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  • Milton Wolf should bring his tea party followers into Pat Roberts’ camp

    09/14/2014 5:48:35 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 77 replies
    kansascity.com ^ | 9/13/14 | Steve Rose
    If Milton Wolf endorsed Pat Roberts after Wolf’s defeat in the Kansas Republican primary for U.S. Senate, I missed it. And if he has, it is the best kept secret in Kansas. I’ve checked everywhere on the web, and it isn’t there. I called Wolf to confirm, but I did not get a response. So, I think it is safe to assume the tea party challenger has decided, at least for now, not to endorse the victor. This is too bad because Wolf — who amazingly carried 41 percent of the statewide vote against 48 percent for longtime incumbent Roberts...
  • Kansas Supreme Court Will Hear Dem Senate Candidate’s Challenge to Withdraw from Race

    09/11/2014 3:21:11 PM PDT · by centurion316 · 64 replies
    National Review Online ^ | September 11, 2014 | Andrew Johnson
    Kansas Democratic Senate candidate Chad Taylor’s effort to get his name taken off this fall’s ballot will be heard in the state’s supreme court, according to reports, the latest twist in a suddenly fast-changing race thought to be a shoo-in for Republicans. Last week, Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach ruled that Taylor will have to remain on the ballot since he did not demonstrate that he was incapable of serving if elected, a requirement under state statutes. Taylor went on to file a lawsuit against Kobach, claiming an election official helped him prepare the necessary documents to withdraw from...
  • Kris Kobach moves to shift Chad Taylor ballot lawsuit from Kansas Supreme Court

    09/11/2014 7:59:47 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 13 replies
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | September 11, 2014 | John Hanna
    The legal battle over Democrats’ efforts to get their nominee off the ballot in the U.S. Senate race in Kansas heated up Wednesday, with a prominent party attorney from Washington helping and Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach moving again to thwart the attempt. Some Democrats last week nudged nominee Chad Taylor out of the race with three-term Republican Sen. Pat Roberts, but Kobach has refused to remove Taylor’s name from the Nov. 4 ballot. Kobach, a conservative Republican who’s backing Roberts, said Taylor failed to comply with a state election law that limits when party nominees can withdraw. Taylor...
  • Greg Orman supports Amnesty for illegal immigrants

    09/10/2014 3:09:36 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 4 replies
    "I think if you're undocumented and you are here, you should have to register with ICE, you should have to pay a small fine or perform community service as an acknowledgement that you've broken the law. Then you should have to hold down a job, pay taxes, obey our laws. And if you do all those things, I think you should be able to continue to live here and work here."
  • New KSN poll shows Roberts and Orman tied for U.S. Senate

    09/09/2014 5:03:44 PM PDT · by centurion316 · 16 replies
    KSN.com ^ | September 8, 2014
    The Democratic candidate in the race for U.S. Senate, Chad Taylor, withdrawing last week from the race has created an interesting dynamic going forward, in the race to represent the state of Kansas on the Senate floor on Capitol Hill. The latest KSN News Poll, conducted by SurveyUSA exclusively for KSN-TV, released Monday indicates that, if the race for the U.S. Senate were held today, September 8, and Chad Taylor’s name remained on the ballot, Independent Greg Orman and incumbent Republican Senator Pat Roberts are effectively tied. Orman would get 37 percent of the vote, while Sen. Roberts would get...
  • Senate Update A Fresh Look at the Changed Race in Kansas

    09/09/2014 10:10:55 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 48 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | September 8, 2014 | Harry Enten and Walt Hickey
    The biggest poll of the day came in Kansas, where SurveyUSA found independent candidate Greg Orman ahead of Republican Sen. Pat Roberts 37 percent to 36 percent. Notably, Democrat Chad Taylor, who has dropped out of the race but remains on the ballot, pulled in 10 percent. Roberts’s support has barely budged, but Orman’s backing has almost doubled. Importantly, SurveyUSA informed voters that Taylor no longer appeared to want to run. That means Orman may not gain much more ground in the polls when voters realize on their own that Taylor ceased his campaign. Orman has more upside with the...
  • Big money flows to top brass of pipe welders union

