Wednesday’s murders of a reporter and a photographer in Virginia were deeply tragic, but not unique. Meaningless, random violence, almost always at the end of a gun, is appallingly routine in our country.
Larry Meeker resigned last week as chairman of the Kansas Democratic Party after suggesting the party needed to think more like its rivals to win, but the first job for Democrats trying to rebuild their party isn’t becoming Republican. It’s finding a way to become relevant.
An unofficial guidance from the Internal Revenue Service to universities has prompted complaints from graduate students at the University of Missouri in Columbia and at other campuses across the country. The IRS sees what the research and teaching graduate students do as work. Consequently, an employer can’t subsidize an employee’s private health-care plan.
The governments in Kansas and Missouri have been on a borrowing spree this summer. A few days ago, Kansas borrowed a cool $1 billion to shore up its pension fund. Next week, Missouri will borrow $60 million to pay for a variety of projects, part of a $300 million bond issue approved by lawmakers last spring.
U.S. Rep. Sam Graves could throw significant sand into the gears of a new Kansas City International Airport if he decides to do so. The Republican from Missouri’s 6th District has long opposed a new single terminal at KCI, but Southwest Airlines — and evolving Republican views about public works projects — may lessen his opposition.
Higher education — access to it, the cost of it and paying for it — is thrust into the political arena with the candidates who are vying for a run in the upcoming presidential race laying out proposals for solving the nation’s student-loan debt crisis.
Dutch Newman has toiled in Kansas City’s political trenches since 1944. From her perch in Westport, she became a confidante to Democrats from City Hall to the White House. War stories? Oh my gosh, there’s a million of ’em.
Missouri’s politicians repeatedly use tack-on ticket fees to pay for a variety of public programs. The state’s Court of Appeals will hear a case Tuesday asking whether speeders and housing violators must pay $3 per ticket to shore up the pension system for retired county sheriffs and their spouses.
It should be considered serious, but if caught soon enough, it’s treatable with antibiotics. “In the big scheme of things, it’s small potatoes,” said Lee Norman, chief medical officer at the University of Kansas Hospital.
A recent study led by a University of Kansas political scientist shows that today’s partisans are motivated not by issues but by intense dislike of the other party. Forget about principle and compromise. It’s all about the winning.
As we await Thursday’s GOP presidential debate, the nature of presidential politics may be changing. What if entertainment isn’t a sideshow this time, but the whole ball of wax? Donald Trump understands the public’s boredom with traditional candidates and can exploit that anger for months.
We’re entering a video age, but we must be careful. Video images can be easily manipulated. Videos have beginnings and ends, unlike reality. Video distortions are rarely a problem in news because reporters and photographers still try very hard to match their work with the facts. When a video producer has a point of view, though, motive is an important thing to consider.
Missouri Reps. Mike Colona and Tom Flanigan have received more lobbyist gifts so far this year than any other lawmakers, according to a list published by the liberal group Progress Missouri. Missouri law does not cap the amount of gifts that lawmakers can accept from lobbyists.