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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, surrounded by his family, addresses the crowd during a joint press conference with Gov. Jeff Colyer to thank their supporters and kick off Kobach's Fall campaign at the Kansas Republican Party headquarters on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Topeka, Kan. (Chris Neal/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP)

Greg Orman, independent, allowed on Kansas governor ballot

- Associated Press

Kansas City-area businessman Greg Orman’s name will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot as an independent candidate for Kansas governor, presenting a new obstacle to Democratic efforts to defeat conservative Kris Kobach in November.

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Parrotheads and lawsuits: The week in Florida politics

- Associated Press

Florida's 2018 midterm election is one of the most important in years. The governor's office and all three Cabinet seats are on the ballot; Republican Gov. Rick Scott is challenging three-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson; several congressional seats will be competitive; and Floridians will vote on 13 proposed constitutional amendments, ranging from property tax cuts to banning greyhound racing. The following are items of political interest from the past week:

Minnesota court sees burgeoning backlog of deportation cases

- Associated Press

A person accused of a crime in the United States has a constitutional right to a speedy trial. But if you find yourself waiting for a hearing at the nondescript office building that serves as the federal immigration court in Bloomington, justice may not be swift.

Activist Le Dinh Luong, center, stands trial in central province of Nghe An, Vietnam, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. Luong was sentenced to 20 years in prison after the court found him guilty of attempting to overthrow the government at the one-day trial. It was one of the toughest sentences in years for national security crimes. International human rights groups have called for his release. (Bich Hue/Vietnam News Agency)

US criticizes Vietnam for jailing peaceful activists

Associated Press

The United States said it was deeply concerned over Vietnam's conviction and sentencing of an activist this week, calling the trend of increased arrests and harsh sentences of government critics "troubling."

DC judge: For now, no need to accept new DACA applications

Associated Press

A federal judge in Washington who ruled against the Trump administration's plans to end a federal program that shields some young immigrants from deportation won't require the administration to process new applications while it appeals his ruling.

Prosecutor won't charge Greitens despite ethics panel review

- Associated Press

A local prosecutor won't press charges against former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens despite findings from a state ethics panel that there's reason to believe he broke the law over how his campaign reported a donor list it obtained from a charity he founded.

Man charged with threatening to kill congressman's kids

Associated Press

A federal grand jury has indicted a Florida man on charges that he threatened to kill the children of U.S. Rep. Brian Mast because he was upset about President Donald Trump's immigration policies.

FILE - This Dec. 21, 2016 file photo shows the Trump International Hotel at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, in Washington. The Justice Department is asking a federal judge to let them file a legal appeal that could, for now, keep President Donald Trump's critics from gaining access to financial records related to his Washington hotel. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Justice lawyers try to halt Trump financial records release

- Associated Press

Justice Department lawyers asked a federal judge Friday to let them file a legal appeal that could, for now, keep President Donald Trump's critics from getting access to financial records related to his Washington, D.C., hotel.

Judge tosses signatures on Washington gun initiative

- Associated Press

A judge in Washington has thrown out more than 300,000 signatures to put a gun-control initiative on the November ballot, saying the petition format did not follow election law.

Alleged MS-13 gang members indicted in California

Associated Press

A federal grand jury in Northern California has indicted 12 men suspected of being members of the MS-13 gang on murder, extortion, arson, drug trafficking and racketeering charges.