    09/08/2014 9:37:55 PM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Watchdog ^ | September 8, 2014 | Arthur Kane
    A Tulsa, Okla.,-based plumbers and pipe welders union is clearly flush with cash, as a dozen of their top officials made more than $200,000 last year, federal records show. Plumbers AFL-CIO Local Union 798 paid business manager Daniel Hendrix $280,000 and financial secretary/treasurer Wade Pilgreen $272,000 in fiscal 2013, according to disclosures the union filed with the U.S. Department of Labor. ... Hendrix said his pipe fitters make about $50 an hour and work at least a 60-hour a week plus expenses, and the union staff is compensated at a similar rate for their roughly 80-hour work weeks. A person...
  • Turmoil Heats Up Battle in Two Key Senate Races

    09/07/2014 8:54:19 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 25 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | September 6, 2014 | Charles Babington
    Labor Day week ought to start clarifying the partisan battle to control the Senate, but if anything, the picture just got muddier and the map bigger. An afterthought all year, conservative Kansas is suddenly abuzz. An independent candidate drove the Democrat from the race and positioned himself to consolidate discontent with three-term Republican Sen. Pat Roberts. Washington-based GOP strategists are rushing to help Roberts, who's accused of sleepwalking through the race in the deeply Republican state. If Kansas brought welcome news to Democrats, Alaska did not. First-term Sen. Mark Begich initially was seen as running a smart campaign with excellent...
  • Claire McCaskill: Kris Kobach ‘finger on the scales’

    09/05/2014 8:14:58 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 36 replies
    Politico ^ | JONATHAN TOPAZ
    Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill on Friday accused Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach of “putting his finger on the scales” by disallowing Democratic Senate nominee Chad Taylor to withdraw from the ballot. McCaskill, an out-of-state Democrat, has come under scrutiny for a conversation she had with Taylor that shortly preceded his decision to attempt to drop out of the Kansas Senate race. Several reports have suggested that McCaskill urged Taylor to withdraw from the ballot, allowing Democrats to rally around independent Greg Orman to unseat incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Roberts. Orman has a lead over Roberts in a head-to-head race,...
  • Roberts’ speaks about re-election team overhaul, Taylor issue

    09/05/2014 4:45:07 PM PDT · by centurion316 · 4 replies
    KSN.com ^ | September 5, 2014 | Ashley Arnold and Brittany Glas
    Republican Sen. Pat Roberts has shaken up his struggling re-election team in Kansas, moving aside a longtime confidante as campaign manager and getting help from a national operative in a race that’s suddenly a battleground in the fight for Senate control. The campaign overhaul comes after Roberts’ bruising primary fight and the stunning attempt by his Democratic challenger this week to cancel his candidacy in the face of a strong bid by an independent candidate. Roberts confirmed Friday that Leroy Towns – who the three-term Senator once described as his “alter ego” – has stepped down as executive campaign manager,...
  • Upheaval in Kansas Senate as election official rules Dem can´t withdraw

    09/04/2014 8:48:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/4/14 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) has denied Democrat Chad Taylor’s request to be removed from the Kansas Senate ballot. His Thursday decision means Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) will face three candidates on the ballot this fall — Taylor, independent Greg Orman and libertarian Randall Batson — boosting the vulnerable senator’s reelection prospects. Now, Taylor could siphon off enough anti-Roberts votes from Orman, who’s been surging in the race and is now seen by Democrats as their best shot to take Roberts down, to deliver the senator an opening for a win. Kobach told reporters that, after evaluating state
  • Kansas official: Democrat stays on ballot

    09/04/2014 2:09:37 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | September 4, 2014 | KYLE CHENEY and MANU RAJU
    In a boost for Republicans and Kansas GOP Sen. Pat Roberts, the Democrat who attempted Wednesday to drop out of the three-way Senate race must remain on the ballot, the state’s top election official ruled Thursday. Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a Republican who endorsed Roberts during the primary, argued that Democratic nominee Chad Taylor failed to declare that he would be unable to perform the job if elected, a requirement of Kansas law. Taylor’s withdrawal letter cited that law but didn’t explicitly reference any reason for his decision. “The law is quite clear on this,” said Kobach. “Those words...
  • Kobach: Democrat Chad Taylor’s name will remain on ballot for U.S. Senate.

