Kansas City is considering higher property taxes for public works projects. Johnson Countians face a similar decision in November, Dave Helling writes, but they’re asked to raise a very different tax levy to pay for the projects.
Former Kansas senators Bob Dole and Nancy Kassebaum talked about their work together at a recent forum in Lawrence. The pair are now more popular than the politicians who replaced them, Dave Helling writes, because both understood something important about their state.
Fracking in Oklahoma may have caused an earthquake. Do Oklahomans owe it to the rest of us to provide cheap energy, regardless of the inconvenience it causes them? Dave Helling says questions like that may come to dominate American politics.
Before term limits came along, journalists got to know lawmakers in a way they may never again — and it was a fascinating education. The recent death of longtime state senator Ed Quick brings to mind the names of some of his colleagues in the General Assembly.
The most dispiriting reaction to a recent story on Kansas’ “LLC exemption” came from a handful of Kansans who said the small-business owners opposed to the break were free to donate extra money to the state if they thought their taxes were too low.
Donald Trump has sharply criticized the reporting on his campaign, and Hillary Clinton is distrustful of reporters. Even in the modern media world, Dave Helling writes, mainstream political oversight remains important.
A group of Missouri prosecutors say they’ll challenge a vote on medical marijuana because federal law supersedes state law. The argument over states’ rights is about more than pot, Dave Helling writes. It’s about Washington’s ability to overrule state legislators.
Although one poll shows the race for Missouri governor to be close, Democrat Chris Koster is racking up endorsements as Eric Greitens struggles to pull his party together. But this is the year of the outsider, and that may change the math, Steve Kraske writes.