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Kansas State Of The State | Kansas Citian's Insurrection Ordeal

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Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly in the recording of her 2021 State of the State address.

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly's State of The State address and what it means for Kansans, and a firsthand account of the situation on Capitol Hill as the riot unfolded last week.

Segment 1, beginning at 5:00: Governor Laura Kelly delivered a recorded Kansas State of the State this year in another sign the pandemic's effects.

In it, Gov. Kelly said Kansans are being tested like never before, not only by COVID-19 but by the attack on the U.S. Capitol last week. In spite of being a Democratic governor facing Republican majorities in both the house and the senate, Jim Mclean describes her as "ever hopeful, sticking to her agenda..."

Segment 2, beginning at 42:25: Adam Sachs and his son were trapped in U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn's offices as a mob of pro-Trump extremists tried to gain entry.

Sachs recounts the events surrounding his son's first day as an intern for Congressman Clyburn. He recalls feeling safe initially since the vice president and members of Congress were just a few floors away from them. That quickly changed into what Sachs describes as "wild and chaotic, and a very very frightening day."

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