Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and her Republican challenger, Attorney General Derek Schmidt, tried ducking out from under the shadows that have trailed them for the better part of this year's race for governor.
In a nearly hourlong debate Wednesday sponsored by the Johnson County Bar Association, Kelly tried to shed efforts by Schmidt to link her to the policies of President Joe Biden while Schmidt tried to distance himself from former GOP Gov. Sam Brownback.
Kelly and Schmidt got the chance to directly confront each other about Biden and Brownback in front of a packed ballroom at the DoubleTree . . .