Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and the Republican-controlled Legislature can’t seem to get anything right. But wait: They did approve some unconstitutional gun laws.
As recent evidence shows in Raytown and Lee’s Summit, Wal-Mart usually gets its way by wooing public officials with the possibility of future tax revenues and wearing down its opponents.
Led by Mayor Sly James, Kansas Citys elected officials work well together in setting priorities for using city funds. But dont get carried away: History shows politicians, city managers and staff members routinely talk a good game about setting priorities and wisely spending public funds.
As Missouris legislative session ends Friday, its far easier to tally up what the GOP-controlled House and Senate did not do than what they actually accomplished.
Mayor Pro Tem Cindy Circo is right: Kansas City has made some progress in providing better service, but can still do better.
Kansas City Zoo officials have taken an understandable step to avoid crowd-related problems they had the last time free admission was offered to Jackson and Clay county residents.
Here we are in 2013, time to renew a troublesome lament: Whatever happened to all the women holding political leadership positions in this region? And when are women ever going to get to call the shots at lots of local corporations?
The decision to seize The Associated Press phone records is a chilling development because it shows how far the Obama administration is prepared to go to look into how the press gathers sensitive information about the government.
Plenty of people right now would like to skip the trial and get right to the part where accused quadruple murderer Kyle Flack gets the death penalty. Yet while its understandable to feel that Flack deserves the death penalty, thats not likely to happen as smoothly as many people would hope. If at all.
Welcome to all the obnoxious Yankees fans from Kansas City, Overland Park, Olathe, Lee's Summit, Blue Springs and other local cities who will be streaming into Kauffman Stadium starting tonight.
Fighting City Hall is tough. Sometimes residents win, but they commonly lose, too. Developers often carry lots of sway with city officials. Plus, city leaders often care more about what their town will look like in 20 years than what current residents think.
It appears the Kansas City Police Department gave special treatment to the situation involving Kyle James’ car, which had been towed from in front of the mayor’s home in late April to a city lot because it had expired tags.
Talk about an unbreakable glass ceiling: When it comes to earning the big bucks in Kansas City’s world of private businesses, women are nowhere to be found.
Sam Brownback has fooled some Johnson Countians into thinking he cares about higher education. But this is the same governor who last year was roaming the halls of the Capitol successfully arguing for massive income tax cuts that will hurt higher education in the future.
Sure, the Kansas law on guns is unconstitutional, as Eric Holder points out. However, Gov. Brownback and the Kansas Legislature are all in this year with their anti-federal, pro-gun stance.
This doesnt seem fair: Kansas Citians in Clay and Platte counties were among those who rejected the 2004 bistate tax. Yet now they will get the same perks as the people who approved a different tax to benefit the baseball team in 2006.
So much for all the tough talk from GOP lawmakers about sequestration, making tough budget choices, etc. The supposed deficit hawks knuckled under Friday and approved a bill to fully fund the air traffic control system.
Plans to open new Wal-Mart stores remain controversial in the Kansas City area. But they keep coming because city officials often want the tax revenues they bring.
Critics have been out in force, pointing out how convenient the current airport is for many fliers and how the traveling public already has spent $250 million on KCI improvements. So what should the next steps in this debate be? Here are four suggestions.
Frustrated drivers are whining about all the work being done on I-35 near the downtown loop. But what do these motorists expect? They need to concede that their love affair with cars and light trucks has put us in this position.
The Missouri Senate is careening out of control. With irresponsible actions, pouting senators in the last few days have decided to cut the budgets of at least two state agencies that the lawmakers think are dissing them.
The violence and resulting bad publicity that too often afflict Kansas City supposedly are going to scare people especially white suburbanites from coming to the Plaza, to the zoo in Swope Park and to a downtown still trying to make a good name for itself. Lets be clear: No, that wont happen.
With the 2015 elections only two years away, its a good time to review Sly James chances of winning another term as Kansas City mayor. Start with this rather basic question: Who in the world is going to challenge him?
Aviation Director Mark VanLoh and the citys elected officials must stop bungling the campaign to build the $1.2 billion terminal.
Voters go to the polls next Tuesday to select mayors to lead two of the largest local governments in Kansas. An uncontested Overland Park mayoral race lacks excitement, while big differences emerge in the Wyandotte County battle for Unified Government mayor.