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Can't blame Legislature's dysfunction on moderates

When Gov. Sam Brownback and his conservative backers ousted most of the moderates from the Kansas Senate, so that conservatives had control of both chambers, this year's legislative session was supposed to be a breeze. In fact, House and Senate leaders said it would take only 80 days, instead of the allotted 90. But 90 days ended Thursday, and today the House overwhelmingly rejected the Senate tax plan and then adjourned until Tuesday. They can't blame this dysfunction on moderates.