Buffett’s participation in the deal might provide some political cover for Republicans trying to stave off the Obama administration’s efforts to crack down on inversions. Buffett has been an ally of President Barack Obama on some other economic issues, including raising taxes on the rich.
To sidestep the Constitution’s requirement of Senate ratification of treaties, the administration is working on a “politically binding” deal with other countries. The goal is to “name and shame” countries into cutting their emissions.
Survey USA/KSN-TV poll shows Paul Davis leads Sam Brownback by eight points ten weeks before Election Day. In the Senate race, Pat Roberts still leads, but shakily. The poll also suggests a razor-tight race for Kansas secretary of state.
City Clerk Marilyn Sanders confirmed that petitioners had gathered 8,078 valid signatures to try to overturn the Kansas City Council’s decision. They needed 7,144 signatures of registered voters. The City Council voted 7-4 on June 19 to privatize Kansas City’s medical billing for ambulance calls, a function currently handled by Fire Department employees.
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Paul Davis can’t make Sam Brownback the issue forever. Kansans will want to know what a Gov. Davis would do on a host of issues, from Medicaid expansion and same-sex marriage to tuition costs and abortion.
The government views sheltered workshops as discriminatory and wants to integrate people with disabilities into competitive jobs that pay at least the minimum wage. Defenders of the workshops say not everyone with a disability can get and hold down a job in the open market.
Republican incumbent Sam Brownback on Monday attacked his Democratic challenger for opposing a law that gave Johnson County schools the ability to raise property taxes locally for the classroom. Davis said he couldn’t support the final version of the bill because it tied new school funding to a measure eliminating some job-protection rights for teachers.
About 80 people turned out Monday night for a public hearing on Kemper Arena’s future, and speakers aired sharply divergent opinions. American Royal supporters said the city should demolish Kemper to provide for a custom-designed center and plenty of space for exhibitors and the American Royal barbecue. Opponents said it would be a travesty to tear down Kemper Arena, and the city should instead repurpose it for youth sports.
A host of cooperating agencies and services will spread the word of the “Talk, Read, Play” initiative’s strategy for engaging all children in rich language from the moment they are born. An event Monday at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center served as a child literacy call to arms.
The courts are telling big-time athletic programs that students — who do most of the work — should get more of the benefits from our national obsession with sports. The kids haven’t reached the goal line yet, but they’re in the red zone.
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced Sunday that he will convene a two-day public workshop to explore solutions to the lack of racial diversity in Missouri’s urban law enforcement agencies. Koster cited Sunday’s article in The Kansas City Star and an article in the St. Louis Post Dispatch that each highlighted the low numbers of African Americans and other minorities in police forces.
The Libertarian candidate for Kansas governor transformed himself from trash collector to crusading attorney after battling for his own right to free speech before the U.S. Supreme Court, a case he won. He is hoping he can defy the odds again and pull off a victory in November against Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and Democratic challenger Paul Davis.
The state of Missouri’s first Super Bowl Task Force meeting will take place at noon Monday at Arrowhead Stadium. The group’s task: Bring the big game to town. The task force was formed in response to a resolution that state Sen. Paul LeVota, an Independence Democrat, sponsored.
With time running out in an underachieving campaign for Texas governor, Democrat Wendy Davis is brandishing a darker and tougher edge in an aggressive courtship of female voters who are essential to her chances of pulling an upset in November.
If there were any doubts that former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist would be accepted by Florida Democrats, they were cast aside as he overwhelmingly earned the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Gov. Rick Scott on a day when four states chose candidates for statewide office.
The federal immigration court system should be separated from the Justice Department and operated independently of federal law enforcement, the top two leaders of the immigration judges' union said Wednesday.