Dennis McKinney was officially on the job as State Treasurer all of about two minutes before he was asked about running for governor in 2010. Wow! I thought we all agreed this latest presidential campaign lasted way too long - now we can't wait to start all over with our gubernatorial race! Okay - I admit, as a journalist, I would have asked McKinney about his 2010 plans, too. Did he plan to seek election to the treasurer's office or does he have something else in mind? On the same day, Sen. Sam Brownback announced he'd filed paperwork to start fundraising for a run at the governor's seat. We also know he'll likely face a challenge to the GOP nomination from Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh. It is a curious exercise to speculate how the cards will line up and who'll run for what, but the election is more than a year and a half away! Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Let me know what you think - and also do some speculating of your own - who do you think will run, especially on the Democrats' side, where there's no clear-cut candidate right now (hence the speculation surrounding McKinney)? Oh, and don't forget - we'll do all the speculating while the Topeka city elections unfold over the next few months! Let the games...errr...the campaign begin!