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Democratic ticket again has an El Dorado link

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Here’s an oddity: The mothers of President Obama and Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton’s running mate, shared childhood roots in El Dorado. According to the Butler County Times-Gazette, Mary Kathleen (Burns) Kaine graduated from El Dorado High School (and now lives in Overland Park, where Tim Kaine grew up). Obama’s grandfather Stanley Dunham and grandmother Madelyn Payne Dunham grew up in El Dorado and Augusta, respectively, and his late mother, Ann Dunham, lived with them in El Dorado when she was about 8. “Our mothers and grandparents are from the same little farm town near Wichita,” Kaine said early this year. “That established a friendship.” – Rhonda Holman