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Former governors unite to try to ‘save Kansas’

John Carlin (left) and Mike Hayden
John Carlin (left) and Mike Hayden

State GOP leaders tried to downplay and dismiss it, but it is unprecedented that four past Kansas governors – two Republicans and two Democrats – have joined forces to oppose the policies of the current governor. Former Govs. John Carlin, Mike Hayden, Bill Graves and Kathleen Sebelius released a letter last week expressing their concern about the direction of the state under Gov. Sam Brownback and arguing that “the upcoming Kansas elections are the most important in our state’s history.” They urged Kansans to support a group called the Save Kansas Coalition, which will educate voters and “draw a contrast between deserving candidates and those who serve only to push forward the governor’s dangerous agenda.” The coalition supports a balanced tax policy, quality educational opportunity, reasonable health care access, safe highways and improved public safety, job growth and fiscal responsibility, and judicial impartiality. – Phillip Brownlee

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