The Kansas Legislature: Conservatives promise roadblocks every step of the way

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December 31, 2018 - 9:30 AM

With the gavel yet to fall announcing the beginning of the 2019 Kansas legislative session, the mood feels challenging, if not outright ominous.

Faced with a Democratic governor, Republican leaders are setting an obstructionist course on everything from school finance to prison reform, the expansion of Medicaid to anti-discrimination measures.

Reminiscent of the GOP’s no-compromise pledge in 2010 — “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President (Barack) Obama to be a one-term president,” vowed Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — today’s Kansas Republicans appear equally determined to undermine Gov.-elect Laura Kelly’s agenda.

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