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 By Sean Murphy    Regional    October 17, 2018 

Elizabeth Warren's DNA claim inflames some Native Americans

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The DNA test that Sen. Elizabeth Warren used to try to rebut the ridicule of President Donald Trump angered some Native Americans, who complained that the genetic analysis cheapens the identities of tribal members with deeper...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    October 17, 2018 

Democrats in 2 hot Kansas House races outraise Republicans

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democrats running for two Kansas congressional seats that their party hopes to flip raised far more campaign cash than their Republican opponents did from mid-July through September, according to campaign finance reports...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    October 17, 2018 

Kansas governor's race is referendum on notorious tax cuts

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A contentious Kansas governor's race has become a referendum on how a Republican experiment in slashing income taxes went awry, what lessons arose from the budget misery that followed and whether the state needs a do-over....

 

Kansas says all voting machines in state certified

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — The director of elections in Kansas says every piece of voting equipment used in the state has been certified at the state and federal level. His comments Friday come a day after The Hutchinson News reported Kansas...

 
 By Morgan Lee    Regional    October 17, 2018 

New Mexico GOP candidate publishes tax-return summary

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico gubernatorial candidate Steve Pearce and his wife published summary pages of their 2017 tax returns on Tuesday, offering a new glimpse into the personal finances of a Republican congressman and former oilfield...

 

New Mexico Dem outraises GOP hopeful in key US House race

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democrat Xochitl Torres Small raised more than three times as much money from July through September as Republican Yvette Herrell in a closely watched U.S. House race in southern New Mexico, according to newly released...

 

O'Rourke lays into Cruz as polls widen in Texas Senate race

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Democrat Beto O'Rourke abandoned his usual message of unity and optimism on Tuesday and laid into Ted Cruz, hoping to reverse polls that show him fading against the Republican incumbent during the second debate of a Texas Senate...

 

Stapleton, Polis meet in Colorado gubernatorial debate

DENVER (AP) — Republican Walker Stapleton promised a good gubernatorial debate performance Saturday as he urged a small group of Denver Republicans to get out the vote hours before taking the stage in Colorado Springs. "Tonight I'll give Rep....

 

Missouri Capitol interior renovation could to take years

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — With nearly $30 million in renovations underway on the exterior of the Missouri Capitol, state officials have begun discussing renovations and repairs to the interior of the building, although the length of the project...

 

Lawsuit contests gender policy on Kansas birth certificates

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed Monday challenges a Kansas policy that prohibits changing the gender designation on birth certificates for transgender people. Kansas is one of three states with similar policies, according to Lambda...

 

Economy, energy and Trump dominate Colorado governor's race

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Polis is banking on his wealth, entrepreneurial experience and anti-Donald Trump sentiment as he seeks to win over independents in his quest to succeed term-limited centrist Democrat Gov. John...

 

Registration nears for Oklahoma voters to cast ballots

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Friday is the deadline for Oklahomans to register to vote or update their registration ahead of the November general election. Voters can pick up a voter registration form at any of the state's 77 county election boards or...

 

GOP official resigns over post on Davids and 'reservation'

SHAWNEE, Kan. (AP) — A local GOP official has resigned his party post in Kansas after fellow Republicans condemned his social media attack saying a Native American congressional candidate will be "sent back packing to the reservation." The Kansas...

 

Pence planning visit to Kansas to help boost Kobach, Watkins

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is planning to visit Kansas next week for events to help Republicans Kris Kobach and Steve Watkins in their campaigns for governor and Congress. Kobach's campaign says Pence will come Oct. 18 to...

 

Dole endorses GOP's Watkins in Kansas congressional race

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Former presidential candidate and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole has endorsed Republican Steve Watkins in his race for an eastern Kansas congressional seat. Dole announced his support for the Army veteran and political...

 

Despite everyman image, O'Rourke is even wealthier than Cruz

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — With an unassuming air and a black Toyota Tundra he says was "the first new vehicle I've ever purchased," Beto O'Rourke has campaigned thousands of miles across Texas and risen to national prominence on a workaday image that...

 

Trump celebrates Kavanaugh victory at Kansas political rally

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — President Donald Trump celebrated the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court at a rally in Kansas on Saturday, condemning Democrats for what he called a "shameless campaign of political and personal destruction"...

 

Debate in Kansas' 4th House District race turns heated

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Republican incumbent and his Democratic challenger for Kansas' 4th Congressional District exchanged barbs and attacked the character of the other in their first debate of the general election. The Wichita Eagle , which spon...

 

Aide: Kansas Democrat would oppose Kavanaugh impeachment

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A spokeswoman says Kansas Democratic congressional candidate Paul Davis will not support an effort to impeach new U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Davis spokeswoman Kelsi Browning said Monday that Kavanaugh was...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    October 7, 2018

Kobach legacy on voter ID laws at issue in other Kansas race

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Democrat running to replace Kris Kobach as Kansas secretary of state is trying to get voters to repudiate the conservative Republican's political legacy of tough voter identification laws, which Kobach often touts while...

 

GOP Congressional candidate: 'I want to keep our culture'

INDEPENDENCE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas Republican running for Congress said he supports President Donald Trump's call for a border wall with Mexico because he wants to "keep our culture." Steve Watkins, a political novice, said Wednesday during a...

 
 By John Hana    Regional    October 5, 2018

'Vanilla' Kansas GOP congressman struggles versus unique foe

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder has never been in this much danger of losing his eastern Kansas congressional seat, not even when his 10-second nude swim in the Sea of Galilee made international headlines. Yoder, seeking his fifth...

 

Oklahoma voters total almost 2.1 million as deadline nears

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's top election official says voter registration is surging prior to the Nov. 6 general election. Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said Friday almost 2.1 million people were registered to vote in the state at the...

 

Okla. judge apologizes for sending campaign mailer to jurors

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma judge has apologized for using the private information of jurors who served in his courtroom to send them a campaign mailer asking for their support in his re-election bid. The Tulsa World reports that Tulsa County...

 

Kansas university chancellor asks for more funding

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas' chancellor is asking gubernatorial candidates and lawmakers to provide more funding to higher education. KU Chancellor Douglas Girod has been holding meetings to urge legislators to approve the...

 

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