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The longtime transit activist has two questions on Kansas City’s Nov. 4 ballot, but even he isn’t pushing for their approval. The questions seek tax increases without spelling out how the money would be spent.
Republicans got behind the proposal as an alternative to the Democrats’ idea of a six-week early voting period. That petition drive failed, and critics say six days of early voting, and just during weekday business hours, is a token measure.
Amendment 2 would allow prosecutors to present evidence of a defendant’s past criminal acts at trial, if a judge agrees — even acts for which they had never been criminally charged. The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri opposes the amendment.
Teach Great, the political action group pushing the Missouri ballot measure, dropped its campaign, even with $1.6 million in its pocket from multimillionaire and persistent conservative education reformer Rex Sinquefield. The group decided it wasn’t ready to mount a successful campaign.
Jim Neely of Cameron is fending off a challenge from Democrat Ted Rights of Hamilton. Rights says 20 percent of his patients were uninsured and could have benefited from Medicaid expansion, but Neely worries about bureaucracy shutting people out of health care.