In this July 9, 2009 file photo three combines harvest the winter wheat on the Cooksey farm near Roggen, Colo.
In this July 9, 2009 file photo three combines harvest the winter wheat on the Cooksey farm near Roggen, Colo. AP File photo
In this July 9, 2009 file photo three combines harvest the winter wheat on the Cooksey farm near Roggen, Colo. AP File photo

Bryan Lowry covers Kansas and Missouri politics as Washington correspondent for The Kansas City Star. He previously served as Kansas statehouse correspondent for The Wichita Eagle and as The Star’s lead political reporter. Lowry contributed to The Star’s investigation into government secrecy that was a finalist for The Pulitzer Prize.

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Kate Irby is based in Washington, D.C. and reports on issues important to McClatchy’s California newspapers, including the Sacramento Bee, Fresno Bee and Modesto Bee. She previously reported on breaking news in D.C., politics in Florida for the Bradenton Herald and politics in Ohio for the Cleveland Plain Dealer.