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By Dawn Bormann Novascone
With an aim of reversing the state’s decline, Sam Brownback delivered a historic shift to Kansas government during his first term. But his bold push for change fueled a difficult re-election campaign that has become a referendum on his leadership.
Gutsy. Intimidating. Transformative. H Those are just a few of the words used to describe Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s leadership style. H Under his watch, Kansas has revamped the state pension system, arts funding, Medicaid and the tax code. The state has worked on the school finance formula and water preservation. Name a hot button issue for lawmakers, and Brownback has asked them to tackle it. H No other governor in recent Kansas history has engaged so many lingering issues so aggressively. He’s solidified state government around a conservative Republican direction. His decisions have earned praise and admiration from some. But his legislative priorities have also created plenty of enemies with sharply worded missives about a conservative agenda that excludes too many Kansans. 22.
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