FILE - In this Jan 9, 2012 file photo, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback listens to a reporter's question during a news conference in his Statehouse office in Topeka, Kan. Republicans set out a bold conservative agenda after taking control of state capitols across the Midwest and South in the last general election. But after a series of notable achievements last year, the largest Republican wave in statehouses since the Great Depression now is splintering and action on key issues is stalled despite little meaningful opposition from outnumbered Democrats. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)