And....Palin again gigs the Obama administration to the tune of “Green Eggs and Ham”
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
And....Palin again gigs the Obama administration to the tune of “Green Eggs and Ham”
Sherrer, Moore call the governor’s big tax-cut plan a bust
Former Kansas City mayor Mark Funkhouser has been named publisher of Governing magazine
The gubernatorial candidate says the GOP fosters “1950s-style health care policies”
Former three-term Republican state Rep. Patricia Lightner of Olathe announced her candidacy to lead the Johnson County Commission, triggering an August primary. She will face incumbent Chairman Ed Eilert and Commissioner Ed Peterson.
Sen. John Lamping’s legislation would create a $400-per-child tax credit for single parents earning up to $46,000 a year and married couples earning $92,000 a year. Only a handful of states have anything similar, Lamping said, and Missouri’s tax credits would be by far the largest.
The potential for chaos before the November election may not happen after all. That’s a huge break for Brownback. Kansas’ governor must now convince voters that he is adequately devoted to public education.
The high court ruled that cuts in education funding since 2010 led to an unconstitutionally imbalanced playing field between rich and poor schools. Its decision means lawmakers by July 1 must close the gap or a panel of three district court judges will decide how to do it for them. On a grander scale, the court put off a decision on whether Kansas was spending enough on schools to meet its constitutional obligation to suitably finance public education.
And...McCaskill wins showdown over prosecuting military sexual assaults
Bills pending in the General Assembly would establish a program in Missouri intended to increase the amount of angel capital for startup businesses. The House passed one version of the bill 114-36 after legislators amended a provision to ensure none of the tax credits go toward abortion services.
A, well, novel idea to pipe water from the Missouri River to western Kansas has bubbled up again, underscoring just how precious the commodity is.
Kansas Sens. Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts split on approach to prosecuting sexual assault cases in the military.
The court will rule on a lawsuit saying the Legislature abandoned its constitutional obligation to suitably fund elementary and secondary schools in Kansas. The ruling could force lawmakers to spend $600 million more annually on education.
The legislation was sponsored by Rep. Sheila Solon, a Blue Springs Republican who has championed the measure for three years. It would prohibit insurance companies from charging patients more than $75 for a 30-day supply of oral chemotherapy drugs.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate offers few specifics, but rips Brownback
And...Brownback doesn’t rule out another run for the White House
Jenkins legislation would suspend the health care laws fine of $95 or 1 percent of taxable income imposed on Americans who dont purchase insurance policies for 2014. The bill isnt likely to even get a vote in the Democrat-controlled Senate.
Who said this?
Nearly six in 10 Americans back it, new poll finds
People are looking at Putin as one who wrestles bears and drills for oil. They look at our president as one who wears mom jeans and equivocates and bloviates. former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Fox News Monday night.
Congressional approval of the request would complete federal financing for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, Kan., where scientists will study diseases and pathogens that pose a threat to livestock and public health.
Overwhelming majorities in the Missouri House and Senate have signed off on separate bills. To become law, one or both of the bills would still have to wind its way through the other legislative chamber. But any bill would go into effect only if the Kansas Legislature or governor enacted a similar measure in the next two years.
A federal judge refuses to dismiss Henry Lyons’ case against UMKC.
Pam Curtis will succeed long-time Rep. Mike Peterson
Perhaps to their regret, Republicans rejected President Barack Obama’s offer to address entitlement spending. Now, as Obama sends his budget to Congress, Democrats are poised to make a similar mistake.
And...Reid wants Europe’s support for any sanctions against Russia
The Missouri Democrat writes a letter to the U.S. State Department urging approval of the controversial project.
Kansas City officials are in a winter-plagued Washington, D.C., to make the case for the GOP 2016 presidential nominating convention.
But U.S. options to punish Putin are said to be not that great
The 20 female senators are cited for their role in ending the government shutdown
The 2012 election delivered Brownback a House and Senate much in his own image. That legislature responded by passing deep income tax cuts the governor sees as critical to the economy. But this year lawmakers careened off into an array of social issues, setting the state abuzz and making it a punch line for late-night comics.
A former four-term Republican state lawmaker and military veteran, Jason Brown said its time for him to spend more time with family. His decision could create a crowded field for the countys top spot.
Kansas City’s Sen. Jolie Justus, an openly gay lawmaker, has played a role in the state coming closer to passing a law that would bar discrimination based on sexual orientation.
“Gov. Nixon believes we should be working to end discrimination, not passing unnecessary bills that would condone it,” Scott Holste, the governor’s press secretary, said in a statement to The Star. Opponents of the bill have condemned it as a way for businesses to discriminate against anyone they do not like, most notably gays and lesbians.
Maybe the U.S. senator from Kansas can relax now. During the last seven days, his campaign ensured that his upstart primary opponent had a “Todd Akin week” bad enough to all but take the radiologist out of the race.
And, Reid slams the Koch brothers
And get this: Now two Jackson County legislators face primary challenges
The private GOP convention committee asks for trust, then uses taxpayer-supported, uniformed police in a convention video.
The other cities are Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati, all in Ohio, plus Las Vegas, Dallas, Phoenix and Denver. Representatives of the eight cities will meet with the Republican site selection committee Monday to formally present their plans.
Leo Morton was accused of improper distribution of campaign material
Chad Taylor plans formal announcement Friday.
The bill by Rep. John Rubin, a Shawnee Republican, would unseal probable cause affidavits that are used to justify arrests. Kansas is believed to be the only state that doesnt make the records open unless approved by a judge.
Former state rep is convinced he can do better job than Mason, the incumbent
Kansas City is one of eight cities still in the running for the GOP convention. GOP chairman Reince Priebus revealed the eight cities submitting acceptable bids at 9 this morning.
The Northland guru is a growing job creator.
And...Missouri Republicans are still pursuing a voter ID bill that Democrats abhor
Yoder’s new office head once worked for a Florida Republican who resigned in January.
A group called Good Jobs First has compiled a list of corporations receiving handouts from state and local governments. Cerner is tenth on the list.
Huelskamp, meantime, wants to impeach Holder
That’s especially true in Statehouse races
In response to a request filed by The Star, Kansas City and convention bureau officials contend their bid to land the 2016 Republican National Convention is not subject to public disclosure laws.
A Senate panel discussed bills from Sen. Jamilah Nasheed and Sen. Will Kraus that would impose contribution limits and restrict lobbyist gifts. Meanwhile, a Missouri House committee heard testimony on five ethics-related bills.
The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Wayne Wallingford of Cape Girardeau, says a governmental authority shall not substantially burden a persons free exercise of religion unless the government demonstrates that it has a compelling interest.
Milton Wolf, who is challenging incumbent U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas in the Republican primary, is a partner in a radiology firm that is accused in a lawsuit of illegally limiting competition and driving up costs. Wolf denies the claims, saying Roberts is promoting the lawsuit to divert attention from his own record.
This time it’s to testify on the impact his Alzheimer’s disease is having on him — and his family
Companies pondering a move to Kansas probably give some thought to the state’s overall culture, in addition to whatever extra income they would get from tax cuts championed by Gov. Sam Brownback. But while some firms might like the state’s more conservative tilt, others might decide against trading culture for cash.
Huelskamp, Roberts are the most conservative members from Kansas and Missouri, according to the Club for Growth.
Michigan representative didn’t want people to think he had stayed too long
Missouri lawmakers say they have a plan to toughen regulation on payday lenders. Consumer advocates counter that they are actually making the state’s worst-in-the-nation lending laws even worse.
Exit of Steve Fitzgerald clears way for Jenkins to rack up another term
And, Nixon gets smacked...by a fellow Democrat
Chances are that the politician you just met isnt getting his or her hand greased. But most of us dont recognize this reality.
Darryl Forte and Sam Dotson have penned a letter asking for Supreme Court guidance on red-light cameras.
Democratic poll shows race remains competitive
Comedy Centrals Jon Stewart ripped apart legislators in Kansas and Missouri for considering bills a tad outside the norm.
The ACLU says the First Amendment doesn’t just protect free speech. It protects tax-exempt free speech.
He was best known for his long career representing parts of Overland Park in the Kansas House. He was a moderate Republican who worked on infrastructure and spending issues. He was sometimes confused with Phill Kline, a controversial Kansas legislator who later became the state’s attorney general.
Long-time state lawmaker from Overland Park rose to become chair of the House Appropriations Committee
And Brownback refuses, or now, to take a stand on Common Core
Students in unaccredited school districts could transfer to nonreligious private schools — with at least part of their tuition paid with public money — under legislation approved by a Missouri Senate committee.
Torpey would require all Medicaid recipients to have a job
Republicans pushed back hard Wednesday night against Gov. Jay Nixons charge earlier in the day that a GOP-led House committee had stripped funding out of a bill to rebuild the aging Fulton State Hospital. House Speaker Tim Jones insisted that the House Budget Committee had done no such thing and called Nixons rhetoric a blatant falsehood.
Sen. David Pearce’s legislation represents a combination of bills aimed at altering the 1993 law permitting students in unaccredited school districts to enroll in accredited districts, with tuition and transportation provided by the failing districts. It does not, however, touch on issues such as charter schools or teacher tenure that several other lawmakers included in their bills.
School board member says he’s running for the third district at-large seat.
Under the measure sponsored by Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook, a Shawnee Republican, if parents don’t first opt in, children can’t take such classes. The House Education Committee held a hearing on the bill Tuesday and could forward the measure to the full House within a week.
And...Clinton kids W about not having a Twitter account
The repeal of the law led to some 55-63 more homicides a year
The order instructs the U.S. House to withhold part of Cleaver’s salary to help repay more than $1.3 million he and his wife now owe Bank of America. It’s the second time the bank has asked the court to garnish Cleaver’s wages for the debt, first incurred more than a decade ago.
The Missouri Democrat says she supports -- for now -- a Senate bill reforming the Postal Service. The greeting card industry, apparently including Hallmark, opposes the measure.
A Senate committee discussed a bill that would ban lawmakers from serving as paid political consultants for their fellow legislators or from serving as a lobbyist until two years after they leave office. It would also ban lobbyist gifts assigned to a committee instead of to an individual lawmaker. It would also bar lobbyists from paying for out-of-state trips for lawmakers.
Gov. Jay Nixon addressed the issue Tuesday, the day after an Oklahoma pharmacy agreed not to supply the drug for Taylor’s execution. But attorneys for Taylor, who is scheduled to be executed Feb. 26 for the 1989 kidnapping, rape and killing of 15-year-old Ann Harrison, said the state now has no lawful way to put him to death and filed a motion in federal court to stay the execution.
As demonstrated by Kansas’ all-GOP congressional delegation, protecting the interests of the minority is one of the most vexing problems in a republican democracy. But our polarized politics are moving ever closer to a dangerously polarized geography.
