(Updated: Story recast to include Denning's response; edits throughout)
With next year's Senate races more than a year out, Democratic state Rep. Cindy Holscher late Wednesday night launched a bid to defeat Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning.
Holscher announced her Senate campaign just before 10:30 Wednesday night, hours after Denning and other Republican leaders were unable to cut a deal with Gov. Laura Kelly to expand Medicaid. Republican leadership wants a bill passed next year. Kelly insists on getting Medicaid expanded this year.
"Tens of thousands of Kansans desperately need medical care, and the senator has refused . . .