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GOP slams Paul Davis for bringing Rep. Steny Hoyer to Kansas

Democratic congressional candidate Paul Davis' campaign has confirmed that Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., the No. 2 Democrat in the U.S. House, will be in Kansas this weekend — a fact that the National Republican Congressional Committee is trying to use against him. The NRCC [issued a ...

Kansas community colleges raise concerns about GOP federal tax overhaul

Wichita — Community college officials in Kansas have begun sounding alarm bells about the potential impact of federal tax changes now being considered in Congress. Daniel Barwick, president of Independence Community College in southeast Kansas, told the Kansas Board of Regents Wednesday ...

Why Kansas can’t replicate Maine’s Medicaid expansion vote

People in Kansas who have been pushing to expand KanCare under the Affordable Care Act no doubt took notice Tuesday night when Maine became the first state in the union to [settle that issue by popular vote][1], bypassing a Republican governor who has vetoed such a measure at least five times ...

Two Democrats line up to challenge Sloan in 45th District Kansas House race

Two Democrats from Lecompton have lined up to challenge longtime incumbent Rep. Tom Sloan in the 45th District House race next year. Aidan Loveland Koster, 37, formally announced her candidacy on Thursday. A native of Lawrence, she is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law and ...

Report: Democrats to delay Brownback nomination

Democrats in the U.S. Senate plan to use procedural moves to delay a vote on Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's appointment to a diplomatic post, citing his record on gay rights, according to a published report. The [report by the Washington bureau of McClatchy][1], parent company of the Kansas ...

Lawrence legislator Marci Francisco eying Secretary of State race

State Sen. Marci Francisco, D-Lawrence, confirmed Monday that she is considering a run for Kansas Secretary of State next year. Francisco, a Democrat, said that others have encouraged her to look at the race. But she said she will not make a decision until after the Nov. 7 municipal ...

Roberts, Moran vote to advance Brownback-style federal tax reform

U.S. Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran of Kansas both voted late Thursday to advance a budget resolution that could pave the way for Congress to enact tax cuts similar to those that Republican Gov. Sam Brownback championed in Kansas in 2012, but which state lawmakers repealed earlier this ...

Davis outraising GOP field in 2nd District congressional race

Democrat Paul Davis raised more money in the last quarter than all of his Republican opponents combined, according to [campaign finance reports][1] for the Kansas 2nd Congressional District race that were filed with the Federal Election Commission. Although Davis' report had not been posted ...

Kansas DCF Secretary Gilmore under fire from some Republicans

Some Republicans in Kansas are now calling for Phyllis Gilmore to be removed as Secretary of the Department for Children and Families, a fact that could have implications in next year's race for governor. Gilmore has long been a target of criticism from Democrats who allege, among other ...

Brandon Smith, Brownback’s policy director, stepping down next week

In another sign that Gov. Sam Brownback's administration is winding down to a close, his office announced Thursday that his policy director Brandon Smith will step down from that role next week. Smith, a 2011 graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law, has served as Brownback's ...

GOP candidates for secretary of state respond to ACLU voting rights campaign

An announcement over the weekend that the [American Civil Liberties Union is launching a political campaign][1] to repeal Kansas' restrictive voting laws prompted sharp comments Monday from Republican candidates running for secretary of state. Rep. Scott Schwab issued a statement calling the ...

Bitter feud roils Kansas Democrats on eve of fall convention

Kansas Democrats are embroiled in a bitter feud on the eve of their annual fall "Demofest" convention in Wichita as top party officials are now trying to oust the party secretary while the secretary and her allies are fighting back with a series of blistering blog posts. At the center of the ...