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Lawsuits seek to remove 2 Missouri marijuana ballot measures

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri organizer for a medical marijuana initiative is suing to remove two other related initiatives from the November ballot. Springfield doctor and attorney Brad Bradshaw filed two lawsuits Friday seeking to invalidate the...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    August 12, 2018

Count of last Kansas governor primary ballots to stretch out

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The counting of the last ballots in the tight and contentious Republican primary for Kansas governor will stretch out over the next week and still might not settle the race. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach leads Gov. Jeff...

 

Oklahoma sees growing number of women candidates

ENID, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma voters will see an unprecedented number of women on the state ballot when they head to the polls this fall. Of the 55 women who've have already made it to the Nov. 6 general election for state House and Senate seats, 45...

 

Oklahoma group works to reduce 'excessive' sentences

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma coalition is campaigning to reduce sentences of dozens of people incarcerated for crimes that no longer carry such severe punishments following the state's criminal justice reform efforts. Oklahomans for Criminal...

 

Kansas GOP governor candidates dig in for long ballot fight

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas election officials began reviewing some 9,000 provisional ballots Monday as the two candidates in the state's tight GOP primary for governor appeared to dig in for a long and potentially nasty legal fight that could...

 

Disputed primary pits low-key governor against flashy rival

In a deeply conservative state where some fellow Republicans built national reputations, Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer is known mostly as a low-key policy wonk and once compared himself to the "Star Trek" character Mr. Spock. The 58-year-old former...

 

The Latest: Kobach hangs on to narrow lead as count begins

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on the Republican gubernatorial primary race between Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer and Secretary of State Kris Kobach (all times local): 5:50 p.m. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach hung on to his narrow lead for the...

 

Oklahoma to audit alleged overpayments to county officials

CHICKASHA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma official says a special state investigative audit has been requested into allegations that elected officials in Grady County have been overpaid for years. The Oklahoman reports that Grady County District...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    August 10, 2018

Kansas governor's race turns nasty as Kobach's lead dwindles

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer demanded Thursday that Secretary of State Kris Kobach stop advising county elections officials while their battle for the Republican nomination for governor hangs in the balance, accusing him of giving...

 

2 teens got about 4,000 votes in close Kansas primary race

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — More than 3,700 Kansas voters cast ballots for two 17-year-old candidates in Tuesday's election for the GOP nomination for Kansas governor — a race that is still undecided because the vote was too close to declare a winner....

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    August 10, 2018

Kansas governor's race turns nasty as Kobach's lead dwindles

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer demanded Thursday that Secretary of State Kris Kobach stop advising county elections officials while their battle for the Republican nomination for governor hangs in the balance, accusing him of giving...

 

Missouri's McCaskill, Hawley clash on Trump's trade war

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill and Republican challenger Josh Hawley are coming up on opposite sides of President Donald Trump's trade war. The two clashed while speaking to members of the Missouri Farm Bureau...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    August 10, 2018

Kobach's take-no-prisoners style at forefront in Kansas race

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — At a parade this summer, candidate for governor Kris Kobach rode a jeep with a replica machine gun mounted on it. When some people complained the stunt scared children, Kobach, Kansas' secretary of state, mockingly called the...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    August 10, 2018

Kobach steps away from duties in contested Kansas vote count

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach stepped aside from his duties as the state's top elections official Friday until his hotly contested Republican primary challenge to Gov. Jeff Colyer is resolved, but Colyer argued that...

 

Man picked for Kansas election duties had past controversies

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The top assistant who Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach tapped Friday to take over his duties until the hotly contested Republican gubernatorial primary race with Gov. Jeff Colyer is resolved has been reprimanded in the...

 

Missouri Republicans slam House GOP primary winner: 'Vile'

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Republican leaders are condemning the winner of a GOP primary for a northwest Missouri seat, saying they didn't recruit or support the candidate who has said "Hitler was right" and promoted conspiracies about Jewish...

 

National Democrats move Sharice Davids to top-tier candidate

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Democratic congressional candidate Sharice Davids is getting some help for her campaign from a national Democratic committee. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Friday named Davids to its...

 

St. Louis DA victory latest for Black Lives Matter movement

When LaShell Eikerenkoetter cast her vote for Wesley Bell in the St. Louis County Democratic primary on Tuesday, she took the spirit of Michael Brown with her to the ballot box. She had a sole purpose on Election Day: Get rid of Bob McCulloch , the...

 

GOP schedules Supreme Court hearings, outraging Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) — Confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will begin the day after Labor Day, Republicans announced, sparking Democratic objections that they are rushing the process without properly delving into his...

 

Kansas' most populous county fumbles 2nd major election

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' most populous county left the rest of the state waiting nearly 13 hours until Wednesday morning for complete primary election results that proved to be pivotal in a high profile and close Republican race for governor...

 

Gay, Native American Democrat busts candidate mold in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democrat Sharice Davids of Kansas added her name Wednesday to her party's increasingly diverse slate of candidates advancing to the November ballot. Davids, who would be the first gay, Native American elected to Congress,...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    August 9, 2018

Kansas Democrats smell opening in close GOP governor's race

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Out-of-power Kansas Democrats smelled opportunity Wednesday in the tight, unsettled GOP primary race for governor between Gov. Jeff Colyer and Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a close political ally of President Donald Trump and...

 

Ohio, Kansas elections too close to call; Trump claims win

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Two high-stakes elections that tested President Donald Trump's clout and cost both parties millions of dollars were too close to call on Wednesday. Trump claimed victory in one nevertheless and proclaimed himself '5 for 5'...

 

Kansas GOP primary win 2 years after son's water slide death

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas state representative who won the Republican primary for secretary of state on the second anniversary of his 10-year-old son's death on a giant water slide says it was a "day full of paradox." The Kansas City Star...

 
 By Bill Barrow    Regional    August 9, 2018

Primary night takeaways: Democratic optimism, women advance

Democrats didn't walk away with a clear win Tuesday night. But they didn't necessarily have to. They essentially battled Republicans to a draw in a central Ohio congressional district that should have been an easy win for the GOP. It will take...

 

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