As of Thursday morning, more than 7,600 people had signed a petition asking the federal government to “peacefully grant the state of Kansas to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own new government” – though many of the signers don’t live in Kansas. But as Gov. Sam Brownback noted, “Kansas is and will always remain a state in the United States of America.” And as House Minority Leader Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, told the Lawrence Journal-World: “I don’t think anyone in their right mind wants to have a secession debate.” What’s disturbing is that more than a few Kansans apparently do want that debate.
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