Recent Kansas editorials
The Kansas City Star, July 8
'Disorganized and amateur': Even Republicans say Kobach Senate bid could spell disaster
If history is any guide, Kansas' U.S. Senate seat held by the...
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kris Kobach, a nationally known advocate of tough immigration policies and vocal supporter of President Donald Trump, launched a campaign Monday for the U.S. Senate in Kansas...
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Senate race in Kansas (all times local):
Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has announced his candidacy for the U.S....
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab says his office has filed three overdue financial reports with the federal government and fixed a $400,000 accounting error in a...
SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — The latest on the crowd-funded barrier built on the U.S.-Mexico Border (all times local):
The man behind an online fundraising campaign to build a...
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — As an election supervisor and poll worker for more than 20 years, Robert Bailey routinely mailed in his ballot early, confident that voting problems elsewhere that he read...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Outside allies of President Donald Trump have launched a public campaign urging him to nominate former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach as his next secretary of Homeland...
Trump considering naming an ‘immigration czar’
WASHINGTON (AP) — As he threatens to shut down the southern border, President Donald Trump is considering bringing on a "border" or "immigration czar" to coordinate immigration policy across...
DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit hotel has apologized to a group trying to raise money to build a wall along the border with Mexico after the group accused the hotel of discriminating against its members...
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A grand jury that was impaneled to investigate former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has adjourned without bringing an indictment.
Lawmakers study bill addressing ballot signature problems
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers are considering a proposal that would require election officials to notify voters before their ballots are thrown out because of problems with...
Kansas didn’t use national voter database it runs last year
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A much-criticized national database that checks if voters are registered in multiple states wasn't used last year in Kansas, the state that administers it, the official overseeing the state's elections told lawmakers.
Conservatives head to Texas to try to build their own wall
HOUSTON (AP) — What started as an online fundraiser to provide President Donald Trump with donations for his southern border wall has morphed into a foundation whose members vow to build a wall themselves.
Kansas measure would end election chief’s power to prosecute
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A proposal to strip the Kansas secretary of state's office of its power to prosecute voter fraud cases has cleared its first major hurdle in the Legislature.
The bill endorsed Wednesday by a House committee would dismantle a key piece of former Secretary of State Kris Kobach's political legacy.
The Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee's unanimous voice vote sends the bill to the House for debate.
Kansas drops Kobach’s appeal of contempt ruling
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas attorney general says the state has dropped former Secretary of State Kris Kobach's appeal of a contempt order arising from a lawsuit over a proof-of-citizenship law.
Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Tuesday that the state dropped the appeal after the American Civil Liberties Union accepted $20,000 for attorney fees and expenses.
Kansas AG: Sanctions against Kobach settled in voting suit
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' attorney general says his office has negotiated an agreement for the secretary of state's office to pay $20,000 over former Secretary Kris Kobach's conduct in a federal voting-rights lawsuit.
Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Tuesday that the payment will offset attorney fees and expenses incurred by the American Civil Liberties Union's clients. The ACLU challenged a Kansas law requiring new voters to provide proof of their U.S. citizenship when registering.
Secretary of State could lose election crimes authority
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Committees in the Kansas House are considering two bills that would repeal the secretary of state's authority to prosecute election crimes, which was established after a long political fight by former Secretary of State Kris Kobach.
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Kobach tells judge he’s finished legal education she ordered
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has told a federal judge he's completed extra legal education that she required of him as a sanction in a voting rights lawsuit.
Kobach filed documents Friday in federal court showing he finished a six-hour course called "Civil Trial: Everything You Need to Know" on Jan. 4. The course included one hour on ethics.
Kobach’s defeat puts future of voter database in doubt
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The future of a much-criticized database that checks if voters are illegally registered in multiple states is up in the air after its patron, Kris Kobach, lost the Kansas race for governor and is out of elected office.
Kobach says he’s seriously considering US Senate bid in 2020
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kris Kobach, a vocal ally of President Donald Trump and an advocate of tough immigration laws, confirmed Friday that he is considering a run for the U.S. Senate in 2020 after losing the Kansas governor's race.
