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Kansas GOP lawmakers banned from restaurant after drunkenly abusing staffers while dining with lobbyists

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A group of high-ranking Republican lawmakers in Kansas have been given the boot from a Topeka restaurant, according to the Topeka Capital Journal.

“The owner of a downtown Topeka restaurant says he banned a group of high-ranking Kansas House Republicans and Statehouse lobbyists for being disrespectful to staff and other patrons while dining at the business,” the paper reported.

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“White Linen’s manager and owner describe a boisterous scene that intensified in response to directives to the 12-person crowd to be quiet and the manager’s decision to cut off the flow of alcohol to Rep. Blaine Finch, a Republican from Ottawa and speaker pro tem,” they wrote.

There was a booze-fueled dust-up between staff and the lawmakers in the early evening hours of Feb. 27 after the party drank and ate at the restaurant, which is located near the capital, and some members in the party were also denied more alcohol after staff decided the group had had enough.

“They showed up and just started drinking and drinking and drinking,” White Linen restaurant owner Adam VanDonge told the Journal.

Per the report, others in the group of Republican lawmakers at the boozy affair included House Speaker Ron Ryckman (R-Olathe), Rep. Susan Concannon (R-Beloit), and lobbyists Dan Murray and Rachelle Colombo.

Cassidy Merriman, a manager at the restaurant, asked the group to “lower their voices” at one point, per the report.

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“After she left the dining area, a server reported to her that a person in the group was obviously drunk and giving a toast to everyone in the restaurant,” the Journal wrote.

“We want to ensure our guests, who are on their best behaviors, that we will enforce Kansas alcohol laws that require us to refuse to over serve individuals who are visibly intoxicated/incapacitated and, therefore, may not be on their best behaviors,” the restaurant said in a post on their Facebook page. “We work diligently to make sure we uphold Kansas laws and that our guests have a great experience in the meantime,” they added.

Read the full report here.

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Franklin Graham blamed sinners for the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic during a Saturday night appearance on Fox News.

Host Jeanine Pirro noted the growing death toll and wondered how God could let that happen.

"Well, I don't think it's God's plan for this to happen," Graham said.

"It's because of the sin that's in the world, judge," he argued.

"Man has turned his back on God, we have sinned against him, and we need to ask for God's forgiveness and that's what Easter's all about," he continued.

"This pandemic, this is the result of a fallen world that has turned its back on God," he added.

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Trump warns of ‘tough week’ ahead — after the United States surpassed 300,000 coronavirus victims

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US President Donald Trump warned Americans on Saturday to brace for a "very horrendous" number of coronavirus deaths in the coming days as the total number of global fatalities from the pandemic soared past 60,000.

As confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States surpassed 300,000 with more than 8,300 deaths, there was some encouraging news in Italy and Spain.

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