House Speaker Mike O'Neal, R-Hutchinson, is feeling some deserved heat for doubling as an attorney representing insurance funds, businesses and trade groups in a suit against the state challenging the constitutionality of the state's confiscation of cash in fee funds related to conservation, banking, workers' compensation and real estate. Democrats and superintendents see a double standard, in that O'Neal has criticized the Schools for Fair Funding lawsuit against the state and O'Neal and his firm could end up collecting a lot of money from the state. Worse, O'Neal accepted a total $5,000 in campaign donations from five of the 17 plaintiff organizations. Rep. Marti Crow, D-Leavenworth, even called for O'Neal to step down. That seems premature, but O'Neal's actions look bad at best. Gov. Mark Parkinson said, "We are in an unprecedented financial crisis in the state. It's time for us all to pull together and work through it. It's not time for us to be filing lawsuits against each other."