At the first Kansas City mayoral forum, seven candidates not named Jason Kander demonstrated that the race for the city’s top office won’t be a slow-motion coronation for the former U.S. Senate candidate.
Teen candidates running for Kansas governor seemed like an intriguing novelty. But now that the primary is over, the real-life consequence of their activism is apparent. And that’s GOP nominee Kris Kobach.
Republicans once feared Democrat Josh Svaty as their toughest potential rival in the Kansas governor’s race. Now Svaty says his political career might be over thanks to abortion-rights backers who derailed his campaign.
Kansas Democrats have a chance to win one or more congressional seats and maybe even the governor’s race in November. Gubernatorial contender Laura Kelly and congressional candidate Sharice Davids are giving the party reason for hope.
Kansas voters rattle and hum all the time about the need for positive campaigns focused on the issues. They got those this year. But will people get out and vote in Tuesday’s primaries for governor, Congress and more?
Lots of Democrats regard Congressman Kevin Yoder and President Donald Trump as vulnerable. But before declaring those Republicans doomed to defeat, consider whether the Democrats have someone strong enough to beat them.
The perfect political position for any leader? That’s following an unpopular predecessor. Sly James did it with Mark Funkhouser and now Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is getting a leg up by following Eric Greitens.
Kansas Democrats aren’t accustomed to making difficult choices in party primaries. The party hasn’t had many of them in recent years. But this year’s Democratic contest in Kansas’ 3rd Congressional District is especially tough.
Jason Kander may be the frontrunner, but eight others remain in the race to become Kansas City's next mayor. Kander still must prove he wants the job to make Kansas City better — and not to bolster his resume.
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson made a strong first impression during his inaugural visit to Kansas City after succeeding Eric Greitens. He focused on infrastructure and workforce development, and he also pledged to support a gas tax increase.
Local politics delivered three unexpected plot twists this week: Democrat Lauren Arthur’s big win in a special state Senate election, Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer’s refusal to criticize GOP rival Kris Kobach and Missouri Gov. Mike Parson’s embrace of a proposed gasoline tax increase.