Kinch Named New Democratic Leader
October 5, 2015

(AP) – A Wichita attorney is the new Kansas Democratic Party chairman after delegates from across the state elected him on a unanimous vote.
Lee Kinch is a longtime party activist who will replace Larry Meeker, who resigned as party chairman in August after he was quoted saying the Kansas party needed to emphasize it is more conservative than many nationally known Democrats.
The Salina Journal ( ) reports Kinch on Saturday pledged to bring the party together and work to gain seats next year in the Legislature with the help of moderate Republicans.
Jim Sherow, who ran against Republican incumbent 1st District Congressman Tim Huelskamp last year, says he was first nominated but turned it down so he could support Kinch

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.

Kansas Democrats Add to Staff
July 25, 2013

(AP) – A recent graduate of Kansas State University has been appointed political director of the Kansas Democratic Party.

The hiring of Wichita native Kerry Gooch was announced Wednesday by Jason Perkey, the party’s executive director.

Gooch was an intern for the party during the past year and graduated from Kansas State in May with a bachelor’s degree in political science.

Perkey says Gooch will provide infrastructure support to county Democratic parties, caucus groups and third-party organizations affiliated with the state party.

The Kansas party is working to increase Democratic voter registration and participation in upcoming elections.

Obama Sweeps Kansas Democratic Caucuses
April 14, 2012

As expected, President Barack Obama swept the Kansas Democratic Caucuses Saturday afternoon. Meetings of Democrats were held throughout the state. The President faced no serious opposition.
A statement from Kansas Democratic Chairman Joan Wagnon says the President collected all 496 delegates elected at the caucuses.
Those delegates will meet at another meeting, May 5 to select the Kansas delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina later this summer.
Wagnon also took a shot at the rough and tumble GOP primary process.
”While GOP presidential candidates are busy spending millions of dollars attacking each other and pandering to the extreme reaches of their party, Kansas Democrats united across our state today to support the President and discuss the issues that matter to Kansans,” Wagnon said.

Kansas Democratic Caucus Scheduled for Saturday
April 13, 2012

KC Star:

The Kansas Democratic Party will be holding its Presidential Preference Caucuses at 2 p.m. Saturday at sites across the state.
The largely symbolic events are expected to result in strong backing for incumbent President Barack Obama, who is not being challenged for re-election.
Registration at caucus sites begins at 1 p.m. Caucuses are being held in each of the state’s 40 state Senate districts.
“We are excited about this year’s caucus and the opportunity it provides to bring Democrats together and jump start the 2012 elections,” said Joan Wagnon, chair of the Kansas Democratic Party.
To participate, Democrats must attend the caucus site for their state Senate district. A complete list of caucus locations can be found on the party’s website — On the website, you can also find out which Senate district you live in.
Republicans and independent voters who want to participate can do by registering as a Democrat at the caucuses.
Caucus locations in this area:
Senate District # 4
Trinity Community Church
5010 Parallel Pkwy
Kansas City, Kan.
Senate District # 5, (2nd Congressional District)
Riverfront Community Center
123 S Esplandade St.
Leavenworth, Kan.
Senate District # 5, (3rd Congressional District)
Open Door Baptist Church
3033 N 103rd Terrace
Kansas City, Kan.
Senate District # 6
Turner High School
2211 S. 55th St.
Kansas City, Kan.
Senate District # 7
Shawnee Mission North High School – Cafeteria
7401 Johnson Drive
Overland Park
Senate District # 8
Commanche Elementary School
8200 Grant St.
Overland Park
Senate District # 9
Olathe North High School
600 East Prairie St.
Senate District # 10
Ray Marsh Elementary School
5642 Rosehill Ave.
Senate District # 11
Blue Valley North High School
12200 Lamar Ave.
Overland Park
Senate District # 23 (3rd Congressional District)
Frontier Trail Junior High School
15300 West 143rd St.
Senate District # 37
Blue Valley Northwest High School
13260 Switzer Road
Overland Park

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