Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt (in photo), R-Independence, and Senate Vice President John Vratil, R-Leawood, may still be frustrated that the across-the-board budget cuts they supported didn’t pass the Senate. But Kansans should expect more from the Senate leaders than their comments last week criticizing Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ work on the state budget and expressing hope that she gets a Cabinet job in the Obama administration. “It might actually be helpful,” Schmidt said about the possibility of Sebelius leaving. Kansas Democratic Party chairman Larry Gates said that Schmidt and Vratil were engaging in political gamesmanship. “This type of behavior is not the solution — it’s the problem,” he said.
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