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No quizzing Kansans this time

Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., was a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee for the past two confirmation hearings for the U.S. Supreme Court, for Chief Justice John Roberts in 2005 and Justice Samuel Alito in 2006. But this time, for the hearing of nominee Sonia Sotomayor (in photo), Kansas is unrepresented on the committee (unless you count Kansas native Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa.). Yet two states have two members each: Wisconsin and Minnesota.