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Brownback, who ran for president in 2008, is very unpopular halfway through his second term. (Thad Allton /The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP)

In the 2016 election, President Trump romped to victory in Kansas. But Republicans lost a lot of ground down-ballot — 13 seats in the Kansas state House. In addition, during the primaries, several moderate Republicans had defeated conservative allies of Gov. Sam Brownback, R.

The combined result is a much less conservative legislature, and one where lawmakers might be on the verge of reversing Brownback’s controversial 2012 tax reforms.

The Kansas City Star reports that Kansas’ overwhelmingly Republican state House has already overridden Brownback’s veto of its bill, which would hike income taxes and reimpose taxes on small businesses. But the state Senate only passed the tax hike 22-18, meaning supporters of the tax hike will have to flip five votes to override Brownback’s veto.

Brownback, who ran for president in 2008, is very unpopular halfway through his second term. This is in large part because the tax cut he signed (a much more aggressive cut than the one he had originally proposed) came up quite short on anticipated revenue, putting the state’s finances in a bind. (There are a few pieces discussing this that go beyond political sloganeering — I found this one informative.) But he did sign it, and the repeal of this tax plan over his veto would still represent a pretty scathing repudiation of his governorship.

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