July 12, 2012
Former Kansas Gov. Bill Graves is heading back to Kansas to help his fellow moderate Republicans keep their seats in the state Senate.
The Kansas City Star reports that Graves, who now lives in Virginia, will make stops in Johnson County, Wichita and Salina next week.
The visits come as current Gov. Sam Brownback has started endorsing more conservative Republicans as the two sides wage a battle for control of the Senate.
Brownback's agenda has largely won over the House, but skeptics in the Senate have blocked him on such issues as labor law, picking judges and education finance reform.
The state director for the conservative group Americans for Prosperity says Graves represents the old guard that doesn't believe in limited government.