Pat Roberts

Politics/Elections
7:26 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Political Experts Recap Contentious Kansas Campaigns

While Kansas had other high profile campaigns in 2014, the race for U.S. Senate in Kansas was so unusual that it attracted a lot of attention. Political staffers and experts weighed in Thursday on that and the governor’s race as part of a panel by the Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas.

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Election 2014
8:22 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Election Day Mobilization Drove Kansas GOP Victories

Republican Senator from Kansas Pat Roberts during his victory speech.
Credit Stephen Koranda / Kansas Public Radio

Following the strong Republican wins in Kansas elections this week, some people are trying to determine what drove the wave of victories for Republicans. Sen. Pat Roberts and Gov. Sam Brownback both won their races, but many polls before the election showed them neck-and-neck with their challengers or losing.

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Election 2014
8:34 am
Sun November 2, 2014

K-State Coach Embarrassed By Roberts Senate Campaign Ad

A screenshot from the controversial ad shows Senator Pat Roberts and Kansas State University football coach Bill Snyder.
Credit Pat Roberts campaign.

Kansas State University is being drawn into the Senate campaign for Republican Sen. Pat Roberts, despite protests from the university.   

Longtime K-State Football coach Bill Snyder seems to endorse Roberts in a new campaign ad. 

The problem? Political endorsements aren't allowed by university policy.

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Up to Date
11:09 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Political Pundits: Midterm Election Blitz

Paul Davis and Sam Brownback are running a very close race for governor.

There’s a chill in the air, and a forbidding wind is rustling through the trees. But which is scarier—the ghouls and ghosts of Halloween or the campaigning for the midterm election?

On Friday's Up to Date, the Political Pundits return to talk about the issues surrounding the close races in Kansas for secretary of state, governor and especially for the U.S. Senate, where a leadership change is a real possibility.

Plus, we have a look at the buzz surrounding the Missouri governor’s race of 2016. 

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Government
7:31 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Sen. Pat Roberts Threatens Filibuster Of Gitmo Closure

There have been reports that President Obama may take steps to try to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba. It houses people detained in connection to the U.S. war on terrorism.

Kansas Republican Sen. Pat Roberts is opposing any plan that would bring detainees on U.S. soil. During a stop in Topeka, he said he'll take to the floor of the Senate and filibuster any efforts to close Guantanamo Bay. 

"And if he tries it, I will shut down the Senate," said Roberts.

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Election 2014
1:02 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Orman Runs As Independent In Partisan Kansas Senate Race

A page from the Princeton yearbook, Class of 1991, shows Gregory Orman, now a U.S. Senate candidate from Kansas, alongside a quote by Ross Perot.
Credit Peggy Lowe / KCUR

The Orman for Senate campaign headquarters is in a Shawnee, Kan., strip mall, next door to a Taekwondo studio and a few doors down from a Papa John’s pizza joint.

Among the posters, bumper stickers and general flotsam of a fall campaign, a college yearbook sits on a small table.

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Election 2014
5:36 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Moderate Republicans Abandon Pat Roberts, Saying He's Abandoned Them

Sen. Pat Roberts, left, campaigns with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., at the Johnson County GOP headquarters on Sept. 24.
Credit Peggy Lowe / KCUR

Former state Sen. Audrey Langworthy received the fundraising letter from Republican incumbent Pat Roberts last November.

Among other things, Roberts called for the resignation of Kathleen Sebelius, then Health and Human Services Secretary, who was under fire for the botched roll-out of the Obamacare website.

Langworthy, a Republican who lives in Prairie Village, was so angry she started writing notes to Roberts, hand-written in black ink directly onto his letter.

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Election 2014
8:31 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Without Candidate, Role Of Democrats Unclear In Kansas U.S. Senate Race

Democrats aren't fielding a candidate for a U.S. Senate race in Kansas after Democrat Chad Taylor dropped out, but with no one in that race, it's not clear what role, if any, the state Democratic Party will take in the campaign.

There's no love lost between Republican Sen. Pat Roberts and the leaders in the Kansas Democratic party. But that doesn't mean top-ranking Democrats are throwing their support behind independent candidate Greg Orman.

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Election 2014
3:33 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Senate Dispute Delays Ballot Printing In Kansas

A dispute over the ballot for a U.S. Senate race in Kansas is creating a time crunch for election officials. At issue is whether Democrats will be required to place a new candidate on the ballot for the Senate seat after Chad Taylor dropped out of the race.

A Shawnee County Court is expected to issue a decision this week. Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew says that normally by this time of year, ballots for people voting early would be printed and prepared for mailing.

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Politics
8:08 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Kansas Supreme Court To Hear Senate Ballot Arguments

The Kansas Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday on whether Democrat Chad Taylor should be removed from the ballot for a U.S. Senate seat.

Taylor dropped out of the Senate race recently and he's trying to get his name removed. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says Taylor's name should stay on the ballot. University of Kansas Political Science Professor Burdett Loomis calls the situation "extraordinarily unusual." He can't remember a legal battle with a high-profile candidate trying to be removed from the ballot in Kansas.

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Politics
10:48 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Kansas Senate Race Is Battle Of the Ballot

Democrat Chad Taylor, who withdrew from the U.S. Senate race in Kansas.
Credit TaylorForSenate.com

Democrat Chad Taylor's name will stay on the ballot for the U.S. Senate from Kansas, despite his withdrawal from the race earlier this week.

