Control of the Kansas Legislature on the ballot

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November 2, 2018 - 7:28 PM

State Rep. Steve Becker, a Republican from Buhler, tries to convince people on the streets of Hutchinson to write in his name in the general election. KANSAS NEWS SERVICE/BRIAN GRIMMETT/KCUR.ORG

Moderate Republican Rep. Steve Becker of Buhler lost his primary in August, but he hasn’t conceded his Kansas House seat to his conservative challenger just yet. He’s mounting a write-in campaign.

Two years ago, when Becker was elected to his third term, a slew of moderate Republicans won seats in the Kansas House. Democrats made equally substantial gains. The Legislature shifted significantly toward the center.

Then, moderate Republicans and Democrats, Becker among them, teamed up and rolled back former Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax cuts. They came within three votes of overturning Brownback’s veto to expand eligibility for Medicaid too.

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