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Side-by-side, Kansas and Colorado governors offer test of strategies
Side-by-side, Kansas and Colorado governors offer test of strategies

For two next-door neighbors, Kansas and Colorado have awfully little in common. Kansas is distinctly Midwestern, the spare flatness of the prairie relieved only occasionally by a small town or lonely farmhouse, the shrinking population mostly white, aging and politically conservative. People here still nod and smile at strangers they pass on the sidewalk. Colorado faces squarely West, its outdoorsy lifestyle beckoning the fit and fleece-vested to abandon Denver's office towers and escape the crowded freeways into the Rockies. A burgeoning Latino population has helped shade the state from politically red to purplish blue. You can legally enjoy your favorite microbrew and...

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