REPUBLICANS: Storm in Kansas

In Kansas last week, farmers from Abilene to Topeka watched and worried as dust storms swirled across the state, silting down the new grass and dimming the sun. Across the U.S., politicians' eyes were watching an entirely different kind of Kansas storm, a political tempest, its gusts reaching all the way to Washington. In its center was Charles Wesley (Wes) Roberts, 49, chairman of the Republican National Committee.

Eyebrows & Questions. The first clouds had appeared Feb. 10. That day the Kansas City Star carried a half-column story from its Kansas correspondent, Alvin S. McCoy, about a Kansas state hospital...

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