Kansas Republicans and Democrats share the view that paying $1.5 million to hold a presidential primary next year wouldn’t be money well-spent. That’s why lawmakers voted last spring to defer the next primary until 2016. “Now we’re in a really tight economic time. It would be hard to appropriate the funds for a primary,” Gov. Sam Brownback told Associated Press. As Kansas Democratic Party chairwoman Joan Wagnon put it: “It isn’t as if Kansas is going to be deciding who’s going to be the presidential nominees. We’re not, so why spend the money?” Instead, Kansas Republicans and Democrats will hold caucuses to pick their convention delegates on March 10 and April 14, respectively. Still, it’s regrettable that Kansas remains largely on the sidelines of presidential politics.
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