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TOPEKA, Kan. | New Kansas governor’s budget repairs may fire GOP opposition

TOPEKA, Kan.— Kansas’ incoming Democratic governor uses words like “decimated” to describe what’s happened to state government over the past decade and will be looking to add staff, boost spending and rethink contracts that outsourced jobs to private companies. Yet the same electorate that chose Gov.-elect Laura Kelly out of displeasure with her Republican predecessors … Continue reading TOPEKA, Kan. | New Kansas governor’s budget repairs may fire GOP opposition

TOPEKA, Kan. | Kansas faces new fight over taxes after years of turmoil

TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas’ new Democratic governor promised not to raise taxes to meet her goals of boosting spending on public schools and social services. Republicans who control the Legislature argue that a tax increase is coming even if state politicians do nothing. One of the first big political fights Gov.-elect Laura Kelly faces upon … Continue reading TOPEKA, Kan. | Kansas faces new fight over taxes after years of turmoil

TOPEKA, Kan. | Kansas Medicaid expansion in doubt despite governor support

TOPEKA, Kan. — Democratic and moderate Republicans lawmakers worked together last year to try to make Kansas the latest state to expand Medicaid, only to see their bipartisan effort rewarded with a veto from former conservative GOP Gov. Sam Brownback. The election this month of a governor who supports Medicaid expansion seemed to remove the … Continue reading TOPEKA, Kan. | Kansas Medicaid expansion in doubt despite governor support

TOPEKA, Kan | After Kansas loss, Kobach could join Trump administration

TOPEKA, Kan.— Kris Kobach rode his national reputation as an advocate for tough immigration and voting rules to a job atop President Donald Trump’s short-lived election-fraud commission. But Kansas voters rejected his no-apologies conservatism in this week’s election for governor. Now the Republican’s hard-line, in-your-face approach could help him land his next political position, possibly … Continue reading TOPEKA, Kan | After Kansas loss, Kobach could join Trump administration

TOPEKA, Kan. | New Kansas governor faces skeptical GOP-led Legislature

TOPEKA, Kan. — Democrat Laura Kelly promised a new tone of bipartisanship after a victory in the Kansas governor’s race brought her national attention. She faces a Republican-dominated Legislature with leaders who call her proposals impractical and vow to hold her to a pledge not to raise taxes. Kelly, a veteran state senator from Topeka, … Continue reading TOPEKA, Kan. | New Kansas governor faces skeptical GOP-led Legislature

TOPEKA, Kan. | Kansas GOP congressman’s ad has softer tone on immigration

TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas Rep. Kevin Yoder launched a new television ad Tuesday with a testimonial from the widow of an Indian engineer murdered in a Kansas City-area bar about the Republican’s efforts to help her remain in the U.S. afterward. The 30-second spot featuring Sunayana Dumala praising Yoder comes with the four-term congressman locked … Continue reading TOPEKA, Kan. | Kansas GOP congressman’s ad has softer tone on immigration

TOPEKA, Kan. | Kansas ‘vanilla’ GOP congressman struggles versus unique foe

TOPEKA, Kan.— Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder has never been in as much political trouble as he is this year in his eastern Kansas congressional seat — not even when a 10-second nude swim in the Sea of Galilee made international tabloid headlines. Yoder, seeking his fifth term, is one of 25 GOP incumbents running for … Continue reading TOPEKA, Kan. | Kansas ‘vanilla’ GOP congressman struggles versus unique foe

TOPEKA, Kan. | Kobach aims to drive out migrants living in Kansas illegally

TOPEKA, Kan.  — Republican Kris Kobach says Kansas is spending $377 million a year on benefits for immigrants living in the state illegally, and he promises to put a stop to it if he’s elected governor. But the figure Kobach repeatedly cites comes from an anti-immigration group, which experts say uses questionable calculations. Most of … Continue reading TOPEKA, Kan. | Kobach aims to drive out migrants living in Kansas illegally

TOPEKA, Kan. | Activist challenges Kobach’s status as GOP governor nominee

TOPEKA, Kan. — A liberal Kansas activist is challenging Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s right to appear as the Republican nominee for governor on the November ballot, alleging that perhaps hundreds of legally cast ballots were not counted in his close primary race with Gov. Jeff Colyer. Davis Hammet, of Topeka, filed an objection Thursday … Continue reading TOPEKA, Kan. | Activist challenges Kobach’s status as GOP governor nominee

TOPEKA, Kan. | AP FACT CHECK: Kansas Democrat did say she favors ending ICE

TOPEKA, Kan.  — Democrat Sharice Davids looks directly into the camera in a recent ad for her campaign in a competitive Kansas congressional district and declares: “I don’t support abolishing ICE.” She’s responding to an earlier ad from a Republican super PAC that plays a brief part of an interview in July in which she … Continue reading TOPEKA, Kan. | AP FACT CHECK: Kansas Democrat did say she favors ending ICE