(Updated to reflect voting scorecard below)
Gov. Laura Kelly's nominee for commerce secretary weathered a firestorm of political controversy to narrowly win Senate confirmation Monday afternoon.
The Senate voted 23-14 to confirm David Toland, who has been fighting off questions about his economic development work as the head of Thrive Allen County for the last decade.
"I'm pleased the Senate voted to confirm David Toland as our secretary of commerce," Kelly said in a statement.
"He represents the best and brightest this state has to offer," she said. "His energy, expertise and collaborative style will ensure that . . .