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Both Indiana and Lugar Lost

SALINA, Kan. - Earlier this month Indiana Republican primary voters retired six-term U.S. Senator Richard Lugar. Ordinarily I don't mind when an octogenarian Senator of either party is forced into retirement. The founding fathers didn't intend for elected federal office to be a lifetime job. But in the case of Senator Lugar I feel conflicted. It's worth taking a look at some of the highlights from his distinguished career.

Freedom of Religion?

COLBY, Kan. - Headlines reveal our Kansas Legislature had time and expertise to write a law that takes away religious freedom, but they couldn't get together to redraw our senate and representative districts. We are depending upon 'activist judges' to draw the lines. But we will leave no room for judicial discretion concerning religion! No doctrines or canons not referenced to 'Christian Theology' will be allowed! The next big test will be, whose theology will prevail.

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"Finally, since we live in a twenty-first century economy that increasingly demands a college education, efforts at improvement can't stop at high school's end. Students must have access to a wide variety of options that will give them the skills they need for successful careers. We must stop fueling skyrocketing tuition prices that put higher education out of reach for some and leave others with crushing debt."[1] - Gov. Mitt Romney

YOCEMENTO, Kan. - Let's grant that tuition is "skyrocketing." What could Gov. Romney be advocating as a way of putting higher education in reach without crushing debt?

Broadly speaking, there are two strategies for making higher education accessible.

'Which Way I Fly Is Hell'

"Me miserable! Which way shall I fly
Infinite wrath and infinite despair?
Which way I fly is hell; myself am hell;
And in the lowest deep a lower deep,
Still threat'ning to devour me, opens wide,
To which the hell I suffer seems a heaven."

John Milton
Paradise Lost

WICHITA, Kan. - When I opened the Wichita Eagle, my local newspaper, on Sunday, May 20, 2012, my thoughts turned to John Milton and Paradise Lost. The front page contained two articles, both about the wrap-up of the dismal 2012 Kansas Legislative session. The only good thing I could see is that those miserable right-wing legislators wouldn't be around for awhile to cause more damage to the ordinary people of Kansas. However, even as I write, Gov. Sam Brownback and the right-wingers are doing everything in their power to ensure that Republican moderates will be voted out of office in the primary election, which means that Brownback, and by extension, his Koch handlers, will be able to declare open season on those of us who depend on state funding for our most basic needs.

Huelskamp's Healthcare Update

SALINA, Kan. - This past week my congressman's update on the federal health care law arrived in my mailbox. In small print under the return address was a note saying that the mailing was "prepared, published, and mailed at taxpayer expense." The report and its disingenuous claims require further scrutiny.

HUTCHINSON, Kan. - Democrats from the First Congressional District gathered here on Saturday, May 5, electing delegates to the Democratic National Convention, to be held the week of September 3 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Traveling from as far apart as Garden City, Hays, Emporia and various points in between, representatives from all the state senate districts in the "Big First" participated as delegates and observers, said District Chair Larry Daniels of Dodge City. "In total 74 people attended which I believe is an excellent turnout considering the distances people had to travel because of the size of the district," Daniels said.

The competition was very strong for the election, Daniels said, as 49 Democrats from the district had filed candidacy forms with the state party so their names would appear on the ballot. Five delegates were elected to represent Kansas from the First District.

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