politics

9:05 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Runoff election day in Texas today has six statewide races

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In Texas, Democratic and Republican voters both have somebody to vote for in today's runoff election, which will finally decide the victors from the March primaries. Statewide races include the Republican ballot for Lieutenant Governor, attorney general, railroad commissioner and agriculture commissioner. On the Democratic ballot, races for agriculture commissioner and U.S. Senate.
The long primary election season that began late last year ends with today's runoffs, topped by four particularly noisy statewide Republican races, a couple more involving Democrats and about a dozen and a half legislative contests around Texas. The Republicans have been hogging the spotlight, with four hard-fought races on an uncharacteristically competitive primary ballot.
Texas Politics
8:01 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Texas Panhandle Lawmakers Mostly Uncontested in Primaries… So Far

Credit capitol.state.tx.us

In Texas, a crowded field of hopefuls is expected for statewide offices in the March primaries.  However, for most Texas Panhandle posts, those primary races are going uncontested.

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1:05 pm
Sun January 6, 2013

Balance the Kansas budget yourself

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Kansas faces a $234 million budget deficit. How would you resolve the problem? Cut taxes or raise them? Increase spending or downsize government? The Kansas Health Institute has created the Budget Puzzle as a tool that allows you to fashion your own version of the next state budget. Give it a try.
Kansas faces a very challenging budget picture next year. Policymakers must resolve a large imbalance between revenue and expenditures, but how? Should they raise revenue or cut spending? Would maintaining a 6.3 percent sales tax rate solve the problem? What about cutting education funding?
Harvest Public Media story
5:38 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Farmers frustrated by farm bill extension

Grant Wood's American Gothic, 1930, Oil on Beaverboard

Farmers and ranchers across the country expected to start the new year with a new farm bill, the all-important legislation setting agricultural policy for the next five years.

As House and Senate negotiators worked feverishly at the turn of the year to come to a fiscal cliff deal, word leaked that the Agriculture Committees had finally come to an agreement on a long-awaited new farm bill. But the final fiscal cliff deal ditched new legislation and merely extended parts of the bill that expired in October.

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