Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer continues to shape top levels of Kansas government amid anticipation that the U.S. Senate may soon confirm Gov. Sam Brownback for an ambassadorship at the State Department. Although Colyer made the selection, Brownback — who may have just weeks left as governor — issued a news release Tuesday announcing that former Kansas education commissioner Diane DeBacker will serve as education liaison and adviser to the Governor’s Office.
The hulking, richly ornate Vaile Mansion , designed by famed architect Asa Beebe Cross , sits alone on a postage stamp of its former grounds in a mostly working-class residential neighborhood in Independence. It looks more like a rip in time and space than a wonderland of Victorian Christmas cheer.