Election 2012 http://kcur.org en Why Kansas Citians Plan On Making It To The Polls On August 5 http://kcur.org/post/why-kansas-citians-plan-making-it-polls-august-5 <p></p><p>Voter turnout is usually low in primary elections, but an informal survey of our audience revealed three common reasons that Kansas Citians plan on casting their ballots on Aug. 5 in Missouri and Kansas.</p><p>When we took to social media and asked, “<a href="http://kcur.org/post/tell-kcur-do-you-plan-vote-aug-5-primary-why-or-why-not">Do you plan to vote in the Aug. 5 primary? Why or why not?</a>” most of you shot back answers in the affirmative, citing these reasons:</p><p>• Voting is an important right and privilege</p><p>• To chime in on specific candidates or measures</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:02:51 +0000 Alyson Raletz 59493 at http://kcur.org Why Kansas Citians Plan On Making It To The Polls On August 5 Ad Watch: Roberts And Wolf Attack Each Other's Voting Records http://kcur.org/post/ad-watch-roberts-and-wolf-attack-each-others-voting-records <p><em>Throughout this election season, KCUR will bring you AdWatch, a series evaluating the words and images filling the airwaves aimed at Missouri and Kansas voters. </em></p><p>The hotly contested Republican race for U.S. Senator from Kansas, where incumbent Pat Roberts and challenger Milton Wolf have turned their sights squarely on one another, has brought a slew of ads to the Kansas airwaves.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:57:00 +0000 Brian Ellison 59386 at http://kcur.org Ad Watch: Roberts And Wolf Attack Each Other's Voting Records Tell KCUR: Do You Plan To Vote In The Aug. 5 Primary? Why Or Why Not? http://kcur.org/post/tell-kcur-do-you-plan-vote-aug-5-primary-why-or-why-not <p></p><p>Primary elections typically struggle to draw crowds at the polls.</p><p>For instance, 23 percent of voters cast ballots in Kansas’ 2012 primary election, compared with 67 percent voter turnout for that year’s general election, according to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sos.ks.gov/elections/elections_statistics.html">Kansas secretary of state office</a>.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:30:43 +0000 Alyson Raletz 59248 at http://kcur.org Tell KCUR: Do You Plan To Vote In The Aug. 5 Primary? Why Or Why Not? Koster, Transportation Tax Backers Lead Campaign Money-Raising http://kcur.org/post/koster-transportation-tax-backers-lead-campaign-money-raising The group backing the proposed transportation sales tax is the biggest money-raising operation in the state – but it has yet to air a single TV ad.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit dleafy | sxc.hu" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kwmu/files/styles/card_280/public/201312/money-1226006-m.jpg" alt="" /><p>Missourians for Safe Transportation and New Jobs, the campaign committee for the sales tax known as Amendment 7, appears to be entering the final weeks of the campaign with more than $2.5 million to spend.<p>Th Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:10:36 +0000 Jo Mannies 59024 at http://kcur.org Koster, Transportation Tax Backers Lead Campaign Money-Raising More Than 100 GOP Officeholders Endorse Democrat For Kansas Governor http://kcur.org/post/more-100-gop-officeholders-endorse-democrat-kansas-governor <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More than 100 current and former Republican officials formally endorsed Democrat Paul Davis for governor on Tuesday at a Topeka event that organizers said was unprecedented in Kansas politics.</span></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:03:30 +0000 Jim McLean 58974 at http://kcur.org More Than 100 GOP Officeholders Endorse Democrat For Kansas Governor An Interview With 'The Next Ted Cruz,' Dr. Milton Wolf http://kcur.org/post/interview-next-ted-cruz-dr-milton-wolf <p>Sen. Pat Roberts has represented Kansas in the U.S. Senate since 1997, but one man is trying to end that reign. Dr. Milton Wolf is one of four contenders in the Kansas Republican primary for U.S. Senate. A Tea Party darling, Wolf has taken a hard line against tax increases, government spending and says he would adhere to a strict two term limit.&nbsp;</p><p>And he's also President Obama's second cousin, once removed.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:27:45 +0000 Cody Newill 58901 at http://kcur.org An Interview With 'The Next Ted Cruz,' Dr. Milton Wolf Rick Santorum In Kansas To Stump For Brownback http://kcur.org/post/rick-santorum-kansas-stump-brownback <p>Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum stopped in Kansas to campaign for Gov. Sam Brownback Monday in Olathe, Kan., where&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Santorum called </span>Brownback<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> a "warrior" for conservative principles.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Santorum and Brownback served in the U.S. Senate together. Santorum says Brownback takes on the big issues, and he isn't surprised Brownback has ruffled some feathers with his tax-cutting, small-government policies. Santorum said Kansas could be a leader for other states.