Greg Orman: A candidate without a party

Greg Orman:  A candidate without a party

Independent candidate Greg Orman, running a surprisingly competitive race for the Senate in Kansas, has based his campaign on his disdain for both major political parties. But the parties have something the Kansas City businessman could really use right now: an established get out the vote operation. In most elections, making sure that friendly voters […]

Three states still defy court rulings allowing gay marriages

Three states still defy court rulings allowing gay marriages

The writing is on the wall for gay marriage bans in Kansas, Montana and South Carolina after federal appeals courts that oversee those states have made clear that keeping gay and lesbian couples from marrying is unconstitutional. But officials in the three states are refusing to allow same-sex couples to obtain marriage licenses without a […]

Pat Roberts shakes up his re-election team

Leroy Towns — once described as Roberts' "alter ego" — has stepped down

Pat Roberts shakes up his re-election team

Republican Sen. Pat Roberts has shaken up his struggling re-election team in Kansas, replacing a longtime confidante as campaign manager and getting help from national operatives in a race that’s suddenly a battleground in the fight for Senate control. The campaign overhaul comes after Roberts’ bruising primary fight and the stunning attempt by his Democratic […]

A busy primary day for House, Seante incumbents

A rough race for Pat Roberts in Kansas

A busy primary day for House, Seante incumbents

Senate and House incumbents in Kansas, Michigan and Missouri are trying to beat back challengers Tuesday in the kickoff to a busy month of primaries. Voters in Washington state consider the qualifications of a dozen candidates vying to replace a two-decade congressional Republican who is retiring. In Kansas, three-term Republican Sen. Pat Roberts faced Milton […]

Future looks bleak for GOP governor in Kansas

Even Brownback's admirers admit his aggressive agenda has complicated his future.

Future looks bleak for GOP governor in Kansas

Despite accomplishing much of his agenda — or perhaps, because of it — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has run into a wave of negative repercussions that have roiled his prospects for re-election and ignited Democratic hopes in this deeply red state. Elected three years ago as a leading conservative voice for making state government more […]

So much for the Christmas spirit

So much for the Christmas spirit

Mike Babick’s display of Christmas spirit in Prarie Village, Kansas, has grown too popular for some neighbors, who complain his expanding array of lights and holiday figures draw some unwelcome gawkers. Babick’s passion for the holiday has driven him to adorn his modest one-story home in this Kansas City suburb with more than a thousand […]

GOP candidate links to racist site

GOP candidate links to racist site

Republican congressional candidate Mike Pompeo apologized Thursday after his campaign posted on its Twitter feed and Facebook page a link to a blog that uses a racial slur to refer to his Democratic opponent and calls President Barack Obama an “evil muslim communist USURPER.” Pompeo, who is running for Kansas’ 4th Congressional District, said a […]

Another incumbent goes down

Another incumbent goes down

Incumbents beware. Another lawmaker just bit the dust. Michigan Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick lost her bid for an eighth term on Tuesday, her son’s legal woes dragging her down in a year when fickle voters seem eager to fire longtime lawmakers. She’s the sixth — and the fourth in the House — to lose so […]