The Kansas City Council is set to finally decide on an $800 million bond plan for the April ballot. The infrastructure measure may be in trouble, Dave Helling writes, because of last-minute arguing over the package and the details.
Don’t look now, Dave Helling writes, but lease agreements with the Chiefs and Royals are nearly half over. That means the community should start talking about sports stadiums, and who should pay their cost.
Complaints about the knowledge level of the voting public are as old as the Republic. They’re especially loud just after an election, when the losing side insists “low information voters” swung the outcome.
Steve Kraske: Dad turned 90 this week, which was the reason for my visit, so of course he can do whatever he wants. But this milestone makes me now, more than ever, aware of the fact that I’m watching him closely.
When Republicans soon control both Congress and the presidency, excuses won’t help the Democrats find their way out of their wilderness. But one-party control has entertainment value; consider the example of Kansas, where Democrats have watched from the sidelines as the GOP grappled with the state’s budget mess.
Ed O’Malley, a former Roeland Park state lawmaker who runs the Kansas Leadership Center, bills himself as a “problem-solver” who can pull the right people together. He’s the first of what could turn out to be a stampede of candidates from both parties eager to succeed Gov. Sam Brownback.
During the questioning of prospective Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts first joked that a Democrat calm down with a Valium and then saw the Senate Finance Committee members get increasingly testy with each other on Thursday.
The latest episode of the “Deep Background” podcast features the Star’s Hunter Woodall talking about Kansas state budget problems and reporter Diane Stafford discussing the fast-changing, and sometimes unsettling, American workplace.