TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A debate over two proposed coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas appears to have exposed a split among Governor Sebelius' fellow Democrats.
The split is focusing attention on the compelling -- but unsettling -- question for the party of who will be the next governor.
Sebelius vetoed a bill allowing the coal-fired plants. A new House bill drafted in response seems likely to meet the same fate.
Lieutenant Governor Mark Parkinson has been the administration's spokesman for her position.
A majority of Democratic legislators also opposed the bill Sebelius vetoed, but one supporter was House Minority Leader Dennis McKinney, a Greensburg Democrat who's often a reliable ally of hers.
The state constitution prevents Sebelius from seeking a third term in 2010. Parkinson and McKinney are the two most obvious potential gubernatorial nominees.