"The Coal Calm in Kansas, for now"
Ever since the Kansas House failed to override Governor Sebelius’ veto of two coal plants, the state’s chambers have fallen quiet. Not because the issue is dead; but the actors are laying low, reflecting, and figuring out their next move.
In the meantime, persona speculation is rampant. There is talk of the Governor’s potential as a running mate for Obama, should he be declared the Democrat nominee.
On the other side of things, there’s rumbling of Kansas Speaker Melvin Neufield’s utter disappointment to his party to deliver the votes to override Sebelius’ veto. My question for those critics is – to what extent did he fail because the coal plants are just bad ideas in and of themselves, and people finally recognized that? I’d argue that it is slightly erroneous to place full blame on the politician and miss an acknowledgment of how doomed the actual policy is/would be, regardless.
You’d think a victory would or could being declared, with Sebelius’ potential career climb versus Speaker Neufield falling under scrutiny, but we’re far from that. In the crazy whirl of legislative and override attempts, there were three pieces of legislation introduced, and one has yet to cross the Governor’s desk or pass through the legislature, which it will do May 29th.
In other words, this calm after the storm is a decoy – it’s real, and the lobbyists are out in full force, though quiet. Stay tuned.
In the mean time, check out what the local non-profit Renew Missouri has been up to in Kansas’ other neighboring state (i.e. not Colorada, but for those in and around Kansas City) – 170,000 signatures for a ballot initiative for a Renewable Energy Standard in Missouri!