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Former governors to address ‘What the Hell’s Wrong with Kansas?’

Two former governors, one Republican and one Democrat, will speak in Wichita on Saturday, addressing the topic of “What the Hell’s Wrong with Kansas?”

The event, sponsored by Women for Kansas, will feature former Republican Gov. Mike Hayden, who served 1987-1991, and former Democratic Gov. John Carlin, 1979-1987. Both will make remarks and take questions on the current state of the state.

(Former Govs. Hayden and Carlin) will stand together to remind us of the way we were and what we must do to put our beloved state back together again.

Lynn Stephan, Women for Kansas

The former governors “will stand together to remind us of the way we were and what we must do to put our beloved state back together again,” according to a news release from Women for Kansas Chairwoman Lynn Stephan.

Their appearance will be the keynote address at the Telling It Like It Is Forum, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hotel at Old Town Conference Center.

Registrations for the event will be accepted until Wednesday. The cost is $35 and includes lunch. Tickets are available via Pay Pal at http://womenforkansas.org/event/telling-it-like-it-is-forum.

In addition to the former governors, the event will feature Kansas Supreme Court Justice Marla J. Luckert, who will discuss “The Role of Fair and Impartial Courts in Kansas.”

Annie McKay, named Monday as the new president of Kansas Action for Children, is scheduled to speak on “Pawning our Future: Kansas’ Failed Tax Experiment.”

Sheldon Weisgrau, director of the Health Reform Resource Project, will discuss “Health Policy in Kansas: No Brain, No Heart No Courage.”

Nuns on the Bus, a group of Catholic sisters and social advocates, will give a presentation titled: “Bridge the Divides: Transform Politics.”

Dion Lefler: 316-268-6527, @DionKansas

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