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  • Kan. deputy fatally shot during arrest

    09/18/2018 12:37:09 PM PDT · by robowombat · 4 replies
    Police One ^ | 09/16/2018 | Brianna Childers
    Kan. deputy fatally shot during arrest Deputy Robert Kunze, 41, had nearly handcuffed the suspect when the suspect turned on him. By Brianna Childers SEDGWICK COUNTY, Kan. — The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office has identified a deputy that was killed in a deputy-involved shooting. Deputy Robert Kunze, 41, was shot Sunday while he was responding to a call involving a suspicious person. The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office held a news conference Sunday night and posted a live feed on its Facebook page. Around 1:20 p.m., Kunze responded to a call of a suspicious person near the 5300 block of N....
  • Former Cowboys RB Joseph Randle arrested, charged with rape

    09/07/2018 10:37:35 AM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 41 replies
    Sporting News ^ | 9-7-2018 | Marc Lancaster
    Joseph Randle was arrested early Friday morning in Wichita, Kansas, and charged with rape, the latest run-in with authorities for the former Cowboys running back. Online records show Randle, 26, was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail at 3:43 a.m. and charged with rape and a probation violation. There was no bond listed for either charge. The Wichita Eagle noted Randle was sentenced to five years' probation in June after being found guilty of aggravated burglary, aggravated battery, criminal threat and marijuana possession. That conviction stemmed from a 2016 incident in which Randle intentionally backed into three people with his...
  • Former GOP governor of Kansas endorses Democrat Laura Kelly over Kris Kobach

    09/04/2018 8:39:36 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 38 replies
    Kansas ^ | September 04, 2018 | Hunter Woodall
    Republicans in Kansas further splintered Tuesday as the last moderate member of the party to hold the governor’s office endorsed a Democrat for governor over Kris Kobach, the GOP nominee. In a statement, former Kansas governor Bill Graves said he planned to support state Sen. Laura Kelly in the November election. Kelly is running against Kobach and independent Greg Orman. “Laura Kelly is the only Democrat I have ever endorsed for public office,” Graves said in the statement. “And the reason I’m doing that now is because I believe so much is at stake in the state of Kansas. I...
  • WSJ: Five Republican Senators Met With Sessions, Urged Him Not to Quit

    08/29/2018 6:37:12 AM PDT · by Magnatron · 138 replies
    NewsMax - Wall Street Journal ^ | 29 August 2018 | Jason Devaney
    Five Republican senators had breakfast with Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week and encouraged him to not resign despite constant pressure from President Donald Trump. According to The Wall Street Journal, Sessions invited Sens. John Cornyn of Texas, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Jerry Moran of Kansas, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, and John Kennedy of Louisiana to dine with him last Thursday morning at the Department of Justice. The meeting took place in Sessions' dining room and included a lengthy discussion about Trump's repeated attacks on him. The senators, according to the Journal, urged Sessions to keep doing what he's...
  • Dr Jeff Colyer's concession speech (KS gov race)

    08/21/2018 8:39:37 AM PDT · by Prolixus · 5 replies
    Jeff Colyer via Periscope ^ | August 14, 2018 | Jeff Colyer
    Audio only of KS Governor Jeff Colyer's concession speech.
  • CBS News pollster reveals why ‘blue wave’ is unlikely

    08/18/2018 6:20:39 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 59 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 18, 2018 | By Mary Kay Linge
    ... “In 2016, a lot of us assumed we knew what would happen in Michigan and Wisconsin,” Salvanto told The Post. “It was a great lesson for us pollsters: Even if you think you know what will happen, poll it if you can.” Blame it on the Blue Wall. Since 1992, in six consecutive presidential elections, a solid block of 18 states had voted for the Democrat every single time. They would have given Clinton 239 electoral votes — 89 percent of the way to victory — if she had held on to them all.Few bothered to ask those states’...
  • Winners and losers from Tuesday’s primaries: Once again, Trump is a big winner