    09/04/2014 2:00:54 PM PDT · by sunmars · 41 replies
    Democrat Chad Taylor must stay on the ballot for U.S. Senate in Kansas, Secretary of State Kris Kobach said Thursday afternoon. Kobach said Taylor submitted a letter Wednesday to withdraw from the race but did not declare he was incapable of serving, which is also required. The Kansas Republican Party had questioned whether Taylor, the Shawnee County district attorney, could withdraw. Kansas law means “we now have no choice” but to put Taylor’s name on the ballot, Kobach told reporters at an afternoon news conference. “The law is the law.” Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/election/article1504835.html#storylink=cpy
  • Orman Campaign for Senate Deceives Voters Claims Endorsements of Kansans It Does Not Have

    09/04/2014 11:42:48 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    TOPEKA, KS -- Greg Orman’s deceptive campaign hit another low Wednesday by announcing a bogus list of Kansas endorsements—some of which are current and long-time supporters of Pat Roberts. In a Topeka press conference, Orman claimed support from Traditional Republicans for Common Sense. Yet, on that list are former Third District U.S. Represenative Jan Meyers, former State Sen. Bob Marshall of Ft. Scott, and former Kansas Rep. John Golden of Goodland, all of whom are strong supporters of Senator Roberts. Roberts’ executive campaign manager Leroy Towns said it is likely there are many others on the list who do not...
  • The man who could upend the midterms

    09/04/2014 11:28:27 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 28 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/4/14 | Kyle Cheney
    Greg Orman could upend the battle for the Senate and Kansas politics at once. But until Wednesday, few had heard of the businessman running for Senate as an independent — or regarded him as anything more than a potential spoiler in a close race. If Orman, 45, is able to unseat veteran Republican Sen. Pat Roberts — as at least one poll has indicated he could after Wednesday’s withdrawal by Democratic nominee Chad Taylor, provided the contest remains a two-man race — he could be a decisive vote for whichever party ends up controlling the Senate. Here are a few...
  • Senate candidate Greg Orman receives endorsements from former Republican lawmakers

    09/04/2014 9:07:41 AM PDT · by fayco9 · 8 replies
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | 09/03/2014 | Bryan Lowry
    TOPEKA More than 70 former Republican lawmakers announced their support for the independent candidate for U.S. Senate over incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts on Wednesday. Traditional Republicans for Common Sense, which is made up of moderate Republicans who have served in the Kansas Legislature, chose to endorse Greg Orman over Roberts and Democrat Chad Taylor. “Our members know leadership because they’ve been leadership,” said Jim Yonally, the group’s chairman and a former state representative from Overland Park. “Our members have been there. They’ve been on the frontline. They’ve had to make the tough decisions.” The group sees Orman as...
  • Legal questions complicate Dem's exit from Kansas Senate race

    09/04/2014 8:34:52 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 03, 2014 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Despite filing papers with the Kansas secretary of State withdrawing from the Senate race late Wednesday, Democrat Chad Taylor may be stuck on the ballot this fall. Two election law statutes have raised questions about whether Taylor gave sufficient cause to remove himself from the ballot, and, if so, whether Democrats must ultimately choose a candidate to replace him. Kansas Republican Party Executive Director Clay Barker told The Hill that Taylor is now back on the secretary of State’s list of general election candidates, while a legal team analyzes the statutes. One statute declares that, except under specific circumstances, “no...
  • Dem candidate drops out of Senate race in Kansas against Sen. Roberts

