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Parting thoughts about regrettable primary season

The silliness of the state's GOP civil war this summer, in which every Republican seemed to be running against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was reflected in an anecdote about GOP secretary of state candidate Elizabeth "Libby" Ensley in a Kansas City Star editorial. "When introducing herself at The Star, she blurted out, 'I'm pro-life.' When asked what that had to do with the record-keeping office for which she was running, she answered, 'Well, nothing, but people always seem to want to know.'"Meanwhile, a Lawrence Journal-World editorial noted that at least the primary victors will get a chance to "turn over a new leaf" going into the Nov. 2 general election, concluding: "We hope they'll take advantage of that opportunity to conduct campaigns that are civil and informative and steer clear of the mudslinging that has marred too many primary contests."