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December 26, 2012 12:00 AM

Once rebels, Kansas conservatives now see a legacy

The 12 lawmakers who banded together as the Republican Reform Caucus in Topeka 25 years ago to challenge the long-standing moderate leadership of the Kansas GOP were branded as rogues, renegades, the Dirty Dozen or, most commonly, "The Rebels." Today they can be labeled something else: The founding fathers of Kansas' modern conservative status quo.

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