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Peter Hancock (Statehouse/politics reporter)

I cover K-12 education. That includes Lawrence USD 497 as well as state policy issues from the legislature and State Board of Education. I am a graduate of the Kansas University with bachelor's degrees in political science and education. Before joining the Journal-World, I published an online news service called the Kansas Education Policy Report. I also spent nine years as the statehouse reporter for Kansas Public Radio and worked a couple of years as the spokesman for the (former) Kansas Health Policy Authority. You can follow me on Twitter (@pqhancock) or join our conversation about public schools on the First Bell blog.

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Former Kansas Budget Director Duane Goossen speaks at a Statehouse rally Wednesday urging lawmakers to reverse many of Gov. Sam Brownback's tax policies, saying they have hurt the state financially and failed to produce the economic results he promised.

Rep.-elect Jim Karleskint, R-Tonganoxie, listens during a freshman orientation for new lawmakers as House Clerk Susan Kannarr explains the legislative process and the details of how bills actually become laws.

Sens. Ty Masterson of Andover and Susan Wagle of Wichita listen anxiously to the vote counts to learn which of them will serve as Senate President for the next four years. Wagle won the contest, 23-7.

Rep. Tom Sloan, R-Lawrence, casts his ballot in the race for Speaker of the House. Rep. Ron Ryckman of Olathe won the job over his moderate challenger, Rep. Russ Jennings of Garden City. But moderates gained a number of other leadership posts in both chambers of the Legislature.

Rep. Ron Ryckman, Jr., R-Olathe, is congratulated by his fellow Republicans after winning the race to become the next Speaker of the Kansas House.

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