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Missouri lawmakers debate impeaching Gov. Jay Nixon

Lawmakers began debate Wednesday on whether Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon should be impeached for allowing married same-sex couples to file joint state tax returns.

Rep. Nick Marshall, a Parkville Republican, told the House Judiciary Committee that an executive order issued by Nixon violates a voter-approved constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

Because of that, he contends, Nixon should be impeached.

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By JASON HANCOCK. 39 minutes ago

Here’s one explanation for why Sebelius is still sticking around

If you’ve wondered why former Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is still on the job as Health and Human Services secretary even after announcing her resignation, here’s one possible explanation.


The Daily Caller reports that Sebelius is eligible for a $10,000 annual pension once she completes five years of continuous service to the federal government.

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By STEVE KRASKE. 9 hours ago

BuzzChatter Wednesday: At 90, Dole’s still making news

Good morning.

• “I don't think they've got enough experience yet.” — former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole on whether fellow Republicans and Sens. Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio are ready for the presidency.

Dole, 90, told The Wichita Eagles that less than one term of experience in the U.S. Senate doesn’t qualify anyone for the presidency. In making the comment, Dole showed his penchant for making news. Want to know why Dole set a record with 63 appearances on “Meet the Press?” It’s because the man knows how to make news.

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By STEVE KRASKE. 10 hours ago

New poll shows Sam Brownback leading Paul Davis in Kansas governor’s race

Maybe things aren’t so bleak for Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback after all.

A new poll shows the Republican incumbent leading presumptive Democratic challenger Paul Davis by 7 percentage points.

The poll by Rasmussen, whose surveys have traditionally tilted slightly Republican, showed Brownback at 47 percent and Davis, the Kansas House minority leader from Lawrence, at 40 percent.

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By BRAD COOPER. yesterday

Missouri governor says flaw in tax cut bill is ‘crippling’

Republican lawmakers last week achieved one of their top goals for the year: passing a $620 million tax cut.

Gov. Jay Nixon contends they may have done far more.

Thanks to one sentence in the bill, the governor thinks the legislature may also be wiping away all taxes for those who earn more than $9,000 a year.

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By JASON HANCOCK. 19 hours ago

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