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    Rod Haxton, editor

The incredible shrinking GOP

It barely created a tremor within the Republicancontrolled Kansas Legislature when three of its members switched to the Democratic Party ahead of the next legislative session.

The loss of three lawmakers did little to diminish the Republican’s stranglehold as the majority in either chamber. But maybe, just maybe, it does offer some hope for the future of Kansas politics.

Two state senators and a state representative - who are considered moderates - feel the current Republican Party no longer represents a better future for the majority of Kansans. They see a party incapable, or unwilling, to solve major issues and instead contributing to the growing divide within this country.

Rep. Stephanie Clayton reached her breaking point when the conservative leadership declared its intention to scrap a newly adopted school funding plan in favor of creating yet another finance formula - one it can be assumed is not likely to meet the court’s approval.

She accused the leadership of attempting to create chaos in public policy.


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