Chamber Of Commerce, Conservatives Relish Clout

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Conservative Republicans are firmly in control of the Kansas Legislature, and it's largely because candidates on the right received a big boost from the powerful Kansas Chamber of Commerce and other anti-tax, small government groups.

The chamber and other conservative allies are eager for legislators to tackle proposals that start with controlling the size of government, starting with further cuts to taxes, reductions in spending and limits on how much government can grow -- if it should at all.

The chamber also has hired former House Speaker Mike O'Neal as its new president and CEO.

Democrats realize that there is little they can do to stop what is coming. They readily concede that the coalition they with moderate formed Republicans over the past decade is gone.

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