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  •  Weird (8+ / 0-)

    I was writing the same post, but mine wasn't very good.

    Don't forget that Kansas was the first state to have prevailing wages laws (leading to the federal Davis-Bacon act), and the first state to legislatively implement a standard of comparative negligence. And as recently as 2009, they had governor Kathleen Sebelius, who is now in Obama's administration; Kansas is one of only 6 states to have had multiple female governors.

    The shift from slightly-conservative midwestern state to wingnut-controlled New South has only happened in the last decade and a half or so, largely fueled by Koch brothers money politics and the rise of the religious right under G.W. Bush.

    But there is still a lot of progressive power in the state, even though it is in eclipse. Thinking of Kansas as a hopelessly backward set of hillbillies with no hope of change for the better is a mistake.

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