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Private air-shuttle service for Peck raises questions

A document obtained by the Lawrence Journal-World confirmed that Rep. Virgil Peck, R-Tyro, was the only passenger on the state airplane on flights from Coffeyville to Topeka and back on March 13, when House leaders were short on votes needed to replace the school-finance formula with two-year block-grant funding.


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School districts ‘taking the cut’

State leaders said it was cause for celebration, not cuts to schools. But the K-12 block-grant funding bill is showing its impact on districts around the state, and in ways that don’t square with the proponents’ assurances.


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2016 campaign kickoffs will blend pageantry with calculation

For the next several weeks, presidential candidacy announcements will come one after another. They will take place in carefully chosen spots the candidates say reflect their values and backgrounds. For example, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas chose to make his entry into the 2016 race at Liberty University, a Christian school in the swing state of Virginia. Do the venues matter?


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