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General News    H4'ed 6/2/19

KS Republicans remove press, protesters to silence demands for Medicaid Expansion

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Washington Post declares that “Democracy Dies in Darkness.” Kansas Republican Senator Susan Wagle turned out all the lights, tossing Pro-Medicaid expansion protesters from the gallery and removing press.  Using members of the capital security staff, senate press from newspapers were removed from Senate floor, doors were locked, gallery was closed, and Republicans punished the public, not just by refusing to address Medicaid Expansion but by welcoming the use of strong arm tactics against the press in attempts to cover the workings of the state house. Protestors were arrested, the press, who sought to cover the event, were ejected and refused all access to know what was happening — and when they asked, they were told they could not see them or be made aware. Organizers on behalf of Medicaid Expansion sat outside of the Senate and Senate Galleries and sang for their lives.

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