UPDATED: Senate majority leader’s defamation lawsuit dismissed

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(Updated to include comment from Rose)

A judge on Tuesday dismissed Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning's defamation lawsuit against newspaper columnist Steve Rose.

Johnson County Judge Paul Gurney ruled that Denning failed to show that he would prevail on the merits of his defamation claim against Rose over a column about the senator's opposition to Medicaid expansion.

He awarded attorney fees to Rose. They could total close to about $50,000, Rose's lawyer said Tuesday afternoon.

A 2016 state law intended to discourage lawsuits aimed . . .

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