Republicans, in the odd predicament of fighting to keep a Democrat on the November ballot on Thursday, won a legal challenge decided by Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

Kobach sided with his fellow Republicans, who argued that state law requires that anyone trying to withdraw from the ballot must state the reason why he or she couldn’t serve.

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Government
6:13 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Pat Roberts Faces Tough U.S. Senate Race After Field Narrows

Sen. Pat Roberts
Credit Wikimedia Commons -- CC

A Wednesday shake-up in Kansas politics even has seasoned pundits amazed. 

Chad Taylor, a Democrat running for U.S. Senate, has withdrawn from the race, leaving Kansas Republican Pat Roberts facing his toughest political test in decades.

Steve Kraske, host of Up To Date on KCUR and Kansas City Star political commentator, says the change spells bad news for the incumbent.

"Pat Roberts is suddenly in very deep trouble in Kansas," Kraske says. "His polling numbers have not been good. He was ahead only because he was in a three-way contest."

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Politics
7:58 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Poll: Pat Roberts Leads Challenger By Four Points

Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts is only four points ahead of his Democratic challenger, a new Rasmussen poll says.

A new Rasmussen poll released Monday shows three-term Kansas Senator Pat Roberts is only four points ahead of his Democratic rival.

Roberts beat challenger Milton Wolf by seven points in the Republican primary, and the new poll of 750 voters shows Roberts leading Democratic challenger Chad Taylor 44 percent to 40.

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Up To Date
11:22 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Political Polls: Kansas Races

Paul Davis is challenging Gov. Sam Brownback as Brownback seeks re-election this fall.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

A new poll shows Gov. Sam Brownback trailing opposing Democrat Paul Davis, who’s showing support from independents and Republicans that many didn’t expect.

In the first part of Monday's Up to Date, we talk about that race, how Sen. Pat Roberts is faring against the competition and what former Missouri Congressman Todd Akin is saying this week.

Guests:

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Politics
7:43 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Kansas Board Rejects Challenge To Roberts Candidacy

A state panel has rejected an effort to block Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts from running for re-election.

The State Objections Board ruled 3-0 against a group of Kansans arguing that Roberts doesn't really live in the state. The decision sets the stage for Roberts to face challenger Milton Wolf in the August Republican primary.

Chuck Henderson, a Milton Wolf supporter from Manhattan, filed one of the objections. He believes Roberts shouldn't be eligible to run again because he actually lives in a home in Virginia.

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Politics
7:59 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Kansas Board To Rule On Roberts Challenge

A state panel will meet Monday to decide if Republican Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts is eligible to appear on the primary election ballot.

Four Kansans have filed claims challenging his candidacy by saying he may not meet the residency requirement. 

The State Objections Board, made up of the Kansas secretary of state, lieutenant governor and state attorney general, makes decisions in these situations. All three of them have endorsed Roberts.

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Government
8:32 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Tea Party's Milton Wolf To Challenge U.S. Senator Roberts

Milton Wolf is challenging U.S. Senator Pat Roberts in the Republican primary in Kansas.
Credit Frank Morris / KCUR

A Leawood physician who is a distant cousin of President Barack Obama is challenging Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts in the Republican primary. Milton Wolf is taking on the incumbent with strong support from Tea Party conservatives.   

Wolf’s first campaign event filled a large ballroom in south Overland Park, Kan. Tuesday evening. It featured live performers and a slick biographical video.   

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Government
8:10 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Senate Committee Advances NBAF Funding

Both the U.S. Senate and House have approved the same amount of funding for NBAF.
Bryan Thompson Kansas Public Radio

Kansas Senators Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts say funding for a federal lab to be built in Manhattan has passed an important hurdle.

The National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, or NBAF, will study diseases that could be used to attack the nation's food supply. A Senate subcommittee voted earlier this week to approve more than $400 million for the lab.

Moran says that a full Senate committee has now also voted to approve the funding.

“It is a determining factor in NBAF’s future,” says Moran.

Government
9:32 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Roberts Says Bill Would Improve SNAP, Save Billions

Senator Pat Roberts, R. – Kansas

Kansas Senator Pat Roberts has introduced a bill to reform the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps.  Roberts says the bill would save $36-billion over ten years by eliminating waste, and closing loopholes in the program.

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Tracking NBAF
11:49 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Feds Officially Gain Control Of Land For Top Security Lab

Laura Ziegler KCUR

The Department of Homeland Security officially took ownership of 46 acres in Manhattan, Kansas this week for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility.

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Tracking NBAF
4:58 pm
Fri January 27, 2012

Safety Concerns Aired At NBAF Hearing

The proposed NBAF lab at in Manhattan, Kan., would guard the nation's food supply against diseases like bird flu and Mad Cow disease.

A committee of the National Research Council visited Kansas State University Friday to get a feel for safety concerns for a giant biosafety lab planned for the Manhattan, Kan., campus.

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Tracking NBAF
8:33 am
Wed January 25, 2012

Questions Loom For Future Of High-Security Lab At K-State

The site designated to become the home of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, or NBAF, is on the campus of Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan.
Eric Durban Harvest Public Media

It’s been three years since the Department of Homeland Security chose Kansas as the site of its National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, or NBAF, but there’s a growing sense that the project has a precarious future.

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Biosecurity
10:37 am
Mon February 5, 2007

Roberts Talks About Kansas Biosecurity Center

Sen. Pat Roberts, the former Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee and member of the Agriculture Committee, says biosecurity is a national concern and that Kansas is a natural place to put it front and center.

The proposed National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, or NBAF, as it's known in Washington, will replace the aging lab on Plum Island, near New York. That lab has been the premier biosecurity facility to date.

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