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For anyone who hasn’t been following, now that Tom Daschle has pulled his name out of the hat of nominees for Secretary of Health and Human Services, Governor Sebelius is at the top of most pundits’ list for the next nominee.
She fought against the two 700-megawatt coal-fired power plants proposed by Sunflower, and vetoed three times legislation that would allow them to be built. On the night before one of the votes, representatives of Sunflower offered to build only two 600-megawatt plants approached her; she stood her ground and vetoed the thinly concealed threat into the ground.
Well not quite. Sunflower is back and taking Kansas to federal court.
Environmental issues aside, there is another, more important reason that Sebelius should stay. US Senator Sam Brownback has filed his paperwork to run for Kansas Governor in 2010. If Sebelius goes to DC and the Kansas budget faces more problems, it will leave a bad taste in the mouths of Kansans when they consider another democrat for the job. It will all but guarantee a win for the senator.
Here is the best-case scenario: Sebelius stays in Kansas and finished up her second term strongly — strong budget, more wind power, no coal power plants. She decides to run for Brownback’s seat (wins it) while rallying enough democratic support and headlines to push a second democrat into the Governor’s office.
— Bryan Dykman
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