A political merry-go-round in Kansas has knocked a bank commissioner from office and returned his predecessor after a four-year hiatus.

Republican Gov. Bill Graves earlier this month named W. Newton Male to a four-year term as bank commissioner, effective Nov. 6. He replaces Frank Dunnick, who had similarly ousted Mr. Male four years earlier after a Democrat defeated the incumbent Republican governor. Mr. Male had been commissioner from 1987 to 1991.

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