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July 30, 2001 | From Associated Press
Joan Finney, whose populist beliefs and gift for connecting with voters helped her become the first woman governor of Kansas, died Saturday. She was 76. Finney died at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Topeka, where she was taken Friday because of complications from liver cancer, Finney's daughter, Mary Holladay, said. Finney, a Democrat, served a single term as governor in 1991-95 after 16 years as state treasurer. She did not seek reelection in 1994 and lost a U.S.
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July 30, 2001 | From Associated Press
Joan Finney, whose populist beliefs and gift for connecting with voters helped her become the first woman governor of Kansas, died Saturday. She was 76. Finney died at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Topeka, where she was taken Friday because of complications from liver cancer, Finney's daughter, Mary Holladay, said. Finney, a Democrat, served a single term as governor in 1991-95 after 16 years as state treasurer. She did not seek reelection in 1994 and lost a U.S.
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May 29, 1991 | ERIC HARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Kansas Legislature failed Tuesday to override Democratic Gov. Joan Finney's veto of a budget containing big sales and income tax hikes, but the narrowness of the vote was another sign of trouble for Finney and her new--some would say odd--style of populism. Since narrowly winning election last year on a platform of reducing property taxes, the 66-year-old Finney has puzzled and alienated legislators with what many consider eccentric behavior and caustic remarks.
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May 29, 1991 | ERIC HARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Kansas Legislature failed Tuesday to override Democratic Gov. Joan Finney's veto of a budget containing big sales and income tax hikes, but the narrowness of the vote was another sign of trouble for Finney and her new--some would say odd--style of populism. Since narrowly winning election last year on a platform of reducing property taxes, the 66-year-old Finney has puzzled and alienated legislators with what many consider eccentric behavior and caustic remarks.
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September 4, 1993 | Associated Press
Gov. Joan Finney, a Democrat, announced Friday that she will not seek reelection next year. The state's first woman governor said she believes her agenda on education, health care and the economy is too important to take the time needed to campaign.
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July 26, 1992 | Associated Press
A former physician newly appointed to monitor doctors' compliance with the state's abortion law resigned because of public criticism of his past imprisonment for molesting a child. Herbert W. Ketterman acknowledged that he was not prepared for the reaction to his appointment, made by Gov. Joan Finney. His resignation Thursday came less than 48 hours after his appointment became publicly known. Some state officials were stunned by Ketterman's appointment, and Republicans strongly criticized it.
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January 15, 1995 | Associated Press
The lame-duck "first cat" who refused to leave the governor's mansion when the new governor was sworn in was captured overnight and sent packing. Jesse, the feisty calico owned by former Gov. Joan Finney, was found about 6:30 a.m. Friday in a humane trap that had been set up in the mansion's third-floor attic, said Mike Matson, news secretary to the new governor, Bill Graves. The cat had evaded efforts to catch her since Finney moved out of the mansion last weekend. State Rep.
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April 24, 1992 | Associated Press
Gov. Joan Finney, an abortion-rights foe, signed a bill Thursday that guarantees a woman's right to abortion but requires an eight-hour waiting period and parental notification. "I have repeatedly said I would sign legislation that restricts abortion in any way," Finney said. Anti-abortion advocates expressed disappointment with Finney.
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March 20, 1994 | JOHN HANNA, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Almost 35 years after the Clutter family homestead became a slaughterhouse, Kansas legislators debating the death penalty still speak movingly, almost intimately, of Herb, Bonnie, Nancy and Kenyon, the four victims no one here can forget. It was the state's most famous murder case, even without the notoriety brought by "In Cold Blood," Truman Capote's "nonfiction novel" that was later made into a somber black-and-white movie.
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August 3, 1994 | From Associated Press
Rep. Alan Wheat became the first black person nominated to statewide office in Missouri on Tuesday, winning the Democratic nomination for the seat of retiring Sen. John C. Danforth. Former Gov. John Ashcroft easily captured the GOP nomination. In Detroit, Democratic Rep. John Conyers, chairman of the House Government Operations Committee and the most senior black congressman, turned back his first serious primary challenge in 30 years.
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August 3, 1994 | From Associated Press
Former Missouri Gov. John Ashcroft easily won the GOP nomination for retiring Sen. John Danforth's seat Tuesday, while on the Democratic side, Rep. Alan Wheat led in his bid to become the first black person nominated to statewide office. Danforth is retiring after three terms to devote full time to the Episcopal church. In very early returns, Ashcroft, a former two-term governor, had 1,125 votes, or 79%, swamping his four rivals.
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