Kobach, the former Kansas secretary of state, joins a crowded field of Republicans who are either actively looking at the race or being touted as possible candidates. The list also includes U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Douglas County grand jury on Kobach to start next week
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A grand jury process to investigate former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach will begin next week in Douglas County.
District Court Judge Kay Huff said she anticipates selecting the jury and calling the first witness on Tuesday.
Departing Kansas Gov. Colyer considering Senate race in 2020
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Departing Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has confirmed that he's considering running for the U.S. Senate in 2020 now that four-term incumbent Republican Pat Roberts won't seek re-election.
Colyer said Monday during a news conference that he and his wife are "strongly looking at" the race.
A spokesman said Attorney General Derek Schmidt would be speaking to family, friends and supporters. Schmidt told reporters Monday, "Why wouldn't you look at it?"
Departing Kansas Gov. Colyer open to future run for office
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Departing Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer isn't ruling out a future run for public office but says he will be looking at opportunities in both business and government service.
The Republican governor was not specific about his plans during a recent Associated Press interview, except to say he and wife Ruth will take "a little vacation" after leaving office Jan. 14 to Disney World.
He said: "I'll never to say no to public service where I can make a real difference."
2 more moderate Kansas GOP legislators defect to Democrats
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Two moderate Republican legislators in Kansas became Democrats on Wednesday, capping an unprecedented round of GOP defections in the Kansas City suburbs that soured on President Donald Trump and a close political ally of his in this year's race for governor.
Republicans name top Kobach deputy to Kansas Senate seat
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans have picked Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's top deputy to fill a vacant state Senate seat, making the chamber more conservative.
Report: Kansas election officials reject voter fraud claims
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Election officials in Kansas counties don't believe voter fraud is a problem in the state, according to a survey of local election officials released Friday that counters Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's unsupported claims that voter fraud is widespread.
Nebraska city keeps paying Kobach to defend immigration rule
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An eastern Nebraska city will continue paying former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach at least $10,000 a year to defend its immigration ordinance even though the last legal challenge to the rule ended in 2014.
Fremont's City Council unanimously approved its annual agreement with Kobach on Tuesday. Since 2010, the city has paid the Republican, who lost his bid to become Kansas governor this fall, a total of $101,817.29.
Kobach says he worries fraud occurred in North Carolina race
WASHINGTON (AP) — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach worries fraud might have tainted a North Carolina congressional race that a fellow Republican appeared to have narrowly won.
Top Kobach deputy pursuing newly open Kansas Senate seat
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's top deputy is hoping to win an appointment from fellow Republicans to a newly vacant state Senate seat.
Assistant Secretary of State Eric Rucker confirmed Friday that he is a candidate to replace GOP Sen. Vicki Schmidt of Topeka.
Kansas saw 1M vote, record for non-presidential election
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — More than 1 million Kansas residents voted in the state's general election earlier this month to set a record for a non-presidential year.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said Friday that the voter turnout of nearly 58 percent was "extraordinary." In non-presidential years over the past two decades, turnout in the general election had averaged 51 percent.
Kobach says he has talked to Trump but won’t discuss details
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kris Kobach said Friday that he's not seeking "random federal jobs" after losing the Kansas governor's race and suggested it could take him at least another month to decide what his future holds after he steps down as the state's top elections official.
Kobach told reporters that he has talked to President Donald Trump by phone since his election loss to Democratic Gov.-elect Laura Kelly, a veteran state senator from Topeka. But Kobach wouldn't discuss the details.
Kansas sees growing urban-rural divide in midterm election
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas hasn't escaped the growing urban-rural political divide that is playing out nationally, especially after Democratic voters in the state's urban centers fueled Laura Kelly's victory over Republican Kris Kobach in the November governor's race.
Kansas Democrats pick Kelly, Rogers replacements next week
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Two groups of local Democratic activists are meeting next week to fill the Kansas Senate seats previously held by Gov.-elect Laura Kelly and Lt. Gov.-elect Lynn Rogers.
Precinct committee members of Kelly's former Topeka-area district are scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Topeka public library.
Court clears way for grand jury probe of Kansas official
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court has cleared the way for a grand jury investigation of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's handling of voter registrations before the 2016 election.
