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Area school districts seeking additional state aid due to increased enrollment took a beating from the State Finance Council Monday. Five area districts
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It's the year of the perfect storm in the Kansas Capitol. A governor at war with leaders of the Senate. Leaders of the Senate at loggerheads with the heads of the House. Moderate Republicans clashing ...
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The Kansas OFA office is open, but the official office-opening party is Thursday, May 3rd from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Barackobama.com is the official re-election campaign website of President Barack Obama. Visit the site for the latest updates from the Obama campaign, 2012 election news, campaign videos, local events...
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We used to say someone "broke into a house." Then it became a "home invasion." ALEC is behind all sorts of fear mongering that has INVADED our lives. I spoke about this when I presented to Jo Co Democratic Women.
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A great way to send letters to multiple papers.
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Reasoned opposition to the Iran Deal tends to fall into one of three categories: Iran can't be trusted, they'll cheat, game the system, the inspections regime isn't strong enough, etc.  The deal doesn't do anything about ...
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Just dripping with sarcasm, but intelligent and fun to read.
Dear Republicans: REALLY???? Republican World just gets weirder and weirder every day. Don’t believe me? Take a trip down "Here’s The Truth of the Matter” Lane with me. Republicans are currently slamm...
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Where else but Kansas?
INDEPENDENCE, Kan. | A collision between a motorcycle and a buffalo has landed a Kansas man in the hospital with serious injuries.
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Maybe "polarizers" get things done, but at what cost?
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I'm posting my reaction here, in case it gets cut from the Governing website.

Good one, ha! Made me look at the date; I thought it was April Fools. I came very close to thanking you for reminding me that Kobach is one of God's own creation. See, I also present ideas with a passion that threatens consensus builders. In fact, I've kept a prayer in mind all year: Grant that we may maintain that middle way, not as a compromise for the sake of peace, but as a comprehension for the sake of truth. The Archbishop of my church is known for saying we can all learn, even from the people we most dislike or instinctively mistrust. So, I look hard for grains of truth and, for a moment, I thought you might be on to something. Fortunately, I caught myself in time. I find no redeeming value in Kobach's unholy quest. I believe his world-class education was a waste. (Your other example, the president's work on insurance reform is for the public good. Even the Heritage Foundation, remarkably, was for the individual mandate -- before they were against it.) You might have praised Stalin, Pol Pot or Idi Amin for "solving problems." Sure, immigration policy needs attention, but ask the towns left in Kobach’s wake what they think. Hate crimes went up, they spent millions defending his laws in court and they lost their workers, who, they found out too late, were important to the economy. Kobach’s other cause célèbre is imaginary voter fraud. His rushed implementation scheme is vulgar in its blatant attempt to suppress his opposition in the upcoming elections. Is that how you define leadership? Dirty tricks? You say, “political leadership almost never involves consensus.” I say it’s easier to protect Democracy than restore it and better to work for that rare gift consensus.

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Mmmmm...pie.
I mean pi :(
 
It's not Pi day around Wonkblog without some pie charts:
In honor of Pi Day, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite pie charts. Enjoy!
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