House speaker calls the bill “a classic case of big promises and big spending with little results”
In Kansas, the repercussions of HB 2453 linger
Legislators, eager to underline anti-abortion bona fides in this election year, have raced to top one another in Missouri, Kansas and other increasingly conservative states.
John Brunner, who ran and lost for U.S. Senate in 2012, says he’s considering another race
America’s troubled relationship with its public mail service is nearing another complicated, and perhaps final, test. It’s likely to pit politics against against conflicting special interests, convenience, technology, and the price you pay for stamps.
With two candidates for Missouri governor already in the hunt for 2016, Republicans once again faces the prospect of a high-profile, and defeat-inducing, primary.
Asked point-blank on Thursday if he would run for the White House, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon refused to say either yes or no. His answer: Hes focused on getting accomplished what he can before his term ends in 2017.
The incumbent GOP governor is in the NYT; Milton Wolf, in Mother Jones.
Missouri Democratic leader to Republicans on Nixon impeachment: Keep the crazy coming.
The National Rifle Association is urging senators to kill a bill that seeks to nullify some federal gun laws and jail federal agents for enforcing them. The group is raising objections to an amendment giving gun owners three days to report a stolen firearm, something the NRA equates to mandatory gun registration.
If lawmakers agree to fully fund Missouri’s public schools and rein in spending on the state’s biggest tax credit programs, Gov. Jay Nixon said, he will sign a tax cut bill.
Other cities are pushing for streetcars, Politico reports, because cities think streetcars are catalysts for economic development and urban revitalization.
Martin: “The voters of Missouri have already spoken on this issue”
Obamacare enrollment numbers suggest the program may not be a bust after all
Congress passed an extension of the debt limit, good until March 2015. Here’s how the local House and Senate members voted.
The signals are crystal clear: The state auditor wants to be governor. Missouri auditor Tom Schweich unveiled a formidable re-election team Tuesday with a wink and a nod to another race two years down the road.
Today’s question: Does anyone remember their high school French?
Obama is frustrated with the slow progress in Syria
The Kansas senator declines to answer questions about where he lives.
The American Civil Liberties Union plans to file litigation Wednesday on behalf of a group of same-sex couples seeking legal recognition from Missouri of marriages they obtained in other states.
Missouri’s Democratic senator says she’d keep her distance from the president because of his low poll numbers in Missouri
Kansas City is one of several cities attempting to land the Republican convention. CNN says city reps met Monday with the party to discuss the decision-making process.
Local officials say the new delay is a bad idea, but arent calling for the administration to reverse itself.
George Lombardi, director of the Missouri Department of Corrections, testified Monday to a state House committee that revealing the source of the state’s execution drugs would effectively halt the carrying out of the death penalty in Missouri. Lawyers for death-row inmates say the secrecy prevents their clients from getting information that would be critical in appealing their sentences.
A New York Times story on Pat Roberts’ Kansas residence may present a fundamental political problem for the incumbent U.S. senator that Milton Wolf, his Republican primary opponent, has pointed out for months: Roberts has been in Washington for a long time. While public clamor for laws setting term limits has cooled, voters only need a ballot.
She could be formidable, but faces a potential obstacle in auditor Tom Schweich
The former U.S. attorney and House speaker will seek the GOP nomination, and could face Chris Koster in the general election.
The closely watched National Journal ranks are out and guess whos more conservative than Tim Huelskamp in Kansas? Say hello to Kevin Yoder
His idea: Make a new law effective only after Obama leaves office in 2017
Instead, Kansas’ senior senator pays rent to a family to stay in their home when he’s in Dodge City
The knee-jerk filing says something about political tensions in Missouri’s capital. The rhetoric is petty and ugly. And Missourians may not pay any attention to an impeachment trial without talk of illicit sex.
The impeachment push is led by state Rep. Nick Marshall, a Parkville Republican. His beef: Nixon is guilty of misconduct in office for ignoring a 2004 constitutional amendment that defined marriage as between a man and a woman.
Rep. Nick Marshall, a Republican, alleges that Nixon, a Democrat, violated the state’s constitution by issuing an executive order in November allowing same-sex couples who were legally married in other states to file joint tax returns in Missouri.
Sly James doesn’t run Kansas City; the city manager does. And the city’s snow removal response would have likely been the same if James had stayed home. But most people like to see someone they voted for in charge, and they judge the results accordingly.
Rep. Rick Brattin, a Harrisonville Republican, said forcing students to study the natural selection theories developed by Charles Darwin a century and a half ago can violate their religious faith. Critics of the bill say it would allow religious faith in biblical explanations to crowd out sound science.
That’s one conclusion in a new study by the National Journal. The media organization also finds Kansas has more conservative delegation in the nation.
Wolf chews on Roberts for accepting money from PACs. But what’s wrong with that?
Document left behind at donor seminar lists names of top contributors
The Kansas senator, and two others, ask the White House to implement a part of the farm bill, which they opposed 24 hours earlier.
You knew it was coming. And you couldve guessed that when it finally came, the proposal would be made by a lawmaker from Columbia, Missouris big college town. Shocker: Hes a Democrat.
Blunt backs new law, Roberts is four-square against it
A trillion-dollar farm bill sent to President Barack Obama on Tuesday substantially alters farmers lives and moves toward overhauling the way theyve done business for a generation. While the bill stopped short of completely remaking federal subsidies to farmers, it nevertheless causes them to restructure their operations and expectations.
That’s double the original estimate, McCaskill hearing finds
The farm bill passed the Senate and headed to President Barack Obama’s desk on Tuesday.
A bill in the General Assembly would make it easier to deny some fired employees unemployment benefits.
Mitt, the new behind-the-scenes documentary about Mitt Romneys 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns, shows a more human side of the famously stiff Republican candidate, but it doesnt prove that, had he been elected, he would have had a better relationship with Congress than Barack Obama.
Janet Yellen already is practicing for her confirmation hearings
Missouri senator to take look at botched recruiting program
Phil LeVota has received a $12,500 contract to lobby lawmakers for Jackson County.
A new survey takes a look at how religious people are, by state. No surprise, at least on the presidential level: religious states vote for Republicans, non-religious states vote for Democrats.
There’s good news and bad news for the GOP incumbent governor, Sam Brownback.
Petitioners want a vote
Cantor says Obamacare is fading, fading fast
Heather Osipik has battled mental disability, deafness, cerebral palsy and limited eyesight and now has a job piecing together medical kits. But Osipik’s family is worried that she is battling the odds again. Long-term Medicaid services for Osipik and about 8,500 others with developmental disabilities have been moved into a managed care program run by private insurers. Driven by profits, critics say, insurance companies will cut services to achieve savings.
Kevin Yoder, Lynn Jenkins, Mike Pompeo and Tim Huelskamp are already thought to comprise the most conservative delegation in the nation. But the potential of tea party primary challenges, coupled with ambition and conviction, may have led the four to conclude it’s impossible to be too conservative in 2014 Kansas.
The Koch brothers are gearing up to play politics more aggressively than ever in 2014
A shift in state tax breaks designed to lure Boeing could threaten the construction of housing for the homeless near Ninth Street and Troost Avenue and an expansion of St. Michael’s Veterans Center, both in Kansas City, and dozens of other housing projects across the state.
The former Senate president employed a few tricks to keep the project moving along
A pending U.S. Supreme Court ruling could have much further-reaching consequences on religious freedom — for both employer and employee — than the famed Citizens United case had on campaign finance.
Tilley, who served nearly two years as House speaker before stepping down to become a lobbyist and political consultant, is asked to stave off legislation that would prohibit the payment of fees for union representation as a condition of employment.
Good Jobs First says the state could more fully fund its public pensions if it stopped giving targeted tax breaks to businesses.
We begin today with a bully congressman: “You’re not man enough, you’re not man enough. I’ll break you in half. Like a boy.” — Congressman Michael Grimm, a Staten Island Republican, to a TV reporter who asked the representative about allegations of campaign finance misconduct.
Kansas insurance commissioner, a Republican, is member of new group that says Brownback’s policies have failed the state
The legislation, which includes food stamps and ag subsidies, passes the House and heads to the Senate.
The Kansas Republican suggests Barack Obama is anti-military because hes withdrawing troops from Afghanistan.
Republicans take aim at Obama
Organizer who gave birth to KC’s bid has switched teams
Have the Sam Brownback tax cuts helped the Kansas economy? The answer appears to be yes, but: the 2013 Missouri job growth rate almost doubles the Kansas recovery.
Milton Wolf, a tea party conservative challenging U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts’ re-election, got some attention from The Washington Post.
Kansas’ senior senator calls it the equivalent of marching backwards
The Kansas Republican, who invented Freedom to Farm, now opposes the latest ag subsidy bill.
Legislation that would ban the hiring of women for surrogate pregnancies appears unlikely to progress in the Kansas Legislature after a key lawmaker came out in opposition Monday. Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook of Shawnee introduced the measure and held a hearing on the issue, but Senate President Susan Wagle quickly stated her opposition.
It shouldnt be a surprise that the city in the middle is the city, um, in the middle.
But budget records show that education spending hasn’t returned to pre-recession levels
Milton Wolf and Pat Roberts partisans argue over the impact of botched weekend straw poll
Heres the amazing thing about politicians: They talk in warm weather and in cold.
Former Wichita-area congressman Todd Tiahrt told The Buzz Sunday evening that hes not ruled out a comeback run for his old seat this August. If he was to run, Tiahrt would face two-term fellow Republican Mike Pompeo in a primary that would command top-tier attention.
Heres the amazing thing about politicians: They talk in warm weather and in cold.
Kansas’ senior senator says he’s up by 54 points
The Republican has been hired as a lobbyist by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry. His goal is to persuade a skeptical General Assembly to add 300,000 uninsured Missourians to the public health insurance program for the poor.
Kraus talks up his revised tax-cut bill while Nixon denounces it
By tradition rather than merit, they remain the starting spot of presidential campaigns.
In a New York Times story, a lawyer for interests seeking the RNC for Las Vegas seriously overstates gaming presence in the area.
The Democrat has written a letter to the department, saying Kansas City remains the best location for the workers who have to move from the Bannister Federal Complex, which is closing.
The Kansas City Republican is known for tweaking Missouri’s governor
Missouri governor calls for hundreds of millions more for education. Here’s the text of his speech
Missouri public schools and universities would see a nearly $500 million infusion of additional cash. And nearly 300,000 would be added to the public health insurance program for the poor. But the governor’s proposals drew the ire of Republican lawmakers.
This probably isn’t the issuet the president wants to embrace right now
Sen. Paul LeVota hopes resolution can spur action and help the district avoid ramifications of the student transfer law.
