Predictions for Brownback, Kobach

As he asked and answered some questions about regional politics past and future, Kansas City Star columnist Steve Kraske noted that Gov. Sam Brownback (in photo) is “on the hot seat at the dawn of 2013” because he “faces enormous challenges balancing the state budget the next two years in light of last year’s massive tax cut.” On the question of whether Secretary of State Kris Kobach will try a GOP primary challenge to either Brownback or Sen. Pat Roberts in 2014: “The early buzz says ‘no,’” Kraske wrote. “He wants a second term in his current job and recognizes that both would be tough to beat.”