Campaign Spending Heats Up as Election Approaches
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Seven groups have spent a total of nearly $167,000 over seven days to help Democratic candidates as campaigns for the Kansas Legislature near their end. With Tuesday's election approaching, the Bluestem Fund political action committee spent almost $72,000 on mailings, phone banks and other get-out-the-vote efforts.
Democratic Leader Calls on Brownback to Pay for Brochure
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas House Democratic Leader Paul Davis says Republican Governor Sam Brownback's campaign fund should reimburse the state for the costs of a brochure about income tax cuts mailed to 146,000 business owners. Davis held a news conference yesterday to criticize the brochure and suggest it represents electioneering. The Department of Revenue began mailing them Wednesday, six days before next week's election.
Court Rejects Appeal of Murder Sentence
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The state Supreme Court has affirmed the conviction and life sentence of an eastern Kansas man in the beating and shooting death of a store manager. Twenty-six-year-old John Backus of Bonner Springs listed six grounds for appeal in the case. The high court on Friday rejected them all.
Computers Stolen from KU
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Campus police are investigating this week's theft of 18 expensive computers at the University of Kansas. The Lawrence Journal-World reports the laptops are valued at more than $30,000. Investigators aren't sure when it happened, but someone reported it to public safety officials around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Authorities say someone cut a lock off a cart to steal the computers.