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Kansas’ Latest Revenue Report Dues Tuesday
September 30, 2014

(AP) – Kansas officials are waiting for word on whether state tax collections in September met expectations.

The state Department of Revenue’s report Tuesday afternoon was expected to renew a political debate over massive income tax cuts enacted at Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s urging. Brownback says the tax cuts are stimulating economic growth, but critics contend the reductions are wrecking the state’s finances.

The Legislature’s nonpartisan research staff is predicting that the state will face a $238 million budget shortfall by July 2016, even if tax collections meet the state’s official projections between now and then.

Kansas’ tax collections in July and August combined met expectations, but the collections in April, May and June fell a total of $334 million short of expectations.

Jeb Bush Stumps for Riberts in Wichita
September 29, 2014

AP) – Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is the latest Republican heavy-hitter to come to the aid of Sen. Pat Roberts’ struggling campaign for re-election.

The potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate was in Wichita on Monday for a fundraising event where he told supporters that Roberts would not let them down if re-elected.

Unlike other potential 2016 presidential contenders, Bush has kept a relatively low public profile for much of the year. But he has stepped up his help for GOP candidates as the Nov. 4 midterm election approaches.

His visit comes just days after former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin campaigned with Roberts.

Roberts once was considered a near lock for re-election but now faces a tough battle from independent businessman Greg Orman after the Democratic candidate withdrew

St. Louis Same Sex Marriage Challenge Goes to Court
September 29, 2014

(AP) – Missouri’s assistant attorney general has argued that state law, backed by the vote of the people, makes it clear that marriage is defined as between a man and a woman.

Jeremiah Morgan defended Missouri’s same-sex marriage ban Monday in a St. Louis courtroom. St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison is deciding whether the ban is constitutional.

St. Louis City Counselor Winston Calvert argued the state has no business treating gay and lesbian couples as “second-class citizens.”

The city of St. Louis issued marriage licenses in June to four same-sex couples, setting up a court fight over the state’s 2004 state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

It isn’t clear when Burlison will issue a ruling. St. Louis officials have stopped issuing marriage licenses to gay couples until legal issues are resolved

Hearing Today on Kansas Democratic Senate Replacement
September 29, 2014

(AP) – A key contest in the fight for control of the Senate could turn on the outcome of an arcane legal argument Monday over whether Democrats must field a candidate against struggling Kansas Republican Sen. Pat Roberts.

The case centers on whether a state election law requires Democrats to pick a new candidate after ex-nominee Chad Taylor withdrew earlier this month or whether the party can choose not to replace him. Some Democrats pushed Taylor out, viewing independent candidate Greg Orman as the stronger rival for Roberts and hoping to avoid a split in the anti-Roberts vote that would help the GOP incumbent stay in office.

Republicans need to gain six seats for a Senate majority, and the GOP has always counted on the 78-year-old Roberts winning in a state that has elected only Republicans to the chamber since 1932. Orman, a 45-year-old Olathe businessman, is running as a centrist – promising to caucus with whichever party has a majority and play kingmaker if neither does. Roberts has struggled after a bruising primary and questions about his residency in Kansas.

Taylor had to petition the Kansas Supreme Court to force Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a Roberts supporter, to remove the Democrat’s name from the Nov. 4 ballot. Minutes after the high court ruling, a disgruntled voter sued the Democratic Party to get a replacement on the ballot, and Kobach is attempting to intervene again.

Rebecca Green, a law professor and co-director of the Election Law Program at The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, said such a case represents “a court’s worst nightmare” because of the jockeying between the Republicans and Democrats, so any ruling will be perceived as political.

Next: Jeb Bush for Pat Roberts
September 29, 2014

(AP)–U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts is bringing in another Republican heavy-hitter to help bolster his troubled campaign for re-election.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will be in Wichita on Monday for a fundraising event for the Kansas senator.

His visit on the campaign trial comes just days after former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin campaigned with Roberts in southeast Kansas. Two former presidential nominees, U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona and former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas, joined Roberts on the campaign trail last week. Another potential 2016 White House candidate, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, is also expected to help him campaign.

Roberts once was considered a near lock for re-election but now faces a tough battle from independent businessman Greg Orman after the Democratic candidate withdrew

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