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:00:45 +0000 Stephen Koranda 58926 at http://kcur.org Tuesday Is Last Day To Register To Vote In Kansas Primaries http://kcur.org/post/tuesday-last-day-register-vote-kansas-primaries <p>Tuesday is the final day for Kansans to register to vote or update their address before the Kansas primary election on August 5. There's also still time to provide missing citizenship documents that are keeping voter registrations from being processed.</p><p>Anyone who's registering to vote for the first time in Kansas needs to provide a document proving that they're a U.S. citizen.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:18:00 +0000 Stephen Koranda 58857 at http://kcur.org Kansas & Missouri Legislatures End 2014 Sessions http://kcur.org/post/kansas-missouri-legislatures-end-2014-sessions <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">So far 2014 has been a banner year for the GOP in both Missouri and Kansas. The Missouri General Assembly passed a major tax cut and expanded gun holders' rights despite opposition from state Democrats.</span></p><p>Meanwhile, the Kansas legislature increased public school spending to the tune of $129 million.&nbsp;</p><p>On Monday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date" target="_blank"><i>Up to Date</i></a>, Steve Kraske sits down with lawmakers from both states to discuss what they did, and didn't do, during the 2014 legislative sessions.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 16:31:54 +0000 Steve Kraske & Cody Newill 55963 at http://kcur.org Kansas & Missouri Legislatures End 2014 Sessions Brownback Files For Second Term As Kansas Governor http://kcur.org/post/brownback-files-second-term-kansas-governor <p></p><p>Republican Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer officially have started their campaign for a second term.</p><p>The two were joined Thursday at a kickoff event in Topeka by their campaign co-chairs, former Sen. Bob Dole and Mary Eisenhower, granddaughter of Dwight Eisenhower.</p><p>During the event, Brownback touted his economic policies and tax cuts he helped pass. He credits them with promoting job growth and helping to build a significant financial cushion in the state budget.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 15:04:45 +0000 Stephen Koranda 55833 at http://kcur.org Brownback Files For Second Term As Kansas Governor Missouri's Republican and Democratic Parties Retool For Fall Elections http://kcur.org/post/missouris-republican-and-democratic-parties-retool-fall-elections Missouri’s Democratic and Republican parties have revamped their campaign operations, and installed new executive directors, just seven months before this fall’s elections.<p>The Missouri Democratic Party – which is fielding no candidate for state auditor -- also has taken the unusual step of dissolving the party’s state Senate and House campaign committees, folding control of those operations, and their money, into the state party’s coffers.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit File photo" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcast Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:26:19 +0000 Jo Mannies 54538 at http://kcur.org Missouri's Republican and Democratic Parties Retool For Fall Elections Nixon, Zweifel Report Raising Little Campaign Money — Unlike Kander, Jones http://kcur.org/post/nixon-zweifel-report-raising-little-campaign-money-unlike-kander-jones In the midst of his second term, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has continued to travel the state to promote his agenda for the state. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:38:18 +0000 Jo Mannies 54500 at http://kcur.org Nixon, Zweifel Report Raising Little Campaign Money — Unlike Kander, Jones City And School Board Election Results http://kcur.org/post/city-and-school-board-election-results <p><strong>Cities</strong></p><p><strong>Excelsior Springs Council (2 elected)</strong></p><p>* Sharon Powell 775<br />* Ambrose Buckman 772<br />Mark Spohn 663<br />Reggie St. John 543</p><p><strong>Excelsior Springs bond issue</strong></p><p>Shall the city issue up to $18 million in bonds to build a community center? (4/7ths majority.)</p><p>* Yes 982<br />No 596</p><p><strong>Gladstone Council</strong></p><p>* R.D. Mallams 1158<br />Shari Le Poindexter 654</p><p><strong>Grain Valley mayor</strong></p><p>* Michael Todd 331<br />Chuck Johnston 274<br />Barbara Kountzman 202</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:33:42 +0000 Maria Carter 53908 at http://kcur.org Voters Hand KCMO Council Election Day Victory http://kcur.org/post/voters-hand-kcmo-council-election-day-victory <p>Voters on Tuesday approved all of the ballot measures supported by many Kansas City, Mo., city council members.</p><p>Top among the issues was approval to issue $500 million in water bonds.</p><p>Supporters of the ballot measure say the funding is sorely needed for the city to repair its deteriorating water infrastructure. In 2013 alone, the water department dealt with about 1200 water main breaks.</p><p>“The citizens of Kansas City fully and completely understand the need for us to continue to work on our infrastructure,” said Mayor Sly James shortly before 9 p.m.