Enid Mickelsen picked. Salt Lake City might have an advantage, except it’s no longer interested in hosting the convention that Kansas City, and other cities, now seek.
The spot features the voice of Wolf backer and former Kansas congressman Jim Ryun
A new study from the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights says membership in tea party organizations is stable, growing in some areas: a map.
This coming year, lets pass a bill to end cannabis prohibition. This will stimulate economic growth in our state like no other piece of legislation could. Tresa McAlhaney, a Libertarian candidate for Kansas governor.
To pump up public pension funds this year, Kansas City wants to restructure the bonds that funded the creation of the Power & Light District. But restructured debt doesnt disappear. The city would be borrowing money from the next generation to pay for its current responsibilities.
Former state senator Kelly Kultala plans challenge to U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder.
Peggy Dunn, the mayor of Leawood since 1997, and Terry Dunn, CEO of the JE Dunn Construction Group, will chair the committee. They face a formidable goal of having to raise $50 million-$60 million from local and national givers to stage the convention here, a statement from the group said.
New survey shows that Missourians are holding too few family dinners
We may never know exactly what went through the minds of the Kansas Supreme Court justices Wednesday night during the civics lesson that Gov. Sam Brownback bestowed on them during his State of the State address. The court will be criticized as political no matter how it rules on a historic school funding case.
Debt service on the KC Live project may cost taxpayers almost $20 million this fiscal year. City officials want to cut today’s payments, but expand tomorrow’s.
Vengeful exes, online snoops and Internet swindlers, beware. A rush of legislation this year is aimed at reining in sleazy online behavior — under the banner of protecting privacy. But critics worry the bills run afoul of the First Amendment.
The Kansas Republican defends his vote against the spending bill, which his colleagues overwhelmingly approved.
Obama calls for “year of action”
In our area, the chances of overturning marijuana laws by legislative action seem remote, for now. Its a tough vote for a politician in an election year. But change is coming, just the same.
The text of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownbacks State of the State speech, delivered Wednesday night in Topeka.
With a landmark court case on school finance looming, Gov. Sam Brownback delivered a stern message to the courts Wednesday about who bankrolls education in Kansas. The Constitution empowers the Legislature the peoples representatives to fund our schools, Brownback told lawmakers Wednesday night in his annual State of the State address.
Gov. Sam Brownback says Kansas has been called to be a national leader on moral issues, comparing past anti-abortion protests in Wichita to the abolitionist movement that helped end slavery. In his annual State of the State address Wednesday, the Republican governor referenced the 1991 and 2001 "Summer of Mercy" protests that were held outside of the late Dr. George Tiller's clinic. Tiller, a late-term abortion provider was gunned down in 2009.
The Missouri Republican still blames the administration for not doing more to stave off the attack
The Kansas House delegation splits on spending measure, which passes easily. Now it heads back to the Senate.
A gloomy picture was painted of the possible future for Kansas City Public Schools if the district is forced to abide by the current student transfer law.
Wow: The things people tweet
The program is a train wreck, the Missouri senator says.
Missouri senator has big questions about the way the Lifeline program was administered
The Kansas City mayor says he supports some reforms in the new study — and claims credit for offering similar solution two years ago.
That’s because the GOP blocks virtually everything Obama wants to do, he says
The Heritage Foundation is looking for what it considers to be pork in the catch-all spending bill. The streetcar qualifies; the biolab in Manhattan, apparently, doesn’t.
The Republican senator from Kansas says the omnibus bill is good news for the Kansas homeland security project. Is it good enough to get his vote? That’s less clear.
In his re-election campaign, Sam Brownback, the Republican governor of Kansas, will have to defend his broad-based 2013 tax cuts and the anemic job growth that the state has seen since they took effect. Likewise, Brownback’s Democratic challenger, Paul Davis, will have to weigh whether he would reverse those policies, effectively raising taxes.
Government estimates more than 37,000 now have health insurance in Kansas, Missouri, through federal Obamacare marketplace.
Graves, Hartzler millionaires according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
Missouri Republican tweets concerns about landing error in southwest part of state
The first couple maintained list of sinners and saints, according to Politico, and guess where Missouris Claire McCaskill is on this list?
McCain says the former defense secretary should’ve waited
Theres no shortage of ideas on how to fix a student transfer law many fear could result in bankrupt urban schools and overcrowded suburban classrooms. All this controversy with the unaccredited Kansas City schools at the center will play out in the shadow of years of legislative gridlock.
Sen. Pat Roberts and Gov. Sam Brownback, both Republicans, are seeking re-election this year in competitive races. But Roberts has moved his campaign message sharply right, while Brownback is on the verge of tacking to the center.
A ruling by the Kansas Supreme Court, which could come any day, could spin the fate of teachers, schoolkids, taxpayers and politicians in any number of uncharted directions as the Legislature returns.
It’s the one place where Kansas comes together. It’s the place that links our past with our future. There’s no place in the state remotely like it.
Keen Umbehr outpaces Tresa McAlhaney in 2013.
Some think the case might not be decided until the summer, after state legislators leave.
Another big-box store at another aging mall closes, a story so common it may escape notice. Perhaps, though, we should be paying more attention to the potential creation of yet another pocket of local decay.
Former mayor and state senator helps woman who suffered a seizure
Gov. Jay Nixon issued the order following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision invalidating parts of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
Senate president shoots down the idea of Medicaid expansion in Kansas
Democrat also reports money in the bank as 2014 begins
Republican legislative leaders remain united in their quest to cut taxes in Missouri as the General Assembly kicked off its 2014 session Wednesday. As for Democrats outnumbered 108-52 in the House and 24-9 in the Senate the focus remains where it was last year: expanding Medicaid to cover an additional 300,000 uninsured Missourians.
House Democratic leader says backing came from all over state
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday appointed lawyer Michael Kilgore to the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners.
Moran takes aim at Janet Yellen
Kansas, Missouri senators split along party lines
His name is House Speaker Tim Jones
Cleaver quotes James Brown, hits Rand Paul
A firm decision on the future of Kansas City International Airport may be approaching more quickly than we realize. The petition drive to put any change in the airport’s design to a public vote may prompt elected officials to answer the question, one way or another, by year’s end.
In Missouri, a Kearney Republican is working on another tax-cut plan
The proposal doens’t make speaker’s list of top dozen priorities for 2014 session
New regs regarding light bulbs roll in without a whimper of protest
Missouri’s legislative session will begin with a Democratic governor and a Republican legislature speaking different languages.
Proposal to tear down the Kemper Arena and replace it with a new American Royal facility may stall following the death of the local philanthropist and banker.
Because Libertarians are not classified as a major party under Kansas law, they are prohibited from picking their candidate by election. Instead, the nominee will be chosen April 26 at a convention in Wichita.
And don’t expect a health care system turned upside down with the launch of Obamacare
I’m not a fan of predictions. On the other hand, it’s important to at least understand what questions the public might face in a given year, even if their likely responses aren’t clear.
Newly renovated Statehouse ranks with Grand Canyon National Park, Independence Hall in Philadelphia
de Blasio becomes the big hope of liberals everywhere
New NYC mayor aims at progressive agenda
Battle for the Senate could come down to Louisiana and North Carolina
The Obama administration tries to get the new year off to a good start on its signature health-care program
But he’s waxing philosophical about the girls growing older
Washington’s rhetoric is scary, but often unrealistic — making policy choices more difficult.
Census Bureau thinks Missouri is just slightly ahead of Kansas in adding population between July 2012 and July this year
Mary Therese Carroll worked to rebuild the historic northeast.
He’s not saying what he’ll do if state Supreme Court orders huge increase in education funding
Wages will rise for Missouri’s low-income workers and taxes will fall for some corporations as a result of laws taking effect with the new year. While that may be good news for some, it is not good enough for labor and business groups.
Senator calls himself “one of the Top 5 most conservative senators”
Battling back against tax cuts in neighboring Kansas is once again a top priority for Missouri Republicans. And if they run into another veto by Gov. Jay Nixon, they might just turn directly to the voters.
A Johnson County social service agency contends the state has not adequately paired tighter welfare rules with efforts to place poor people in jobs. But Phyllis Gilmore, secretary of the Kansas Department of Children and Families, says: “There is a great deal of caring.”
The state’s recent efforts to woo Boeing Co. to build its new jetliner in St. Louis with $1.7 billion in incentives could bring the debate to the forefront.
Our politicians spent 2013 sounding off on gay marriage, President Obama, missing POWs … and hair styles.
Francis hasnt been shy about bashing GOP economic theory, and that may be altering the ties between the Catholic Church and Republicans
Next year, Kansas starts testing suspected drug users on welfare. If Missouri and other states are any indication, Kansas will spend a lot to nab very few. Missouri this year became the most recent state to install drug testing for welfare recipients. After eight months and 636 drug test requests, the program turned up 20 people who tested positive and about 200 who refused to comply. The programs price: nearly $500,000.
Republicans, though, are UP in big swing from just a few weeks ago
...and that one pol was???
Nixon releases $40 million in withheld funds, including $18 million for Statehouse repairs
Missouri state Sen. John Lamping says paid political consultants should stick to campaigns — and stay out of policy decisions.
Kinder not pleased with delay in low-income housing
House commission once again allows members to say it loud and clear: “Merry Christmas to all!”
Merrrry Christmas, Buzz Chatterers: In Washington, `bipartisan deal is a synonym for `increasing our debt. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on Twitter.
McCaskill signs up for Obamacare, but says experience wasn’t “hassle-free”
Kris Kobach has been a polarizing figure partly because of his efforts in Kansas and beyond to crack down on undocumented immigrants. Kobach is running for a second term. He has drawn Democratic opposition from Jean Schodorf, a former Republican state senator from Wichita defeated in the conservative sweep of 2012.
But current Republican leaders insist they aren’t worried about what they call the has-been caucus
The person of the year? The most overhyped story? The most underappreciated? Here are your answers.
New employment figures are providing some extremely welcome news for Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, and for Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon as well.
Colbert chimes in on the Megyn Kelly Santa-is-white fiasco
Kander unveils new process so that you can register from the comfort of your home
The best way to remember the best rock and roll band of all time is to listen to something else.
Kansas Citians announce backing for Sen. Ryan Silvey’s border war bill, which would prohibit Missouri from subsidizing moves from some Kansas counties -- if Kansas stops subsidizing Missouri moves.
The Missouri Republican said he voted against the budget measure in part because it cut pension benefits for some military retirees.
Bill Ramm is selling bumper stickers to encourage voters to fire Congress
John Podesta apologized for comparing House Republicans to a “cult worthy of Jonestown”
Missouri congresswoman didnt want picture of the president to be in the background of her TV interviews
Leave it to O’Reilly to weigh in on the Megyn Kelly Santa-is-white issue
Latest Washington Post poll shows that he ends his fifth year in office with numbers that match his worst
Also, Kansas leaders prepare big bash to commemorate 10 years of work on Statehouse.
