Former Google executive Brian McClendon talks about redirecting the focus of the secreatry of state's office, cybersecurity, advance ballots and his concerns with the leadership of current Secretary of State Kris Kobach.
Democrat Paul Davis talks about the importance of connecting with constituents and says his Republican opponent has a steep climb to convince people he can represent them. Davis also says he wants to work with Republicans on infrastructure and to take on drug companies.
Rick Kloos, of Berryton, describes himslef as a pro-life, frustrated, moderate Republican who went independent to find more middle ground. He secured the signatures neccessary to appear on the November ballot.
Ann Mah, a Topeka member of the Kansas State Board of Education, Mark Desetti, a representative of the Kansas-National Education Association, and Mark Tallman, of the Kansas Association of School Boards, said on the Capitol Insider podcast they were optimistic tangible benefits would arise from approval of a five-year, $525 million increase in state funding by the 2018 Legislature and Gov. Jeff Colyer.
Jeff Caldwell, of Leawood, is the Libertarian candidate for Kansas governor. His platform is based on free market economics. In addition to the full legalization of marijuana, he wants to exempt food and water from a burdensome sales tax rate that reaches 10 percent in some areas.
Patrick Miller, a political science assistant professor at the University of Kansas, and Bob Beatty, a political science professor at Washburn University, talk about the 12 gubernatorial candidates seeking Republican and Democratic party nominations in Tuesday's primary election. They also discuss contested GOP primaries for the insurance commission and secretary of state's office.
Basehor City Council member Vernon Fields, one of seven Republicans vying for the party nomination in the 2nd District congressional race, recalls his days as a sharpshooter and wades into other issues that have surfaced on the campaign trail.
Kansas state Sen. Caryn, who is seeking the Republican nomination for the 2nd District congressional race, said she is happy to see the president put money where his mouth is by offering a $12 billion farm aid package as he fights for fair trade. As a software engineer, she also sees opportunities to secure elections, identify fraud in income tax returns, and expand broadband access to rural areas.
In our latest Capital Insider podcast, Capital-Journal Statehouse Bureau Chief Tim Carpenter talks with former Kansas House Speaker Doug Mays, a Topeka resident campaigning for the GOP nomination in the 2nd District congressional race.
Olathe businessman Greg Orman talks about the difficulty of running for governor as an independent candidate and how it gives him the freedom to operate unlike any other candidate by not being bound by party loyalty.
Arden Andersen, a Democrat who is running for governor, talks about his experience as a family practice doctor in Lenexa, where many of his patients are insured through Medicaid. Before expanding the state-run program, he said, the system should be overhauled.
Jim Barnett, a Topeka doctor and former state senator who won the Republican nomination for governor in 2006, says he represents "the values of most Kansans," which means educating children, building roads and taking care of those who are less fortunate.
Former Wichita mayor Carl Brewer talks about the forgotten people in Kansas and outlines his thoughts on taxes, health care, marijuana, education, abortion, gun rights and the state-run foster care system with which he has become tragically familiar.
Democrat Jack Bergeson, of Wichita, and Republicans Tyler Ruzich, of Prairie Village, and Joseph Tutera Jr., of Mission Hills, talk about the attention they received by entering the governor's race, as well as their views on guns, taxes, marijuana, schools and President Donald Trump.
Chuck Caisley, a spokesman for KCP&L, and Jeff Martin, vice president for regulatory affairs at Westar, say history suggests the new company — named Evergy — will enjoy 15 years of stable rates. Responding to comments made in an earlier podcast, they say lawmakers are well-informed on energy policy and reject the idea that they have an upper-hand in negotiations.
Ken Selzer says his work as insurance commissioner isn't finished, but the Republican is running for governor so he can have a bigger impact with his cost-saving regimen. He is fond of saying he will "lean in on costs," which he sees as a neccessary step toward making Kansas economically viable.
Josh Svaty is a political rarity in Kansas — a Democrat who gained traction with voters in the Republican-dominated region of the state. The gubernatorial candidate owns a crop and livestock farm in Ellsworth County and said that upbringing offers him an edge with rural constituents. He expressed apprehension Secretary of State Kris Kobach, among leading candidates for the GOP nomination, wasn't being taken seriously enough by Democrats.
Richard Carlson, secretary for the Kansas Department of Transporation, says the condition of state highways is a concern, but roads here are actually among the best in the country. Efforts are underway to craft the next comprehensive plan for road projects, and a task force could consider whether to raise the fuel tax from 24 cents per gallon in order to provide a dedicated stream of revenue for an agency that suffers annual budget sweeps.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who is running for the Republican nomination for governor, weighs in on taxes, guns, child adoption, immigration and his recent trial with the American Civil Liberties Union over voter registrations.