Archive for the ‘Kansas Politics’ Category

Fox Poll: Roberts & Davis Lead in Kansas
September 17, 2014

Fox Poll of likely Kansas Voters:
R-Pat Roberts. 40%
I-Greg Orman. 38%
D-Chad Taylor. 11%
Randall Baston. 2%

D-Paul Davis 45%
R-Sam Brownback. 41%

Former Kansas Governor John Anderson Dies at 97
September 17, 2014

(AP) – John Anderson Jr., who served as Kansas governor from 1961 to 1965, has died.

His daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Anderson, says Anderson was 97 when he died Monday at an extended-care facility in Olathe. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Anderson practiced law in Olathe and served as Johnson County attorney before winning a seat in the Kansas State Senate in 1952. He was appointed attorney general in 1956 and won re-election in 1956 and 1958.

In 1960, Anderson ran for governor, defeating incumbent George Docking. At that time governors served only two-year terms, and Anderson successfully won re-election in 1962.

After his term ended, Anderson returned to his law practice in Olathe. He again sought his party’s nomination for governor in 1972 but was defeated in a primary election

3P Poll Royals Fan Base Growing in Kansas
September 16, 2014

3P Polling ( Public Policy Polling) is taking note of the Royals’ pennant drive.
The fan base has grown from
49%in February to 62% this September.
The playoffs?
45%: Will make the playoffs but not win the AL Pennant.
25%: Win the AL Pennant but not the Series
13%: Will win the Series
9% Not sure
8% Will miss the playoffs

Orman & Davis Continue to Hold Leads in 3P Kansas Poll
September 16, 2014

Here’s the hard numbers for the 3P polling in Kansas
US Senate:
Orman (I) 41%
Roberts (GOP) 34%
Taylor (D) 6%
Batson (L) 4%

Without Taylor:
Orman 46%
Roberts 36%
Not Sure 17%

Ks Gov.
Davis (D) 42%
Brownback (GOP). 39%
Umbehr (L) 7%
Undecided 14%

Head to Head:
Davis 45%
Brownback. 39%
Not sure 15%


Taylor Takes Ballot Fight to Kansas Supremes
September 16, 2014

(AP) – Several Kansas Supreme Court justices expressed skepticism Tuesday about a Republican official’s decision to keep the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate on the ballot against his wishes as they reviewed a legal dispute that could affect the national fight for control of the Senate.

During arguments before the court, justices focused on whether a formal letter from Democrat Chad Taylor to withdraw from the race required Secretary of State Kris Kobach to remove Taylor’s name from the Nov. 4 ballot. Some Democrats nudged Taylor out of the race because they see independent candidate Greg Orman as the stronger rival to three-term Republican incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts.

“The letter is what it is,” Justice Dan Biles said from the bench. “If, as a matter of law, the letter complies with the statute, he (Kobach) has no discretion.”

The Democrat’s withdrawal thrust the Senate race into the national spotlight. Republicans hope to recapture a Senate majority and they’ve always counted on Roberts winning re-election in his GOP-leaning state. Some Democrats believe an Orman victory could deny the GOP a majority in a close national election.

Roberts, 78, has looked vulnerable since a tough GOP primary race against a tea party challenger. Orman, a 45-year-old businessman and co-founder of a private equity firm, raised more in contributions and was more visible on television than Democrat Taylor, the Topeka-area district attorney.

Kobach, who serves on Roberts’ honorary campaign committee with other prominent Republicans, ruled that Taylor’s name had to remain on the ballot because the candidate didn’t meet the requirements of state law in withdrawing. Keeping Taylor’s name on the ballot could split the anti-Roberts vote and allow the incumbent to win more easily.

A state election law says nominees’ names can be removed from the ballot if they die or declare they’re incapable of fulfilling the duties of office. Taylor’s letter said he wanted to withdraw “pursuant to” the law, but he has not given a reason why he can’t serve. Taylor attended the hearing but declined to comment.

Taylor petitioned the court to overturn Kobach’s decision. The court is expected to rule quickly, because county officials must begin mailing ballots Saturday to overseas military personnel.

But a court decision may not be the end of the legal dispute.

Kobach argues that even if he’s forced to remove Taylor’s name from the ballot, Democrats are obligated under state law to find another nominee. The court did not address that issue during the arguments.

Kobach said after the the hearing that he’s ready to file his own state Supreme Court petition if Taylor is off the ballot and Democratic leaders won’t name a new candidate.

“If I ignore the law and don’t enforce it because, hey, it’d be easier for my own campaign, then I would be a raw political hack,” said Kobach, who’s also running for re-election this year.

State Democratic Party Chairwoman Joan Wagnon said she doesn’t expect the party to name a new candidate so close to when ballots must be printed.

“I just don’t see how it’s physically possible,” she said.

Pedro Irigonegaray, a Topeka attorney representing Taylor, said during the arguments on Tuesday that citing the law was enough to declare that someone is unable to serve. Eddie Greim, a Kansas City, Missouri attorney representing Kobach, argued that the candidate has to say specifically in writing that he or she is incapable of serving.

But Justice Carol Beier asked why citing the law wasn’t the same as declaring an inability to serve.

“Is there any other acceptable reason under the statute?” she said.

Four justices – a majority for the seven member court – were appointed by former Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, including Beier and Biles. Two others were appointed by Sebelius’ predecessor, former moderate GOP Gov. Bill Graves. The seventh spot is open because conservative Gov. Sam Brownback’s first appointee won’t be sworn in until December, and a retired district judge is sitting with the court.


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