McPherson Buzz the official county website for Election Day 2020

The McPherson Buzz will be the official county website for McPherson County on Election Day 2020. Live results in all races will be reported live both on Facebook and live on our website here.  Early voting started on October 14th and will continue until November 2nd. Advance voting is held at the Courthouse in McPherson (117 N. Maple), from 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. every day. You can also advance vote by mail. Call the County Clerk’s Office at 620-241-3656 to request a ballot. Additionally, you can click here and access the form, and then mail it to the County

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Trump’s doctor says President has no symptoms

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s health after his COVID-19 diagnosis, and other White House aides, officials (all times local): 1:30 p.m. Sen. Kamala Harris tested negative for the coronavirus on Monday, two days before her debate with Vice President Mike Pence. A campaign aide shared the results on Tuesday. The campaign did not respond to questions about if and when she would be tested again ahead of Wednesday’s debate. Harris, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, and Pence will participate in a 90-minute debate at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. A plexiglass shield will

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President Trump and First Lady test positive for COVID-19

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus, he said Friday. The positive test comes a month until the election and after the president has spent the year largely downplaying the threat of the virus. Trump’s positive test comes just hours after the White House announced that senior aide Hope Hicks had come down with the virus after traveling with the president several times this week. Trump was last seen by reporters returning to the White House on Thursday evening and looked to be in good health. Trump is 74 years

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‘I was sad. It was sad’: Voters bemoan nasty debate

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Donald Trump and Joe Biden debated. Americans cringed. After the presidential candidates put on one of the noisiest, most chaotic debates in recent memory, voters across the country struggled for words – printable words – to describe the display. Many went first to profanities. Others landed on more polite, but still biting, terms for the live, prime-time event, long considered evidence of the rigors of U.S. democracy: “A joke,” “a disgrace” and “so disrespectful.” “I was sad. It was sad, and it was very pathetic,” said Rickey Hampton, as the 54-year-old stood inside the doorway of

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Despite Trump attacks, both parties vow orderly election

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses drew swift blowback Thursday from both parties in Congress, and lawmakers turned to unprecedented steps to ensure he can’t ignore the vote of the people. Amid the uproar, Trump said anew he’s not sure the election will be “honest.” Congressional leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, rejected Trump’s assertion that he’ll “see what happens” before agreeing to any election outcome. Many other lawmakers — including from Trump’s own Republican Party — vowed to make sure voters’ wishes are

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David O’Dell Will Run for County Commissioner in District 3

David O’Dell, CPA and longtime Professor of Accounting at McPherson College, recently announced his intention to seek election for the District 3 County Commissioner seat in McPherson County. O’Dell officially filed for candidacy on February 24th, stating that he wants to “give back” to the community that is his lifelong home. O’Dell retired in December after 40 years of teaching in the business department at McPherson College as a tenured professor, knowing that he wanted to continue to embrace service as a chief component of his active lifestyle. County government seems a natural fit for O’Dell who has been active

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Kansas GOP Senate Candidates Vie For Title Of Trump’s Top Ally In First Debate

By JIM MCLEAN OLATHE — Candidates determined to keep Kansas’ U.S. Senate seats in Republican hands quarreled Saturday over immigration, health care and federal spending, but no topic was more debated than who is the most friendly and in step with President Donald Trump. In front of a standing-room only crowd at the 2020 Kansas Republican Party convention, U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall, former Secretary of State Kris Kobach and state Senate President Susan Wagle argued over which of them was the most conservative and would be Trump’s most loyal foot soldier in the U.S. Senate. Claiming that he’s voted with the president

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Les Mason: Legislative Update 

Kansas Teacher of the Year Winners Honored; National Finalist The House honored the Kansas Teacher of the Year and Regional Teachers of the Year last week with House Resolution 6028.  The Kansas Teacher of the Year winner is Tabatha Rosproy, an early education teacher in Winfield, USD #465.  She is a preschool educator who teaches in a program that is located within a retirement village and nursing home.  She has helped her preschool program, the Cumbernauld Little Vikes, interact with the retirement community. This program has the highest preschool literacy and math scores in her school district.  She is the

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Les Mason: Value Them Both—Hearing on Constitutional Amendment 

As a follow-up to last week’s update, The Value Them Both Amendment was heard in a joint meeting of the House Federal and State Affairs and Senate Judiciary committees on Tuesday, January 21 This constitutional amendment is being proposed in an effort to remedy the Kansas Supreme Court’s decision on Hodes & Nauser v. Schmidt from April 2019, in which they essentially determined that the Kansas Constitution contains an unrestricted right to an abortion. Because of this ruling, several laws which received bipartisan support are in peril, and risk being deemed unconstitutional: Both House and Senate committees passed out their

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