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Ex-GOPer: 'Why Is The Republican Party Crucifying Other Republicans?'

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 09.04.2012 | Politics

A moderate Republican Kansas state senator said reports of a GOP planning meeting on the night of President Barack Obama's inauguration helped finaliz...

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Bizarre Campaign Against Anti-Gay Democrat's New Twist

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 09.01.2012 | Politics

In his campaign to oust an anti-gay Democratic Kansas representative, a 20-year-old Republican railroad conductor has indicated that his platform will...

GOP Gov Off The Hook For Questionable Private Meetings

AP | JOHN HANNA | Posted 10.21.2012 | Politics

TOPEKA, Kan. — A prosecutor publicly scolded Kansas legislators Tuesday for being reckless and uninformed about the state's open meetings rules ...

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Democrat: 'Oblivious' GOP Gov's 'Unheard Of' Plan

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 08.18.2012 | Politics

Kansas Democrats are fighting back against what they say are "unheard of" budget cut proposals and a predicted revenue shortfall from which the state ...

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Moderates Say Koch Brothers 'Ultraconservative Utopia' To Blame

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 08.08.2012 | Politics

CHICAGO -- The leader of Kansas' moderate Republicans said three weeks of attack ads from conservative groups, including those with ties to the Koch b...

Koch-Backed Candidate's Un-'Happy Meal'

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 08.02.2012 | Politics

An Americans for Prosperity-backed candidate for the Kansas state Senate is being accused of violating McDonald's copyright over use of the term "Happ...

GOP Candidate's Hometown Questioned

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 07.30.2012 | Politics

A conservative Republican candidate for the Kansas House of Representatives, with a history of running in multiple states, is being questioned on whet...

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Dem To Kansas GOP Governor: 'Grow Up'

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 06.29.2012 | Politics

With the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the health care law, the focus now shifts to the states, whose leaders are charged with implementing porti...

Tea Party Lawmaker Compares Kansas To Soviet Union

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 06.15.2012 | Politics

A Tea Party legislator in Kansas compared the state's economic development program with the collapse of the Soviet Union on a conservative radio talk ...

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Lawmakers Surprising Final Action

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 05.25.2012 | Politics

Kansas lawmakers may have worked through the weekend with no nap breaks, but the state remains the only one in the nation without a redistricting plan...

Kansas Gov Apologizes For Segregation

Reuters | Posted 07.17.2012 | Black Voices

By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Kan., May 17 (Reuters) - Kansas Governor Sam Brownback apologized on Thursday to blacks for segregation i...

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GOP Lawmakers Writing Labor Bill, Called 'Ridiculous' By Opponent

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 05.17.2012 | Politics

Kansas lawmakers are in the process of drafting a sweeping overhaul of the state's labor laws that opponents fear could hurt all non-white collar work...

Kansas Governor Good Romney Veep Choice

Erin Medlicott | Posted 07.14.2012 | Politics
Erin Medlicott

The presidential election is over 175 days away. Barring unforeseen circumstances, former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney will be the Republican candidate running against Pres. Barack Obama. The Democrats already have their running mate (VP Joe Biden), but who will Mitt choose? An impressive lineup of candidates has emerged, but alas, there can only be one winner.

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Tax-Cut Budget Vote Was GOP 'Political Thuggery,' Democrat Says

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 05.10.2012 | Politics

Kansas House Republicans were accused of "political thuggery" after cutting off debate to pass a controversial tax plan that may cost the state at lea...

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Ultraconservative 'Powerplay' Blamed For Gridlock

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 05.07.2012 | Politics

The war between moderate and conservative Republicans in Kansas is threatening to send the state's redistricting process into a tailspin. With a Th...

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Lawmakers Pass Sweeping Anti-Abortion BIll

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 05.04.2012 | Politics

Following more than two hours of emotional debate, the Republican-controlled Kansas House of Representatives passed a sweeping 69-page anti-abortion b...

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Sweeping Anti-Abortion Bill Could Face Vote Friday

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 05.03.2012 | Politics

Kansas lawmakers are gearing up for a possible fight over an abortion bill Friday, two days after the state Senate passed a bill allowing health-care ...

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Kansas Barber Veto Raises Eyebrows

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 04.18.2012 | Politics

Vetoes of three bills in Kansas -- including an obscure one relating to licensing barbers -- are raising eyebrows in the state legislature. Kansas...

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Pro-Choice Group Plans To Aid Moderate GOP

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 04.10.2012 | Politics

A pro-choice group that worked with an abortion doctor who was gunned down in 2009 will be assisting Republican Kansas state senators in their bid to ...

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State Budget Crisis Closes Courts

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 04.04.2012 | Politics

Kansas state courts will shut down for five Fridays this spring to save money in a state budget crisis that includes a $1.4 million hole in the court ...

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Kansas Lawmakers Have It Both Ways, Vote To Ban State Worker Abortion

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 03.17.2012 | Politics

The day after a Kansas legislative committee adopted an amendment to protect accreditation of the OBGYN residency program at the University of Kansas ...

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Anti-Abortion Bill Could Tax Rape Victims

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 03.08.2012 | Politics

The sweeping anti-abortion bill working its way through the Kansas Legislature would levy a sales tax on women seeking abortions, including rape victi...

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Anti-Abortion Bill Jeopardizes Medical Education Program

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 03.05.2012 | Politics

Kansas lawmakers are rushing to save the state's OBGYN medical residency program, which is threatened by the state's sweeping anti-abortion bill. ...

New Water Laws

AP | JOHN MILBURN | Posted 05.05.2012 | Green

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Sam Brownback signed new water laws Monday, challenging Kansas farmers and ranchers to use them to conserve the resource fo...

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GOP Governor Likely To Sign Sweeping Abortion Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 02.29.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) indicated that he is likely to sign the state's sweeping anti-abortion bill, which includes a provision th...