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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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Republican candidate for Kansas governor Jim Barnett has chosen what he admits is an unconventional running mate: his wife.

Barnett announced Thursday that he had selected Rosie Hansen as his lieutenant governor pick.

Democrat Laura Kelly all but set the field in the Kansas governor’s race Thursday by picking fellow state Sen. Lynn Rogers as her running mate.

Among the leading contenders, only Republican former state Sen. Jim Barnett has yet to complete his ticket. He’s expected to do that a day ahead of next week’s June 1 filing deadline.

Police arrested 18 people protesting policies pushed by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach after the demonstrators occupied part of his office.

Police led them past other protesters to a bus waiting outside the Kobach’s office.

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Kansas Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer has picked the owner of a fast-food restaurant as his running mate in the GOP gubernatorial primary race.

Selzer announced Monday that Jenifer Sanderson is his choice for lieutenant governor. She and her husband run a Sonic restaurant in Goodland in western Kansas.

Selzer says in a news release that she has a "record of working to create an environment for both financial growth and more freedom."

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A Kansas lawmaker has switched to running for state treasurer after planning to seek the Democratic nomination for secretary of state.

State Sen. Marci Francisco of Lawrence announced her decision Thursday. Democrats had not found a candidate to challenge incumbent Republican Treasurer Jake LaTurner.

Former Uber and Google executive Brian McClendon of Lawrence is running for the Democratic nomination for secretary of state. Francisco's switch likely heads off a primary contest for him.

The State Objections Board said with a 2-1 vote Tuesday that New Yorker Andy Maskin can’t run for the state’s highest office because he doesn’t live in Kansas.

Maskin paid a fee and filed to run for governor earlier this month. A Kansas Republican Party official challenged his candidacy on the basis of his New York City address.

Several other out-of-state candidates have created campaign committees, but haven’t yet officially filed.

Kansas State Treasury website

Congressman Ron Estes of Wichita has introduced a bill that would increase penalties for swatting incidents.

The punishment could include up to 20 years in prison if someone is seriously injured as a result of swatting. A bill to increase swatting penalties has also been introduced in the Kansas Legislature.

Swatting involves making a false report of a crime in progress to emergency dispatchers in order to get a large number of police officers to descend on an address. The calls often arise after disputes between members of the online gaming community.

Kansas News Service

A national organization seeking to create a new moderate political party is teaming up with a grassroots effort in Kansas attempting to do the same.

COURTESY SUNFLOWER FOUNDATION

Progressives deride supporters of President Donald Trump as willfully ignorant reactionaries, even racists.

Fans of the president respond in kind, dismissing liberals as snowflakes and worse.

The escalating war of words is a clear and present danger to American democracy, said Carolyn Lukensmeyer, executive director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse, in a presentation sponsored by the Topeka-based Sunflower Foundation’s Advocacy in Health speaker series.

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