Denning faces blowback over Kelly trip

Jim Denning

Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning on Thursday faced blowback from conservative members of his caucus for a trip he took with Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly promoting Medicaid expansion.

Denning on Thursday fended off criticism about the trip to Wichita from conservatives who said it left them exposed amid a high-stakes legislative session that has entangled Medicaid expansion with a constitutional amendment on abortion.

Although there have been sharp exchanges of emails in recent weeks between senators, cracks within the Senate Republican caucus started showing publicly Thursday afternoon as senators convened before going into session.

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