Moderate Republican Rep. Steve Becker of Buhler lost his primary in August, but he hasnt conceded his Kansas House seat to his conservative challenger just yet. Hes mounting a write-in campaign.
Two years ago, when Becker was elected to his third term, a slew of moderate Republicans won seats in the Kansas House. Democrats made equally substantial gains. The Legislature shifted significantly toward the center.
Then, moderate Republicans and Democrats, Becker among them, teamed up and rolled back former Gov. Sam Brownbacks tax cuts. They came within three votes of overturning Brownbacks veto to expand eligibility for Medicaid too.