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Drive for medical pot in Oklahoma Constitution comes up shy

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma secretary of state says the number of signatures submitted in a push to enshrine the use of medical marijuana in the state Constitution has come up short, but the Oklahoma Supreme Court will make the final...

 

Judge refuses to dismiss charges against county commissioner

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday rejected defense arguments that the U.S. government needlessly interjected itself in matters traditionally reserved for states when it charged a Sedgwick County commissioner with fraud and money...

 

Kansas independent candidate wants to lure votes from Kobach

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas election officials certified independent Greg Orman as a candidate for Kansas governor on Friday, and the businessman immediately tried to appeal to disaffected Republicans, who he said view GOP hopeful Kris Kobach as...

 

Moderates are key to defeating Kobach in Kansas

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — With Kris Kobach as the Republican nominee for governor, Kansas Democrats may have the candidate they want. Kobach, who serves as secretary of state, has earned a national reputation for his tough views on illegal immigration,...

 

Kansas governor concedes, says he will endorse GOP nominee

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer says he will endorse Republican nominee for governor Kris Kobach after conceding in the state's GOP primary in a surprise announcement a week after their neck-and-neck finish threatened to send the race...

 

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...

 

Kobach widens lead over governor in Kansas GOP primary

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach still led Gov. Jeff Colyer in the Republican race for governor after provisional votes were counted Tuesday in the state's most populous county. Johnson County released its count Tuesday ev...

 

Unaffiliated voters key to outcome of Kansas' GOP primary

Nearly 31 percent of registered voters in Kansas have no party preference but they are allowed to vote in the Democratic and Republican primaries if they declare allegiance to one of the parties before casting their ballot. But these unaffiliated...

 
 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...

 

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