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Watchdog story spurs media interest in Wichita legislators

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By Travis Perry │ Kansas Watchdog

OSAWATOMIE — When the watchdog barks, people listen.

That’s as true as ever this week. Tuesday we broke the story that seven Kansas House representatives had missed more votes during the recent legislative session than the other 118 lawmakers combined.

That left some of you shocked, while others were enraged or frustrated.

It looks like other members of the media noticed, too.

Two days after the Kansas Watchdog story went live, KWCH Eyewitness News out of Wichita picked up the ball and ran with it, reaching out to local officials Republican Leslie Osterman and Democrat Tom Sawyer.

Sawyer, if you recall, never got back to us with an explanation. If you’re still wondering, check out the video below.

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Travis Perry is an investigative reporter covering news and politics for Watchdog.org's Kansas bureau. Before joining the organization, Travis graduated cum laude from Washburn University and cut his teeth as news editor for the Osawatomie Graphic, where he received numerous awards from the Kansas Press Association.


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