Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius will name a new state Supreme Court justice at 1 p.m. today.
The announcement will be made in the governor's ceremonial office at the State Capitol in Topeka.
The new justice will replace retiring Justice Donald Allegrucci, a former Democratic state senator.
UPDATE: It's Lee A. Johnson, a 59-year-old native of Caldwell, in Sumner County, who has served on the Court of Appeals since 2001. He was appointed to that court by Republican Gov. Bill Graves. He is the third appointment to the seven-member Supreme Court by Sebelius, a Democrat.
If you're a Democrat, maybe nothing -- these days, anyway.
But the man who once again popularized the phrase -- author Thomas Frank, the once-upon-a-time Mission Hills boy -- will be Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' special guest at her inauguration activities next week.
Frank will attend the Sunday night festivities in Overland Park. And he'll be on hand Monday morning at the Capitol when Sebelius takes the oath of office for the second time.
Didn't get a Christmas card this year from Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius?
If you were lucky enough to get one, you know what it looks like. But if you're among the multitude who didn't, there's a website that features not only her card but cards sent out this year by many of the nation's governors.
Stateline.org has collected a gallery of governors' greeting cards: from hand-painted pictures by Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) to a recipe from outgoing Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R).
Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who will chair the Democratic Governors Association next year, came to Washingtonon today and let her allies in Congress know that success in 2008 depends on them.
"I'm hopeful - and we're all trying to be optimistic about this - that our new majorities in the House and Senate will work closely with us because we know how to get things done," she told a press conference. "I am very concerned that their ability to have something delivered - here's what Democrats can do when they're in charge - will make or break us being able to elect a Democratic president in '08."
Sebelius will become the first woman chair of the DGA, a policy and political recruitment arm of the Democratic party. Democrats now hold the governorships in 28 states. And if you didn't think that the 2008 presidential race wasn't on their minds, Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico, the departing chairman and a potential White House contender himself, quickly dispelled that notion.
He said that before last month's elections, Democrats controlled states totalling 208 of the 270 electoral votes needed to elect a president. Now they control states worth 295 electoral votes.
"This election proved that Democratic governors were competitive all around the country, in red and blue states," Richardson said.
Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has just become the first woman to chair the Democratic Governor's Association.
Sebelius said she was honored: “Democratic governors are, by nature, results-oriented public policy entrepreneurs. I intend to strengthen the DGA’s role as a clearinghouse for best practices in the states.
"It’s been my experience that good policy equals good politics. And I expect that to be a hallmark of my leadership as DGA Chair.”
The RGA develops policy proposals to address state issues and supports the election of Republican candidats for governor.
"There is no bigger star in the RGA than Matt Blunt," said Phil Musser, the group's outgoing executive director. Musser said Blunt has been selfless with his time in support of the group and was chairman of the group's annual fund-raising gala earlier this year, which raised a record $9.6 million.
The vice chairman traditionally is elected chairman the following year. Gov. Sonny Perdue of Georgia was vice chairman until being elected chairman last week.
Membership in the RGA is about to become more exclusive. Republicans held 28 governorships this year. In the wake of the November elections, the number of Republican governors will drop to 22 in January, Musser said.
Kansas Lt. Gov.-elect Mark Parkinson got his first assignment today (the first that we know of, anyway, since he and Gov. Kathleen Sebelius won last week's election).
The job? Co-chairing the Kansas Energy Council, which looks at the state's energy needs and resources and plays a key role in the production and use of wind energy and ethanol.
“Energy will be a key focus of my second term, and Mark will lead our administration’s efforts to promote renewable energy production and energy conservation,” Sebelius said in a statement released Wednesday afternoon.
Parkinson said in the statement that “We really do have an opportunity to make Kansas a national leader in renewable energy, and the Energy Council has done great work in soliciting input from producers, consumers and Kansans on how we take advantage of that opportunity.”