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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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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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