    09/03/2014 11:45:24 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 4, 2014
    The Democratic candidate in the race against Sen. Pat Roberts in Kansas ended his campaign Wednesday, leaving an independent candidate and a Libertarian candidate to face off against the three-term Republican incumbent. Chad Taylor, a district attorney, informed the Kansas Secretary of State Wednesday that he is withdrawing from the race. Originally, his statement said "suspended," but the word was lined through and replaced with a handwritten "terminated." Taylor issued a separate statement saying he made the decision after consulting with his staff, supporters and Democratic Party leaders. He did not give a reason.
  • Democratic nominee Chad Taylor drops out of Kansas Senate race

    09/03/2014 3:55:14 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 91 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 9/3/14 | Sean Sullivan
    Democratic nominee Chad Taylor dropped out of the race for U.S. Senate in Kansas on Wednesday, an 11th hour move that could clear the way for his party to rally behind and independent candidate and potentially change the math in the battle for the Senate majority. Taylor, who raised little money and had not gained traction in the campaign, submitted a letter to the Kansas secretary of state's office that said he was withdrawing from the contest, without providing any further information. An e-mail to his spokesman seeking more information on why he bowed out was not immediately returned. The...
  • Democrat's exit roils Kansas Senate race

    09/03/2014 3:32:16 PM PDT · by sunmars · 77 replies
    Democrat Chad Taylor has dropped out of the Kansas Senate race, according to local reports, complicating Sen. Pat Roberts’s (R-Kan.) reelection fight. ADVERTISEMENT Local outlet Kansas First News is reporting Taylor, the Shawnee County district attorney, said he submitted papers to withdraw himself from the ballot at 4:15 p.m. Central Time Wednesday, just 45 minutes before the deadline to exit the race. The race is now a three-way battle between Roberts, independent Greg Orman and libertarian Randall Batson. Now, Taylor’s exit may create more of a headache for Roberts, who has emerged as surprisingly vulnerable in recent weeks, with multiple...
  • Jenkins frustrated with lack of strategy for Ukraine crisis

    08/29/2014 7:38:14 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies
    ljworld.com ^ | August 29, 2014 | Peter Hancock
    With more than 1,000 Russian troops now occupying portions of eastern Ukraine, U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins said she is growing frustrated at what she says is a lack of strategy from President Barack Obama. But she does not think that Congress or the American people are ready to commit U.S. military forces to the region. "I think everyone's frustrated that we don't have a strategy yet," Jenkins said Friday. "I think the nation is war-weary. There's very little if any support for troops on the ground. But we do need the president to step up, listen to his national security...
  • Why Republicans Will Take the Senate

    08/28/2014 8:16:57 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 44 replies
    Realclearpolitics ^ | August 28, 2014
    Netting six Senate seats is a challenge, especially since part of that equation would require Republicans to retain their own competitive seats in places like Georgia and Kentucky. But Republicans believe that the stars, moons, and planets are all aligning for just such a changing tide this November.
  • What’s the matter with Kansas?; Republicans are in trouble in a supposedly "wave" election year

    08/27/2014 7:38:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/27/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Republicans have reason to hope for a wave election in 2014, with Barack Obama’s approval ratings sinking to a six-year floor and Democrats defending several red-state Senate seats. That wave hasn’t washed ashore in Kansas, which one would normally expect to be reliably Republican in the current environment. Republicans even have incumbents running for both the gubernatorial and Senate seats, which should make it an easy hold. According to a new Survey USA poll, though, it looks like both Republican incumbents are in trouble: Despite primary wins 3 weeks ago for both top-ticket incumbent Kansas Republicans – Governor Sam...
  • New Poll Shows Kansas Incumbents Facing Tough Battles (Brownback down 8, Roberts at only 37%)

    08/26/2014 8:35:23 PM PDT · by KansasGirl · 34 replies
    WIBW ^ | 8/26/2014 | Melissa Brunner
    WIBW) - A new poll shows tough battles shaping up for incumbents on the November ballot in Kansas. SurveyUSA conducted the poll for KSN Television in Wichita. In the governor's race, Republican incumbent Sam Brownback continues to trail Democrat Paul Davis. The margin of 48 percent to 40 percent is the same as that found in a Survey USA poll done before the August primary... In the U.S. Senate race, Survey USA says Independent candidate Greg Orman continues to cause a wrinkle for both three-term Republican incumbent Pat Roberts and Democrat Chad Taylor. The poll found Roberts with 37 percent,...
  • Missouri Coroners Question Practices of Forensics Company Operator (2013)

