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Kansas Plan Takes Lawmakers out of Redistricting

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Senate GOP and Democratic leaders announced a plan Wednesday that would give the task of redrawing district lines to legislative research staff. The Legislature would vote to accept or reject the proposal without making changes.

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Kansas Governor Will Revise 2010 Budget over Stimulus

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius told reporters Wednesday that she'll present a revised budget to legislators by the end of the week in light of the federal stimulus. Fiscal 2010 begins July 1.

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Six Announces Consumer Protection Stats

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Atty. Gen. Stephen Six was accompanied by members of his Consumer Protection Division as he announced how much the team had recovered in 2008.

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Sebelius Discusses Stimulus, Gov. Meeting

Updated: 02/25/2009 - 13News Rae Chelle Davis Twitters live from Governor Sebelius' press conference this morning where she is expected to discuss the federal Stimulus Program as well as her recent trip to Washington for the Governor's conference.

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Lawmakers Announce Redistricting Plan

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Four Kansas legislators met Tuesday morning in the Senate Chamber to announce a plan Wednesday that would give the task of redrawing district lines to legislative research staff. The Legislature would vote to accept or reject the proposal without making changes.

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Leavenworth Rep. Off to War Replaced by Former Opponent

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Democratic precinct officials in Leavenworth County voted 5-1 Monday night to replace state Rep. Melanie Sanders Meier of Leavenworth with Don Navinsky, a former Leavenworth County commissioner from Easton.

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Kansas Equal Rights Amendment Considered

Updated: 02/25/2009 - A Senate committee head testimony Tuesday on a proposed equal rights amendment to the Kansas Constitution. Supporters say prohibitions on gender discrimination are only in statutes which can be easily changed.

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Obama: The "Day Of Reckoning Has Arrived"

Updated: 02/25/2009 - The President tells Americans Tuesday night the country must "act boldly," as he pushed a broad agenda before a joint session of Congress.

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Kansas Rep. Turns to Twitter

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Mike Burgess, R-Topeka, announced he will be using Twitter to keep his constituents informed during the legislative session. The microblogging site allows users to send 140 character messages, or "tweets", letting people know what they're doing.

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Obama Aims For Sober Honesty, Optimism in Address

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Standing before a nation on an economic precipice, President Barack Obama aimed to balance candor with can-do Tuesday night in his first address to a joint session of Congress. Millions more anxious Americans were tuning in on TV.

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Burris Refuses to Resign

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Sen. Roland Burris is refusing to resign despite a suggestion from fellow Illinois senator Dick Durbin to do so. Burris was appointed by former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is accused of trying to sell the Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama.

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Kansas Governor Still Hasn't Talked to Obama on HHS

Updated: 02/25/2009 - In Washington, Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is considered a leading contender for health and human services secretary. She says she saw the President several times while at the Governor's Assoc. meeting, but did not talk about the HHS job.

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Kansas House Gets New Member to Replace Deployed Rep

Updated: 02/25/2009 - Former Rep. Melanie Meier, a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve, resigned Saturday after receiving orders to deploy. She wanted former Rep. Candy Ruff to replace her while she's gone, but party precinct officials instead chose her former opponent, Don Navinsky.

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Obama Vows To Halve Deficit In 4 Years

Posted: 02/23/2009 - President Barack Obama, battling to keep the U.S. economy afloat, pledged Monday to cut the U.S. budget deficit by half in four years even as he dispatched $15 billion to the states to help them make health care payments to the poor.

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Dems Kill Plan for Lessening Kansas Gov.'s Power

Posted: 02/20/2009 - A proposal that would have amended the Kansas Constitution to strip the governor's power to fill vacancies in four statewide offices fell Friday 65-54. Constitutional changes require a two-thirds majority, or 84 of 125 votes.

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Sebelius' Struggles with GOP on Health Care Recalled

Posted: 02/20/2009 - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is reportedly a top candidate for Health and Human Services Secretary. In Kansas, she has often found her efforts to address health care issues at odd with GOP lawmakers.

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Kansas House Passes "Kelsey's Law" Phone Ping Bill

Posted: 02/20/2009 - The Kansas House approved "Kelsey's Law" on a 118-1 vote Friday. It requires cell phone companies to cooporate promptly with police when requested to release caller location information.

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Blunt's Announcement Sets Up Show-Me Showdown

Posted: 02/19/2009 - Former House Republican Whip Roy Blunt announced Thursday he will run for a Missouri Senate seat. It sets up a showdown between two of Missouri's prominent political families.

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Black Ministers Will Ask Burris to Resign

Posted: 02/19/2009 - One cites the new senator's effort to raise money for disgraced Blagojevichago pastors; had originally supported Burris' appointment.

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