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PODCAST: Can GOP candidate Kris Kobach unify Kansas Republicans?

Posted at 3:03 PM, Aug 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-15 16:03:54-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer now knows that come January, he won’t be governor.

After coming up short in the Repulibcan primary for governor, Colyer waived the white flag Aug. 14, conceding the race to Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

In this week’s 41 Files Podcast, anchors Taylor Hemness and Lindsay Shively, along with reporters Ariel Rothfield, Steven Dial and Cat Reid, talked the abrupt end of the nomination fight.




Ariel reports that it wasn’t Colyer waiving the white flag as deciding to put the interests of the party first, and that the decision wasn’t easy.

But the election now moves forward toward November, which means Kobach faces Democratic challenger Laura Kelly and independent candidate Greg Orman.

Kelly already has trained her words on Kobach, but will Orman wind up being the most disliked person among Kansas Democrats?

During the second half of the podcast, Reid talks about the call for increased regulations or an outright ban of 15-passenger vans.

Three teenagers from Johnson County, Kansas, died last Aug. 10 on a church trip in southern Missouri. The three were among more than a dozen people riding in a 15-passenger van.

Reid said that federal agencies have warned about many of the things that played a role in the deadly crash.