Elections

Kansas lawmakers seek to boost campaign contribution limits
February 22, 2015
After an election cycle in which the amount of money spent by outside groups dwarfed the amount spent by the candidates’ campaigns, themselves, Kansas lawmakers from both parties are pressing to increase campaign contribution limits in an effort to keep up.
Four candidates to run uncontested for Shawnee Mission, De Soto board seats
January 29, 2015
Current area school board members Angela Handy, Bill Fletcher, Deb Zila and Patty Mach will be uncontested in bids to hold onto their positions during April’s general election.
De Soto school district to keep 33 percent LOB
January 28, 2015
De Soto school district’s local option budget will remain at 33 percent of its general fund after voters approved the measure Tuesday.
Bond issue, LOB measures pass in Shawnee Mission
January 27, 2015
Recently, the Shawnee Mission school district asked voters whether they would approve a $223 bond issue as well as the continuation of a 33 percent local option budget.
As deadline nears, only a handful of candidates have filed for area school board positions
January 19, 2015
The deadline to file for a seat on Shawnee Mission and De Soto school boards is fast approaching. And so far the small pool of candidates who have thrown their hat in to be considered includes mostly incumbent board members, with a few new faces sprinkled in.
Kobach seeks straight-party voting, power to prosecute fraud
January 15, 2015
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach alerted lawmakers this week that he will again seek the power to prosecute voter fraud, and also is proposing two other voter bills.
Shawnee Mission schedules mail-in ballot open houses
December 21, 2014
The Shawnee Mission school district has scheduled two open houses regarding the upcoming bond and local option budget mail-in ballot election.
Two more incumbents file for seats on De Soto, SMSD boards
December 15, 2014
Two more incumbents have tossed their hat in to be considered for another four years on De Soto and Shawnee Mission school boards.
Projects to be considered for Turkey Creek Watershed flooding problems
December 1, 2014
The city of Shawnee will soon have to decide how to address floodplain in east Shawnee in the Turkey Creek Watershed area. The city presented the results of two engineering studies along the Turkey Creek tributary just north of Shawnee Mission Parkway along Nieman Road recently to several residents of the area. The Turkey Creek watershed is in a FEMA regulated floodplain and there have been numerous reports of structures and street flooding during heavy rains.
Two Shawnee Mission school board members file for re-election
November 26, 2014
Seats on both the De Soto and Shawnee Mission school boards will be decided during next year’s general election, April 7, 2015. And according to the Johnson County Election Office, members who currently hold two of those seats have already filed to hold onto them for another four years.
Shawnee voters pass two sales tax measures
November 4, 2014
Shawnee voters approved two sales taxes in Tuesday’s general election vote. A one-eighth-cent sales tax renewal passed with almost 70 percent approval and more than 14,000 votes. About 6,000 people voted against the sales tax. A new three-eighth-cent sales tax for road improvements passed with 63 percent of the vote and more than 13,000 votes. About 7,400 people voted against the measure.
Kansas League of Women Voters urges voters to review judges
November 3, 2014
The Kansas League of Women Voters and other leading statewide organizations urge voters to make an informed choice in Tuesday’s election for retention of Kansas Supreme Court Justices and Court of Appeals judges.
GOP plans network of lawyers watching election
October 29, 2014
The Kansas Republican Party plans to have a network of lawyers ready to watch voting on Election Day for potential legal problems.
Candidate questionnaire: Vicki Hiatt, House District 39
October 28, 2014
Vicki Hiatt, D-Shawnee, is a first time candidate for the Kansas House of Representative District 39 seat. As a former teacher, she says education funding is one of the biggest challenges the state legislature is facing and she believes one of the primary roles of a good politician is to be an educator to voters. District 39 covers western Shawnee. The following are Hiatt’s responses to The Dispatch’s candidate questionnaire.
Candidate questionnaire: Linda Gallagher, House District 23
October 28, 2014
Linda Gallagher is a long-time freelance writer and editor who has lived in Johnson County for 32 years. She is the Republican candidate for the Kansas House of Representatives District 23 seat. District 23 includes parts of northeast Lenexa, southeast Shawnee, and northwest Overland Park, along the I-35 corridor. The following are Gallagher’s responses to The Dispatch’s candidate questionnaire.

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