There is a bit of a coal-fueled rift in the Democratic Party, according to an analysis by Associated Press.
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson (in photo) and some other Democrats oppose the Holcomb coal-plant proposal. But 16 of the Legislatureâ€™s 57 Democrats support it â€” including House Minority Leader Dennis McKinney of Greensburg. McKinney, a party stalwart, and Parkinson, a former Republican and interloper to some, both are viewed as potential gubernatorial candidates. â€œThere are a considerable number of us who donâ€™t want our party to be headed by Mark Parkinson,â€ said state Rep. Candy Ruff, D-Leavenworth.