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GOP newsletter talks about ‘KNEA trolls’

Associated Press - August 31, 2014 6:14 am

Brownback, Davis disagree on taxes in first debate

Brownback, Davis disagree on taxes in first debate

The Kansas Republican Party has sent out a newsletter that offers advice on dealing with “trolls” from the Kansas National Education Association.

The Wichita Eagle reports that the newsletter sent Friday talks about clashes with “KNEA Trolls” in a section titled “HOW TO DEAL WITH TROLLS WHO CHALLENGE THE EDUCATION REFORM BILL.”

The Legislature passed a school finance bill in April that coupled increased funding with several reforms, including the elimination of state-mandated hearings before a public school teacher can be fired.

The KNEA opposed the bill and has dogged conservative candidates throughout the summer.

Kansas GOP executive director Clay Barker says the intent was to show members how to combat falsehoods. KNEA spokesman Marcus Baltzell stressed in an email that the organization represents thousands of eligible voters.

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