Kris Kobach

KC Currents
11:39 am
Fri September 27, 2013

21,000 Potential Kansas Voters In Limbo

Tens of thousands of people in Kansas have their voter registrations on hold. That means their votes won’t count until they get the situation resolved.

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Government
3:43 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

ACLU Ready to File Lawsuit Over Kan. Voter Registration Law

The American Civil Liberties Union says in a letter that it's ready to go to court over a voter registration law in Kansas.

The law requires people registering to vote for the first time in Kansas to prove their citizenship with a document such as a birth certificate. More than 12,000 voter registration applications have been put on hold because of that requirement.

Doug Bonney is with the ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri. He says the law, which was strongly championed by Secretary of State Kris Kobach, puts unnecessary hurdles in front of voters.

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Government
8:36 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Kobach Considering Rule To Create Two Classes Of Voters

Voter registration applications for more than 12,000 people in Kansas are on hold because of missing documents that could prove U.S. citizenship. A state law that took effect this year requires people who register to vote for the first time in Kansas to prove their citizenship.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says he's considering a rule change that could allow some of those voters to cast ballots in certain elections.

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Government
9:47 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Kansas Board Rejects Voter Registration Change

A state regulatory board has rejected a proposed change to voter registration rules requiring Kansans to show proof of citizenship.

The rules took effect in January. Since then, around 12,000 voter registration applications have been missing citizenship documents. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach pushed for the citizenship law, and for the proposed rule change.

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Government
4:17 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Border Blockage Seen Key To Immigration Law Change

As the U.S. Senate wrestles with immigration law changes, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says the measures are doomed to fail without real border security.

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Kansas Redistricting
3:25 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

Last-Minute Filing Scramble In Kansas Draws To A Close

The new map for Kansas' Congressional districts.
redistricting.ks.gov

The Kansas Secretary of State officially brought a chaotic filing period to an end today at noon.

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Headlines
8:17 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Monday, June 11, 2012

Political candidates rush to get their names on the primary ballot in Kansas, and construction starts on Interstate 70 this week.  It’s a daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

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Headlines
8:27 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The President speaks at a Joplin graduation ceremony.  Kansas redistricting case get more plaintiffs.  It’s a daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

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Headlines
8:12 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Scott Olson stands in a crater excavated by swirling flood waters. He farms 3,000 acres of land around Tekamah, Neb., with his borther Randy and father Bob.
Grant Gerlock Harvest Public Media

Floods leave mark on farmlands.  Kobach pushes for state lawmakers to finish redistricting.  KU Hospital restarts heart transplant program.  It’s a daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

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Headlines
7:38 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Thursday, February 16, 2012

A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

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Immigration
4:57 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Controversy In Kansas Over Proposed Immigration Bill

A bill introduced into the legislature proposes that undocumented immigrants be allowed to work in Kansas for two years at a time to address labor shortages at feedlots and dairies.
NDSU Ag Comm Flickr.com

The controversy over illegal immigration is pitting Republican against Republican and business against immigration hardliners in Kansas.

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Immigration
8:31 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Republicans At Odds Over Undocumented Worker Program

A bill introduced into the legislature proposes that undocumented immigrants be allowed to work in Kansas for two years at a time to address labor shortages at feedlots and dairies.
NDSU Ag Comm Flickr.com

A pro-business, pro-immigration bill introduced in the Kansas legislature yesterday pits traditionally Republican business leaders against the hardline anti-immigration Secretary of State and maybe the Republican governor as well.

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KCUR News
9:46 am
Thu October 14, 2010

Kansas Secretary of State Candidates Clash on Voting Laws

Kansas City, MO – The Kansas Secretary of State administers statewide elections and handles business filings. It's an office that usually doesn't draw much attention, but this year has been different.

Democratic incumbent Chris Biggs is being challenged by Republican Kris Kobach, who is known for his work in writing laws targeting illegal immigration - including the controversial Arizona law.

Biggs and Kobach met for a debate in Overland Park.

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KCUR News
6:31 am
Wed August 4, 2010

Kobach Wins GOP Primary For Kansas Secretary Of State

A law professor who helped draft Arizona's new immigration statute won the Republican primary for Kansas secretary of state.

Kris Kobach defeated two other GOP candidates Tuesday- Shawnee County Election Commissioner Elizabeth Ensley of Topeka and former chief executive officer of the National Association of Government Contractors J.R. Claeys of Salina.

Kobach had linked illegal immigration to voter fraud. Because of his immigration work critics question whether he will be a full-time secretary of state.

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Kansas Statehouse
10:17 am
Mon July 26, 2010

Unconventional Race For Kansas Secretary Of State

National issues like immigration and dissatisfaction with government are at the center of rallies for Kansas Secretary of State candidate, Kris Kobach. Photo by Laura Ziegler

The Secretary of State's race in Kansas has become one of the most important races of the election season. Why? Because issues like immigration and questions about government accountability are part of the debate.

At the center of that debate -the controversial, telegenic UMKC law professor and immigration activist, Kris Kobach.

Kobach's been exciting crowds at fundraisers and Tea Party rallies all year. When Sarah Palin was in Independence, people cheered Kobach almost as much as Palin.

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KCUR News
2:04 pm
Wed July 14, 2010

Bomb Scare Doesn't Bother Enthusiastic Supporters Of Kobach And Arizona Sheriff

Kris Kobach and Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio at a fundraiser in Overland Park for Kobach's Secretary of State race. Photo by Laura Ziegler.

Overland Park, Kansas – A bomb scare at a fundraiser for Kansas Secretary of State candidate Kris Kobach turned out to be a false alarm last night, but the overflow crowd never seemed concerned.

Police estimated some 1500 people were at the Ritz Charles Hotel in Overland Park as Kobach introduced guest speaker Sheriff Joe Arpaio from Maricopa County, Arizona.

Overland Park police chief John Douglass was rushed to the mike to make an announcement:

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KCUR News
1:39 am
Thu June 10, 2010

GOP Players Also Engaged In Race For Secretary Of State

Kansas City – It's unclear how news of financial mismanagement at the Kansas GOP will affect the race for Secretary of State.

The Topeka Capitol Journal reported earlier this week that an FEC audit revealed the Kansas GOP inappropriately or illegally handled hundreds of thousands of dollars during 2007 and 2008.

Kris Kobach, now a candidate for Secretary of State, was the party chair during that time.

Kobach said he knew the issue is a distraction, but said he wasn't concerned it would hurt him politically.

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KCUR News
9:39 am
Mon September 22, 2008

Kansas Republican Party Chair Kris Kobach On Immigration And The Upcoming Election

Kansas Republican Party Chair Kris Kobach

One recent piece of legislation that was seen as a victory for Latino immigrants is the 2004 law allowing undocumented students who went to high school in Kansas to pay in-state tuition rates at local colleges. That law has been challenged each year since, in the statehouse and in federal court, and has been upheld in both places. But this week, an appeals court in California made a different decision - which could lead to the repeal of instate tuition benefits for illegal immigrants in that state.

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