Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly cites ‘compromise’ in signing vaccine bill opposed by Democrats

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The Kansas City Star

TOPEKA, Kan. — As Kansas lawmakers prepared to vote Monday night on a Republican-driven measure pushing back on federal COVID-19 vaccination rules, they began peering down at their phones at the new message that had just arrived. Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly — without explaining why — had committed to signing the bill. The announcement created awkward scenes. Minutes later, most Democrats cast votes against a proposal the de facto leader of their party had just promised to approve. Some Republicans, triumphant after a whirlwind 13-hour special session, thanked their usual political nemesis for …

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