New Kansas elections head: ‘People want things to calm down’
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — As a legislator, Scott Schwab supported Secretary of State Kris Kobach's successful efforts to give Kansas some of the nation's toughest voter identification laws. When Kobach ran for governor this year, he endorsed his fellow conservative Republican as a replacement.
Kansas AG wants to end elections chief’s prosecution power
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' attorney general proposed Friday that legislators strip the secretary of state's office of its power to prosecute voter fraud cases, less than four years after lawmakers made conservative Republican Kris Kobach the nation's only state elections chief with such authority.
Attorney General Derek Schmidt outlined his proposal just 10 days after Kobach lost the Kansas governor's race.
Kansas AG: Kobach not liable for exposure of voter data
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' attorney general contends that Secretary of State Kris Kobach shouldn't be held personally liable for exposing sensitive personal information about hundreds of voters and that the voters have no constitutional right to their data being kept private.
After Kansas loss, Kobach could join Trump administration
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kris Kobach rode his national reputation as an advocate for tough immigration and voting rules to a job atop President Donald Trump's short-lived election-fraud commission. But Kansas voters rejected his no-apologies conservatism in this week's election for governor.
New Kansas governor faces skeptical GOP-led Legislature
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democrat Laura Kelly promised a new tone of bipartisanship after a victory in the Kansas governor's race brought her national attention. She faces a Republican-dominated Legislature with leaders who call her proposals impractical and vow to hold her to a pledge not to raise taxes.
Immigration, health care top issues for Kansas voters
CHICAGO (AP) — Democrats won the governor's race and seized a GOP House seat in the red state of Kansas Tuesday night, where more than half of voters — 52 percent— said the country is headed in the wrong direction, according to a wide-ranging survey of the American electorate.
President Donald Trump was a factor for half the state's voters — with 29 percent saying they cast ballots to express opposition to him, AP VoteCast found.
VoteCast: Kansas voters divided on state of nation
Voters casting midterm election ballots in Kansas are divided over the state of the nation, according to a wide-ranging survey of the American electorate.
As voters cast ballots for governor and members of Congress in Tuesday's elections, AP VoteCast found that 47 percent of Kansas voters said the country is on the right track, compared with 52 percent who said the country is headed in the wrong direction.
Kobach’s immigration emphasis falls short in Kansas
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican Kris Kobach made fighting illegal immigration a key issue in running for Kansas governor, echoing President Donald Trump's tactics in the campaign's final weeks. It didn't work, and Democrat Laura Kelly defeated him.
Kelly won even though Kobach was Trumps' most visible ally in the state and the president came to Kansas to campaign for him.
Democrat Kelly defeats Kobach in Kansas governor’s race
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democrat Laura Kelly won the Kansas governor's race Tuesday, prevailing over Republican Kris Kobach after promising to slam the door on conservative budget and tax-cutting policies that were followed by persistent budget problems.
Pence lauds economy in rally to help Kansas, Missouri GOP
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence rallied several hundred fellow Republican conservatives Friday in hopes of pushing Senate candidate Josh Hawley in Missouri and governor candidate Kris Kobach in Kansas to narrow victories in states that President Donald Trump won handily two years ago.
The Latest: Pence rallies GOP in KC for Hawley, Kobach
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on a rally with Vice President Mike Pence for Republican candidates Josh Hawley and Kris Kobach in Missouri and Kansas (all times local):
Vice President Mike Pence has rallied hundreds of fellow Republicans in Kansas City to boost Senate candidate Josh Hawley in Missouri and governor candidate Kris Kobach in Kansas.
Kobach echoes Trump on citizenship issue in hot Kansas race
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican candidate Kris Kobach on Wednesday echoed President Donald Trump's assertion that Trump can deny U.S. citizenship to babies born to parents living in the country illegally, intensifying a focus on immigration in the final days of a close Kansas governor's race.
Orman’s campaign treasurer resigns to support Democrat Kelly
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The campaign treasurer for independent candidate Greg Orman has resigned to endorse Democrat Laura Kelly in the Kansas governor's race.
Tim Owens, a former Republican state senator from Overland Park, resigned Tuesday, effective immediately. In a news release issued by Kelly's campaign, Owens said it was time to unite behind Kelly and stop GOP candidate Kris Kobach.
Kelly and Kobach are locked in a tight race with Orman a distant third in recent polling.