Kansas Republicans differ on Ryan budget, defend implications for controversial NBAF project in Manhattan, Ks.
The gathering, with its very specific rules, is for the Senate class of 2006
Meantime, Gingrich proclaims budget deal will keep focus on Obamacare
Will the departure of Cathy Nugent hurt the city’s chances of landing the megameeting of Republicans?
Yoder, Jenkins, Hartzler, Graves all vote YES
In Kansas, Jenkins supports plan that contains hundreds of millions for NBAF
Out of a number of passing civic lights, Evert Asjes III was special.
The governor repeats his call for new campaign laws that limit how much any one individual can give
Veteran senator from Kansas made his call two hours after his tea party opponent urged as much
Republican Sen. Susan Collins pens piece praising Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri
Podesta led Clinton’s team during his impeachment trial
Let the record show it was more often than a Politico column suggested
Political consultant Pat Gray’s company was paid almost $21,000 for services related to the pro-medical-research-tax effort, but left the campaign 10 days before the election.
Congressional budget negotiators are discussing higher pension contributions as part of a budget compromise.
While Kansas and Missouri assemble incentives to lure a Boeing Co. aircraft plant to the Midwest, Kansas Citys corporate and political communities are preparing for a more important debate: the 2014 legislative donnybrook over incentives, tax breaks, and subsidies for scores of other businesses and business owners in the region.
Congress, meantime, works out a half-a-loaf (if that) budget deal
Also on the list: Cruz, Assad, Bezos, Miley and...the pope
Mark Sievers says he’s returning to the private sector
Eight legislators have now called on Missouri Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro to resign.
Tim Jones says governor was more engaged than usual
President Barack Obama has to figure out a way to connect with Republicans.
White House records show no meetings between the president and HHS secretary leading up to the rollout of Obamacare
Democrats, meantime, finally go on the offensive on Obamacare
New report shows that “dark money” political donations by the Kochs exceeded those by anybody else
The ex-prez triggers a media frenzy over perhaps his most famous line about his use -- or non-use -- of marijuana.
The Missouri Senate approved an incentives package that could top $1.7 billion over two decades as a way to tempt Boeing Co. to build its next-generation airliners in St. Louis. Meanwhile, Kansas officials are putting together a very robust bid for Wichita.
New Harvard poll shows that many 18-29 year olds regret their backing of the president in 2012
The Kansas governor will deliver his address on Jan. 15
Whether Nixon can answer all the questions remains to be seen
Unions announce agreement for 24-hour schedule while McCaskill, Blunt urge Boeing to consider Missouri
This Congress has, by far, passed fewer laws than any in U.S. history
The 4 will serve as honorary co-chairs of 2016 effort
The business of politics now channels up to $10 billion a year much of it pocketed by the pros who conduct the polls, craft the ads, buy the airtime, spin the news releases. They flourish at the intersection of democracy and capitalism, their influence both obscure and undeniable. And a growing number of critics claim the industry is a profit-first enterprise that can sully public discourse.
But when will the storyline about the troubled program begin to change?
The argument has dominated our politics half a century. It won’t be settled anytime soon.
Kansas City officials looking to land the 2016 Republican National Convention received more details from the national GOP on Wednesday about what will be required to book the meeting.
The former councilman was prominent in city financial issues. Visitation will be Friday, November 29, 6 to 8 p.m., Stine and McClure Chapel, 3235 Gillham Plaza. A celebration of Everts life will be Saturday, November 30, 2 p.m., Unity Temple on the Plaza.
The Obama administration may call for new rules surrounding social-welfare groups which secretly provide cash for campaigns. Kansas Citians are familiar with the tactic.
Paul LeVota and Genise Montecillio call on Chris Nicastro to leave her post as the state’s top education official.
Opponents of a proposed ballot initiative that would amend Missouris constitution to raise the states sales tax by a penny to fund road and bridge construction filed a lawsuit Monday challenging the measures summary, calling it insufficient and unfair.
Political office is proving to be a tough slog these days for almost everybody.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows job growth in Kansas in September, October, after August slump, but state jobs still lag behind 2012
Legendary journalist says the president simply can’t connect with leading lawmakers
Political success, like the holiday retail sales period, relies on the last-minute rush.
Obama, Roberts, Glickman sound off on the Senate’s decision to make it easier to approve presidential nominees
Kansas’ senior senator rips Senate Democrats for changing the rules of the Senate to make it easier to approve presidential nominees
ACLU claims dual registration would set up different rules in federal, state elections.
The recollections of long-time Capitol Hill Fix-It Man Bobby Baker are published
John Edwards -- remember him? -- gears up to practice law again
Georgia Republican describes the Missouri Democrat as a “consummate gentleman and a true class act.”
The president’s job approval is down, and his disapproval number has never been higher
The feud of the Cheney sisters threatens to undermine Senate bid
Members of both parties seek to coalesce around key issues, she says
Brownback says he’s ready to party
Police control vote shows that in Kansas City, as in most places, big changes need to be built over time.
Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill says the search for 83,000 war missing is plagued with problems. She blames the difficulties on a split command and an unclear line of responsibility for the recovery efforts.
Former Kansas City Mayor Charlie Wheeler’s post-foreclosure, downsizing sale offers him a bittersweet stroll through memories.
The GOP continues to have a field day over the administration’s ongoing Obamacare struggles
About one in four people nationwide who have enrolled in health coverage on the new insurance marketplaces have done so through the troubled HealthCare.gov website even though the site serves 36 states. Just 751 Missourians were able to fully subscribe to health coverage through the exchange, the government said, while 371 Kansans completed the task.
Lousy health care enrollment numbers lead to lousy poll numbers for the second-term president
Former mayor, state senator, doctor, lawyer to sell some of his belongings. Hes holding an estate sale Friday from (updated with correct time) 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the old Westport Shopping Center, 1004 Westport Rd.
Kansas City’s effort to land the 2016 Republican National Convention grows more serious by the day.
Maryland senator recalls the upper chamber when it was a boy’s club.
The problem: The system can’t handle high volume
HHS urges consumers shut out of the Obamacare website to try, try again
The 13-12 vote to recommend expanded state control of the Kansas City police department.
Former president urges current president to honor commitment that those who like their health insurance plans can keep them
The Johnsons and the Kennedys -- the McCoys and Hatfields of a different generation -- seek to make amends 50 years later
Texas tax exemption for snack food raises the idea of what loopholes should exist in any tax system.
Caroline Lucille Yoder was born last week
Ronnie White? That name just might ring a bell for you
In Kansas, Wagle acknowledges that defying the state Supreme Court over school spending is possible
Former speaker lights into Democrats and the White House during campaign event for Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts
Timm Huelskamp, the congressman who once talked boldly of government shutdowns now, says shutting it down isn’t likely
The Republican senator repeated his call for the fellow Kansan to step down as secretary of health and human services.
Longtime Democratic lawmaker Gracia Backer has filed a discrimination complaint stemming from her work in the states labor department.
Democrats, meantime, start knocking down Christie, who’s emerging as the GOP’s leading 2016 presidential candidate
Legendary anchorman visits Kansas City, reflects on the changes in his career.
Two MU professors examine the utility of presidential debates. To no one’s surprise, they don’t change minds, but help undecideds make theirs up.
Peter Brownlie led the organization in Kansas and mid-Missouri since 1999
Christie is about to take over GOP Governors Association, which will continue his role, while Sebelius is urged to move quickly
Embattled Health and Human Services secretary faces Senate panel
Rand Paul seeks to put plagiarism charges behind him
Gathered at The Drop on Martini Corner, opponents of the sales tax claimed their overwhelming victory Tuesday night.
Speaker Jones set up Bipartisan Investigator Committee on State Department Workplace Abuse
Missouri state rep is furious at crowd at Saturday’s Mizzou football game for disrepecting Obama
Shawnee County DA moves closer to a race for Pat Roberts’ seat.
UMKC chancellor asks workers to study the health research sales tax issue, and issues a reminder they can take off work to vote.
The growth in Missouri tax revenues, compared with the drop in Kansas revenues, suggest the Sunflower State tax cuts haven’t provided the growth once predicted.
But he won’t rule out future runs for lieutenant governor
The political yak on this Monday morning: Chief of the wacko birds. the staff of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul referring to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a fellow Republican, according to a piece by Jonathan Martin of The New York Times. Martins story chronicled the growing rivalry between the two conservative senators as Republicans start to look toward 2016.
Rep. Chris Kelly of Columbia is worth listening to now as he prepares to head out the door after one more January-to-May slog. He is leaving, he said, because the General Assembly has made it a habit to avoid tackling the big issues.
But the president backed off after learning that adding Clinton wouldnt provide enough of a boost to justify the move
New polls show the president’s numbers heading south
Slump in revenue means Kansans get to keep more of their earnings, administration official says.
The death of the former Missouri congressman reminds us how much the government has changed and how voters have changed.
The morale of the story: Skelton cared
Wednesday won’t rank as a good day in the life of the former Kansas governor
Supporters of a penny sales tax hike, stiffed by the legislature, now aim to put the question on the statewide ballot themselves. If they succeed, voters will decide in November 2014 whether to increase the sales tax for the next 10 years to rebuild a 200-mile stretch of Interstate 70 and fix hundreds of bridges, off-ramps and smaller highways.
...Jan. 10, when the next campaign-finance reports are due
A new Kansas poll offers a shocking conclusion: Paul Davis leads Sam Brownback in an early sounding
Government Policies Foundation makes leap from Missouri to Kansas
The President issues a statement on the passing of Rep. Ike Skelton, a veteran of Missouri politics.
He is called a true gentleman, and maybe, the last of a kind
The senator from Missouri says the government is staging arrival ceremonies for missing service members
We post ‘em as we get ‘em.
Democrat apparently plans to abandon race against Kris Kobach in Kansas after Schodorf story breaks
Former Kansas state senator to seek Demo nomination
Shaq, who considered himself Superman’s equal, calls Christie a great man
We say we hate Congress, but why are we so reluctant to start with a fresh crew?
A Missouri GOP committee recommends sweeping tax changes, including elimination of the corporate income tax.
And Obamacare contractors say they wanted a lot more time for testing
Two Kansans, two Missourians on resignation letter
Gov. Jay Nixon has reversed course and withdrawn a proposal to tighten food stamp eligibility that could have resulted in thousands losing their benefits.
Gov. Jay Nixon orders existing rules to stay in place, after Democrats critcized his effort to make food stamp participation more difficult.