    08/15/2018 10:33:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 15, 2018 | Amber Phillips
    Primaries in four states Tuesday — Minnesota, Connecticut, Wisconsin and Vermont — set up competitive governor’s, Senate and House races across the country this November. But even before then, these primaries identified some clear winners and losers that reinforced trends we’ve been seeing all year. Here they are: Winners Trump: At least in Republican primary politics, Tuesday once again proved he’s the king. Republican politicians on the ballot Tuesday who dissed him in 2016 raced to undo that, and those who didn’t do it convincingly enough lost their primaries. In Minnesota’s competitive governor’s race, Republican voters nominated a relative outsider,...
  • Jeff Colyer concedes to Trump-backed Kris Kobach in Kansas GOP governor's race one week after vote

    08/14/2018 6:08:11 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 14, 2018
    Incumbent Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer conceded to his opponent, Secretary of State Kris Kobach, in the state’s Republican primary Tuesday night, one week after the narrow vote.
  • Kansas county accepts nearly 1,500 new ballots, including from unaffiliated voters

    08/13/2018 5:24:26 PM PDT · by blueyon · 48 replies ^ | 8/13/18 | By Bryan Lowry and Hunter Woodall
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Johnson County will accept nearly 1,500 provisional ballots either in full or in part, including dozens cast by unaffiliated voters who were incorrectly told by poll workers to cast provisional ballots. The ballots could tip the balance in the GOP primary for governor. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Gov. Jeff Colyer were separated by a mere 110 votes as of early Monday. The Johnson County Board of Canvassers voted unanimously Monday to fully accept 1,176 ballots based on the recommendation of the county's election commissioner, Ronnie Metsker. This included 57 ballots from unaffiliated voters...
  • Kobach agrees to recuse himself from vote counting in Kansas GOP primary

    08/09/2018 9:34:43 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/09/18 | John Bowden
    Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) says he will recuse himself from vote counting in the state's unsettled Republican gubernatorial primary, where Kobach is challenging incumbent Gov. Jeff Colyer (R). Kobach told CNN's Chris Cuomo on Thursday night that he would formally recuse himself on Friday as outstanding votes remain to be counted, but noted it was a largely "symbolic" move as the vote counting is undertaken at the county level. "There's really no point to doing it, because the secretary of State actually has no role in the counting of provisional ballots or any recount," Kobach said. "But...
  • Kansas governor’s race turns nasty as Kobach’s lead dwindles

    08/09/2018 7:52:43 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 18 replies
    apnews ^ | 08/09/18 | JOHN HANNA
    Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said Thursday that he will remove himself from the further counting of votes while his Republican primary battle with Gov. Jeff Colyer hangs in the balance, describing it as a “symbolic” step in response to a public demand from Colyer. The governor publicly accused Kobach, the state’s top elections official, of giving county election officials information about the handling of yet-uncounted ballots “inconsistent with Kansas law.” He demanded in a letter to Kobach that Kobach stop advising county officials and have the state’s attorney general do it instead. The close contest between the embattled...
  • Kansas governor calls on GOP rival Kobach to stop advising election officials

    08/09/2018 4:38:32 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/09/18 | Justin Wise
    Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has called on Secretary of State Kris Kobach to stop advising county election officials until their close Republican gubernatorial primary is settled. The Associated Press reported Thursday that Colyer made the request in a letter that accuses Kobach of giving guidance that is “inconsistent with Kansas law” in regards to handling mailed-in and other ballots. In the letter, Colyer asked for Attorney General Derek Schmidt (R) to give advice to county election officials. The letter comes as Kobach's lead over Colyer has narrowed in the race for the GOP nomination for governor. After officials noticed a...
  • Kobach's lead in Kansas race falls to 91 votes

    08/09/2018 1:35:56 PM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 69 replies
    AP ^ | 8/9/18 | Anon
    Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's lead over Gov. Jeff Colyer in the Republican primary has shrunk to only 91 votes after election officials discovered a mistake in the listing for one county's results in the state's tally of votes. The lead is minuscule when compared with the 311,000 votes cast. The final, unofficial results posted on the secretary of state's website show Kobach winning Thomas County in northwest Kansas, with 466 votes to Colyer's 422. But the tally posted by the Thomas County clerk's office shows Colyer with 522 votes, or 100 votes more for him, a number the...
  • How Donald Trump just keeps winning

