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Orman, Cinfident He Has Plenty, Submits Ballot Signatures
July 28, 2014

(AP) – A northeast Kansas businessman says his vigorous campaign for the U.S. Senate as an independent candidate makes him the true alternative to Republican incumbent Pat Roberts.

Greg Orman of Olathe said Monday during a Statehouse news conference that his supporters gathered signatures from more than 10,000 registered voters to get him on the November general election ballot. He needs 5,000 valid signatures to qualify and plans to submit them Tuesday.

Orman said his ability to gather signatures and raise campaign funds shows he’s more viable as a candidate than Democratic hopeful Chad Taylor.

Taylor campaign manager Brandon Naylor says Orman has no solid political base.

Roberts faces tea party challenger Milton Wolf in the Aug. 5 GOP primary. Taylor faces Lawrence attorney Patrick Wiesner in the Democratic contest

Comcast Canceled Promotion With Ks. St. Senator Lynn
July 28, 2014

(AP) – Comcast has canceled a promotional event at the home of a Kansas state senator.

The cable company announced the open house in a recent news release that paired Republican Sen. Julia Lynn of Olathe and promotional language about its home security service.

After queries from The Kansas City Star about an elected official endorsing a commercial service, Comcast moved the event to another home. Comcast spokeswoman Mary Beth Schubert says Comcast didn’t provide Lynn with any free products, equipment or services.

Earlier this year, a Senate committee that Lynn chairs introduced a bill to keep cities from starting their own TV or broadband services. The measure died in the committee.

Lynn says she thought the Comcast demonstration would give her a better understanding of how security technology works

KCK Abortion Clinic Closes
July 28, 2014

(AP) – One of four remaining clinics in Kansas that provide abortions has closed because its doctor and manager have retired.

The Aid For Women clinic in Kansas City, Kansas, closed Saturday and is referring patients to three other clinics in Kansas, two in suburban Kansas City and one in Wichita.

Clinic manager Jeff Pederson says former patients need to fight for reproductive rights instead of relying on clinic works to wage that battle.

Wichita-based anti-abortion group Operation Rescue filed a complaint with the state Board of Healing Arts in 2012 alleging Aid for Women failed to report child sexual abuse. A lawyer for the clinic denied those claims.

Operation Rescue on Sunday hailed the clinic’s closing and said it was told recently that the BOHA case against the clinic was ongoing.

Survey Shows Primary Tightening Kansas Senate Race
July 25, 2014

A poll shows Democratic US senate candidate Chad Taylor within striking distance of three term incumbent Republican Pat Roberts.
The survey, released Thursday by KSN TV has Roberts leading Taylor 38%-33%.
Independent candidate Greg Orman polled 14% of the vote.
A general rule of thumb in politicos Ishtar incumbent politicians with approval rates or polling numbers under 50% may be in trouble with the voters.
Roberts is a long time political. Veteran in Kansas. He is seeking his 4th Senate term.
The USASurvey polled more than 2400 Kansas, more than 1200 said they were likely November voters.
The survey also has. Roberts leading his primary challenger, Milton Wolf by 20 points, a substantial lead. that margin, however, is down from the 33 point spread it was in the previous survey.

Nixon Says Missouri Schools Should Get “Oomph” From Lottery Sales
July 25, 2014

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon wants business experts to explain the state lottery’s books.
In Kansas. City Thursday, Nixon shed some more light on his call for the state lottery tone examined.
The Governor says since ticket sales are going up, then the state’s school budget shoUld be getting more money.
“Now ( lottery sales) it’s 1-point-1 billio, over 1.1 billion in income and still only transferring under $300 million. We want to look at that from a business perspective. That’s why the folks to lok at this. We’ve got to get more oomph out of that,” Nixon said.
The lottery’s chief operating officer, Gary Gonder, told the Associated Press in an e- mail, the kinds of games the public plays makes a big difference.
Gonder says most Missouri play scratch-off lottery games. he says those games have a higher percentage pay-out in prizes. Gonder told the AP that results in less money going to education even though sales are growing

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