Kansas Democrats are crowing, saying the new surveys give them hope for 2014
Illinois senator said one GOP leader slammed the president to his face during budget showdown
Finally, Republicans and Democrats agree: Kathleen Sebelius now faces the biggest crisis of her 27 years in politics. Three weeks after the Health and Human Services secretary and former Kansas governor launched the campaign to sign up millions of Americans for health insurance, the ongoing technical meltdown connected with that effort has prompted increasingly loud demands for her resignation or firing.
Common use of non-profit donor emerges in half-cent sales tax campaign.
Former Kansas governor says she’s frustrated, too, with all the technical snafus
Meanwhile, builders of the Obamacare website knew trouble was brewing
The conservative publication profiles the Kansas governor -- and speculates about another presidential run.
Docking of Wichita ran against Brownback in the 1996 race for the U.S. Senate in Kansas
A quick fix is what he needs as Republicans continue to pound away on all the technical glitches with the program
Missouri Republican renews complaints about the Affordable Care Act.
Six in 10 think Boehner should be replaced
A new week, and Republicans are trying to see the way forward. The party is split over whether to pursue another government shutdown early next year.
Children’s Mercy kicks in $100K Friday
But Congress is no closer to figuring out a budget deal than it was a year ago
The finger-pointing for the shutdown continues, and no leaders appear confident that Congress can wrestle the budget to the ground in the weeks ahead
New judge’s family escaped from Cuba when he was a boy
Opposition statements begin to pile up.
Notes and quotes following Wednesday’s vote on the debt ceiling and related issues.
UMKC says passage of the Jackson County tax would provide money for additional scientists and equipment to study and develop products like a better bone glue. Tax opponents say the research is important but it should be paid for by the federal government, the state or private companies.
Congress buys a few weeks by extending the debt ceiling until Feb. 7 and reopening the government until Jan. 15
Formal request for host-city bids now expected in January
Meantime, Sebelius is said to have the “full confidence” of the president after Gibbs says Obamacare rollout was “bungled badly”
Kansas senator calls the Administration’s signing of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty “a direct dismissal of the bipartisan Senate majority that rejects this treaty”
HHS leader is under fire for poor Obamacare rollout
Sales tax spending reports are due today.
The Show-Me Institute says the tax would favor some private recipients over the public good.
But with progress being made, Reid says Tuesday could be a “bright day.”
Larry Sabato’s new book calls idea of a proven conspiracy “deeply flawed and demonstrably wrong”
The grandest bargain of all -- trade the debt ceiling for a year of the individual mandate.
Democrat and Republican in new ad urging an end to the debt and spending standoff.
There is lots of political yak to begin shutdown showdown week.
“This isn’t some damn game,” House Speaker John Boehner angrily insists. That seems precisely wrong — it’s nothing but a contest, far more about political winners and losers than actually solving problems. “Both sides have played games with the debt limit,” said Robert Bixby of the Concord Coalition, a nonpartisan deficit watchdog group. “It’s almost irresistible.”
Heres a truism about Kansas politics these days: The state has turned red-hot conservative in part because incumbents are vulnerable only by campaigns run against them from the right.
The Kansas GOP senator, who once cited his special relationship with the former governor, now wants her to leave the top post at HHS.
A new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll suggests that its because Americans view the Republicans motives as more political. The poll found that seven in 10 people agreed with the statement that Republicans are putting their own political agenda ahead of what is good for the country, The Washington Post said.
Who would have thunk it? Who’s ever heard of a fried Milky Way?
Obama appears to be getting at least half a loaf in latest offer from House Republicans
The venerable Citizens Association and Freedom Inc. oppose the Jackson County research sales tax. But is anyone listening?
More significantly, Demo candidates are now favored among independent voters, too
The Kansas congressman also goes after Sebelius for refusing to release the number of Kansas enrollees in Obamacare
Citizens Association is latest group to oppose the half-cent research levy
Leawood radiologist Milton Wolf, 42, announced Tuesday evening in Overland Park that he will oppose the veteran lawmaker in next years Republican primary. Wolf a cousin of President Barack Obama is well known among conservatives and tea party activists. He has been mentioned on Rush Limbaughs radio show, has appeared on various Fox News programs and writes a conservative-leaning column.
Weary of the shutdown? So are we. No Obama vs. Boehner barbs today
Long-time congressman’s book takes glimpses at Nixon, Truman and Clinton
Like their governor, Kansans don’t see the tax cuts as an experiment. And for most voters, jobs are more important than the status of the state’s books.
The HHS secretary reacts to the serious early glitches in the computer sign-up for health insurance.
Meantime, a new poll shows big problems for Republicans, Democrats and Obama
Kansas senator says $500,000 for veterans art is too much; last week, he visited vets at WW II memorial built in part by federal taxpayers.
Milton Wolf, who is distantly related to President Barack Obama, is a rumored primary opponent for incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas.
Peterson says its time for the county to stop treading water and move forward. He said the county may have to increase taxes to fund services that commissioners have trimmed in recent years.
State records show Brad Bradshaw has given the central-city group $25,000, just two days after it decided to oppose the Jackson County medical research tax.
Boehner signals a new, perhaps more fruitful approach as he shifts from a focus on Obamacare to other programs
FCC website down, making it harder to check ad spending in the campaign.
Kansas Senator Pat Roberts welcomes LGBT activists into his office after shooting incident near the Capitol
She accuses him of playing politics, and he tosses the same charge at her
He says that’s the best way to recognize the sacrifice and bravery of our World War II vets
Former Kansas senator issues a statement about the ongoing controversy surrounding the WW II memorial in DC
But Kansans nearly split when asked if it’s worth it to shut down the government over health care
Meanwhile, some senators are answering their own phones as the shutdown continues
Local delegation thwarts potential land-based assault by WW II vets in DC
To no one’s surprise, perhaps, the Show-Me Institute says the levy hinders population and job growth.
The Missouri governor extols the budget in his state in a web-based op-ed.
That’s right: Members of Congress.
And it’s still ugly out there
The shutdown won’t help anybody’s poll numbers, but the hit to Republicans could be more dramatic
Shocker: Rs blame Ds for government shutdown, and Ds blame the Rs
Members of Congress from Missouri and Kansas weigh in on potential shutdown of government
By 46 to 36 percent, congressional Republicans would be blamed over President Obama
A shuttering of much of the federal government looms on Tuesday morning unless Congress acts Monday
Hospitals contibute to campaign committee as vote nears.
Senators vote to kill debate on catch-all funding bill; Kansans join with Cruz while Missourians voted against him.
Mayor says he’s confident that KC district has turned the corner
Frahm, Morris, others want to regain control of the state GOP
And Jenkins insists that she didn’t go to Washington to “shut things down”
For millions of Americans, health insurance is changing. Just like it does every year. That was true, by the way, long before the Affordable Care Act.
Sources say the Texas senator does not want a vote until Friday, but that could ensure a government shutdown
The Missouri senator opposes Obamacare, but he declined Thursday to endorse a boycott of the new health insurance marketplace.
And in Kansas, a former Republican state senator, who’s now a Democrat, announces she’ll challenge the controversial Kobach
The response is printed in full. Critics say the Kansas pension plan lacks enough money to pay promised benefits.
Sen. Claire McCaskill co-hosted a block of the MSNBC morning show Wednesday. She talked about the Cardinals -- and Ted Cruz, who doesn’t play baseball.
Texas senator has become intensely controversial in his first year in office
President taps Deb Miller for slot on Surface Transportation Board
The Committee for County Progress endorsement isn’t a surprise.
Absentee balloting begins today for half-cent sales tax
Turns out it belongs to an aide to the House speaker
Hillary Clinton, meantime, insists that she’s not in “any hurry” to decide her White House plans
Big news for Kansas 3rd District Congressman Kevin Yoder and his wife, Brooke. The Overland Park couple is expecting its first child in early November, and the baby is a she.
Progress Missouri wants to fly a banner over a high school football game this Friday.
In arguing against the proposed Jackson County sales tax for medical research, opponents say some of the revenue would be used in Kansas, There are reasons to oppose the tax and reasons to support it. Kansas shouldn’t be an issue either way.
And Bill Clinton says he has “no idea” whether his wife will run for the White House in 2016....and pigs can fly, right?
The Democrats road to a governorship in Kansas can only be paved through aggressive fundraising that transforms the candidate into an acceptable alternative.
She clocks in at #24
American government is moving to a partial parliamentary system, which will be a problem.
MO governor again says he won’t run for the U.S. Senate in 2016. But the White House? He’s not ruling out that one.
The House considers $39 billion, 10-year cut in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, AKA food stamps.
Mass transit activist has better use for half-cent sales tax on November ballot.
Brownback talks about judges, Nixon entrepreneurs during lunchtime visits to the area.
The Presidential arrival and visit to Liberty are closed to the public. Travelers north of the river can expect some delays around the noon hour. Its possible some members of the public may gather near the plant to catch a glimpse of the presidential motorcade before the visit.
Group calls the tax “regressive and unfair”
Even the Wall Street Journal is urging conservatives to abandon their shutdown strategy
One-time first daughter to help inaugurate Starr Women’s Hall of Fame
And Paul Davis launches his upstart campaign for governor in Kansas
Supporter’s e-mail states that Docking will run for lieutenant governor, but Davis campaign isn’t talking
The House minority leader, who is a Lawrence attorney, announced his plans through Facebook, Twitter and a YouTube video. It is the 41-year-old Davis first attempt at statewide office. No other Democrats have joined the race.
A new study says the state pension program for public workers remains dramatically underfunded, potentially worsening the state budget picture.
KCP&L is the lastest big-time donor to burgeoning campaign
The Show-Me Institute offered observations on Kansas tax cuts, Missouri response.
House Speaker Tim Jones has told a St. Louis-based news website that he will close the Missouri Freedom Alliance, the company he set up to handle outside legal work for private clients. Some critics called the business, and the way in which it screened its clients from public scrutiny, a potential conflict of interest for Jones, a Eureka Republican.
He also faces a new poll that shows more disapproval for health care reform than ever before
The former congressman from the Kansas City area says the national legislature always looks better in the rear view mirror.
Former governor and HHS secretary expected to give Davis campaign an early — and needed — boost
Obama is seeking to regain his footing in the Syrian conflict. Hes got a long way to go. His approach: Hes saying hes more interested in getting the policy right than style points. At least hes acknowledging his, um, lack of style.
He’s making his second trip to the area since July.
North Kansas City state rep gearing up to take on Republican incumbent Tom Schweich
Rich guy Sinquefield is to Missouri what the Koch brothers are to Kansas — a convenient target
Milton Wolf, a local physician, has long criticized Obamacare
Branson businessman quits post, saying the chamber “has aligned” itself with Texas governor’s bid to poach Missouri jobs
State senator from Lees Summit points out that passing big bills often takes several years
We’re keeping an eye on Jefferson City.