    08/08/2018 4:00:39 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 41 replies
    CNN ^ | 8 Aug 2018 | Chris Cillizza,
    Here's an amazing stat: In the last 14 contested Republican primaries where President Donald Trump has endorsed a candidate, his pick has won -- or is leading -- all 14 times. That's remarkable. (Hat tip to WaPo's James Hohmann for doing the math!) And it speaks to the fact that despite Trump's weak numbers among the general populace, he remains a massively powerful force within the GOP -- someone who can make and break candidacies with a single tweet. Take Tuesday night. Trump endorsed John James in Michigan's Republican Senate primary, Bill Schuette in the Michigan governor's race and Kris...
  • Trump boasts he went '5 for 5' in Tuesday's elections

    08/08/2018 8:26:27 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/08/18 | Jordan Fabian
    President Trump on Wednesday boasted that all five candidates he endorsed in this week's elections won their races, even as contests in Ohio and Kansas were too close to call. The president declared victory in a brief tweet: "5 for 5!" Trump sent the message from his New Jersey golf club, where he is spending the week on vacation. Troy Balderson, a Trump-backed Republican running for a vacant House seat in Ohio, held a narrow lead over his upstart Democratic challenger after Tuesday night's voting. The same goes for Republican Kris Kobach, who was less than 200 votes ahead of...
  • Ron Estes Wins AND Loses House GOP Primary Race In Kansas

    08/08/2018 3:56:48 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 10 replies
    Huffpost ^ | 8/8/18 | Doha Madani
    Men named Ron Estes managed to win and lose the Republican primary in Kansas’ 4th Congressional District on Tuesday. First-term Rep. Ron Estes faced an unusual race in the Wichita area, as he faced off against competitor Ron M. Estes. In the end, the incumbent (whose middle name is Gene) prevailed. The district is heavily Republican, so Rep. Estes is the favorite to win the November general election. Ron M. Estes announced his candidacy in May by calling Rep. Estes “the epitome of the D.C. swamp,” The Wichita Eagle reported. “I believe Kansas Republicans deserve a Rep. Ron Estes who...
  • Kansas Primary Election Results, Kris Kobach With Slim Lead

    08/07/2018 11:08:47 PM PDT · by Conservative Gato · 100 replies
    MAGA Candidate Kris Kobach with a narrow lead with 12% to be counted in the Kansas Gubernatorial Republican Primary.
  • Trump boosts Kobach to disappointment of some in Kansas GOP

    08/06/2018 4:45:04 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 23 replies ^ | 8/6/18 | Reid Wilson
    Kris Kobach has emerged as the outright favorite to win the GOP nomination in Tuesday’s gubernatorial primary after winning an endorsement via Twitter from President Trump. Trump’s tweet calling Kobach a “fantastic guy” came just hours before the polls open, and represents the first time the president has endorsed a candidate running against a Republican incumbent in a primary. The unlucky incumbent is Gov. Jeff Colyer (R), a former surgeon with years of experience in the state legislature, and a far more traditional candidate than Kobach has been. Trump’s tweet is one that Republicans in the state had hoped to...
  • President Trump gives "full & total endorsement" to Kobach for governor

    08/06/2018 9:51:28 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 20 replies
    WBIW Topeka ^ | 8/6/18 | Anon
    President Donald Trump has weighed in on the Kansas gubernatorial race. Just a day before Republican voters head to polls to pick their nominee for governor, Trump tweeted his support for Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Noting that Kobach was an early supporter of his, Trump called the GOP candidate “a fantastic guy who loves his State and our Country.” “(H)e will be a GREAT Governor and has my full & total Endorsement! Strong on Crime, Border & Military,” Trump continued.
  • Kris Kobach: Democrats’ ‘Long-Term Strategy’ is Importing Foreign Voters to Replace Americans

    08/03/2018 8:30:43 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3 August 2018 | John Binder
    Kansas Secretary of State and gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach says the Democrats’ “long-term strategy” is to import foreign-born voters to replace Americans. In an interview with SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight, Kobach told Senior Editors-at-Large Rebecca Mansour and Joel Pollak that the ultimate goal — as many Democrats now admit — of the party is to import as many illegal and legal immigrants into the country for the purpose of using them as new voters. “What used to be something that very few elected Democrats would talk about publicly, Barney Frank would talk about it in 2006 … this is a...