Never mind what voter registration numbers say about Kansas. Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has easily won a second term, thanks to her crossover appeal to moderate Republicans and the weak challenge by state Sen. Jim Barnett of Emporia. Now Sebelius needs to spend some of the political capital she earned at the polls on moving the state further forward. That will mean reaching out more to the GOP-controlled Legislature and being more vocal and visible.
As for the Kansas Republican Party: It still hasn’t learned the lesson of the 2002 election, which was that Democrats can and will capitalize on its ideological split.
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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