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New poll shows Sam Brownback leading Paul Davis in Kansas governor’s race

Maybe things aren’t so bleak for Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback after all.

A new poll shows the Republican incumbent leading presumptive Democratic challenger Paul Davis by 7 percentage points.

The poll by Rasmussen, whose surveys have traditionally tilted slightly Republican, showed Brownback at 47 percent and Davis, the Kansas House minority leader from Lawrence, at 40 percent.

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By BRAD COOPER. 6 hours ago

Missouri governor says flaw in tax cut bill is ‘crippling’

Republican lawmakers last week achieved one of their top goals for the year: passing a $620 million tax cut.

Gov. Jay Nixon contends they may have done far more.

Thanks to one sentence in the bill, the governor thinks the legislature may also be wiping away all taxes for those who earn more than $9,000 a year.

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By JASON HANCOCK. 3 minutes ago

Baumgardner defeats O’Hara to claim JoCo state Senate seat

A former member of the Johnson County Community College Board of Trustees, Molly Baumgardner, has won a seat in the state Senate representing southern Johnson County.

At a special election convention Monday night in Spring Hill, Baumgardner defeated former state Rep. Charlotte O’Hara 50-35, Hawver’s Capitol Report said.

The vote was of precinct committee members.

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By STEVE KRASKE. 2 hours ago

Kraus seeks AG opinion on proposed gun nullification law

A Lee’s Summit state senator is calling for a quick “time out” as the General Assembly ponders bills aimed at sidestepping federal gun control laws.

Sen. Will Kraus, a Republican, on Monday said he was seeking an opinion from Attorney General Chris Koster on the legality of a pair of bills lawmakers are now considering.

Lawmakers backing the the bills are looking for ways to strengthen the Second Amendment. Under one proposal, federal agents who enforce federal gun control laws could be barred from future careers in state law enforcement agencies.

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