Elections

Kansas AG's race: Kobach backs lowering drinking age to 18

Republican attorney general candidate Kris Kobach has endorsed lowering Kansas’ legal drinking age to 18. He promised Wednesday that if he’s elected this year, he will challenge the federal policy preventing the move. Kobach criticized a 1980s federal law that threatens states with the loss of highway dollars if their drinking ages are below 21. He said he believes the U.S. Supreme Court would now overturn that law. The issue arose during a debate for GOP attorney general candidates in Overland Park with Kobach, state Sen. Kellie Warren and ex-federal prosecutor Tony Mattivi. Kobach said if 18-year-olds can go to war, they should have all the rights other citizens enjoy.

Missouri court sides with Greitens on message-deleting app

A Missouri appeals court says former Gov. Eric Greitens didn't violate open records laws by using a message-deleting app. The Western District Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld a lower court ruling in Greitens' favor. A St. Louis attorney sued Greitens in 2017 over use of the Confide app by the governor's office. Greitens resigned 2018 in the face of possible impeachment and allegations of sexual and political misconduct. He's now running for U.S. Senate. The plaintiff's attorney told The Kansas City Star that they'll try to take the case to the Missouri Supreme Court if necessary.

Election 2022: Primaries shift focus to control of US House

Republican House primaries on Tuesday will set the table for the most competitive U.S. House races this fall. A handful of districts will decide whether Democrats can hold their paper-thin margin amid bracing economic headwinds. GOP House primaries in New Jersey, Iowa and California will determine who will face the most prominent and most vulnerable Democrats. Among them are New Jersey's Tom Malinowski and Iowa's Cindy Axne. They won by fewer than 2 percentage points in 2020, and their districts have become slightly more Republican since new congressional district lines were set last year.

Schmidt picks US senator's aide for Kansas governor ticket

Presumed Republican nominee Derek Schmidt has chosen a staffer for one of Kansas' two U.S. senators as his running mate in the governor's race. Schmidt filed the necessary paperwork Wednesday to get him and Katie Sawyer on the ballot in the Aug. 2 primary. He faces no GOP opposition to his bid to unseat Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly. Sawyer is a 38-year-old McPherson resident. She is state director for U.S. Sen. Roger Marshall and worked on Marshall’s congressional staff before his election to the Senate in 2020. Schmidt said he expects Sawyer to be a key adviser if he’s elected by helping him stay informed of people’s views.

Kansas voters to decide on preserving election of sheriffs

Kansas voters will decide in November whether to ensure that counties or state lawmakers can’t end the longstanding tradition of electing sheriffs. The state House voted 91-31 on Tuesday to approve a proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution to declare that almost every sheriff in the state must be elected to a four-year term. The Senate already had passed the measure, so it goes on the ballot. There’s little chance counties will stop electing sheriffs, but the Legislature has the power to make changes. Amendment supporters said sheriffs should remain directly accountable to voters. Riley County in northeastern Kansas is the only county out of 105 without an elected sheriff.