Obama doesn’t appear to have won any converts to his cause — yet
After years of being the bad guy, Putin is trying out a new image.
Jimmy Carter plans to write book on treatment of women around the world
Do Missourians decide where to live based on statewide tax policy? Probably not.
Jay Nixon’s appearance on the front page of the New York Times could raise the stakes for Missouri Republicans pondering a major tax cut bill Wednesday.
On veto session eve, Missouri’s governor makes it clear he’s had enough of conservative activist
Missouri Republican senator says he won’t support resolution authorizing military response in Syria.
City councilman John Sharp asks Sen. Roy Blunt to help obtain special grants for security and response.
Democratic governor clashes with Republican General Assembly over series of bills in veto session
McCain has angered conservatives in his home state for coming out in support of President Obamas plans for a military strike against Syria. Here hes talking tough about the president and dropping the I word impeachment to give him some political cover. Boots on the ground aint happenin, and he knows it.
Something unusual happened Thursday night in Kansas City when Rep. Emanuel Cleaver conducted a town hall meeting to hear from citizens on a single topic — Syria. What transpired was fascinating if only because, for once, a member of Congress listened, and listened intently. Syria, he said, is without question the toughest call he has ever made.
Fundraising for Committee for Research Treatments and Cures now tops half a million dollars.
Missouri Republican talks energy, bank regulations, earmarks -- but not the ACA
DOT secretary formalizes $20 million grant for the downtown streetcar, while Mayor Sly James touts extensions to come.
At a town hall meeting Thursday night, dozens of Rep. Emanuel Cleaver’s constituents weighed in on a thorny issue.
A blogger for the Show Me Institute thinks wealth is leaving Jackson County for Kansas, proving the need for smaller Missouri government. The truth is more complicated.
Libertarian opponents to Syrian invasion see Ronald Reagan as they want to see him -- not how he was.
Tuffy Gessling is scheduled to perform in Jefferson City Sept. 13-14. Gessling got in hot water after he donned a mask of President Barack Obama. Hes been banned from the State Fair for life.
Meantime, a Kearney state rep wants Nixon to allow some reworking of the big tax-cut bill next week. Wont happen. This is the second time in less than a week that Koster, a Democrat, has defended Gov. Jay Nixons decision to veto a bill.
John C. Moretina has been sentenced to five years of probation for violating federal election law. Moretina had pleaded guilty to fraudulently registering to vote in July 2010, in what was then the 40th Missouri House district. His nephew J.J. Rizzo was a candidate in the Democratic state House primary that August.
Missouri budget director Linda Luebbering says income tax collections jumped 4.6 percent in the month, year-over-year, compared with the 17 percent slump in income tax revenue in Kansas in August 2013, compared with August 2012.
Kansas City congressman will take on issue Thursday night
Support jumps if allies sign on with U.S.
The controversial Missouri tax cut bill may never reach the House floor, despite the intense lobbying campaign on the issue.
Businesses kick in another $200K. Total fundraising for the half-cent sales tax issue now exceeds $500,000 two months before the election.
Lots of folks say House Republicans wont ever do anything for Obama. Well, they just did.
Missouri senator tweets before and after pics of pig she roasted for son’s birthday — and not everyone found it appetizing
In 2002, Congress considered a resolution authorizing military invention in Iraq. How did our local delegation vote?
Kansas Republicans say they oppose Syrian intervention. In 2002, they supported war in Iraq.
Obama has big problems in the House if he cant gain the backing of members like Cleaver, Yoder
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who came to Missouri to tout the Republican tax-cut bill and urge businesses to relocate to his state, may provide an important lesson: The robust competition among some states to lure jobs and employers isnt always about the government.
Why were Republican Govs. Rick Perry of Texas and Rick Scott of Florida so wrapped up in Missouri politics this week? The reason probably had a lot less to do with a tax cut and a whole lot more with politics 2016.
Opponents of the $3 surcharge on every municipal violation say it’s unconstitutional.
Tax cut bill means more money in Kansans’ pockets, but bump in economic activity has yet to materialize.
Sen. Claire McCaskill announces big TIGER grant for streetcar
State ethics commission reports a $100,000 contribution.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry wants Missouri to override the tax cut veto and recruit businesses to his state. Is there something wrong with that picture?
Former U.S. senator, federal judge back non-partisan court plan
Kansas City doesn’t have local police control, but the state-appointed police board — which relies on the city for its money — doesn’t really have complete control either.
Koster rules that big tax cut could be retroactive for three years, meaning initial hit to Missouri coffers could be significant
Keen Umbehr says he’s running for Sam Brownback’s job; Tresa McAlhaney is also in the field.
Brad Bradshaw, opponent of half-cent research tax, has made a second donation to his committee.
The office of the Missouri Republican says the Hurricane Sandy relief package was too full of pork.
McCaskill joins in the request for flood relief in southern Missouri.
Long-time pastor of Morning Star Baptist Church gets five-year term
Kansas congressman says there’s a “palpable fatigue” about the use of America’s military in world hotspots.
Missouri governor pays for radio ad that touts Missouri over Lone Star State
Mayor meets with president, Holder to focus on youth violence
Elections have consequences. In 2010 and again in 2012, Kansans elected conservative lawmakers and a conservative governor. Its reasonable to assume they expected, and support, a conservative judiciary, too. If Kansas Democrats are really worried about the appointment of conservative judges, their remedy is to get more votes.
The Chamber Board endorsed half-cent tax for medical research a few hours after Jackson County lawmakers put the proposal on the November ballot.
Conservative group plans trip to Jefferson City for vote on tax package
Democratic representative facing charges for marijuana possession , other issues
As usual, the actual statistics are complicated.
Commissioner Diana Aguirre resigns her seat rather than face possible ouster procedure.
Nixon is only one, but he stands poised to knock off the masses in the General Assembly
A mid-September meeting featuring Glenn Beck was to have taken place in southern Missouri. A wet summer, organizers say, has forced a move indoors -- in Kansas City.
Party delivers a pair of swim trunks to the Kansas congressman’s office one year after the famous swim
Missouri congressman has publicly opposed a single-terminal airport for years, and he hasn’t changed his mind.
Kansas senator opposes Summers for Fed chair and says he wouldn’t want former Treasury secretary to “mow my yard”
The president’s summer poll numbers typically stink
Kansas Congressman Yoder schedules a couple of opportunities for regular folks to shoot the breeze with him
Congressman from northwest Missouri wants to know if the river meets the needs of small businesses
Airport, sales tax on Monday agenda
Brownback has accepted the resignation of Budget Director Steve Anderson
National organization has moved up Kansas into the top tier of states fighting the crime
The former Kansas congressman heads a conservative PAC that’s pushing hard to elect members of Congress who will seek “transformational change”
Budget director claims tax, spending decisions have helped the state’s budget, employment, businesses.
Republican Texas congressman Steve Stockman on Wednesday invited the rodeo clown who stirred a ruckus at the Missouri State Fair over their portrayal of President Barack Obama to perform at a rodeo in his district.
Rep. Sam Graves, who opposes construction of a new single-terminal KCI, plans to meet with the public on the subject.
No word from the president — yet — on the Missouri State Fair clown incident, but the deputy press secretary, who grew up in KC, isn’t pleased
Charles Hazley was a major political influence in the African American community
He reaffirms his support for controversial project that Kerry’s State Department is reviewing
Missouri Democrat issues statement on rodeo clown controversy
Former congressman admits he knows something about Clintons plans to run for president
House minority leader is early favorite to win Democratic nomination for the right to challenge Brownback in 2014
Congressman makes first border visit and concludes that immigration reform must wait until security tightens
The most awkward political moments from Dean...to Gore...to W
Missouri’s senior senator will be in Des Moines Friday for an Emily’s List event. But what does it mean?
Governor will visit district of state senator who sponsored big tax reduction
Radio ads sponsored by Democratic Party target Kansas representatives for going on vacation instead of dealing with issues
Political counselor to Bolling, Cleaver, Wheat is scheduled for 3 p.m. Aug 16 in Kansas City
The 2012 veep nominee also will appear at a fundraiser in Wichita in September
Kansas senator has authored a bill to eliminate Obamacare exchanges if they’re not ready to go on Oct. 1
Lee’s Summit Republican hints that he may do just that, making it all but impossible for Republicans to override on their own
The two are among 6 nominations the president made on Thursday
Dispute centers on whether to shut down government over Obamacare. Blunt’s not willing to go that far, though others are
Former state Ag Secy Josh Svaty says he’s “not even thinking about” running
Income tax receipts are wobbling. Why?
The Jackson County Executive says he’ll depart as Missouri Democratic chairman at the end of August.
Supreme Court will hear case in fall that could end campaign contribution limits
Palin trails Democratic incumbent in poll that examines possible matchup in Alaska
Mayor Sly James, others are pursuing the 2016 Republican confab in Kansas City area.
Ash-har Quraishi will be the network’s Chicago correspondent, according to a published report.
Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones tells reporters HB 253 might not come up for a vote in September
Members of Congress and their employees have to purchase their health insurance on the Obamacare exchanges, which means the government can’t pay its share of their premiums. There’s an easy fix.
Talk about the ol switcheroo: White was scorned by the Royals, but as a county legislator would oversee Kauffman Stadium
Former Mississippi governor will be here as part of Midwest GOP Leadership Conference
The Missouri governor continued his crusade against HB 253, a measure cutting taxes for individuals and businesses.
Major shakeup hitting radio industry is the result of big cost-cutting move by radio giant
The Show-Me Institute responds to $14 per passenger cost
Ramesh Ponnuru, conservative columnist for the National Review and other publications, says Republicans need an alternative before defunding or repealing the ACA.
The beleagured Michigan city collects an e-tax -- bigger than Kansas City’s, and weirder, too.
The decision to downplay state legislative races in 2010 has caused enormous problems for Obama, Democrats, Politico says
Supporters of Missouris big tax cut would do everyone a favor if they explained where the state spends too much money and why reducing state spending is important. Show voters why putting more money in individuals pockets is more important than Highway Patrol officers, or teachers, or Medicaid, or prisons.
The Kansas Republicans wants to tighten oversight of compounded drugs. That worries some anti-abortion groups, but not Kansans for Life
The close vote in the House reflects an unusual liberal-conservative alliance that almost approved tough restrictions on government data-gathering.
Show-Me Institute suggests a new terminal project would cost too much, but math suggests it’s doable.
Here’s a partial list of the local bigshots at President Obama’s Warrensburg speech.
He called for a restoration of what he described as an implicit American bargain that rewards hard work with security and more fairly shares the spoils of the worlds largest economy. His speech in Warrensburg and an address earlier in the day in Galesburg, Ill., came just weeks before expected battles this fall over the debt ceiling, the budget and the automatic spending reductions known as the sequester.
