↓ President Barack Obama: Benghazi, IRS scandal signal rise of second-term curse.
By STEVE KRASKE
The Kansas City Star
↓ Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon: Medicaid expansion, Nixon’s #1 agenda item, already ancient history. Must stare down major Kansas-style tax cut bill. DMV funding still an issue. And GOP leaders more aggressive than ever. Not the smooth second-term start he sought.
↓ Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback: Fellow conservatives still balking at extending sales tax. This wasn’t the way it was supposed to be.
↑ Missouri state Sen. Will Kraus: Lee’s Summit Republican guides big tax cut package through Senate results in big uptick in gravitas.
↑ Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts: With wild card Congressman Tim Huelskamp in the fold, Roberts has fourth term in the bag. Could be easiest Senate re-elect campaign in nation.
↔ Kansas Democrats: They need to find credible opponents for Brownback, Roberts. They say they’ll produce them, but we’ve heard that before.