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Brownback tries to blame courts for purge of moderates

Here’s a new one: When asked by reporters how much the purge he helped lead of moderate Republicans from the Kansas Senate in 2012 is now hurting him politically, Gov. Sam Brownback blamed the conflict on the courts. Because the Legislature failed to redraw district boundaries, the court had to intervene. In a couple of cases, the new boundaries threw Republican moderates and conservatives into the same districts. “I didn’t set this up,” Brownback said. “The court redrew this map.” But the moderates were targeted before the new maps came out, and in the case of Sen. Carolyn McGinn, R-Sedgwick, her designated conservative challenger moved into her district after it was redrawn. – Phillip Brownlee