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Kansas Democrats don’t look ready for rebound

The Republican governor narrowly won re-election in 2014, then led a dysfunctional GOP-controlled Legislature to pass the largest tax hike in state history. You’d think the electorate might be open to some changes in legislative seats in 2016. Yet the Kansas Democratic Party looks to be in turmoil. Its chairman, Larry Meeker, resigned Friday after his stated desire to rebrand the party as more conservative was panned. Because of a procedural oversight, the state committee couldn’t name a chairman during Friday’s convention in Wichita and must wait until October. Sending another bad message to the public, the Democrats’ executive committee closed a meeting Friday to media, voters and even elected officials, according to Rep. John Carmichael, D-Wichita. The disarray does nothing to suggest Kansas Democrats are ready for a rebound and that the one-party rule of the state might be at risk. – Rhonda Holman