[Excerpt] Reporters from Reuters, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal descended on Kansas in the last few weeks to cover a political contest they view to be of national significance, that is, a battle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party in the reddest of red states.
Never in state history has a sitting Kansas governor
led a public campaign to oust legislators of his own party. In doing so,
Gov. Sam Brownback is making the Republican primary on Aug. 7 a
referendum on his governorship.
Brownback is asking Republican
primary voters in a number of legislative races across the state to side
with a slate of candidates composed by him and his allies against
incumbent legislators. These targeted legislators view themselves as
“traditional” Republicans in the lineage of Kansas icons such as Alf
Landon, Dwight Eisenhower and Bob Dole, and former Republican governors;
and they believe government has a more affirmative role in assuring a
high quality of life for Kansans.
An understanding of what is at
stake in the election requires a look at those who have energized
Brownback’s rise to power and what they have in store for Kansas.
Read more at the Winfield Daily Courier.