    08/19/2014 10:10:56 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 3 replies
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | May 05, 2013 | Susan Weich
    Shawn Parcells bills himself as a medical investigator, an expert in forensic medicine and a consultant on child abuse. He has testified at murder trials, taught at universities and conducted lectures for lawyers and police officers. Parcells, 33, runs Kansas Forensics, a company based in Leawood, Kan., that provides medical examiner services for county coroners in Missouri and Kansas, and private autopsies for families across the country. He says he has observed or helped with more than 1,000 autopsies, and he’s trained in gunshot wounds, strangulation and drug deaths. But some coroners and medical examiners in Missouri say Parcells has...
  • [Rasmussen] Kansas Governor: Davis (D) 51%, Brownback (R) 41%

    08/12/2014 1:20:58 PM PDT · by fwdude · 78 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | August 12, 2014 | Rasmussen Reports
    Republican Governor Sam Brownback is in a 10-point hole in his bid for reelection in Kansas. The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Kansas Voters finds Democratic challenger Paul Davis with 51% support to Brownback’s 41%. Three percent (3%) like some other candidate, while five percent (5%) are undecided.(To see survey question wording, click here.)
  • SEC announces fraud charges against state of Kansas

    08/12/2014 8:27:27 AM PDT · by Kansas58 · 28 replies
    Kansas City Business Journal ^ | Updated: Aug 11, 2014, 2:03pm CDT | Brianne Phannenstiel
    "Governor Brownback's administration took prompt action in 2011 to adopt new disclosure policies and procedures and to include the relevant KPERS information in the CAFR (comprehensive annual financial report)," Kansas Secretary of Administration Jim Clark said in a statement. "The SEC has considered these changes and we are pleased that the SEC did not seek any financial penalties or make any claims of intentional misconduct based on the actions of former administrations. We remain committed to complying with all disclosure requirements and require training and updating of the policies and procedures annually."
  • Kansas Senate: Roberts (R) 44%, Taylor (D) 40%

    08/11/2014 3:29:29 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 42 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | August 11, 2014
    Kansas may have a Senate race after all. The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Kansas Voters finds incumbent Republican Senator Pat Roberts with just a four-point lead – 44% to 40% - over Democratic challenger Chad Taylor. Seven percent (7%) like some other candidate in the race, and eight percent (8%) are undecided.
  • Jenkins: 352 bills are sitting on Harry Reid's desk, awaiting action

    08/07/2014 1:15:02 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins ^ | July 29th, 2014 | Lynn Jenkins
    At the weekly press conference with Republican leaders Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (KS-02) discussed the 352 bills – 98% which passed with bipartisan support in the House – that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid refuses to bring up for a vote ... “The President is fond of referring to the House as the “Do-Nothing Congress.” But we have 352 reasons why it’s a “Do-Nothing Senate.” 352 bills are sitting on Harry Reid’s desk, awaiting action. 98% of them passed with bipartisan support. Republicans and Democrats working together to pass legislation. 50% of the bills passed unanimously, with no opposition. 70% of...
  • Kansas bond rating downgraded after tax cuts

    08/07/2014 6:53:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 6, 2014 | Reid Wilson
    An ambitious plan to cut income taxes in Kansas will end up costing the state more money than it initially estimated after a key ratings agency downgraded the state’s debt on Wednesday. Standard & Poor’s cited structural imbalances created by the tax cut in its decision to slice Kansas’s bond rating from AA+ to AA. That means Kansas will have to offer a higher interest rate to lenders when it issues new bonds. The package of tax cuts, backed by Gov. Sam Brownback (R) and his conservative allies in the state legislature, was never offset with equal spending cuts, S&P...
  • Kobach rolls to victory in primary

