NRA endorses Six in attorney general race

TOPEKA — Candidates in the Kansas attorney general's race are announcing dueling endorsements as the election draws near.

Democrat Attorney General Steve Six said Thursday that he has earned the backing of the National Rifle Association.

The NRA gave Six an "A" rating and cited his support for gun rights, including the filing of a brief in the 2008 McDonald v. Chicago case which affirmed an individual's right to bear arms.

Meanwhile, Six's Republican challenger, Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt, announced that former Kansas Bureau of Investigations Director Larry Welch has given him his endorsement and will be co-chairman of the campaign.

Welch served as KBI director from 1994 until retiring in June 2007. Before then, he spent 25 years with the FBI.

Rallies set for voting rights amendment

Proponents of amending the Kansas Constitution to protect the voting rights of the mentally ill are planning six rallies before the Nov. 2 election, including one in Wichita.

The Kansas Mental Health Coalition is pushing the change, which must be approved by a simple majority of voters to become part of the constitution.

The Wichita rally is set from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 18 at the Sedgwick County Extension Center, 7001 W. 21st St.

Other rallies are scheduled Oct. 7 in Garden City, Oct. 11 in Independence, Oct. 12 in Hays, Oct. 15 in Olathe and Oct. 15 in Topeka.

The proposed change would eliminate language in the constitution that authorizes legislators to deny voting rights to people with mental illness.

Kansas doesn't bar voting by people with mental illness, but supporters say the change would be a meaningful step.