GOP legend and Eisenhower relative have released a letter endorsing Sam Brownback for a second term as Kansas governor.
The GOP criticizes planned remarks on the economy in Illinois and Missouri.
Some voters oppose Obamacare because it doesn’t go far enough. If the new health care law collapses, they may insist on another look at Clinton-style, single-payer national health insurance.
Statistician’s work shows presidential campaigns probably don’t matter.
The impact of the Kansas speech continues to grow.
The University of Central Missouri may sit in a deeply red district, but someone wants to see Obama Wednesday.
The former Kansas senator and GOP presidential nominee urges compromise, “trust”
Governor appears willing to consider sales tax for roads as long as the public gets to vote
The Missouri Supreme Court has given golf course operators a mulligan: Sales tax not needed on golf cart rentals.
Bankruptcy may make all cities’ debt more expensive, and may increase pressure for a deal on pensions.
Michigan city is the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history.
President Barack Obama will visit Warrensburg next week, White House officials said Thursday. The visit will be on Wednesday, and the subject will be the economy, but officials released no other details.
...even lunkheads like me listen
Senate majority leader to-be stood up, walked over to the TV set and planted one right on the.....screen
Joe Reardon, the former mayor and CEO of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County, on Wednesday ended a long silence about his future by announcing he was joining the Kansas City law firm of McAnany, Van Cleave & Phillips.
A slight uptick at KCI in May can’t make up for departure, arrival slump earlier in 2013.
Lynn Jenkins of Kansas and Sam Graves of Missouri turn their attention to the Internal Revenue Service, other federal agencies.
Premiums in New York for individuals without insurance expected to drop dramatically, NYT reports. Sen. Roy Blunt wants to take a closer look.
Harold Fridkin, a counselor to Democratic senators, governors and members of Congress from the Kansas City area for more than six decades, died early Wednesday. The cause was congestive heart failure, family members said. He was 86.
Democrat Margie Wakefield is meeting with 2nd District Kansas Democrats to gauge her prospects
President George H.W. Bush goes Seuss in the White House
Is private equity a good thing, or not? Snack cakes may tell the story.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon again denounces GOP tax cut package -- after cutting ribbon on new facility built with tax incentives.
State Sen. Kurt Schaefer accepts check from trust
Cost overruns on Kansas City police projects are a familiar story.
The way to honor Trayvon Martin is to remain focused on the community goal of reducing gun violence
The bill, sponsored by Missouri Sen. Paul LeVota, an Independence Democrat, also will shift the date of school board elections to the same day as municipal elections beginning in 2019. The aim, LeVota said, is to boost sagging turnout.
He’s got lots of campaign dough — more than anyone in the history of the 3rd District
The Kansas Republican was chairing the House debate on the farm bill when a member of the Congressional Black Caucus spoke. Then fireworks began.
The political fight over big tax cuts in Missouri reached Kansas City on Thursday. First, Gov. Jay Nixon told reporters at the Kauffman Foundation that he expects to win a fight over a bill that would phase in $700 million a year in tax cuts for businesses and individuals.
House legislators barely adopt pared-down farm measure without nutrition programs. The bill is headed for a collision with the Senate bill, which includes food stamps.
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver took his rhetorical gifts to the well of the House this morning to urge rejection of a pared-down farm bill. House Republicans have decided to split the bill into two parts — one part dealing with farm subsidies, the other with nutrition programs like food stamps.
The Missouri governor claims a new bill renames part of I-70 to erase its connections with the Missouri slave trade.
Commission deadlocked 5-5 last month between developer Budd and former commissioner Barnes
House Republicans looking at wacking IRS budget by 24 percent and cutting bonuses
The Midwest Republican Leadership Conference will be Sept. 13-15 at Crown Center
President says if it’s prepared right, healthy foods — even broccoli — can taste pretty good
Missouri senator targets what she calls the top consumer complaint received by the Missouri attorney general’s office
Sarah Palin is considering a run for the U.S. Senate from Alaska
Spitzer, Sanford, Weiner all opted to run again instead of burying themselves in a hole after they became tabloid sensations
The answer is surprising -- food stamps are more expensive, but farm subsidies mean more to those who get them.
Congressional Black Caucus holds first session with Obama in two years.
Sources say Republicans plan to move farm subsidies away from food subsidies for the poor.
So-called “mandatory reporters” must now tell the state if they suspect child abuse. Reporting requirements were a central concern in a case involving the Kansas City, Mo. bishop.
The final tally of gift-giving to Missouri legislators tops $750,000
The newspaper profiles the former Kansas governor’s role as HHS secretary, and concludes some Sunflower state skills haven’t transferred to the nation’s capital.
But not the Republican congressional delegations in Missouri and Kansas
The Texas governor has decided to walk away from state’s top office.
Measure prevents welfare recipients from using benefits at casinos, adult entertainment venues
Former state rep has taken position with Kansas Court of Tax Appeals
Recent sale of WDAF, other stations reflects enormous revenue from political commericals in even years. But do the ads work? The evidence is mixed.
Obamacare requirement is pushed back a year -- proof, Republicans say, that the entire ACA is flawed
Aaron Estabrook is pondering a campaign against the longtime Kansas Senator. Roberts “oversaw” lies about the Iraq war, Estabrook claims.
Local police control isnt really about fighting crime. Local control is about accountability for money, for efficiency, for fairness in how officers and suspects are treated.
Missouri governor vetoes two bills Monday, including one on Agenda 21
Congress may consider a fix when it gets back to work. May.
The state’s income was down 6.2 percent from the previous June. For the entire fiscal year, revenue is up.
John and Clara Morentina — uncle and aunt to Mo. Rep. J.J. Rizzo — pleaded guilty Friday to voter fraud and will lose their rights to vote.
Mara Rose Williams’ piece on college president retirement pay is a Friday must-read.
Nixon has signed a bill long sought by the Kansas City police.
A final cloture vote shows Sens. Blunt, Roberts, and Moran will oppose immigration reform bill.
The House is considering splitting food stamps from farm bill -- a good idea, one congressman says
Gay and lesbian groups seeking marriage equality in Kansas and Missouri may need to pursue a different path
Vernon Scoville has announced his decision to leave the bench after more than two decades as a judge.
The vote is 5-4; Scalia dissent is fascinating
Governor rejects that bill requiring public employee union to obtain an annual okay for union dues deductions.
A little more than half of eligible black voters cast ballots in the state in 2012, one of the worst rates in the nation.
Tom Schweich says the state Highway Patrol should have done more work before buying a new $5.6 million aircraft, but the Patrol says the purchase was justified.
The requirement that some states and other jurisdictions submit their voter registration systems to the feds for pre-approval is struck down, reports say
Sens. Jerry Moran, Roy Blunt oppose border “surge” amendment and will oppose Gang of 8 immigration bill
Rep. Tim Huelskamp’s vote against the farm bill last Thursday tells us all we need to know about why Congress is failing — and why, interestingly, both parties are to blame.
McCaskill pleased that push to change the rules appears to finally be in the offing
Commissioners fill vacancy by casting secret ballots — at a PUBLIC meeting
Daughter of President Kennedy was to become next ambassador to Japan...but nuthin’s happenin’
The path forward isn’t clear. The farm bill collapsed last year, too. UPDATED with local reaction.
Disclosures show the three major GOP hopefuls borrowed to beat Sen. Claire McCaskill, who was still in the red last year too.
The Missouri Republican spent more on office staff than other local House members in first quarter, figures show.
New Gallup Poll shows a majority of Americans would vote for each of six different policy changes that Congress is considering as part of new bill
More attention is focused on the Missouri Democrat’s support for former SoS.
The question on the table is how top Homeland Security officials vet employees and contractors who have access to classified documents
Bank of America obtains garnishment order, court records show, for outstanding car wash debt.
Newspaper names Star trio to list of top Missouri political reporters of 2013
Residents can search the Unclaimed Property database while waiting in line for a new driver’s license
Sen. Anthony Hensley asks GOP AG Derek Schmidt for analysis of proof-of-citizenship requirement. SoS Kris Kobach says it’s still legal.
Kansas Republicans sponsors bill extending privacy rights for emails. His office sends the notice via email.
St. Louis Beacon reporter discusses pros, cons of video and politics
Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, an early backer of Barack Obama in 2008, on Tuesday announced her backing of Ready for Hillary, a group encouraging the former secretary of state to run for president in 2016.
Kansas Secretary of State attacks at-home protest, while those who rallied called event “peaceful.”
Politico offers round-up of confusing politics, while McCaskill -- and Dems -- push for House action.
Caleb Jones, cousin of current speaker, announces that he’s in the race and will challenge John Diehl
Governor also visits gravesite of a private first class from Missouri
New poll: For the first time in his presidency, half of the public doesn't think that Barack Obama is honest and trustworthy,
Gannett, owners of KSDK in St. Louis, buys owner of KMOV in St. Louis -- but promises arm’s length operation
Poll numbers for Congress are worse than they’ve ever been. Are you surprised?
Kansas governor tells joke about the joys and perils of a long marriage
The congresswoman says the U.S. attorney general has failed to perform the duties of his office
Senate president fires off tweet saying he’s “very disappointed”
Speaking in Kansas City to a group of business leaders, the Kansas governor said Missouri must alter a key aspect of its Quality Jobs program before serious negotiations can begin.
Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri on Wednesday hailed a key vote endorsing a series of reforms aimed at cracking down on sexual assaults in the military. After the hearing, McCaskill told reporters that the changes represent some of the most aggressive and historic reforms that the military code of justice has ever seen.
He’ll do it on Thursday in Overland Park and Wichita
A new Gallup Poll out Tuesday suggests that Americans are starting to miss ol George W. Bush. For the first time in eight years, more Americans have a favorable view of him than an unfavorable view.
Only 15 senators opposed discussion of the controverisal measure; McCaskill, Moran, and Blunt all agreed to move forward.
Political Economy Research Institute has ranked the top 100 “polluters index” based on emissions of CO2
Governor targets higher education in meeting with university chancellors and presidents
The Kansas Republican says nearly $1 trillion, 10-year measure “not the best bill possible for farmers and ranchers or the taxpayer.”
Auditor Tom Schweich and Treasurer Clint Zweifel, who’s not running for re-election, score big bucks in recent days
Democratic leaders pound Republicans at annual dinner, but no news on new party chairman
Ag legislation faces bigger hurdle in House, but leaders hope for agreement before August
Sherriene Jones-Sontag takes career gamble
An Air Force official said the Missouri Republican and an unidentified senator were stopped until they could be identified by base personnel. The senators were traveling through Joint Base Andrews to the New Jersey funeral of Sen. Frank Lautenberg. Blunt’s spokeswoman blamed the incident on miscommunication.
