A two-year collaboration between University of Missouri Extension and Lexington, Mo., has produced an audio tour that promotes the river town’s history and is a first step toward making it an attractive place for artists and art lovers.
A walkout in Colorado to protest proposed curriculum changes that emphasize “patriotic material, respect for authority and the free-market system” suggests students there have already learned an important lesson: Find the truth for yourself.
“I don’t plan on serving more than two terms in the Senate,” Pat Roberts said in 1996 before he was elected to the first of three terms in office. On Nov. 4, Kansas voters will decide whether experience is more important than novelty in the race that pits Roberts against independent challenger Greg Orman.
It seems strange to say this, but we really don’t know exactly why voters pick the candidates they do. Political scientists, consultants, candidates and reporters all think they have a handle on voter motivation. We’re all just guessing.
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and his Democratic challenger, Paul Davis, both oppose forcing small Kansas school districts to merge, but such consolidation may be inevitable because of slumping tax revenue.
Both parties try to manipulate the ballot, as evidenced by Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill gleefully admitting recently she called Democrat Chad Taylor to discuss his Senate candidacy in Kansas, and then by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach putting Taylor back on the ballot. Both wanted to arrange voter’s choices for perceived partisan advantage. Such moves only increase voters’ cynicism.
With eight weeks to go until Election Day, the two Republicans are in the fights of their political lives, Brownback with Democrat Paul Davis and Roberts with independent candidate Greg Orman. The two Republican incumbents are favorites to keep their seats, but only slightly.
A study out in the journal Health Affairs finds that 25.3 percent of hospital expenditures in the U.S. go toward administrative costs rather than to care of patients. That’s twice the percentage that hospitals in Canada devote to administration.
Election Day is nine weeks away. Kansans have plenty to get excited about — the governor’s race, a quartet in the Senate race, a competitive and important race for secretary of state, even a few local races. Missouri? Some ballot issues, a few legislative campaigns, that’s about it. Which elections across the country most captivate you this year?
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.