Incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS), who is facing an unexpectedly fierce challenge for re-election, warned Monday at a campaign stop that the United States is heading for "national socialism." It's not clear whether Roberts intended to make a reference to Nazism or simply meant to invoke the run of the mill looming specter of socialism.
The Kansas Supreme Court on Tuesday sent the question of whether the state Democratic Party is required to appoint a Senate nominee to replace Chad Taylor to a lower court, a decision that helps independent candidate Greg Orman against Sen. Pat Roberts (R). [...] Rick Hasen, an expert on election laws, wrote on his blog that the court's order lessens the chance Democrats will have to appoint a replacement. That's good news for Orman, since it increases the odds he will not have to compete for anti-Roberts voters with a Democratic opponent.