Now that Gov. Mark Parkinson has helped put the 2009 legislative session out of its misery, he plans to name a new lieutenant governor soon. Names put forward by Topeka Capital-Journal columnist Ric Anderson are former Gov. John Carlin, Transportation Secretary Deb Miller, state Sens. Laura Kelly of Topeka and Chris Steineger of Kansas City, and Reps. Raj Goyle of Wichita and Josh Svaty of Ellsworth. Then again, as Anderson noted, "lieutenant governor isn't much of a springboard to bigger and better political things" — except in the case of Parkinson. On the Capital-Journal's Web site, one reader nominated George Tiller.