(CNN) – Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback apologized Monday for what he called his staff's "overreaction" to a disparaging tweet directed at him by a high school senior during a state Capitol visit.
Emma Sullivan, 18, said late Sunday that she would not write an apology letter to the governor - as her principal had requested - that was due Monday.FULL STORY
Editor's Note: In the final 100 days before Election Day, CNN has been profiling one race at random each day from among the nation's top 100 House races, which we've dubbed "The CNN 100." Read the full list here. Today's featured district is:
Kansas 3rd: Rep. Dennis Moore (D) is retiring
Primary: August 3, 2010
Location: Kansas City and surrounding areas
Days until the election: 47
In the state that is famous for its blustery tornadoes, the anti-incumbent winds that are sweeping the rest of the country have reliably whipped up a frenzy that may result in a Republican takeover of a Democratic House seat in the state's third congressional district. The race to succeed Rep. Dennis Moore, who was the first Democratic member of Congress to announce retirement last year and who has held the seat since 1998, is a close one: Moore's wife Stephene won the Democratic primary on August 3 to represent her party, while GOP state legislator Kevin Yoder won his party's nod after a scrappy intra-party fracas. Stephene Moore's name recognition in the district, which includes Kansas City and some of its suburbs, has been a huge asset to her, but Kansas' red roots (the state voted solidly for McCain in 2008, and hasn't elected a Democratic Senator since 1932), along with a tough environment for Democrats overall, are pushing Yoder into a stronger position.
(CNN) – U.S. Senate races in Kansas and Missouri and a ballot measure seen as a referendum on President Obama's health care reform highlighted Tuesday's primary elections.
Missouri's Proposition C allowed Missouri voters to decide if residents should be allowed to opt out of mandatory health insurance - a key part of the administration's health care plan.
The measure succeeded handily, winning by a three to one margin to allow residents to opt out.
(CNN) - When they say Tuesday is a barn burner in Kansas and Missouri, they're talking about more than close primary races.
Voters are going to the polls on primary day in triple digit heat, which threatens to break records across much of the region.
In Wichita, the National Weather Service said it was already 100 degrees at 11:30 a.m. CDT, with a record high of 108 expected and a heat index over 110.
But officials, who predicted an increase in turnout over previous midterm primaries, did not expect the stifling temperatures to keep many voters away.
Washington (CNN) - Voters from the Great Lakes to the Plains head to the polls Tuesday with primaries in Kansas, Michigan, and Missouri. In the spotlight are a competitive Republican Senate contest and gubernatorial primaries, as well as a key provision in the new federal health care reform law.
The GOP Senate battle is the marquee race in Kansas, as two congressmen fight to replace fellow Republican Sen. Sam Brownback, who is running for governor rather than for re-election.
According to the most recent polls, Rep. Jerry Moran heads into primary day with a lead over Rep. Todd Tiahrt..
"It's been a classic GOP primary, with each congressman claiming to be the true conservative. Moran has tried to be the more fiscal hawk and Tiarht is probably closest to conservatives on social issues," says Nathan Gonzales, political editor for the nonpartisan Rothenberg Political Report.
Two other Republicans are also on the ballot. While five candidates are on the ballot in the Democratic primary, whoever captures the GOP contest will be considered the overwhelming favorite in the general election.
(CNN) - Two days after a Kansas newspaper revoked its endorsement of a Republican congressional candidate because it came to believe he is a so-called "birther," the campaign is telling the paper the candidate is no such thing.
Twice in the span of 30 days, Republican Tracey Mann has called on President Obama to come forward with proof of his American citizenship. But now his campaign tells the Hutchison News the candidate "misspoke" and has long believed the president has proved his citizenship.
The pushback from Mann's campaign comes after the paper, emphatically withdrew its endorsement of him.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sen. Sam Brownback will announce Thursday he is retiring from the Senate when his term ends in 2010, allowing the Kansas Republican to explore a run for governor.
He will be the second GOP senator this year to publicly state he is leaving at the close of the 111th Congress.
Brownback, who unsuccessfully sought the 2008 GOP presidential nomination, will not reveal his future political plans during the three news conferences planned for Thursday in Kansas. But a source close to Brownback said he will file gubernatorial paperwork in January.
(CNN) - CNN projects that Republican incumbent Pat Roberts will win a third-term in the Senate race in Kansas, defeating Democrat Jim Slatter, a former six-term congressman.
CNN projections are based on actual results and exit poll data from key areas.