↑ President Barack Obama. Beset by controversy, his poll numbers remaining rock-steady thanks to slight uptick in economic outlook.
By STEVE KRASKE
The Kansas City Star
↓ Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders. Timing of re-appraisal controversy not good as he gears up for third-term re-election run.
↑ KC Mayor Sly James. He hits the midpoint of first term with a key, albeit controversial, accomplishment already in hand (streetcars) and no potential challenger in sight. But he still must face down crime and east-side blight.
↓ Kanas Gov. Sam Brownback. Lawmakers thumb noses at governor’s call to get out of town. Now, 2013 session could drift to Christmas.
↔ Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon. Session’s over: HORRAY! Session’s over: Uh-ohhh. Now guv has to start vetoing GOP bills, such as income tax cuts. That won’t please the Legislature’s ruling party.
↑ Missouri state Sen. Jolie Justus, a Kansas City Democrat. Oversees passage of key gay-rights bill through state Senate in big win for Show Me gay rights. Basks in praise from AG Chris Koster to boot.
↓ Kansas state Sen. Jeff Melcher, an Overland Park Republican, who argued against a sales tax cut on food because it amounted to social engineering. “It might encourage people to eat more,” he said. Melcher won’t be living down that one for awhile.