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Proposal to Lure American Royal to Kansas Discovered by Lawmaker

Republican Senator Jim Denning, of Overland Park, on the floor of the Kansas Senate  (Photo by Jim McLean)
Republican Senator Jim Denning, of Overland Park, on the floor of the Kansas Senate (Photo by Jim McLean)

Kansas lawmakers passed a preliminary budget last week that balances on paper... but it was a struggle. The state's ongoing revenue problems forced legislators to question where every dollar was going - even if it meant confronting Governor Sam Brownback. And that's just what happened to one Kansas City area lawmaker. Senator Jim Denning says the legislature didn't know about Brownback's plan to lure the American Royal from Missouri to Kansas until he started asking questions. The Overland Park Republican sat down with Kansas Statehouse reporter Jim McLean to talk about how he found out about the plan and why he objected to it.

Jim McLean is a reporter for the KHI News Service in Topeka.

Jim McLean, Executive Editor of KHI News Service, oversees the KHI News Service. From 2005 until 2013, McLean coordinated all communications activities at KHI as Vice President for Public Affairs. The position he now occupies was created as part of a strategic initiative to solidify the editorial and operational independence of the KHI News Service. Prior to coming to KHI, McLean had a distinguished career as a journalist, serving as the news director and Statehouse bureau chief for Kansas Public Radio and a managing editor for the Topeka Capital-Journal. During his more than 20 years in Kansas journalism, McLean won numerous awards for journalistic excellence from the Kansas Press Association, regional chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Kansas Association of Broadcasters. In 1997, McLean and two Capital-Journal colleagues received the Burton W. Marvin News Enterprise Award from the University of Kansas William Allen White School of Journalism for a series of stories on the state’s business climate. McLean holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Washburn University.