Moderate GOP state lawmakers have big targets on their backs from the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and others eager for a conservative takeover of the Kansas Senate. But former Senate President Dick Bond of Overland Park argued in a Kansas City Star commentary that, historically, moderates have been key in making Kansans a better, smarter and safer people. "The leadership of moderates for nearly 100 years created quality K-12 education; excellent universities; superb highways; a safety net for the poor, disabled and aged; support for local government; a balanced tax system that sought parity of taxation (one-third property, one-third income, one-third sales); and government with respect and civility," he wrote. All that has changed, he said, and he faulted moderate voters who skip GOP primaries. "Moderates give the far right election victories by not voting," he said.