Friday, January 05, 2007

Kansas Moments: Kline refuses to share, Sebelius moves forward & the GOP lurches further right

By Diane Silver

Here's a quick look around the news from the heartland this morning.

The Wichita Eagle's blog, WE Blog, asks a good question: If outgoing Attorney General Phill Kline is so hot to prosecute Dr. George Tiller, why won't Kline share his files with Sedgwick County District Attorney Nola Foulston? The local DA is the person with the authority to prosecute the Wichita abortion provider. What gives?

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius reveals her new $7 million economic development plan, help for the rural economy and keeps pushing for health care for children.

All signs point to the Kansas Republican Party continuing its rightward lurch when it picks a new chair. None of the announced candidates are moderate, which isn't a suprise given that ultra conservatives control the party apparatus. Announced candidates include such stalwarts of the religious right as state Sen. Tim Huelskamp of Fowler, law professor and former Congressional candidate Kris Kobach and Wichita businessman Mike Pompeo. Even Kline is rumored to be interested. The best way to understand the party race is to read Kansas GOP Insider, who really appears to be who he/she claims.

Meanwhile, the new moderate majority on the state Board of Education is moving quickly to search for a new education commissioner to replace recently resigned Bob Corkins, yet another darling of the religious right.

Western Kansas continues to struggle under the snow, and we wish them all the best and all the help they need. The problems include power outages and a desperate struggle for ranchers who are trying to keep their cattle alive.

Finally, please look again at a story that is receiving too little play in Kansas: Who is Phill Kline's special prosecutor?

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