Governor Debate 2018

Meet 7 Candidates For Kansas Governor

Jul 20, 2018

Kansas is electing a governor this year, a pick that'll go a long way in deciding what direction the state goes on school funding, health care, gun control, taxes and spending.  

The Republican primary field tilts to the right, with the contenders tussling over whose credentials and attitude would be the most effective in fulfilling a conservative agenda. Democrats voting on Aug. 7 have to wrangle with whether to go moderate or hold tight to a progressive platform.

Host Steve Kraske interviewed the leading candidates from both parties on KCUR’s Up To Date. 

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The Democrats running to be Kansas’ next governor brushed off the idea of a tax increase to cover the state’s needs during a Democratic forum in Wichita on Wednesday night sponsored by KMUW and KWCH.

State Sen. Laura Kelly said it’s too soon after repealing the Sam Brownback-era tax cuts to talk about a tax increase.

“We need to let the dust settle,” Kelly said. "We have no idea the full impact of that or the full impact of the federal tax cuts that have occurred."

Former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer was clear that he doesn't support a tax increase.

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Gov. Jeff Colyer was on the defense during a Republican forum sponsored by KMUW and KWCH on Tuesday night.

He was targeted by his Republican gubernatorial opponents over Kansas’ budget issues during his time with the Brownback administration.

Former state Sen. Jim Barnett was one of several candidates who attacked Colyer over the Brownback era tax cuts.

“The Brownback Colyer tax experiment brought this state to its knees,” Barnett said.

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KMUW and KWCH 12 will air two gubernatorial forums in advance of the Aug. 7 primary election.

The Republican candidates for governor will meet Tuesday, July 10, and the Democratic candidates on Wednesday, July 11. Both 45-minute forums will air live on KWCH beginning at 6:15 p.m.

KMUW will rebroadcast both forums. The Republican forum will be rebroadcast at 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, and the Democratic forum at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 12.

Republican candidates scheduled to participate Tuesday are Jim Barnett, Jeff Colyer, Kris Kobach, Patrick Kucera and Ken Selzer.