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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Meet Martin Hawver

Press Release


Tomorrow morning at 6:15 A.M. the first syndicated column will publish in the Baldwin City Gazette. Below is a prepared biographical profile of Martin Hawver:
There is a different culture in the Kansas Statehouse—the interactions among lawmakers, statewide leaders, political activists, and of course, the lobbyists and the clients they represent—that explains much of what happens and doesn’t happen in Kansas government.
Much of that culture forms at the Rail, the third-floor railing around the rotunda, halfway between the House and Senate chambers, where strategies are thought up, where lawmakers meet to chat and where you can get a feel for what’s happening.
Martin Hawver watches that Rail—knows the people who hang out there and the politics that develop. From committee hearings to Republican and Democratic national conventions to the state conventions, wherever there is news that will subtly change the face of Kansas, Hawver’s been at it since ponytail days to balding—since 1977, first for the Topeka Capital-Journal until 1993 and then for Hawver’s Capitol Report, a nonpartisan subscription news service, making him the dean of the Kansas Statehouse press corps. Hawver News Co LLC syndicates the At The Rail weekly column to Kansas newspapers, providing Martin Hawver’s take on what’s happening and what it means…in a building where no slight has ever been forgotten.
I have known Martin for nearly thirty years and I am glad to have his Kansas political column in the pages of the Gazette.  It is my hope that you will enjoy reading his weekly columns to.

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