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Senate Overrides, House Waits

Posted: 04/30/2008 - Kansas House members adjourned late today without taking an override vote on the Holcomb coal-fired plants. Senators voted to override Governor Kathleen Sebelius' decision, following a stinging criticism in a morning news conference.

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Abortion Bill Override Falls Short

Posted: 04/30/2008 - Governor claimed when vetoing the bill that the legislation could deprive women of lifesaving medical care. Beyond imposing new restrictions on abortion providers, the bill would have allowed lawsuits to block late-term abortions.

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Senate Overrides Coal Plant Veto

Updated: 04/30/2008 - The Senate moved quickly to override Gov. Sebelius' veto of the legislation allowing for two coal plants in SW Kansas by a 32-7 margin, five votes more than needed. The House is expected to vote on the override later Wednesday.

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Sebelius, Governors to Talk Energy

Posted: 04/29/2008 - National Governors Association Securing a Clean Energy Future Initiative to hold summit in Overland Park next week. Talks will focus on clean power and efficiency.

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Study Says KS Casinos Would Bring in $739 million

Posted: 04/29/2008 - With four state-owned casinos in the application process and slots at the race tracks in the works, a study for the Kansas Lottery says those entitites would generate $739 million in revenue for the state.

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Governor Sebelius, Hunter's Hope Foundation Celebrate Expanded Newborn

Posted: 04/29/2008 - Jim Kelly, NFL Pro Hall of Fame quarterback and founder of the Hunter's Hope Foundation, joined Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius and Senator Vicki Schmidt at a ceremony in the Statehouse today to celebrate the upcoming expansion of newborn screening in Kansas.

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Slattery Officially Throws Hat in Ring

Posted: 04/29/2008 - Jim Slattery officially announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate Tuesday iaiming to square off against incumbent Pat Roberts in November, saying the Republican was now an entrenched Washington politician who has been in office too long.

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Obama Says Opponents Pandering on Gas Tax

Posted: 04/29/2008 - Democrat Barack Obama dismissed his rivals' calls for national gas tax holiday as a political ploy that won't help struggling consumers. Hillary Rodham Clinton said his stance shows he's out of touch with the economic realities faced by ordinary citizens.

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Bush: Farm Bill Won't Help Food Prices

Posted: 04/29/2008 - Members of Congress negotiating a multibillion-dollar farm bill continued to disagree Tuesday over the size of payments to wealthy farmers as President Bush renewed his call to reduce those subsidies.

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McCain Offers Tax Credit in Health Care Plan

Updated: 04/29/2008 - Republican John McCain wants to change how people get their health insurance, shifting away from job-based coverage to an open market where people can choose from competing policies.

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Obama Rips Rev. Wright

Updated: 04/29/2008 - Democratic candidate further distances himself from controversial minister, says he's outraged by ex-pastor's remarks, "saddened" by "spectacle" of recent appearance and that his views do not accurately reflect the state of the black church.

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Rep. Jerry Moran to Fight Farm Bill Subsidy Cuts

Posted: 04/28/2008 - Congressional leaders struck a deal on the farm bill over the weekend that cuts $400 million in safety net programs to farmers. The conference committee negotiating the final bill that will hit the floor, including Kansas Congressman Jerry Moran, meets Tuesday afternoon.

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Supreme Court Says States Can Demand Photo ID For Voting

Updated: 04/28/2008 - States can require voters to produce photo identification, the Supreme Court ruled Monday, upholding a Republican-inspired law that Democrats say will keep some poor, older and minority voters from casting ballots.

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Obama or Clinton: Dean Sets Deadline

Posted: 04/28/2008 - DNC Chair Howard Dean says that one of the Democratic presidential candidates needs to drop out of the race after the final primary in June in order to give the party time to heal and prepare to take on the Republicans in the November elections.

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Obama presses on gas prices, Clinton hits on debates

Posted: 04/25/2008 - Democrat Barack Obama on Friday blamed high gasoline prices on Washington and a political establishment that he says hasn't stood up to oil companies, his two rivals for the presidency included.

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Bush says rebates going out Monday should help economy

Posted: 04/25/2008 - President Bush said tax rebates will start going out Monday, earlier than previously announced, and should help Americans cope with rising gasoline and food prices, as well as aid a slumping economy.

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Kline Needs Reveiw of Motions Against Planned Parenthood

Posted: 04/25/2008 - Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline will now have to get a judge to review any motions he wants to file against Planned Parenthood after he was accused of slipping a document under court seal to a motion he filed earlier this week.

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KS Supreme Court Puts Coal Cases on Hold

Posted: 04/25/2008 - The Kansas Supreme Court will wait to decide on the fate of two proposed coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas, wanting first to let the distrci courts and KDHE look at the disputes.

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Dems Wary Of Prolonged Primary Ordeal

Posted: 04/24/2008 - Democratic leaders look to put a quick end to the hotly contested pramary race between Sens. Obama and Clinton, so they can turn their attention toward the November contest between Ariz. Sen. John McCain and whoever emerges the victor.

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Scalia On Bush v. Gore: Get Over It!

Posted: 04/24/2008 - Supreme Court Justice tells 60 Minutes it’s nonsense to say the decision was politically motivated, claiming that seven Justices voted were in the majority, even though only five were in the majority that voted to stop the recount. Seven Justice's did oppose the Florida Supreme Court's method to recount the vote.

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Bush: Palestinian State Coming Soon

Posted: 04/24/2008 - Speaking alongside President Abbas, President Bush acknowledges that talks have stalled since he pledged to find a solution, but remains confident that a Palestinian state will be defined before he leaves office in January; tries to encourage Israel to halt future settlements onto Palestinian lands.

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Pro-Coal Plant Legislators Make Final Offer

Posted: 04/24/2008 - The new plan would allow for two smaller plants than the ones originally sought by Sunflower and called for in the both bills vetoed by Gov. Sebelius and would call for a more aggressive push toward utilizing renewable resources, such as wind.

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Governor Signs Bill Increasing Access to Voting Sites

Posted: 04/24/2008 - The facilities may now serve as voting locations for elderly residents. The Governor signed a bill allowing long-term care facilities to serve as mobile voting sites to help voters living there cast their vote.

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Defeat of Equal Pay Bill Brings Call for Revolution

Posted: 04/23/2008 - Both Democrats running for President make it to Capitol Hill to vote for bill removing limits on how long workers can wait to sue for pay discrimination, but Republican opponents manage to defeat the legislation

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Iraq War Funding Bill Could Expand

Posted: 04/23/2008 - Democrats hope to get benefits for unemployed, new education funding for veterans, increases for food stamp benefits and other items included in Iraq war funding bill, but they face the threat of a Presidential veto

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