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In hearing, Sen. Roberts defends GOP health care proposal

Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas argued Monday that Kansas would come out ahead under a GOP-backed bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. During the bill's one and only hearing before the Senate Finance Committee, Roberts also said that ...

GOP congressional candidate Soave still not talking about his residency

Despite repeated requests for comment by the Journal-World, Republican congressional candidate Antonio Soave is still not answering questions about his residency in the district or why he listed the address of the Eudora Post Office as his campaign committee's address. Soave is a Johnson ...

Newest candidate in 2nd District is actually registered to vote in 3rd

Former Kansas Commerce Secretary Antonio Soave, the newest Republican candidate in the 2nd District congressional race, is currently a registered voter in the 3rd District. Officials in the Kansas Secretary of State's office confirmed Friday that Soave's voter registration lists him at a ...

Kris Kobach gets public dressing-down over Breitbart column

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach received a public dressing-down Tuesday over a column he wrote last week for Breitbart News, and Kobach himself backed away from some of what he said. In [the Sept. 7 article][1], Kobach said out-of-state voters "likely" changed — through voter fraud ...

Kansas officials react to Charlottesville violence and Trump’s comments

Members of the Kansas congressional delegation have been turning to social media in recent days to express their reactions to last weekend’s violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., but only a few have specifically called out President Donald Trump for his controversial ...

Brownback hoping for speedy confirmation; Colyer quiet following announcement

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback said Tuesday he plans to stay in office until he is confirmed by the U.S. Senate for a diplomatic post in the Trump administration, something he said he hopes will happen as early as next month. Brownback has been nominated by President Donald Trump to be the ...

Former Rep. Paul Davis schedules tour to announce 2nd District candidacy

Former state Rep. Paul Davis of Lawrence has scheduled a series of appearances Tuesday where he is expected to formally announce that he will seek the Democratic nomination for the 2nd District congressional seat in 2018. Davis, 45, [announced in April][1] that he was exploring the 2nd ...

EMILY’s List makes endorsement in Kansas 3rd District

A national fundraising group that backs Democratic women who support abortion rights, announced that it is supporting Andrea Ramsey in the 3rd District congressional race in Kansas. Friday's announcement by the group EMILY's List was another indication that the 3rd District is becoming more ...

Second Democrat gets into 10th District race; convention set for Aug. 12

There will be competition to fill the 10th District Kansas House seat being vacated by the resignation of John Wilson when Democratic Party precinct committee members in that district meet Aug. 12 to name a new representative. Brandon Holland, 28, the son of Sen. Tom Holland, of Baldwin ...

Wilson resigns, backs Eileen Horn as successor

John Wilson turned in his formal resignation from the Kansas House on Friday and announced that he is backing Lawrence and Douglas County sustainability director Eileen Horn as his successor. Wilson, a Democrat, has represented the 10th District since 2013. It covers a portion of Lawrence ...

Kris Kobach now a Douglas County voter

With no fanfare, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach changed his official residence recently to his farm near Lecompton and registered to vote in Douglas County. Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew confirmed that Kobach changed his voter registration on March 8. He had previously been a ...

More on Moran and his role in scuttling latest GOP health care bill

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas helped scuttle a Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare late Monday, but he said later Tuesday that he would support a repeal-only bill so that Congress could start fresh with open hearings on a replacement for the Affordable Care Act. Moran was one ...

Three things to watch for in Tuesday’s Supreme Court hearing on school finance

After six and a half years of litigation and four previous trips to the Kansas Supreme Court, the long-running school finance case Gannon v. Kansas will come to another climax on Tuesday. That's when lawyers for the state and the plaintiff school districts go back to the Supreme Court to argue ...

Kansas health care advocates urge rejection of latest GOP health bill

Health care advocates in Kansas are turning up the pressure on the state's two U.S. senators to reject the latest version of a health care overhaul, even though one GOP senator, Pat Roberts, has already endorsed the plan. Fellow Republican Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas has not staked out a ...

Study shows Kansas traditionally walks a tight fiscal line

Kansas has done a relatively decent job of balancing its revenues and expenses over the last 14 years, according to a new national study that rated all 50 states for their budget-balancing skills. The new [study from the Pew Charitable Trusts][1] shows that while the state ran a net positive ...

State Sen. Steve Fitzgerald to kick off 2nd District bid Thursday

State Sen. Steve Fitzgerald plans to formally kick off his bid for the 2nd District congressional race on Thursday with an event in Topeka. Fitzgerald's kick-off event is scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, July 14, at the Dillon House, just west of the Kansas Statehouse, 404 SW 9th ...

Huelskamp lands job at conservative think tank known for climate change denial

Former Kansas Congressman Tim Huelskamp is taking a new job as president of a conservative think tank that is known for rejecting the scientific consensus that Earth's climate is changing due to human activity. [The Heartland Institute][1], based in suburban Chicago, announced Thursday that ...