m. Tuesday TOPEKA — Kansas Republicans on Tuesday nominated Rep. Roger Marshall for the Senate over polarizing conservative Kris Kobach, heeding the party establishment’s advice as it tries to keep a normally safe ...

August 4, 2020 @ 9:13pm

2020 primary election results: Valdez, Armbrister lead races with nearly all precincts reporting

By: Staff Report

Douglas County residents cast their votes by mail and at the polls Tuesday. A number of local and state races on the ballot will be decided in the primary, as no opponents from the opposite party filed to run in November's general ...

August 4, 2020 @ 7:00pm

Douglas County could ‘shatter’ previous primary turnouts, county election officer says

By: Conner Mitchell

Despite an unprecedented global health crisis, Douglas County appears to be on pace to far surpass any previous voter turnout for a primary election. Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew told the Journal-World Tuesday that projection is based on ...

August 4, 2020 @ 11:56am

Some delays expected in reporting of election results because of quantity of mail ballots

By: Conner Mitchell

The Kansas secretary of state’s office on Monday warned Kansans that they could expect some delays in the reporting of results from Tuesday’s primary election because of significant increases in requests for mail-in ballots brought on by the ...

August 3, 2020 @ 5:13pm

Kansas Board of Education races draw attention after vote against governor's school plan

By: Associated Press

Updated at 3:50 p.m. Monday WICHITA — A Kansas Board of Education primary election has drawn more attention than usual after the panel voted against the governor's plan to delay the start of the school year due to the coronavirus pandemic. ...

August 3, 2020 @ 12:47pm

Haven't voted yet? Tuesday is the final day to cast your ballot in the primary election

By: Staff report

Many primary races for public office will soon come to an end, and voters have one last day to make a decision. Tuesday is election day in Kansas, which is the final day for Douglas County voters to cast a ballot for many county, state and ...

August 3, 2020 @ 12:30pm

Medicaid expansion in Kansas could hinge on down-ballot primary races

By: Jim McLean, Kansas News Service

Topeka — Control of the Kansas Legislature could turn on dozens of down-ballot races in Tuesday’s primary election, in which many of the contests, particularly for the Kansas Senate, pit conservative Republicans against moderate ...

July 31, 2020 @ 7:06pm

GOP leaders can’t bank on Trump’s help in Kansas' U.S. Senate race

By: John Hanna, Associated Press

Holton — Establishment GOP leaders are scrambling to pull out a win in a tense battle for the nomination in Kansas’ U.S. Senate race, and they won’t be able to count on last-minute help from President Donald Trump. Trump has signaled to ...

July 31, 2020 @ 5:36pm

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