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Parkinson works without a net

Say what you will about Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson’s plan to raise the sales tax, but you have to give him credit for memorization.

Parkinson delivered Monday’s State of the State Address without a teleprompter, or even paper notes. The feat impressed members of both parties as well as Washburn University Political Science Professor Bob Beatty, who was watching along in the Stateouse.

“We’ve discovered he’s a great orator,” Beatty said. “I’ve never seen a politician deliver a speech of that length without using at least notes.”

His predecessor, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, relied on teleprompters to deliver her own State of the State addresses.