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 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.
To reach the population density necessary to afford fast emergency response times, fancy coffee shops on every corner and blazing Internet connections, we must live close together, almost in one another’s pockets. And we must deal with one another’s bad decisions.
Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and others are taking a libertarian perspective on the violence that has followed the Aug. 9 fatal police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb. The approach is likely to appeal to younger voters from across the political spectrum.
By most measures, the GOP incumbent in the U.S. Senate race enters the fall campaign as the favorite. He’ll have more money, everyone knows him, and he’s a Republican in a Republican state in a Republican year. Yet there are interesting warning signs.
“We have to go east and west,” Kansas City Mayor Sly James says. “There are too many things in this city that go north and south.” Divisions such as the ones that split Missouri and Kansas and divide the races the aren’t natural. they’re man-made. Voters can dissolve them if they want.
The law says guns and ammunition manufactured and owned in the state are exempt from federal firearms laws. It’s the old state’s sovereignty idea. The same argument the antebellum South tried to keep their slaves. It arose again when states fought the desegregation of public schools.
Missourians get the chance to decide policy and law at the voting booth, and they will do so again on Aug. 5, when they will face a list of five proposed amendments to the state’s constitution. It may not be the best way to run a state — or a republic.
Years ago, our NFL franchise made the decision to stop offending the dignity of those native people, past, present and future. The Kansas City Chiefs chose to quit using cartoonish depictions of native people. The team's management dropped the pretense that it was "honoring" cultures it knew little about with hokey mascots, skits and "Indian" themed paraphernalia.
Right now, most doctors and hospitals use records entered directly into their computer systems, but patients’ test results, prescription orders and doctors’ notes may all still be on paper, along with the faxes and reports that arrive constantly from other hospitals and doctors.
The true intentions of the Russian president will likely monopolize for some time the attention of the U.S., its allies and the now independent European nations that formerly were captive parts of what used to be the Soviet empire.
She has long viewed herself as executive timber well qualified to become the first woman governor in Missouri history. All signs point to Missouri’s senior senator taking a hard look at running for the state’s top job in 2016.
If Daniel Isom is approved by the Missouri Senate, he will be the only African-American in Nixon’s cabinet. But in Lee’s Summit, the governor rejected any link between Ferguson’s racial challenges and Isom’s appointment to the state’s top law enforcement job.