    08/06/2014 8:54:07 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 5 replies
    Insurance News ^ | Andy Marso
    Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach rolled latecomer Scott Morgan in the Republican primary Tuesday, leveraging advantages in fundraising and name recognition. Kobach, whose work on illegal immigration and other issues had earned him a national profile even before he was elected secretary of state in 2010, was out-polling Morgan, a Lawrence businessman, 65 percent to 35 percent with more than two-thirds of precincts reporting when The Associated Press called the election for him.
  • Pat Roberts barely scrapes past Milton Wolf in Kansas

    08/06/2014 8:08:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Hotair ^ | Ed Morrissey
    Before the polls closed in Kansas yesterday, I predicted that the Republican primary for the US Senate race would be closer than people expected. The incumbent, Sen. Pat Roberts, hadn’t spent much time at home of late — and may not even own a home there at all any more — and losing touch with constituents was what doomed Eric Cantor. Roberts won, but only by single digits against his Tea Party challenger: Veteran Republican Senator Pat Roberts fought off a Kansas primary challenge by a Tea Party-backed doctor who had promised a “family feud” with his distant relative...
  • A Family Tree to Explain How President Obama and Milton Wolf Are Related

    08/06/2014 1:23:12 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 4 | Philip Bump
    Stories about Milton Wolf, the conservative physician aiming to unseat Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) on Tuesday, always include one particularly interesting detail: The guy running to the right of the incumbent Republican senator is also a second cousin to the president of the United States. What's not usually articulated is precisely how the two are related. In short, Wolf's mother was cousins with Obama's grandmother. But the story is a bit more interesting than that. We pieced together the family tree from a number of sources: a tombstone database, online genealogy sites, old newspapers. Giving us this family tree, with...
  • Official Primary Live Thread (KS, MI, MO, WA, TN)

    08/05/2014 3:00:45 PM PDT · by Dacula · 262 replies
    Should be an interesting night.
  • Obama’s Cousin in Kansas GOP Primary

    08/05/2014 7:36:45 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    Valley News ^ | August 4, 2014 | By Zachary A. Goldfarb
    Eureka, Kansas — Orella Hosack, wearing a Choose Life shirt and sitting at the edge of the room at the Copper Kettle restaurant, liked what she was hearing from a Tea Party candidate challenging the state’s longtime GOP senator. But she had also heard a potentially alarming rumor — that Milton Wolf, the radiologist trying to unseat Sen. Pat Roberts in Tuesday’s primary, is related to President Obama — and she wanted him to address it. “If you’ve been paying attention to the campaign, you know there are a lot of vicious personal attacks,” Wolf replied. “I think you deserve...
  • TEA PARTY MILTON WOLF EDGES CLOSER TO ESTABLISHMENT PAT ROBERTS IN KANSAS PRIMARY

    08/05/2014 7:29:50 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 5, 2014 | By Robert Wilde
    ... According to the Senate Conservative Fund, poll numbers now show Wolf only trailing by nine points to Republican Senator Pat Roberts in the Kansas Republican primary race that will be decided on Tuesday. The race has closed steadily since January, when Wolf was down as much as 54 points. By March, he was down 26 points and has made headway every month since. The continuous and rapid closing of the race seems reminiscent of what happened in Virginia, where Dave Brat defeated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
  • Tea Party-backed candidates look for Cantor-style upsets in Senate races this week

    08/05/2014 7:25:14 AM PDT · by Innovative · 2 replies
    Fox News ^ | Aug 5, 2014 | FoxNews
    The first test will come Tuesday, when Dr. Milton Wolf tries to end Kansas GOP Sen. Pat Roberts' 33-year run in Congress. Wolf, a radiologist who also happens to be a second cousin of President Obama, has taken heat for Facebook postings of X-rays of gunshots wounds -- while Roberts has awkwardly attempted to laugh off questions about whether he indeed lives in Kansas.
  • Abortion Clinic Closes to Avoid Law Making It Tell Women Abortion Kills a Human Being

