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Rep. Keith Esau announces candidacy for Kansas Secretary of State

  Kansas State Representative Keith Esau announced his candidacy today for the Office of Kansas Secretary of State (KSSOS). Esau made his announcement at the Annual Olathe Republican Party Picnic. Esau referenced recent disclosures of cyberattacks on 39 states’ voter registration systems, as well as two successful hacking incidents accessing …

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Trump signs ‘historic’ bill to transform VA

President Donald Trump has signed a bill into law designed to make it easier to fire Department of Veterans Affairs employees. Trump promised during the campaign to dismiss VA workers “who let our veterans down.” He cast Friday’s signing at a White House ceremony as fulfillment of that promise. Trump …

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Jim Barnett to announce candidacy for the Republican nomination for Governor

On Tuesday, June 20th, Jim Barnett will announce his candidacy for the Republican nomination for Governor in 2018. Barnett is a practicing physician in Topeka, past president of the Emporia School Board, and former state senator for Emporia and neighboring areas. In 2006, Barnett won a seven-way primary and was …

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Kansas legislators to reopen debate over guns at hospitals

Kansas legislators are facing a midsummer deadline to approve costly security upgrades for state hospitals and mental institutions in order to keep in place a four-year-old ban on concealed weapons inside the facilities. While the conservative state frequently embraces pro-gun policies, this debate is unique. Even Republican Gov. Sam Brownback …

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Kansas law doesn’t address children’s access to firearms

Although Kansas has recorded four accidental shooting deaths of young children between 2014 and 2016, legislators have shown little interest in laws that would punish adults who allow children access to guns. Data compiled by The Associated Press and USA Network found at least 21 states and the District of …

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Jenkins released statement on Blue Cross-Blue Shield leaving individual marketplace

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins released the following statement in regard to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City’s decision to leave Obamacare’s individual marketplace: “The latest news from Blue Cross Blue Shield KC is certainly upsetting for Kansans, but not unexpected. During meetings with various health insurers over …

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Kansas lawmakers rewrite plan for boosting taxes

The Latest on the Kansas Legislature’s debates over increasing taxes to fix the state budget and raise additional money for public schools. Kansas legislators have rewritten parts of their latest plan for raising taxes to fix the state budget and provide additional dollars for public schools. House and Senate negotiators …

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ACLU of Kansas files demands for documents on Trump’s new Election Commission

The American Civil Liberties Union today sent coordinated Freedom of Information Act requests to officials in Kansas, Indiana, New Hampshire, Maine, and the U.S. Election Assistance Commission seeking information related to the Trump administration’s new “Presidential Commission on Election Integrity.” Though President Trump announced plans to form the commission months …

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Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins responds to firing of James Comey

Quote from Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins: “The President has every legal authority to remove the Director of the FBI. However, the timing of this removal is concerning and raises questions that need to be answered as there are too many conflicting reports within the Administration. In regard to the Russian inquiry, …

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U.S. Sen. Moran releases statement on Comey firing

In a surprise move, President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, late Tuesday afternoon. The news sent shock waves around Congress and Washington. Republican Kansas Senator Jerry Moran releases the following statement regarding the firing of FBI Director James Comey. U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.): “The American people deserve …

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