Sunday, August 12, 2012
Conservative Republicans have cleared away a big obstacle this week to their ambitions to convert Kansas into a policy laboratory.
But they could face a new problem as they work on fiscal and social issues next year. That problem is the state GOP's ingrained habits of splintering and squabbling.
Voters in last week's Republican primaries ousted moderate state senators, and are likely to emerge from the November general election with a conservative GOP majority in the Senate alongside one in the House.
But Brownback and the Legislature's new GOP leaders will face rising expectations on the right and a coalition of allies with diverse policy goals.
Brownback and conservative legislators also will be enmeshed in the details of drafting a budget and managing state government.