    08/05/2014 5:27:51 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 17 replies
    Life News ^ | 8/4/14 | Kathy Ostrowski
    Reporters are still contacting Kansans for Life to ask what we think is the real reason the Aid for Women clinic closed abruptly last Saturday.Our executive director, Mary Kay Culp, responded“It’s hard to know for sure why the clinic closed, but if it’s as we suspect– that women are better informed and more protected from clinic exploitation due to new state laws–clinic owners and operators would be the last to admit it.”Culp is referencing the state of Kansas-provided “Woman’s Right to Know” information.Aid for Women so hated having to post the statement“The abortion will terminate the life of a whole,...
  • DA: Foster dad was high around time child left in hot car

    08/02/2014 1:40:10 PM PDT · by eccentric · 38 replies
    KAKE News ^ | Aug 01, 2014 | KAKE News
    WICHITA, Kan. — The Sedgwick County District Attorney is alleging that a foster father was high while a baby was left in a hot car last week. She later died. Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett read the allegations during a bond reduction hearing for Seth Jackson on Friday afternoon. Bennett said that Jackson had run out of marijuana on the morning of July 24. That afternoon, he reportedly took two children to meet with his drug dealer where he bought more. When he got home, Bennett said he left the 10-month-old girl in the car, went inside and smoked...
  • A Dozen States File Suit Against New Coal Rules

    08/02/2014 7:55:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 1, 2014 | By CORAL DAVENPORT
    Twelve states filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration on Friday seeking to block an Environmental Protection Agency proposal to regulate coal-fired power plants in an effort to stem climate change. The plaintiffs are led by West Virginia and include states that are home to some of the largest producers of coal and consumers of coal-fired electricity. The suit was filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The other plaintiffs are Alabama, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota and Wyoming. The E.P.A. rule, announced by President Obama on June...
  • Foster Father is Charged with First-Degree Murder after He left 10-Month-old Girl to Die in ....

    07/31/2014 7:45:28 AM PDT · by Cecily · 120 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | July 31, 2014 | Lydia Warren
    A Kansas foster father who mistakenly left a 10-month-old baby girl to die in his hot car has been charged with first-degree murder. Seth Jackson's lawyer said that the felony charge was far too strict for his client, who only remembered the baby was inside the car two hours later when something on TV jogged his memory. 'Rather high for a mistake,' attorney John Stang told NBC of the murder charge, which carries a life sentence with a minimum of 20 years in prison. 'I'm not trying to say it's not a horrible loss. The death of a child is...
  • Pat Roberts’ foe begins to close the gap in Kansas

    07/30/2014 4:52:30 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 7 replies
    Politico ^ | 07/30/2014 | TARINI PARTI
    Less than a week before primary day, Kansas Republican Sen. Pat Roberts is still ahead, but he has a real race on his hands against a tea party challenger the establishment had largely written off months ago. The three-term incumbent is losing ground in polls, as he spends big on the airwaves to fight off the image of a Washington insider who lives in suburban Virginia and stays with campaign donors during his infrequent visits back home. Meanwhile, Milton Wolf, a radiologist who had never run for office, is inching closer, despite being wrapped up in a scandal after posting...
  • Jonathan and Reginald Carr death sentences overturned

    07/26/2014 9:02:00 AM PDT · by kiryandil · 46 replies
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | July 25, 2014 | Amy Renee Leiker
    The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday overturned death sentences for Jonathan and Reginald Carr, brothers convicted of murdering five people in one of Wichita’s most notorious crime sprees. The state’s high court in separate rulings issued Friday unanimously struck down three of each man’s four capital murder convictions in the Dec. 15, 2000, execution-style killings of four people in a snow-covered soccer field. A remaining capital murder conviction for each man was upheld by the court, but the death sentence connected to it was vacated after a 6-1 majority said the district court judge who presided over the brothers’ trial...
  • One arrested after baby dies in hot car in S. Wichita

