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Rift in Kansas GOP boils over after loss in governor's race

Nov. 17, 2022 18:10 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A push by top Republicans in Kansas to punish party officials who backed an independent candidate for governor is shining a spotlight on an internal rift that could hinder GOP leaders' efforts to steer the state to the right over Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's objections. ...

Kansas GOP pins Democratic governor's win on lawmaker's run

Nov. 16, 2022 16:23 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A state senator many Republicans see as the spoiler in the Kansas governor’s race has a long history of irritating GOP leaders, once even daring colleagues to smell a jar of catfish stink bait he’d brought to a tax debate. More recently during a...

Kansas refuses to increase Legislature’s power over agencies

Nov. 15, 2022 15:45 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas voters have narrowly rejected a proposal to curb the power of the governor and other officials to regulate businesses and set environmental and public health rules, rebuking the state's Republican-controlled Legislature again after affirming abortion rights this summer....

Abortion rights support helps Kansas Gov. Kelly win 2nd term

Nov. 09, 2022 17:49 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan., (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly narrowly won reelection in Republican-leaning Kansas by racking up big leads in the Kansas City area and other places where abortion rights are popular, while her party helped an independent candidate deny the GOP nominee a few crucial votes. ...

GOP’s Kobach wins Kansas AG’s race, revives political career

Nov. 09, 2022 13:02 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican Kris Kobach revived his political career by winning the Kansas attorney general’s race after two big losses tied to his national reputation as an immigration and election law provocateur. Kobach, a former two-term Kansas secretary of state and...

Too early to call measure to boost Kansas lawmakers' power

Nov. 09, 2022 11:21 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — It’s too early to call a winning side in the effort to give the Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature a bigger say over how the state regulates businesses, protects people’s health and preserves the environment. The proposed amendment to the Kansas...

Republican US Sen. Moran wins reelection in Kansas

Nov. 08, 2022 21:02 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Republican Jerry Moran on Tuesday won a third term in the U.S. Senate, defeating Democrat Mark Holland, former mayor of Kansas City, Kansas. Former President Donald Trump endorsed Moran early in 2021, insulating him from a serious Republican primary...

Kansas officials investigate death of foster child who fled

Nov. 06, 2022 13:07 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas officials are investigating the death of a foster child who left a residential treatment facility, stole a truck and crashed into a semitruck in Oklahoma last month. The state Department of Children and Families confirmed it is investigating what happened...

Kansas governor's race is close after abortion upheaval

Nov. 04, 2022 18:52 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Both major parties say the Kansas governor's race is a tossup in its last days as abortion politics, lingering ill will toward former Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and an independent conservative candidate make for a tighter-than-expected contest in the Republican-leaning...

Mailer on abortion, top Kansas court described as deceptive

Nov. 04, 2022 18:29 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A mailer to voters across Kansas suggests removing state Supreme Court justices in Tuesday's election would protect access to abortion, when abortion rights advocates want to keep them on the bench. The mailer's return address says it is from VMCF Inc., of...