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Good speaker points for Parkinson

During their State of the State speeches, past Govs. Kathleen Sebelius and Bill Graves always looked as if they'd rather be anywhere else. But Gov. Mark Parkinson, a former debater at Wichita Heights High School and Wichita State University, drew strong speaker points for Monday's 30-minute speech, which he delivered without the usual teleprompter. Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, said it may have been the best State of the State address of his 34 years in the Legislature. Added Washburn University political science professor Bob Beatty: "We've discovered he's a great orator. I've never seen a politician deliver a speech of that length without using at least notes."