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Parkinson getting praise

Many governors would get blasted for slashing the state budget. Gov. Mark Parkinson is drawing praise, from The Eagle editorial board and others. "I'm proud of him for what he's doing," said state Rep. Bob Bethell, R-Alden, adding, "these are things that needed to be done and needed to be done now." "That shows more leadership than we've seen from the governor's office in many, many years," said state Rep. Melvin Neufeld, R-Ingalls. Parkinson shows no signs of changing his mind about running for his job outright next year. But the Topeka Capital-Journal editorialized that Parkinson suggested "he's worthy of a four-year term" by standing up to the threat of a schools lawsuit. The editorial concluded: "His leadership on the matter has been even-handed, much like when he broke the stalemate earlier this year on the Sunflower power plant expansion project. Parkinson has only been in office since last spring, but he continues to create a memorable legacy."