With the Republican primary for governor heading to a likely recount, Secretary of State Kris Kobach both leads the vote by a scant number of votes, and heads the office that will administer the recount.
Short sellers have a way of rattling even the most confident business leaders. A classic of the genre is Overstock chief executive Patrick Byrne, whose crazed diatribes against investors betting on a stock-price drop include a public conference call during which he ranted about a shadowy “Sith Lord” out to destroy Overstock and his railing on a site called Deep Capture against unfair financial-media coverage. Overstock also sued his purported enemies.
Some healthy soul searching is taking place in newsrooms across the country these days over whether the mainstream media should be covering President Donald Trump’s every tweet and rally. My answer: Absolutely! It’s the right thing for us to do professionally, and, as this week’s election results indicated, it’s the right thing to do politically if you want to see a check on Donald Trump’s power.
Substance use disorder — drug addiction — including opioid addiction, is a growing problem in Kansas. That’s why I was honored to be appointed to serve on the governor’s task force to address substance use disorders. When the task force was created, I had high hopes that bringing experts in the field together with legislators like me would produce a strong set of recommendations for addressing this critical health issue.
Conservative candidates ruled the Republican primary on Tuesday in the Wichita area. Rep. Ron Estes, gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach, Secretary of State candidate Scott Schwab and Insurance Commissioner candidate Clark Shultz enjoyed comfortable margins over opponents in Sedgwick County voting.
For voters planning to cast a primary election ballot for governor on Tuesday, your choice is move forward and away from the Brownback era or turn back toward it. Candidates have defined this choice on the major issues of the campaign.