KS: Tracking the PACs – big money flowing into crucial Senate contests

By   /  August 2, 2012  /  Elections, Featured, Finances, Kansas, Kansas History, News, Politics & Elections, State Government  /  1 Comment

Big PAC money is pouring into campaigns ahead of next week's primary election, with control of the Senate hanging in the balance.

By Earl Glynn | Kansas Watchdog
TOPEKA —  Big PAC money is pouring into campaigns ahead of next week’s primary election, with control of the Senate hanging in the balance.
But questions surround shifting campaign money and shadowy political action committees, with voters caught in the line of fire.
Conservative Gov. Sam Brownback and the conservative Kansas House [...]

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Kansas Candidacies Hint at More Conservative Legislature

By   /  June 11, 2012  /  Column A, Elections, Kansas, Kansas Watchdog, Legislature  /  1 Comment

By Gene Meyer | Kansas Reporter
TOPEKA –  Your next Kansas Legislature will be more conservative than the last one, which just passed the largest package of tax cuts, welfare reform and business-friendly legislation in Kansas history, predicts Jeff Glendening, vice president for political affairs at the Kansas Chamber of Commerce.
Or at least, that is a [...]

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Court to Decide Districts, Kansas Primary in Limbo

By   /  May 31, 2012  /  Column B, Kansas, Kansas Government, Kansas Watchdog, News  /  2 Comments

By Gene Meyer | Kansas Reporter
FAIRWAY — Kansas’ machinery for redrawing its electoral boundaries broke this year.
Few political observers, or politicians themselves, would disagree.
But even fewer would guess about how fast Kansas can fix the process or what changes, if any, state leaders will make to avoid problems later.
“Kansas’ constitution specifically requires the state Legislature [...]

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Kansas Redistricting Snafu Roils Local Elections

By   /  May 29, 2012  /  Column A, Kansas, Kansas Government, Kansas Watchdog, News  /  2 Comments

By Gene Meyer | Kansas Reporter
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Candidates for the 165 seats up for grabs in the Kansas Legislature are eager to see what the political boundaries for state lawmakers and U.S. Congress will look like.
But they aren’t alone in their curiosity. An unknown number of people aspiring to serve on precinct committees want [...]

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“Philosophy, ideology” at center of heated Kansas Senate redistricting battle

By   /  May 17, 2012  /  Column B, Kansas, Kansas Government, Kansas Watchdog, Legislature, Politics & Elections  /  6 Comments

TOPEKA — State Senator Mary Pilcher-Cook (R-Shawnee) said Wednesday the senate redistricting battle was over “big government versus limited government” ideologies.

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