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 02:25:19 +0000 Alex Smith 53892 at http://kcur.org Voters Hand KCMO Council Election Day Victory Kansas City To Vote On Water Improvement Bonds http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-vote-water-improvement-bonds <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kansas </span>Citians<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> go to the polls Tuesday and one of the things they will be deciding is whether to update an aging network of underground water pipes.</span></p><p>Backers of the water revenue bonds say it’s critical to maintaining the city’s infrastructure.</p><p>Kansas City’s underground pipes, along with some fire hydrants and other facilities, date back to the Civil War years, say water department officials.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:47:04 +0000 Laura Ziegler 53850 at http://kcur.org Kansas City To Vote On Water Improvement Bonds Johnson County Election Results http://kcur.org/post/johnson-county-election-results <p>Results below are for contested races only.&nbsp; All those running unopposed won.</p><p><u><strong>Leawood</strong></u></p><p>Council Member - Ward 3</p><ul><li>Tom Robinett&nbsp; 58.2%</li><li>James M. Stephens 40.9%</li></ul><p></p><p><u><strong>Mission</strong></u></p><p>Mayor</p><ul><li>Steven Schowengerdt&nbsp; 50.5%</li><li>David Shepard 49.4%</li></ul><p>Council Member - Ward 1</p><ul><li>Steven Lucas 55.6%</li><li>Jay A. Meyer 43.8%</li></ul><p>Council Member - Ward 2&nbsp;</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 10:44:00 +0000 Maria Carter 53571 at http://kcur.org Clay County Voters Reject Government Change, Again http://kcur.org/post/clay-county-voters-reject-government-change-again <p><span style="font-size: small; line-height: 1.5;">Clay County voters have rejected a change in their governance structure.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: small; line-height: 1.5;">It was the third failed attempt to take much of the politics out of county government.</span></p><p><font size="2">The Clay County Election Commission reports a 16 percent voter turnout, with the measure being defeated by some 6,200 votes.&nbsp;</font><span style="font-size: small; line-height: 1.5;">There were 15,200 'no' votes from Clay County residents. Nine thousand voted 'yes.'</span></p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 12:49:29 +0000 Dan Verbeck 46382 at http://kcur.org November 5 Election Results, By The Numbers http://kcur.org/post/november-5-election-results-numbers <p><strong>Updated 5:36 a.m.</strong></p><p>The ballot issues Tuesday were on the Missouri side of the Kansas City area, including the largest tax increase in Jackson County in more than two decades. Voter turnout was, as expected, light.</p><p>The results below are unofficial until certified.</p><p><em>Here are the latest numbers: </em></p><p><strong>Blue Springs, Mo. Parks Sales Tax</strong>:<br />In Blue Springs, voters defeated a permanent half-cent sales tax that would have raised $3 million a year for parks-related projects, including community recreation centers.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 01:34:09 +0000 Laura Spencer, Maria Carter & Briana O'Higgins 46312 at http://kcur.org November 5 Election Results, By The Numbers 5 Issues Being Decided By KC Area Voters http://kcur.org/post/5-issues-being-decided-kc-area-voters <p></p><p>Voters around the Kansas City metro&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">head to the polls Tuesday. Here's an overview of some of the issues on ballots in the area:</span></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Jackson County</strong></p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 17:21:22 +0000 Maria Carter 46276 at http://kcur.org 5 Issues Being Decided By KC Area Voters What Royster's Case Tells Us About Voter Fraud In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/what-roysters-case-tells-us-about-voter-fraud-kansas-city <p>In June, a Kansas City couple pleaded guilty to voter fraud in the 2010 Democratic primary. Even in a low-turnout primary for a state legislature seat, two votes would normally be a drop in a bucket. But in this race, John Joseph Rizzo defeated Will Royster by a margin of one vote. Rizzo went on to win the election and was re-elected to the seat in 2012. The couple voted in a district where they didn’t live and are Rizzo’s aunt and uncle, which further complicated the situation. Tue, 20 Aug 2013 18:06:33 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross & Monica Sandreczki 42209 at http://kcur.org Missouri Secretary Of State Advocates For Ethics Changes http://kcur.org/post/missouri-secretary-state-advocates-ethics-changes <p>The campaign money's flowing in Missouri. Or could you say "gushing?"</p><p>On Thursday June 27, Attorney General Chris Koster, an early favorite to become the next governor of Missouri, picked up $25,000 from a Kansas City law firm and $12,500 more from an eastern Missouri labor union.</p><p>The day before, state Auditor Tom Schweich picked up $10,000 from a St. Louis area business owner.</p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 15:53:31 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Steve Kraske 39293 at http://kcur.org Missouri Secretary Of State Advocates For Ethics Changes The 2012 Election: An Epic Battle http://kcur.org/post/2012-election-epic-battle <p></p><p>Victories for the Republican Party in the 2010 midterm elections seemed to block President Obama at every turn and the GOP appeared to have a clear shot at controlling all three branches of government. