Rolling Stone article says fanatics hijacked Kansas

Kansas politics are profiled (unfavorably) this week in Rolling Stone magazine. “Rogue State: How Far-Right Fanatics Hijacked Kansas” by Mark Binelli chronicles Gov. Sam Brownback’s time in office, focusing on the Legislature and the purging of GOP moderates from the Kansas Senate. Several Wichita-area lawmakers are mentioned, including Sen. Ty Masterson, R-Andover (who Binelli says “speaks in an odd, husky purr”), Rep. Jim Howell, R-Derby, and former Sens. Dick Kelsey and Jean Schodorf. Kelsey says that one reason he got on the bad side of Brownback and Americans for Prosperity is that he opposed last year’s tax-cut plan. “The bill was designed, frankly, to take care of Koch Industries,” Kelsey says. “I could see that it took money from very poor people and benefited me, personally, too significantly. And I’m not poor.”