Presidential Primaries Fail in Kansas Legislture

Kansas won't be having a presidential primary next year. The Legislature adjourned its session Wednesday without appropriating any money for the election, which supporters had hoped to have in February 2008.

That means the Democratic and Republican parties will have to hold caucuses at their own expense to pick delegates for their national presidential nominating conventions. That's what has happened most years in Kansas.

Governor Sebelius proposed spending $2 million on the special election. Lawmakers stripped the money out of the budget because a majority thought the dollars could be better spent.

An effort to revive the primary briefly gained traction during the Legislature's wrap-up session but failed to produce any money.