8 hrs ago
K Street kicks into gear for GOP
NRSC Chairman Jerry Moran of Kansas and Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio will be joined by nearly two dozen Senate Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell at the briefing, according to an invite. NRSC Political Director Ward Baker will be joined by Kevin Madden of JDA Frontline, Dave Sackett of the Tarrance Group, Robert Sechrist of Acquire Digital and Rick Wiley of Mercury for the reception and lunch and political update.
10 hrs ago
The National Republican Senatorial Committee Loves the Senate...
Remember how NRSC consultants took to op-ed pages, pushed reporters, and tweeted about the lavish and extravagant expenses of SCF? Remember how when a candidate got endorsed by SCF, everyone knew immediately NRSC would support the opposite candidate out of spite? Remember how the NRSC, Chamber of Commerce, and other establishment groups poured tons of money into primaries to stop SCF gains and those of other outside groups? Well, NRSC spent so much money trying to ensure its incumbents were protected that it now has no money to pick up new seats. Brilliant strategy there Jerry Moran and Josh Holmes.
Sat Sep 13, 2014
In Focus 9/12/14
On today's In Focus, KMAN's Tom Reust filled in for Cathy, alongside Erik Stone.
Thu Sep 11, 2014
Portman: No NRSC aid for McConnell or Roberts
Sen. Rob Portman , the vice chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said Thursday that Senate Republicans will play offense over the next 50 days and not worry about defending GOP seats. Portman expressed confidence that vulnerable Republican colleagues, such as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Pat Roberts will win without financial support form the NRSC.
Wed Sep 10, 2014
The Gardner News and The Spring Hill ...
Congress hopes to reform Vets Administration
Sen. Jerry Moran R-Kansas Guest columnist In a year when Kansans have been inundated by news reports of incidents of mismanagement and even death caused by failures at the Department of Veterans Affairs , there is finally good news to deliver: The U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives came together to pass compromised legislation to overhaul access to veterans' health care by offering the choice of utilizing care outside the VA. In August, the Veterans Access to Care through Choice, Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 was signed into law.
Moran bill would make VA employees repay some bonuses
Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran announced Wednesday his intention to introduce a bill requiring the repayment of any bonus paid to Veterans Administration employees who intentionally kept the names of veterans needing health care off waiting lists. Moran's office, in a news release, said that because the VA used compliance with wait-time standards as a factor in establishing employee bonuses, some VA employees maintained "secret waitlists to artificially inflate compliance data to maximize their bonus payments."
Tue Sep 09, 2014
The Wichita Eagle
GOP grip on Robertsa Senate seat goes back 96 years
When it comes to which seats Republicans have held onto the longest in the U.S. Senate, Kansas claims the first and second spots, according to the Washington Post. The GOP has owned the seats currently claimed by Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran for 96 and 76 years, respectively.
Mon Sep 08, 2014
Moran internship accepting applications
U.S. Senator Jerry Moran announced Friday he is accepting applications for paid congressional internships in his Washington, D.C., and Kansas offices for spring 2015, according to a news release.
Sat Sep 06, 2014
Capitol Hill Blue
Pat Roberts shakes up his re-election team
Republican Sen. Pat Roberts has shaken up his struggling re-election team in Kansas, replacing a longtime confidante as campaign manager and getting help from national operatives in a race that's suddenly a battleground in the fight for Senate control. The campaign overhaul comes after Roberts' bruising primary fight and the stunning attempt by his Democratic challenger this week to cancel his candidacy in the face of a strong bid by an independent candidate.
Fri Sep 05, 2014
Kansas Sen. Roberts shakes up campaign team
Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts' re-election campaign in Kansas is being overhauled as his race becomes an unexpected battleground in the fight for control of the Senate. Republican Sen. Pat Roberts has shaken up his struggling re-election team in Kansas, replacing a longtime confidante as campaign manager and getting help from national operatives in a race that's suddenly a... The political group linked to the conservative Koch brothers has canceled television ad time reserved in October for the race between Sen. Jeff Merkley and Republican challenger Monica Wehby.
Thu Sep 04, 2014
The Wichita Eagle
Senate up for grabs?
With the weak Democrat out of the race though apparently still on the ballot, well-funded independent Greg Orman becomes the main obstacle to Sen. Pat Roberts' re-election - and suddenly Kansas could be the unlikely kingmaker in the ferocious battle for control of the U.S. Senate. However the increasingly bizarre contest plays out, it's a nice change to see Kansas in a position of possible influence.
Ellsworth grocery store thinks local
Editor's Note - This is part of a series of stories the Independent-Reporter does every so often on local businesses. Several years ago, when Gene's Heartland Foods moved from its cramped downtown store to a new multi-million-dollar building on Kansas Highway 156, one of the questions owners asked themselves was: "What new goods and services can we offer to Ellsworth?" As a result, the store doesn't have a floral shop because Ellsworth already had two downtown florists when the new Gene's opened in 2006.
Wed Sep 03, 2014
Kansas Democrat drops out of Senate race
The Democratic nominee for Senate in Kansas has dropped out of the race and deferred to a wealthy independent candidate, possibly threatening incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts and putting his assumed safe Republican seat in play. Roberts is recovering from a tough August GOP primary, and some Republicans say he hasn't had enough time to consolidate the support of his party.
Tue Sep 02, 2014
Grassroots Activities by Constituents Can Influence Legislators
Experts say people, not organizations, elect the legislators who pass bills, and this is why grassroots activities by constituents can be vital to advancing or altering a piece of legislation.
Sun Aug 31, 2014
The Wichita Eagle
Devlin talks about success, sale of Rent-A-Center at entrepreneur forum
That was one of the revelations the 66-year-old entrepreneur and founder of the national rent-to-own chain made on Tuesday to a full lecture hall at the Wichita State University Center for Entrepreneurship Meritrust Entrepreneurship Forum.
The 'Inside Politics' forecast: GOP jitters over Kansas
Our Labor Day weekend trip around the "Inside Politics" table included GOP jitters over Kansas, the 2016 impact of President Obama's immigration deliberations, progressive worries about Elizabeth Warren's hawkish foreign policy views, and Republican angst about a research project that was designed to help but may have done more harm then good.
Fri Aug 29, 2014
NBAF Tour Brings High-Level Officials
The Department of Homeland Security had higher-ups visiting Manhattan Friday, with a tour of the National Bio and Agro Defense Facility construction site.
Thu Aug 28, 2014
Hays Daily News
Roberts, Moran urge voters to restore Republicans
Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts got a bit of a boost Thursday in his re-election bid when his fellow senator and former Hays resident Jerry Moran stopped by a town hall meeting.
RNC spends more on Senate field efforts
The Republican National Committee will announce Thursday that it will pour an additional $8 million into get-out-the-vote efforts in targeted Senate races, another acknowledgment that reclaiming control of the chamber remains the GOP's top priority in 2014.
Tue Aug 26, 2014
When Your Base Becomes Your Enemy
Throughout primary season, the National Republican Senatorial Committee in alliance with groups like the Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Partnership have treated the Republican base as their enemy.