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The fact that seemingly everyone and his wife are gunning for the Kansas political major league, the governor’s office, has opened up all four spots in state’s lesser statewide offices.

The other four statewide elected offices in Kansas — attorney general, insurance commissioner, treasurer and secretary of state — are up for grabs. Only one incumbent who’s previously been elected to his current office is running this time around.

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday lashed out at the Koch brothers, tweeting that the billionaire industrialists are a "total joke in real Republican circles" and that he is "a puppet for no one."

It's the latest salvo between the president and Charles and David Koch, who did not endorse Trump in his 2016 presidential bid and have criticized Trump's spending plans and trade policies.

Charles Koch is chairman and CEO of Wichita's Koch Industries. David Koch stepped down last month from his business and political activitites because of health concerns.

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Secretary of State Kris Kobach got a boost in his run for Kansas governor from Donald Trump Jr. at an event Tuesday night in Wichita.

As the crowd cheered "U-S-A! U-S-A!," Kobach introduced Trump as a man who "needs no introduction."

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The Aug. 7 primary is just weeks away, and in the race for the 4th Congressional District, Republican candidate Ron Estes is stepping out more in his campaign against the incumbent of the same name.

Since filing to run a day before the June 1 deadline, Ron M. Estes has led a fairly quiet campaign — no TV ads, no billboards, and little contact with the media.

“We pretty much have a grassroots campaign," Estes said during a recent interview. "We’ll see how far it gets us.”

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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.

A deal, hatched in secret, to build a massive chicken processing plant on the outskirts of Tonganoxie, Kansas, caused a huge uproar last September. The Tyson project was promptly canceled. Despite that, all the incumbent city council members on the ballot were voted out of office in November.

The political consequences could continue with upcoming elections for the Kansas House.

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David Koch is stepping down from the Koch brothers' network of business and political activities, including Wichita-based Koch Industries.

David Koch, 78, is suffering from deteriorating health, according to a letter that older brother Charles Koch sent to company officials Tuesday.

The final flurry of filings ahead of the Kansas primaries in August didn’t disappoint.

“This is one of the busiest days of the year, every two-year cycle,” said Secretary of State Kris Kobach, surveying the last crop of candidates that paraded in just before the noon deadline Friday.

Performance artist Vermin Supreme made his entrance dressed in tie-dye and with his signature rain boot on his head. He filled out the paperwork to challenge Attorney General Derek Schmidt in the Republican primary, listing a Rockport, Massachusetts, address.

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The race for the 4th Congressional District seat in south-central Kansas will include a Republican candidate named Ron Estes.

But we won’t know until after the August primary whether that candidate is current Congressman Ron Estes or political newcomer Ron Estes.

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With Friday's filing deadline passed, this year's primary races are starting to take shape.

Of the three seats on the Sedgwick County Commission up for election, the 4th District is the most contested.

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