Jonathan Shorman at the Wichita Eagle:

“Politics ain’t beanbag,” the famous saying goes. But Kansas lawmakers hope it doesn’t have to be mean, either.


Some legislators would like to brush up on how to be kinder to one another. Republican and Democratic leaders plan a Friday workshop on civil discourse, where legislators will discuss how to shrink instead of expand the political divide.


The event aims to “provide lawmakers with an opportunity to build relationships,” according to a December email to legislators from House Speaker Ron Ryckman, an Olathe Republican.