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It is amazing how the tone of the legislature changed in just a few days.

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February is the month we celebrate Presidents Day, so let’s quiz. Is it

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In spite of my carefully cultivated Scroogeness, I decided in December to put up three strings of lights on the exterior of our little ranch bungalow here in Ark City. 

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If you think controversy over school funding ended has ended — think again. A dispute currently brewing is about how the new, court-awarded funds are being spent by school districts to help at-risk students and how the Kansas State Department of Education is managing the districts.

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Each month I want to provide you with regular updates about what’s going on in our nation’s capital and throughout the 4th District of Kansas. Here’s what has happened in January.

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It’s tempting to label elections as “the most important” in decades, our lifetime, etc. Sometimes, as Kansans discovered in 2010, 2016, and 2018, elections do have real consequences. Moreover, nationally, the 2020 prospect of re-electing Donald Trump makes the election important, to say noth…

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The Kansas House is starting to work on a few bills in committee, the first week was mainly social and getting acquainted with new legislators and lobbyists. My committee assignments are agriculture and natural resources, financial institutions/ pensions and health/ human services.

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Welcome to the 2020 session. This has been the fastest start to legislative work during my term in the Kansas Senate. In the past, it was weeks before we really got things going. Committees are kicking out bills and the list is getting long.

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I love Ireland for its natural beauty, its people, its food (some of it), its music, its writers and especially its elections, which are shorter, less costly and designed to engage citizens and boost voter turnout.

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Australia’s wildfires have singed the souls of bystanders in an ongoing tragedy, the dimensions of which haven’t been fully realized. From the millions — perhaps a billion — animals destroyed to the unfathomable suffering of survivors, it is too much for the human psyche to absorb.

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The contrast could not have been starker. One picture showed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi smiling as she signed (with numerous pens) two articles of impeachment against President Trump. She passed out the pens like souvenirs to fellow Democrats. They were embossed in gold with her signature an…

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This year will test just how short voter memories are in Kansas. Will Kansans keep rejecting Brownback-era politics? Or, will they buy those politics again, attractively repackaged and reframed? With the Kansas Legislature reconvening, that test starts now.

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There was a time in my life when I thought installing a new door kit was a pretty simple thing. Just take out the old one, put in the new one. Nice little half-day job that makes the place look better and the wife feel more like fixing up a batch of homemade biscuits. Good stuff, Maynard.

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With Illinois legalizing recreational marijuana, Kansas is increasingly an island of weed Puritanism in the Midwest. As more states create legitimate marijuana economies, what do we know about the black market marijuana economy in Kansas? Could legalization tame it?

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Addressing the British Parliament in 1982, President Ronald Reagan outlined a plan for placing the Soviet Union and Marxism-Leninism on the “ash heap of history.” It is an objective President Trump might pursue against the mullahs in Iran, who are subsidizing terrorism in the Middle East and…

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It can be useful and instructive to observe the turning of a decade by looking back on what life was like in America a mere 100 years ago.

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Pity poor Republicans. They have only one argument left to defend Donald Trump for abusing the powers of the presidency by inviting a foreign power to intervene in an American election, the one transgression our Founding Fathers feared most. Even now that he’s covered in disgrace as only the…

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The battle between church and state is as old as church and state, as is the conflict within religious circles over who supposedly speaks for God.

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In this holiday season, gifts take center stage, for better or worse. We often give and receive gifts that are curious, strange, or useless, as well as those we genuinely desire. Sometimes, however, we get a gift that we never anticipated, one that we appreciate in part because its very surprise.

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The conventional wisdom says Americans are highly divided over gun rights and gun control. But is it true? Recent data from the 2019 Kansas Speaks poll suggests that there is a political center on this issue after all.

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For the past several years, my brother and I have been spending the holidays at home. We are fortunate to have a home, but something, or rather, someone, is missing: our grandparents, parents and relatives in Texas.

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