GOP seeks to push Kansas to right over governor's objections

January 10, 2021 - 8:32 am
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The Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature is set to convene its annual session Monday with GOP seeking to wrest control of policy from Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly.  

The session's 90 days will come amid a partisan dispute over how to handle the COVID-19 pandemic and mostly behind-the-scenes political jockeying for the 2022 governor's race. GOP leaders believe they have a mandate to govern after voters elected more conservatives in last year's elections. Top Republicans have outlined priorities that include cutting income taxes and putting a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the state constitution on the ballot. The governor has promised to push again for Medicaid expansion.

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