    07/25/2014 1:27:49 PM PDT · by eccentric · 97 replies
    KWCH ^ | July 25, 2014 | Angela Smith
    Wichita police say a 10-month-old baby was left alone in a hot car for two to two and a half hours Thursday afternoon. The girl was found dead at around 6:40 pm in the 1500 block of S. Topeka. Police say the girl's 29-year-old foster father picked her up from a babysitter at around 4:00 in the afternoon. They returned to the home along with a five-year-old child. Police say, somehow, the child was left behind in the car as the 29-year-old and the 5-year-old went inside. The foster father's partner, a 26-year-old man who is also a foster parent,...
  • Kansas court overturns Carr brothers' death sentences

    07/25/2014 1:04:03 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 37 replies
    kake.com ^ | july 25, 2014
    The Kansas Supreme Court has overturned the death sentences of two brothers convicted of capital murder in the shooting deaths of four people whose bodies were found in a snow-covered Wichita soccer field in 2000. The state Supreme Court on Friday also struck down three of the four capital murder conviction each against Jonathan and Reginald Carr. But it upheld one capital murder conviction each. Their cases will return to Sedgwick County District Court for further hearings and a new sentencing. The court's majority overturned the death sentences because, it said, the presiding judge failed to have separate proceedings for...
  • Poll Shows U.S. Senate Race In Kansas Getting Closer

    07/25/2014 6:31:49 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies
    wibw.com ^ | 7/24/14
    TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A new poll released by KSN-TV in Wichita shows the U.S. Senate race in Kansas could be close. The poll, conducted by Survey USA shows Democrat Chad Taylor within 5% points of three-term Republican incumbent Pat Roberts. The poll shows Roberts leading at 38%. Taylor has 33%. “This poll simply confirms what we’re hearing as we visit with real Kansans throughout the state -- they are ready for new blood,” said Taylor. “Our message isn’t being heard by raising million dollar war chests or polluting the TV with insulting campaign ads. I’ve abandoned the political playbook...
  • Roberts touts farm expertise as Wolf criticizes ad (keep those subsidies/payoffs flowing!)

    07/25/2014 5:30:03 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 8 replies
    sacbee.com ^ | 7/24/14
    TOPEKA, Kan. -- U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts is touting his expertise in agriculture policy as he runs for re-election in the nation's leading wheat-producing state, and tea party challenger Milton Wolf's campaign accused him Thursday of trying to exploit geographical tensions with a new radio ad in western Kansas. The 60-second spot, which began this week and will run until the Aug. 5 Republican primary, says Wolf doesn't understand agriculture and can't be counted upon to defend federal subsidies for crop insurance. The ad describes Wolf, a Leawood radiologist, as living "right next to Missouri" and says he "just doesn't...
  • New poll shows Roberts barrrrely ahead of Democrat Taylor (electable establishment candidates?)

    07/25/2014 5:25:04 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies
    kansascity.com ^ | 7/24/14 | Steve Kraske
    Here’s why incumbent politicians hate competitive primaries: They only hurt poll numbers. A new poll from SurveyUSA for KSN-TV in Wichita showed Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts leading Democrat Chad Taylor in a November general-election matchup by 38-33 percent. Check that out again: 38-33 percent. Here’s a question: When’s the last time a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate has been within the margin of error in any race going back decades? Remember that no Democrat has won a Kansas Senate race since 1932. That’s the longest such streak in the nation. Independent candidate Greg Orman took 14 percent — that’s...
  • Huckabee endorses Roberts in Kansas Senate race

    07/25/2014 5:19:24 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 28 replies
    <p>TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has endorsed Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts as he battles an aggressive GOP primary challenge from tea party candidate Milton Wolf.</p> <p>Huckabee announced his endorsement Thursday. He described Roberts as a conservative warrior and said he's fought tirelessly for lower taxes and federal government spending.</p>
  • Kansas Livestock Association backs Kobach challenger in primary

    07/24/2014 3:11:29 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 9 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | BRAD COOPER
    Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s push to get tough on illegal immigration has apparently cost him the support of ranchers. The Kansas Livestock Association has come out in support of Kobach’s Republican challenger Scott Morgan in the Aug. 5 primary. The group says Kobach strays beyond the traditional roles of secretary of state by taking up issues such as immigration and blocking federal environmental protections of the lesser prairie chicken.