"How do you spell 'relief' in Topeka? No more K-A-T-H-L-E-E-N," wrote Kansas City Star columnist Steve Kraske. He noted how relieved many GOP lawmakers are to have former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius now in Washington, D.C. Though Sebelius has a national reputation for being bipartisan, Sebelius doesn't have much of a record in Kansas for proposing a major initiative, garnering true bipartisan support and building public support to pass it, the lawmakers contend.
But Star columnist Mike Hendricks suggested that the reason GOP lawmakers may be happy is that new Gov. Mark Parkinson is a sellout. Hendricks argued that the Parkinson agreement this week to support a coal plant signaled to the GOP that "he's only too happy to turn over the governor's mansion two years ahead of schedule."