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Poll: Street Care Vote Too Close to Call
July 29, 2014

A survey of Kansas City voters shows the race over expanding the city’s street car district is too close to call.
A poll by the Remington Research Group shows street car supporters with a lead of 51%-43%, with 6% undecided a week before the election.
Kansas City voters inside a district covering. much of the city south of the river, are being asked if they want to expand the current street car district, called a Transportation Development District (TDD).
The survey says white voters who answered the poll oppose the district 50-45%. The plan has the most support among Kansas Citians ages 18-29.
Nearly 60% of African Americans in the survey support the plan, too.
Remington says it conducted an automated survey of 961 likely primary voters, weighted to reflect demographics.Kansas Citians could face two street car votes this year. The August vote is to established a larger street car district in the city. It could be followed by a November vote to authorize the local financing for the plan.

White House Says Obama Will Meet Letter Writers During KC Visit
July 29, 2014

The White House released this video of Press Secretary Josh Ernest inviting several people who have written letter to President Obama to meet with him in Kansas City:

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.

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