Hold onto your seats, ladies and gentlemen. The Kansas you thought had gone conservative is not nearly as conservative as it may become after the 2012 elections.
The Kansas Senate, which has been a bulwark of moderates fending off a very conservative House of Representatives and a very conservative Gov. Sam Brownback, could itself go conservative. State Sen. John Vratil, a moderate Republican senator from Leawood, gives it a 50/50 chance of happening.
All that would have to occur, according to Vratil, who has served as vice president of the Senate, is that two Senate seats switch from moderate to conservative. “And then conservatives would have a true majority,” said Vratil.
With conservatives winning the trifecta — controlling both chambers of the Legislature and the governor’s seat — it is not difficult to imagine what kinds of legislation we might expect.