“We need people talking, not shooting at each other,” Gov. Sam Brownback said Wednesday, lauding the Legislature’s efforts to answer the Kansas Supreme Court’s school-funding ruling before lawmakers’ monthlong break. He might have shared that worthy sentiment with his press secretary, Eileen Hawley. In a Lawrence Journal-World article on the concerns of lawmakers such as Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, about the state budget’s “deficit situation” and $1.4 billion in Brownback-pushed bonding since August, Hawley had this response: “President Wagle has decided to work with moderates and Democrats to attack conservatives like Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook and Sam Brownback because she is frustrated with them for blocking her efforts to expand Obamacare and raise income taxes, and she knows the media will reward her with positive coverage for doing so.” – Rhonda Holman
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