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Democrats choose ‘bridge builder’ as new leader

Less combat. More collegiality. House Democrats struck out on a new direction Monday, choosing Rep. Tom Sawyer over incumbent Rep. Jim Ward as their new...

What to do about Michael Capps?

Less than four months ago, Republican state Rep. Michael Capps of Wichita was not even wanted in his own party. He went on local television...

Democrats pick replacement for Rogers in Senate

Democratic leaders on Saturday picked Wichita activist and businesswoman Mary Ware to replace Lt. Gov.-elect Lynn Rogers in the Kansas Senate. Meeting in Wichita, precinct...

Democrats choose Miller to replace Kelly in Senate

Democratic precinct leaders on Thursday night picked state Rep. Vic Miller to fill Gov.-elect Laura Kelly's seat in the state Senate. Miller prevailed over three...

Sawyer officially launches campaign for minority leadership

It's been widely speculated for weeks that Democratic state Rep. Tom Sawyer would challenge Jim Ward for minority leader. Late Tuesday, Sawyer made it official...

Finch, Hoffman seek House leadership slot

Republican legislators Blaine Finch and Kyle Hoffman are campaigning for speaker pro tem in the House. Finch, an Ottawa lawyer, and Hoffman, a Coldwater rancher,...

Lawmaker uses video to campaign for House leadership

Leadership races in the Kansas Legislature generally don't look anything like your typical retail campaign. No television ads. No mailers. No aggressive social media campaign....

Hawkins, Highland jockey for House majority leader

With the House tilting more conservative after Tuesday's election, Republicans Dan Hawkins and Ron Highland are campaigning to unseat moderate Don Hineman as the chamber's...

Will House primary races swing chamber’s balance of power?

Even as eyes across Kansas zero in on the Kansas governor’s race, dozens of other campaigns are playing out locally that could decide the...

Lobbyist spending hits lowest level since 2007

With no big money issues on the table, lobbyist spending at the Capitol this year dipped to its lowest point in a little more...