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Revenue estimates for the state of Kansas are in, and the projections have a lot of red ink reported Stephen Koranda for Kansas Public Radio.  To balance the books for the current fiscal year, which is half over at the end of December, $279 million needs to be cut.  $435 million in reductions needs to be made to balance the upcoming fiscal year. 

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The keys to winning an election in Kansas when the pivotal issue is abortion are: voting guides in churches, fliers on car windshields in church parking lots, telephone calls, and knocking on doors.  

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Secretary of State Kris Kobach says he’ll keep pushing for the power to prosecute voter fraud cases reported Stephen Koranda for Kansas Public Radio.

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What drove the tide of GOP victories in Kansas and proved many pollsters wrong?  Political Science Professor Chapman Rackaway of Fort Hays State University believes the answer is simple -- Republicans just turned out in greater numbers.  

In an interview with Stephen Koranda of Kansas Public Radio, Rockaway explained that the GOP accomplished that by using sophisticated data models and tools that helped them contact the right people, in the right way, and get them to vote.

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The V-A has begun mailing cards to veterans who may need medical care outside the V-A health care system. The cards are called Veterans Choice Cards.  They’re intended for veterans who live more than 40 miles from the nearest V-A health care facility—or who have faced excessive wait times for appointments reported Bryan Thompson for Kansas Public Radio.

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Disagreements between President Obama and Republican leaders of the U.S. Senate will surely continue after Republicans take control of the chamber.  But, Kansas Senator Pat Roberts says maybe they should try to find a middle ground where they can see eye-to-eye reported Stephen Koranda for Kansas Public Radio.

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A Lincoln County district judge has dismissed a lawsuit claiming water disposal well operators caused a 2011 earthquake that injured a Prague woman reported Adam Wilmoth for The Oklahoman.

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The votes are in, and the results are just a click away. Here are the links to the Secretary of State for your state: 

Colorado, The Centennial State
Kansas, The Sunflower State
Nebraska, The Cornhusker State
Oklahoma, The Sooner State
Texas, The Lone Star State 

Kansans, here's a little help in case you haven't voted yet.

Colorado's election will test a new voting system.

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Budget Director Shawn Sullivan says Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger and others are participating in election-year scare tactics with warnings that a multi-state health care compact the governor signed into law this year could affect Kansas seniors’ Medicare benefits reported Bryan Thompson for Kansas Public Radio.

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With Election Day upon us, Nate Silver, the polling analyst famed for his accurate forecast of the 2012 election, has his final projections for hotly contested races in our region:

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Recent polls seem to say the race for the office of Kansas Secretary of State is tighter-than-expected.  Incumbent Republican Kris Kobach is leading Democratic challenger, Jean Schodorf but only by single digits.  Kansas Public Radio’s J. Schafer talked to both of these candidates.

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Two-thirds of registered Texas voters have a favorable opinion of the state’s voter photo ID law, and more than half have a “very favorable” view, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

There are errors in the released times for Oklahoma voting. According to Glenda L. Williams, Secretary of the Texas County Election Board in Guymon, Oklahoma, here are the corrections:

Early voting is available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Thursday and Friday immediately preceding an election. Early voting is also available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Saturday immediately preceding a federal or state election.

Early voting is not available on the Monday preceding an election.

Republican Political Consultant Neva Hills and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Keisel talk with KOSU’s Michael Cross about the prominent races coming up in Oklahoma’s general election.

How engaged is your state in the upcoming election? The results may surprise you.

Both candidates for Kansas governor oppose the new EPA rule increasing the number of waterways subject to federal regulations.

The Docking Institute of Public Affairs is a social research center sponsored by and housed on the campus of Fort Hays State University.  The mission is to provide cutting-edge research services, promote democracy and a well-informed electorate.  The most valuable contribution to this goal is the annual, statewide public opinion survey, Kansas Speaks according to a recent press release.

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A new Oklahoma law changes the dates and times for early voting.  It now begins Thursday and continues through Saturday explained Texas County Election Board Secretary Glenda Williams in a press release.

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Texas high school students are required to take the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills. However, more than 42,000 students received diplomas between 2010 and 2012 without taking the 10th-grade test for federal accountability.

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Proposed changes to the Clean Water Act have some Midwest farmers worried that, if enacted, they could be subject to additional regulation. 

Officials with the Environmental Protection Agency are trying to assuage those fears.

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After a federal appellate court ruling that Texas can enact its abortion restriction, a possible loophole in the law may have women looking to their doctors for the procedure according to a recent article from the Texas Tribune.

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Survey results are in, Kansas says the two highest profile races in the election are very close according to a recent press release. Fort Hays State University’s Docking Institute of Public Affairs recently completed Kansas Speaks Survey 2014.

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The final debate between Texas gubernatorial candidates, Democrat Wendy Davis and Republican Greg Abbott, was Tuesday night.  The New York Times reported the focal point of the discussion was the economic-incentive fund.

Republican candidate, Greg Abbott could be playing defense in tonight's debate against Democrat Wendy Davis. A state audit last week revealed Gov. Rick Perry's Texas Enterprise Fund has awarded a half-billion dollars to companies that never submitted formal applications. Davis says that's a failure on Abbott's part in his oversight duties as Attorney General.

A recap of the last debate between Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott was "dry" and lacked fireworks according to ABC News. Will tonight be different?

National attention is turning to Kansas as the possible key to the balance of power in the U.S. Senate with the withdrawal of the Democratic nominee and the continued lead in polls by independent candidate Greg Orman.

GOP legislators urge Johnson County Advisory commission to pull article warning of health care compact’s potential effect on Medicare.

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Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger endorsed Democrat Dennis Anderson at a recent press conference.

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