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We're Not in Kansas Anymore!

(94) Comments | Posted February 11, 2016 | 9:56 AM

The late Bob Harder served as a cabinet secretary under five Kansas governors. He was an ordained Methodist minister, a Sunday school teacher and a former legislator.

When I interviewed him for a magazine profile in 2012, he recalled his time in the Kansas legislature when he would cross the...

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Still Think Our Society Is 'Post-racial'?

(22) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 4:25 PM

A couple of weeks ago I attended a university brown bag on "The Gayborhood." The presenter asked if any of us had heard the term "post-gay society," likening it to the parallel term, "post-racial society."

I said I didn't see Topeka, where we live, as a "post-gay society." Someone at...

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Speechless in Topeka

(69) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 4:19 PM

The normally talkative woman was speechless after the last Kansas legislative session. The typically productive writer, deflated by the antics that occurred in her hometown of Topeka, was stuck about how to characterize the dismal politics of her adopted state.

Early on in the legislative session, she told many people...

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Brownback's Disconnect

(195) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 2:56 PM

Governor Sam Brownback's Jan. 15th State of the State address was short and disconnected from reality. He failed to acknowledge the Kansas Supreme Court members in the audience, setting the tone for his provocative speech. Interestingly, the full text of the governor's speech posted online from two different media sources...

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Kansas: Picking Ourselves Back Up

(18) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 5:50 PM

Recently my son's Advanced Placement literature class was playing what they jokingly call Russian Wiffleball before tackling Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment. Running, Alex tripped and fell, re-breaking the same wrist he broke late last summer playing touch football.

I picked him up from school. As we drove to the hospital...

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Michelle Obama and the Flip Side of Brown v. Board

(5) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 2:00 PM

When Michelle Obama came to Topeka last month to speak on the eve of the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board decision, she gave the graduating seniors, their families and the hundreds of other audience members a great gift.

The First Lady told the students that their community was...

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Kansas: The Black-eye State? Not This Time

(3) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 4:59 PM

Kansas is good at inviting black eyes. A sign at our border might read: Punch Me! I'm from Kansas! Often we deserve ridicule, but not always.

The most recent national news punch, the dustup over Michelle Obama, originated in my hometown, Topeka. I was excited when I first learned that...

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Kansas: The Surreal State of the State

(36) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 3:12 PM

The 2014 Kansas legislative session kicked off with more than a prayer -- a prayer fest. For the third consecutive year the Old Supreme Courtroom of the Statehouse was occupied by religious conservatives on the eve of the legislature's opening. Irony bumped up against doctrine.

This year's event was organized...

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The ACA, Sebelius and the Cure

(56) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 10:56 AM

My daughter's relationship status has changed, which will leave her without health insurance at year's end. She came home to Kansas for Thanksgiving, on break from a teaching residency. The day before the turkey feast, she sat at my computer and logged onto

I peered over her shoulder, as...

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Kansas: I Want My State Back!

(80) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 11:42 AM

Governor Sam Brownback's "real live experiment" to brand Kansas as the nation's "red-state model" ignores residents who do not consider themselves red-staters. Many of us are just plain red-faced at the political state of our state. I want my state back.

The red-state/blue-state political shorthand panders to the human tendency...

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Hillary: The 'First Next Lady'

(47) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 10:15 AM

On a snowy February evening in 2008 my friend Marcia and I squeezed into the cafeteria of a Topeka middle school to attend our Super Tuesday Democratic Party Caucus.

There were 900 of us shoehorned into a room with a reported fire code capacity for 750. I...

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Bruised Kansas

(130) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 4:59 PM

Kansas has become the caricature of the starkly red state the nation always thought it was. Only it wasn't. Until now.

I grew up in west Texas -- Midland, to be exact, the hometown claimed by George W. Bush -- and I experienced roguish conservatism. When I moved to Kansas...

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