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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Why would an aide to Kansas Governor Sam Brownback try to punish a teenager for an innocent joke over Twitter? Leonard Pitts, Jr. examines the incident in his new column, “In Kansas, A Teen Beats Back Little Minds:”

We are talking about Emma Sullivan’s tweet — and the governor’s response. For those who haven’t heard, it seems Sullivan, an 18-year-old senior at a high school just south of Kansas City, Kan., heard Gov. Sam Brownback speak last week at a “Youth in Government” program in Topeka. Afterward, Sullivan, no fan of the governor, sent the following tweet to her Twitter followers, who numbered perhaps 60: “Just made mean comments at gov brownback and told him he sucked, in person #heblowsalot.”