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Iowa, Kansas lawmakers bar media from Senate floors, stymieing newsgathering

Lawmakers’ whispers, eyerolls, and other hints about the course of debate are no longer visible to journalists covering the state Senates in Kansas and Iowa.   In a break with decades of precedent, journalists in both states have been barred from the Senate floors, instead relegated to designated media galleries upstairs. Mike Pirner, communications director…

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