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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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Tougher Penalties for Cockfighting

Posted: 02/19/2009 - Kansas would join the majority of states that make cockfighting a felony under a bill that passed the Senate on a 38-2 vote.

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Kansas House Rejects Campaign Finance Bill

Posted: 02/19/2009 - The Kansas House has rejected a bill requiring campaign finance reports from certain groups that sponsor ads to influence elections. The vote was 69-54 against the measure Thursday.

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Kansas Senate backs Tougher Seat Belt Law

Posted: 02/19/2009 - The Kansas Senate passed a primary seat belt law Thursday. It also requires all passengers in motor vehicles to wear seat belts instead of only front-seat passengers.

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Senate Advances Kansas Minimum Wage Bill

Posted: 02/19/2009 - The Kansas Senate 33-7 to increase the state's minimum wage. The current state hourly minimum wage is $2.65. On Jan. 1, 2010, it would go to $7.25, which will be the federal minimum as of July 24. The measure now goes to the House.

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Is Sebelius Headed to Washington?

Posted: 02/19/2009 - Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is a leading contender to become the next secretary of the Health and Human Services department, two senior administration officials told CNN.

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Topeka Votes '09 - Mayor
Topeka Mayoral Candidates Debate

Posted: 02/18/2009 - Jeff Preisner, Randal Trackwell, Jon-Wesley O'Hara, Jason Dabney and Bill Bunten met in the WIBW Channels studio Wednesday night. See their debate here, or on 13.1 WIBW-TV 7pm, Feb. 25th and 13.2 MyTV 9pm, Feb. 28th.

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Kansas Budget Cash Crunch Averted, Refunds Resume

Updated: 02/19/2009 - The Kansas budget cash crunch has been averted. Legislative leaders Wednesday approved moving money into the state's main bank account from other state agencies. Moving that $225 million gives the state enough cash to pay its bills on time.

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Fiscal Calamity is Looming for California

Posted: 02/17/2009 - California lawmakers are battling to end their budget deadlock, while Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger gives the word to start sending out layoff notices; projects on hold.

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Obama Poised to Sign Stimulus into Law

Posted: 02/17/2009 - President Barack Obama is ready to sign into law the most sweeping economic package in decades, a rescue plan meant to reinvigorate job creation, consumer spending and public optimism. Add the bill to an ever-growing deficit.

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Obama focusing on stimulus, foreclosure crisis

Posted: 02/15/2009 - President Barack Obama promotes his economic agenda this week with trips outside Washington to sign the $787 billion stimulus package and to tackle the home mortgage foreclosure crisis.

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Democrats Muscle Stimulus Package Through the Senate

Posted: 02/13/2009 - In the late Friday night roll call, the Senate passes the $787 billion recovery bill, 60-38, including three crucial Republican votes. The President plans to sign it on President's Day.

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Democrats Muscle Huge Stimulus Through Congress

Posted: 02/13/2009 - In a major victory for President Barack Obama, Democrats muscled a huge, $787 billion stimulus bill through Congress late Friday night in hopes of combating the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Republican opposition was nearly unanimous.

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Kan. GOP Director Stepping Down

Posted: 02/13/2009 - Kansas Republican Party executive director Christian Morgan said Thursday he will leave March 31 to pursue other job opportunities. He said he's weighing offers in the political and private sectors, adding that he wasn't fired or asked to leave.

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Senate Confirms Panetta As CIA Chief

Posted: 02/12/2009 - The former Clinton White House Chief of Staff will take the reins of the spy agency, despite questions on whether he has the needed experience.

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Republican Senator Drops Out as Commerce Choice

Posted: 02/12/2009 - Former Clinton Chief of Staff Leon Panetta is confirmed as CIA Director Thursday night, but one of President Obama's Republican choices pulls his name out of the running for Commerce Secretary.

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