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Kansas: Picking Ourselves Back Up

Jeffrey Ann Goudie | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
Jeffrey Ann Goudie

I am a Democrat. My small "d" democratic bent encourages me to try to see the best in people, even politicians from the opposing party. But I have rarely witnessed the kind of bare-knuckled politicking that occurred during these mid-term elections.

Kansas GOP's Right-Wing Budget Disaster Gets Worse

AP | JOHN HANNA | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas will face a $279 million budget shortfall by July, far worse than state officials had thought before a new revenue foreca...

Why Democrats Lost Big in the 2014 Midterm Elections

Timothy J. Barnett | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
Timothy J. Barnett

Elections are moving targets. Nonetheless, absent dramatic irregularities in the election context, polls focused on high visibility races are usually robust predictive tools. Obviously, this was not the case in this year's midterm elections.

Change Is Hard

Carla Shutak | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Carla Shutak

I look at the Republican Party I grew up respecting and I don't recognize it anymore. I traveled to countries that don't have the same level of infrastructure as The United States of America. I talked with people who had differing belief systems.

Paul Davis Loses Election Race To Incumbent Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

Democrat Paul Davis conceded to incumbent Sam Brownback (R) in the race for Kansas governor. Davis is a partner in the law firm of Fagan, Emert & D...

Sam Brownback Wins Governor Election Race Against Paul Davis

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

Incumbent Sam Brownback won the Kansas gubernatorial race against Democrat Paul Davis. Davis conceded the race to Brownback Tuesday night, accordin...

Kansas Governor Election Results: Sam Brownback Wins Against Paul Davis

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

Incumbent Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) defeated Democrat Paul Davis in Tuesday's gubernatorial election. According to the AP, Davis conceded the r...

Sam Stein

This Election IS About Obamacare For These Uninsured People | Sam Stein | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The last few years of Tarika Collins’ life have been a series of horrendous medical complications. Four separate car accidents in 201...

Mark Blumenthal

Here Are The Governor Races Still Too Close To Call | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics

While the battle for the U.S. Senate has captured attention nationwide, some of this year's closest contests are among the 36 governor's races, nearly...

Rand Paul Mocks Hillary Clinton Over Jobs Remark

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) wasted no time turning a Hillary Clinton remark about jobs into a laugh line on the campaign trail. Republicans seized on th...

Group's Push To Oust Judges Reveals A Gap In Campaign Finance Rules

ProPublica | Robert Faturechi | Posted 10.28.2014 | Politics

With just three weeks left before the upcoming midterm elections, a group called "Kansans for Justice" surfaced with the aim of persuading voters to o...

Struggling Governors Could Hurt GOP's Senate Hopes

AP | CHARLES BABINGTON and CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — As David Perdue campaigns throughout Georgia, the Republican candidate for Senate describes a struggling economy and people yearni...

Election Season: Time for GOP Halloween Masquerade Ball

Robert Creamer | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

This year the Republicans are doing their very best to prevent the voters from remembering who they really are and what they really stand for. They're putting on their "moderate masks" and the costumes of ordinary middle class Americans.

Sam Brownback vs. Paul Davis Nonpartisan Candidate Guide For Kansas Governor's Race 2014

Campus Election Engagement Project | Posted 10.24.2014 | Politics
Campus Election Engagement Project

Are you looking for a nonpartisan voter guide to the Sam Brownback vs. Paul Davis Governor's race? One that will give you an unbiased, no-spin com...

Democrat Loses Ground In Kansas Governor's Race

AP | By JOHN HANNA | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — After lifting the spirits of Kansas Democrats eager to oust conservative Republican Gov. Sam Brownback over his aggressiv...

The Great Kansas Tea Party Disaster

Rolling Stone | Mark Binelli | Posted 10.23.2014 | Politics

Extremist Republicans turned their government into a lab experiment of tax cuts and privatization. And now they may be losing control of one of the re...

Eliot Nelson

Kansans Are Moderate As Hell And They're Not Going To Take It Anymore | Eliot Nelson | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics

OVERLAND PARK, Kansas -- A boring thing happened in Kansas last week. In a nondescript conference room in a nondescript community center, a group ...

Kids as Crash Test Dummies: Brownback Outsources Child Support Services to Donor

Mary Bottari | Posted 10.19.2014 | Politics
Mary Bottari

When he was elected in 2010, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback began to slash core government services and privatize the rest. Kids receiving child support payments from absent parents would be among Brownback's first 'crash test dummies.'

Davis: Hundreds Of Republicans Break With Brownback

AP | By JOHN HANNA | Posted 10.14.2014 | Politics

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Democratic challenger Paul Davis said Tuesday that more than 500 Republican dissidents support him in the Kansas governor...

Strange Things Happening in the Plains States

Mike Lux | Posted 10.09.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

The fact that there are seven highly contested races in solid red states that few people thought would be competitive is a sign that something unusual is going on the small towns and wide open spaces of the Great Plains. It's not exactly the populist revolt of the 1890s, but it is making things interesting.

Friday Talking Points -- Games the Whole Family Can Play

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.03.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The head of the Secret Service abruptly resigned, after she got grilled by Congress over several disconcerting lapses which happened on her watch. She fell on her sword immediately, to her credit, rather than drawing the story out day after day.

Laura Bassett

NARAL Campaign Hits Abortion-'Obsessed' GOP Governors | Laura Bassett | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics

The lobbying group NARAL Pro-Choice America launched a six-figure mail campaign on Monday targeting three Republican governors for their anti-abortion...

Kansas Is So Broke That It Has To Auction Off Sex Toys

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 09.26.2014 | Politics

Kansas' budget woes are so dire that the state government has resorted to selling off furry handcuffs and vibrators seized by its revenue department. ...

Jason Linkins

In The New York Times, Evidence Of A Slow Election Year | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics

A 26-year-old man walks into a strip club with his boss. He gets up to some strip club shenanigans. While he is there, the police raid the strip club,...

Dem Candidate Responds To Strip Club Incident

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 09.20.2014 | Politics

Paul Davis, the Democratic candidate for governor in Kansas, faced the music Saturday on a 16-year-old report of his presence at a strip club during a...