Kansas’ primary showdown between moderate and conservative Republicans drew more national attention. The New York Times reported how Gov. Sam Brownback (in photo) is openly challenging some moderate lawmakers and how the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Americans for Prosperity are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on ads attacking moderates and rallying support for conservatives. It noted how Sen. Dick Kelsey, R-Goddard, also is being targeted, even though he has never voted for a tax increase and is pro-life. Kelsey’s sin is that he publicly criticized some of Brownback’s policies. “It’s not going to be healthy for our party,” Kelsey said, “if we force people to lose any element of independence.”
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