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Phill Kline's $50,000 Consolation Prize

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Outgoing Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline, last seen losing his re-election bid by 16 percentage points, will swap jobs with the candidate who defeated him, Johnson County District Attorney Paul Morrison. Since Morrison was a Republican until he switched parties to run against Kline, Republican committeemen got to choose a replacement to serve the rest of his term, and they picked Kline, who is famous/notorious for harassing abortion clinics and struggling to define sex, by a vote of 316 to 291. His new job pays $50,000 more a year. The Kansas City Star has a guide for the perplexed.