Brownback’s red-state ‘experiment’ backfires

(Charlie Riedel / AP)

As he runs for reelection, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is finding that what he once called a “real live experiment” in red-state governance is struggling to produce the benefits he had promised, spurring an increasingly competitive gubernatorial race.

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