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Affluent Kansas City suburbs at center of political backlash

 


SHAWNEE, Kan. (AP) — Small-government Republican conservatives face a political backlash in Kansas because of the state's budget problems and battles over education funding, and the epicenter is in sprawling Kansas City suburbs where residents have cherished public schools for decades.

But the Democrats and GOP moderates hoping to lessen the grip Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's allies have on the Legislature must contend with a political paradox in Johnson County, home to those affluent suburbs. Its voters regularly approve bonds and property tax increases for schools while electing conservative legislators who've backed the governor's experiment in slashing state income taxes.

More than two dozen conservative Republican legislators face challengers in Tuesday's primary, including 11 in Johnson County, the state's most populous. Challengers there have made education funding a key issue.

http://www.heraldcourier.com/news/national/affluent-kansas-city-suburbs-at-center-of-political-backlash/article_48eac006-7811-5bae-be56-646c2be4f8d8.html

 

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