As it handicapped the 2016 races for control of state legislatures around the nation, Governing magazine perceived no threat to the GOP’s overwhelming hold on both chambers in Kansas, despite the unpopularity of Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and his policies: “While Democrats may make some inroads, the bigger story may be moderates gaining ground back within the GOP, potentially moderating the ideology of the chambers without changing the party that controls it.” Nationally, Republicans control 68 legislative chambers – a historic high – while Democrats run 30. – Rhonda Holman
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