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 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    August 23, 2017 

Kansas congressman in district Trump lost faces town hall

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Republican congressman in Kansas sought Tuesday night to sound bipartisan, centrist notes while defending the GOP's approach on health care and other issues during a town hall meeting in a district that President Trump...

 

Kansas lawmaker Jim Ward announces gubernatorial run

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A top Democratic legislator, House Minority Leader Jim Ward, announced Saturday that he is joining a crowded field of candidates seeking to replace Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. Ward, an attorney from Wichita, has been an...

 

Oklahoma sorting out replacements for RBs Perine, Mixon

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — In most cases, replacing two record-holders at one position would be cause for concern. Oklahoma feels as if it is reloading. The Sooners need to fill the slots left open when running backs Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon chose to...

 

Fallin asks SBA for disaster declaration for Tulsa County

Oklahoma City (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has asked the federal government to declare Tulsa a disaster area because of tornadoes and other severe weather seen there since Aug. 5. Fallin directed her request Friday to the U.S. Small Business... Full story

 

Candidate for governor's voting record gives policy insight

Topeka, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer's voting record as a legislator gives insight into the course of policy action he is certain to sustain if he wins the governor's race. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Colyer generally has...

 

Kansas lawmaker Jones in congressional bid for Jenkins' seat

Topeka, Kan. (AP) — Another Kansas state lawmaker has become the third Republican to enter the race to succeed retiring GOP U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Rep. Kevin Jones of Wellsville in east-central Kansas'...

 

Texas special session whiffs on top conservative priorities

Austin, Texas (AP) — Key conservative priorities fizzled yet again as Texas lawmakers abruptly concluded their month-long special legislative session, despite Republicans controlling both chambers and every statewide office. The state House...

 

16-year-old is running for Kansas governor seat

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — He won't even be able to vote, but a 16-year-old Wichita high school student says he's serious about his bid to run for governor of Kansas. Jack Bergerson has filed to run as a Democrat in the 2018 race for governor of Kansas,...

 

Horn selected to fill unexpired Kansas House term

Topeka, Kan. (AP) — A northeast Kansas county's top environmental advocate has been chosen to complete the 13 months left of a state House term of a lawmaker who has resigned. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that Eileen Horn was elected to the...

 

Kansas governor's spokeswoman resigns ahead of his departure

Topeka, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's spokeswoman is stepping down within days, ahead of his anticipated departure. The Republican governor on Monday announced Melika Willoughby's resignation as communications director, effective Friday....

 

Advocates stage first big Texas protest against border wall

MISSION, Texas (AP) — Hundreds of protesters wearing white and chanting in English and Spanish marched Saturday in Texas' first major protest against a border wall, crossing the earthen Rio Grande levee where President Donald Trump's administration...

 

Judge: Bills vetoed by New Mexico governor should be law

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state district judge on Friday sided with Democratic lawmakers who asked that certain vetoes by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez during the last regular legislative session be invalidated, setting the stage for the proposals...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    August 10, 2017

Kansas Senate leader: Governor should boost prison pay now

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Senate's top Republican called for GOP Gov. Sam Brownback to give corrections officers at state prisons an immediate pay increase, adding to the bipartisan pressure for quick action in the wake of recent disturbances...

 

Oklahoma Rep. Leslie Osborn to run for labor commissioner

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican state Rep. Leslie Osborn says she'll run for Oklahoma labor commissioner next year. Elected in 2008, Osborn is the former chairman of the powerful House Appropriations and Budget Committee. She was replaced last...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    August 9, 2017

Colyer confirms bid for full term as Kansas governor in 2018

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer confirmed Tuesday that he will seek a full, four-year term as Kansas governor next year after he assumes the office upon Gov. Sam Brownback's departure for an ambassador's post. Colyer announced the...

 

Governor names Oklahoma's interim adjutant general

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The governor has named Brig. Gen. Louis Wilham to serve as Oklahoma's interim adjutant general. Gov. Mary Fallin's office made the announcement Tuesday. Wilham is Oklahoma's assistant adjutant general and will command the...

 
 By Jim Vertuno    Regional    August 6, 2017

Former Democratic Texas Gov. Mark White dies at 77

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former Texas Gov. Mark White, a Democrat who championed public education reforms that included the landmark "no-pass, no-play" policy for high school athletes during his single term in office, has died. He was 77. The former...

 

Kansas insurance regulator names treasurer for governor bid

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer has appointed a treasurer for a campaign for the Republican nomination for governor next year. Selzer filed the form last week with the secretary of state's office. Appointing a...

 

Kansas unveils new 'Real ID' drivers licenses, 3 years early

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas has unveiled a new driver's license design meant to comply with federal identification requirements for airport security purposes. The new licenses will contain either a gold circle with a white star cutout proving the...

 

Gay former Topeka mayoral candidate says he got threats

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Topeka man who was the city's first openly gay mayoral candidate says he received death threats during his unsuccessful primary campaign. A day after failing to advance to the November general election in the five-candidate...

 

Oklahoma congressman confirms run for re-election in 2018

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma congressman says he plans to run for re-election for the state's 5th Congressional District in 2018 despite rumors to the contrary. Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Russell said on Wednesday that he has been raising...

 

Oklahoma aging services head joins Trump administration

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's director of aging services is taking on a similar job at the federal level. KOKH TV in Oklahoma City reports the U.S. Senate confirmed Lance Robertson on Thursday as assistant secretary for aging for the federal...

 

Appeals court ruling requires Kobach to testify under oath

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal appeals court ruling will force Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to answer questions under oath about plans to change U.S. election law. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday denied the Kansas...

 

Oklahoma official takes financial lead in governor race

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The lieutenant governor of Oklahoma has taken a large financial lead in the race to become the state's next governor. Campaign reports show that with more than $2 million raised, Republican Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb has the most fundi...

 

Widow of slain Oklahoma labor commissioner to seek same post

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The widow of slain Republican Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello says she intends to run for the office her husband held when he was stabbed to death at a fast food restaurant in August 2015. Cathy Costello said...

 

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