Carl Brewer

Truth, it’s said, is the first casualty of war. That helps explain why combat metaphors so often get applied to political campaigns.

The battlefield of the Kansas governor’s race bears out the maxim. Even when candidates get their facts right — a surprisingly difficult task for the field — their words tend to twist a broader truth.

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If there’s one common refrain from nearly all of the Kansas candidates for governor — Republicans and Democrats — it’s support for the Second Amendment.

Stephan Bisaha, Madeline Fox and Brian Grimmett

The Kansas Democratic party hasn’t had a gubernatorial primary since 1998. The unfamiliar competition this year is forcing Democrats across the state to wrestle with their identity ahead of the Aug. 7 election.

Should their nominee be a candidate who aligns strictly with the progressive ideals of the party platform, or someone with broader appeal? Do they go with experience and name recognition, or youthful exuberance?

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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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The three top Democratic candidates for governor debated in Wichita on Friday evening.

Laura Kelly, Carl Brewer and Josh Svaty participated at the event held in The Lux apartment building and venue space in downtown Wichita.

The candidates spent much of the debate agreeing on issues, from expanding Medicaid to supporting legalizing marijuana in Kansas.

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Former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer has picked another ex-mayor as his running mate for the Democratic nomination for governor.

Brewer on Tuesday announced former Gardner Mayor Chris Morrow as his choice for lieutenant governor.

Morrow, 55, was a Gardner City Council member before serving as mayor for more than four years. He stepped down in January.

Morrow is a Navy veteran who ran an employment agency. He also recently obtained a real estate license.

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A Wichita father raised concerns about the welfare of his son months before the boy’s body was found encased in concrete last weekend.

The three-year-old has been identified as Evan Brewer, the grandson of former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer.

Carlo Brewer contacted the Department for Children and Families back in March with allegations that his son, Evan Brewer, was being abused.

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A former mayor of Topeka is joining Carl Brewer's campaign for the Democratic nomination for Kansas governor.

Joan Wagnon joins Carl Brewer's campaign and will provide management oversight and anchor the campaign in northeast Kansas.

Wagnon served in the Kansas House of Representatives, was secretary of revenue and ran for governor herself in 1994.

Carl Brewer, a Democratic Party member, served two terms as mayor of Wichita and, if elected, would be the first African-American governor of Kansas.

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Former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer is running for governor. He is the first Democrat to announce for the 2018 election.

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The Kansas Democratic Party is hearing from those who may be interested in running for the 4th District Congressional seat if Republican incumbent Mike Pompeo is confirmed to become the next CIA director.

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