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New report: Kansas sinks on spending transparency

A new report scores Kansas as a “D-minus” and Missouri as a “C-plus” when it comes to the transparency of state spending records.

A spokesman for the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund was particularly critical of Kansas.

“State governments across the country have become more transparent about where public money goes, providing citizens with the information they need to hold elected officials and recipients of public subsidies accountable,” spokesman Phineas Baxandall said.

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Bob Dole gears up to barnstorm Kansas again

Bob Dole ran for national office four times, so we’ve known that he’s game for about anything.

I remember a 2011 homecoming out in Russell, Kan., when the locals were determined that the former senator ride down Main Street atop a fire truck named for his father. A month shy of birthday No. 88, Dole pert near had to be hoisted up the steep steps to get to his seat. Even then, he was on a precarious perch high above the crowd.

But Dole was all for it, even if it did come after knee surgery, a bout with pneumonia and a yearlong stay at Walter Reed after a fall at home.

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By STEVE KRASKE. 2 days ago

Bob Dole touring Kansas

Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole will make three public appearances on Monday. He’s expected to make short remarks at each stop and spend the rest of the time chatting informally with those who come out to see him.

He will be at the Olathe City Hall, 100 East Santa Fe St., from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. He’s scheduled to be at the Senior Citizens Center, 121 West Wea Street, Paola, from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. and Faith Lutheran Church, 1320 W 15th St., Ottawa, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

All the events are open to the public.

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BuzzChatter Friday: Chelsea’s expecting!

The baby stork has struck again.

• “Marc and I are so thrilled to be expecting our first child in the fall!” — Chelsea Clinton announcing on Twitter that she’s pregnant.

This just proves that the Clintons are NOT all about politics all the time. The timing would have been better for her mother’s expected bid for the White House if Chelsea had held off until 2016. Hillary Clinton’s response via Twitter: “My most exciting title yet: Grandmother-To-Be!”

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By STEVE KRASKE. 2 days ago

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