House easily rejects $404 million NBAF cut to Homeland spending bill
Obama administration seeks phone records -- from just about everyone
The governor Wednesday emphatically vetoed a bill that would have phased in $700 million in annual tax cuts for the states businesses and individuals. He called the measure ill-conceived and irresponsible. Missouri Republicans fired back, promising an override attempt in September.
Email asks labor, business, civic groups to attend Wednesday announcement
Missouri governor plans KC visit to discuss legislation
Missouri senators grill military on growing sexual assault concerns
Special election to choose a House member from Mo-08
Councilman promises “response to issues” surrounding $15,000 Mayweather event
Metro area one of ten communities working with White House to focus on mental health issues
New Jersey senator dies at 89; was last WW II vet in Senate
Veto possible; opponents say adoptions at risk
Farmers, lawmakers, the taxman — and tornado chasers
Actual revenue bump is just 3% compared with May 2012
May tax receipts exceed estimates by nearly 13 percent, thanks to one-time revenue
One is required every decade to review the city’s governing document
Missouri Democrat appears on MSNBC
Potential challenger ends campaign after Michele Bachmann drops out
Larry Conners says Vicky Newton, who once worked at KMBC and WDAF, made more than he because she’s an African American woman
Missouri Republican writes IRS, asks if small businesses are treated “fairly”
Governor again questions measure designed to help Missouri compete with Kansas on taxes
Other Kansas GOP senator says embattled AG is okay, for now
The Kansas senator says the attorney generals decision to sign off on a subpoena for Fox News telephone records crossed the line
Bachmann retirement increases chances for House to be become Graves yard, but other last names even more popular
...and still no end in sight in Topeka
Former Kansas presidential candidate gets New York Times opinion ink, 17 years too late
Missouri Supreme Court agrees to take Clay’s petition case, but requires streetcar district to go to appeals court first
French artist develops game based on former congressmans rape remarks from last year
In separate stops in KC Tuesday, Missouri’s two senators take opposing views on new health care law
Former Kansas senator says the party needs new ideas and a positive agenda and should remain closed until it comes up with one
Here’s our weekly roundup of area pols
Paul, Rubio are in the hunt in the state that holds the first major presidential test
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has seen enough. In a terse, four-sentence news release Wednesday, the governor demanded that lawmakers end the 2013 session. The Kansas Legislature has accomplished a great deal of work during the 2013 session, he said.
Move could be seen as first step toward run for higher office
Kansas Sens. Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts on Wednesday cheered the Air Forces decision to pick McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita as the home for new refueling tankers. The Air Force will make an official announcement later Wednesday morning after it informs the congressional delegations from the states involved of the decisions.
Oklahoma’s two senators opposed relief for Superstorm Sandy because of hefty price tag. Now they face questions about aid to their tornado-striken home state
Coalition of 200 groups not going away
Still more questions than answers remain, he charges
Given how many Americans are frustrated with him, that’s something of a miracle
But Obama apparently was not told
The 2013 session has come and gone, and Missouri still has no law allowing advance voting. According to one 2012 tally, 32 of the 50 states have a system that allows voters to cast ballots prior to Election Day.
Speaking to a Truman Days audience, the attorney general lavishes praise on Justus for pushing the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act.
...how do you rebuild I-70?
Lawmakers heading home early today, guaranteeing that session is extended
The Kansas Board of Regents will soon have new leaders. The Regents elected Fred Logan of Leawood as chairman beginning in July. The vice chairman will be former state Rep. Kenny Wilk of Basehor.
Former lawmaker now a member of State Tax Commission, could decide Jaco tax disputes
Controversy has raged in North Kansas City for almost a year
Facebook post suggested Obama interview led to IRS review, but the story, uh, grows
KMOV reporter says IRS “hammering me” after 2012 one-on-one with Obama
James’ 24-person committee to study alternatives to the current configuration; the view of one committee members already known
Democrat asks legislature to fully fund First Steps program before adjournment
Senator demands that Steven Miller step down if he knew about IRS targeting of conservative groups
IRS scandal, AP snooping, J.J. Rizzo, Benghazi all give the right fodder with a shelf life that could last years.
Moretina pleads guilty in federal court after admitting illegal ballot in 2010 primary
What we’re watching this week, and why
Calls IRS targeting of conservative groups “agenda-driven politics” and “bias gone unchecked”
Republicans and some Democrats suggest IRS disaster will last for months
Our weekly roundup of political winners/losers
House speaker counters that GOP could override Nixon
Kansas City mayor joins colleagues in Wichita, Oklahoma City seeking federal funds for Amtrak connection through Wichita
Nixon appoints KC attorney Mary Weir
KC mayor claims progress on ‘4 Es’; full record appears mixed
Governor warns lawmakers -- again -- that Missouri is maintaining AAA credit rating that results in lower interest payments
Congressman is meeting with constituents on Monday
If Mark Sanford can survive his mistress and the Appalachian Trail story, can former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner get past his Twitter mini-scandal?
Exactly what they all add up to unclear as Legislature winds down
House takes up relief bill for alcohol wholesalers, distributors
Governor escalates dispute over state funding for department
Unified Government announces new process to fill Mark Holland’s commission seat
Former President Bill Clinton was in Kansas City today to receive the Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor award and today's visit is a reminder of Dave Helling, Micheal Mahoney stooping to conquer 21 years ago.
Says “elites” had to sign off on Obama because they would “take apart” anyone they didn’t like
Missouri Democrat becoming lead voice in sexual assault problem in military
Former JoCo commissioner to serve 4-year term
Rare vote doesn’t follow party lines
Jackson County legislator says he wants to clear his name
GOP is playing catchup on both the Senate and House sides
Reports: Clinton worked for Zep reunion, falls short
What we’re watching this week - and why
In papers dripping with sarcasm, project opponents say streetcar district request for $20 million bond before appeal is heard would deny access to the courts
Missouri senator calls sequester Obama’s idea, but doesn’t mention his own vote for it
Schmidt says review time back under 90 days -- as required by law
The Sunflower State bromance continues
The good news: First-time claims for jobless benefits down. The suspect news: Yoder job fair draws 1,000
Texas conservative may have to explain foreign birth
The suburban KC congressman now sits on key farm subcommittee
Lawyer Aaron Roberts to sit on bench
Here’s a good guess: With the governor and Senate pushing for an extension, look for at least half a loaf
Half of those surveyed said they still dont have enough information to know how the law will affect them
Suggestion that NBA’s Kings would move to low-tax state may have been premature
Even push to overturn controversial Supreme Court ruling appears dead
Transportation district lawyers said the appeal sought by two downtown property owners would mean costly delays for the $100 million project
Sandra Day OConnor, the first woman U.S. Supreme Court justice, is expressing doubts over the courts historic involvement in the 2000 presidential election.
The nation hasn’t seen many African Americans elected to high office since Barack Obama won the White House in 2008
Kansas urges caution while cavorting in the sand and muck that used to cross the state
Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich, like many Republicans, is still angry at Gov. Jay Nixon for charging airplane flights to state agency budgets.
Missouri and Kansas are hardly alone when it comes to opting not to expand Medicaid this year.
When Congress returns from its spring break, look for a massive fight over whether members and their employees should be removed from the health exchanges set up by the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.
If Washington moves that quickly to restore budget cuts for controllers, imagine what will happen if Medicare or farm subsidies are cut
Akin said of course he would take back the remarks that sunk his Senate bid. He also said he wont rule out another run for public office.
Kansas Republican and several colleagues release draft of a bill designed to increase supervision of firms that mix pharmaceuticals
The candidate who finished second in this month’s mayoral race is out of the country
The financially embattled politico has been named Grand Marshal of the May 18th Armed Forces Day Salute to Heroes event. Its set for Washington Square Park, across from the Crown Center hotel. But Salute to Heroes apparently struggling to raise money locally
U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, by choice, is a public figure. And public figures trade some privacy rights for the ability to make the laws the rest of us have to follow. So Cleaver should release the agreement he made with Bank of America over his debt for the purchase of a car wash.
Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts proposed $36 billion food stamp cut over 10 years
“I’m not going to be part of an effort to have everyone go through a metal detector when they go out of their home,” she tells reporters
All parties gained in the agreement; all might have lost had the case gone to trial
Missouri Democrat sees little daylight between Boston bomber, Newtown shooter, Politico reports
Bank of America on Wednesday settled its yearlong legal dispute with U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver over a loan he obtained more than a decade ago to buy a car wash. But the settlement still leaves Cleaver, wife Dianne and Cleaver Co. LLC on the hook for more than $1.2 million in future payments to the bank.
President Barack Obamas trip to the University of Kansas, scheduled for Friday, was canceled Tuesday afternoon. A spokeswoman for Rep. Lynn Jenkins said the congresswomans office was told the trip was canceled due to the tragic events in Boston.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixons office says Brian Long, revenue director, is out. It appears related to the exploding controversy over drivers licenses and the federal government.
Four Missouri Republicans have introduced legislation removing fish and wildlife projects from the list of authorized Missouri River management endeavors.
Missouri Republican votes to prolong discussion after telling reporters he wants a “fair” debate
Sen. Pat Roberts claims $1 million in the bank before 2014 race
Republicans who criticize spending are happy $714 million is in 2014 budget for biolab; New Yorkers likely upset
Spending blueprint will be scrutinized Wednesday for decision on a National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan.
Missouri GOP senator is blamed — and credited — for budget amendment protecting Missouri-based Monsanto and its customers
Royals home-opener fans may get a glance this afternoon at the growing argument over a single terminal at KCI.
Sometime in the 1990s early research suggests 1992, but Im willing to consider other dates former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher held a news conference at the Midwest Research Institute in Kansas City.
The Koch brothers have spent millions on campaigns, including the Kansas City, Kan., mayors race. Why?
Kansas City officials think they can pay for building a new terminal at Kansas City International Airport, even without significant federal goverment participation.
Aviation director claims he was misquoted on federal help for airport; here’s the record
Flush from its electoral victories Tuesday, the KC Council ponders helping Washington too
KCI battle reaches next stage tomorrow; what about Global Prairie?
Losing candidate faces big questions about the road ahead
Ann Murguia and friends would have watched the returns come in Tuesday night at their election party, except returns dont really come in anymore. In the computer-voting age, the results are dumped all at once, like a 9th inning hanging curveball in a 0-0 game. In this case, Murguia swung and missed around 9:35. She conceded five minutes later.
The Koch brothers have spent millions on campaigns, including the Kansas City, Kan., mayor’s race. Why?
Kraske, Helling elevate their games again
Thats because the GOP blocks virtually everything Obama wants to do, he says.