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Sanity prevailing in Kansas

After the Kansas state school board supported teaching intelligent design, and anti-evolution standards in classrooms, voters removed conservative forces from power on Tuesday by electing moderates in their place.

The Kansas standards, meant to be guidelines for teachers across the state, were seen as a victory for the "intelligent design" movement, which holds that the world is so complex that a higher authority -- God -- must have created it.

With more than 90 percent of the votes counted early on Wednesday, moderates had gained two seats and secured a third on the 10-member board, pushing conservatives -- two held their seats -- into the minority.

"We're going to have a new majority on the school board," said Boo Tyson, executive director of the MAINstream Coalition, which helped fund the campaign against the conservatives. "The people of Kansas have said they want their school board focused on something else than this hot-button issue."

Here's hoping our midwestern friends to the west are in the early stages of figuring out what is the matter with Kansas.


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