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske, Kaitlin Brennan, Beth Lipoff & Sangeeta Shastry 38257 at http://kcur.org The 2012 Election: An Epic Battle Pushing For Advance Voting In Missouri http://kcur.org/post/pushing-advance-voting-missouri <p></p><p>The <strong>League of Women Voters</strong> &nbsp;has a few goals it's pursuing--&nbsp;<strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">more advance voting and o</span></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>nline voter registration</strong>.</span></p><p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 15:09:30 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 35740 at http://kcur.org Pushing For Advance Voting In Missouri Voters Renew Health Levy, Strike Down Anti-Nuke Measure http://kcur.org/post/voters-renew-health-levy-strike-down-anti-nuke-measure <p>Voters in Kansas City, Missouri, struck down a measure in Tuesday's election that would have prohibited the city from giving incentives to companies that make parts for nuclear weapons. Voters lent their support, on the other hand, to renewing a property tax that funds neighborhood health clinics, ambulance services and Truman Medical Center. Voters also favored a ballot measure requiring that most nonprofits pay an existing city hotel convention tax. Wed, 03 Apr 2013 05:37:26 +0000 Elana Gordon 34488 at http://kcur.org Voters Renew Health Levy, Strike Down Anti-Nuke Measure Holland Takes KCK Mayoral Post http://kcur.org/post/holland-takes-kck-mayoral-post <p>Some political insiders thought they saw a close race, but Mark Holland ran up 56 percent of the Wyandotte County vote to become the next Mayor of Unified Government. Wed, 03 Apr 2013 05:16:08 +0000 Dan Verbeck 34487 at http://kcur.org Holland Takes KCK Mayoral Post April 2 Election Results http://kcur.org/post/april-2-election-results <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Turnout was light, around 10 percent, at polling places in Kansas and Missouri for Tuesday's election. Voters were asked to consider raising taxes, ousting mayors, and more. Wed, 03 Apr 2013 03:26:20 +0000 Laura Spencer & Maria Carter 34484 at http://kcur.org April 2 Election Results Election Day: What's On The Ballot? http://kcur.org/post/election-day-whats-ballot <p>Voters go to the polls for <strong>Election Day</strong> on April 2, 2013 in many cities across the Kansas City metropolitan area. Decisions will be made about bond issues, school board and mayoral races, and more. Mon, 01 Apr 2013 10:33:13 +0000 Laura Spencer & Maria Carter 34237 at http://kcur.org Election Day: What's On The Ballot? Voters Weigh In On Future Of Nuclear Weapons Manufacturing http://kcur.org/post/voters-weigh-future-nuclear-weapons-manufacturing <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Question 3 on </span><a href="https://www.kceb.org/useruploads/Sample_Ballots/04_13_sample_ballot_FINAL.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Kansas City, Missouri’s ballot tomorrow</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, deals with an issue that’s generated heated discussion in City Hall over the past few years. It’s about Kansas City’s future in nuclear weapons manufacturing.</span></p><p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 04:16:48 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross 34361 at http://kcur.org Voters Weigh In On Future Of Nuclear Weapons Manufacturing KCK Mayoral Foes Battle By Substance And Style http://kcur.org/post/kck-mayoral-foes-battle-substance-and-style <p>Wyandotte County voters on Tuesday will decide who holds the reins as Mayor/CEO of Unified Government.</p><p>KCUR’s Dan Verbeck has background on two candidates who bring distinctly different approaches to operating the post.</p><p>Each serves as a member of the local governing commission, survivors of a spirited primary campaign and election. The candidates appeared to answer questions posed by a panel in a forum at Kansas City Kansas Community College. Appearing in alphabetical order:</p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 23:36:18 +0000 Dan Verbeck 34317 at http://kcur.org KCK Mayoral Foes Battle By Substance And Style KCK Mayoral Debate http://kcur.org/post/kck-mayoral-debate <p>Join <em><a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date">Up to Date</a></em> <strong style="line-height: 1.5;">at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 1</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, at the&nbsp;</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Kansas City, Kan., Main Library, 625 Minnesota Ave., </strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">for the</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"> final debate</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of the Kansas City, </span>Kan<span style="line-height: 1.5;">., </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">mayoral race</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Fri, 29 Mar 2013 17:10:03 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 34300 at http://kcur.org KCK Mayoral Debate