Legislative panels grow more polarized

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December 4, 2018 - 12:00 PM

The Kansas Legislature showed its tendency to be both more conservative and more liberal on Monday.

The selection of House leaders took the Republican and Democratic factions a bit more to the right and left, respectively, while creating a more polarized Legislature facing Democratic Gov.-elect Laura Kelly.

Republicans, on an 80-4 vote, again picked Rep. Ron Ryckman of Olathe as House speaker. It will be the second two-year term for the conservative in the job.

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