<![CDATA[News Columns & Blogs | KansasCity.com &]]> http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/ en-us Tue, 22 Dec 2015 18:40:03 CST http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Tue, 22 Dec 2015 18:40:03 CST News Columns & Blogs 60 interactive-ops@herald-leader.com Timing is key in politics — otherwise Elizabeth Warren might have been the next president http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/article74428912.html#storylink=rss Gauging when, or whether, to enter a political contest often determines who wins or loses

Senator from Massachusetts passed on running in 2016 based on what was known at the time

In hindsight, she could have won the Democratic presidential nomination

Click to Continue »]]>
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 12:09:21 CDT

]]>
http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/article74428912.html
Kansas budget problems cool enthusiasm for tax cuts in states, Congress http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article73942412.html#storylink=rss The Republican presidential candidates want to cut taxes, but they don’t talk about that as much as previous candidates did

One reason is the Kansas budget debacle

Kansas Legislature convenes this week to work out the latest budget shortfall

Click to Continue »]]>
Tue, 26 Apr 2016 10:54:45 CDT

]]>
http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article73942412.html
Missouri candidates for governor struggle to cut through the (Trump) clutter http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article73081767.html#storylink=rss Too-hot-to-handle presidential race is stealing the spotlight from a premier race in the heartland

Republican primary for Missouri governor has lots of candidates but little visibility

Click to Continue »]]>
Thu, 21 Apr 2016 12:14:22 CDT

]]>
http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article73081767.html
Kansas Republicans look at a new political reality — the logjam http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/article71786562.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Thu, 14 Apr 2016 09:48:30 CDT

]]>
http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/article71786562.html
In politics, money matters more where we pay less mind http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article71345407.html#storylink=rss Candidates will file campaign finance reports this week, detailing millions in political spending

Yet there’s evidence that money doesn’t always guarantee victory

And we’re not paying attention where cash can make a difference

Click to Continue »]]>
Tue, 12 Apr 2016 11:58:17 CDT

]]>
http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article71345407.html
One purpose of Missouri bill on same-sex marriage is to drive up GOP turnout http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article70482407.html#storylink=rss In the year of Donald Trump, SJR 39 ensures that Republicans show up at the polls

Democrats suspect that’s a big motive for the bill

Click to Continue »]]>
Thu, 07 Apr 2016 11:12:48 CDT

]]>
http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article70482407.html
Coming soon to a screen near you: more corrosive campaign ads http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article69922962.html#storylink=rss Attempts will be made to link down-ballot candidates with their parties’ presidential nominees

The race for U.S. Senate in Missouri is one example of the tactic in action

Such an approach can be misleading and unfair

Click to Continue »]]>
Mon, 04 Apr 2016 17:38:27 CDT

]]>
http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article69922962.html
Harmony between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders boosts Democratic prospects http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article69210522.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Thu, 31 Mar 2016 12:04:37 CDT

]]>
http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article69210522.html
Donald Trump drawing new comparisons to Missouri’s Todd Akin after abortion scuffle http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article69276192.html#storylink=rss The GOP presidential front-runner faces criticism over his position on abortion

Former Rep. Todd Akin faced similar problems in 2012

Mainstream Republicans tried to remove Akin from race — just as they’re trying to block Trump

Click to Continue »]]>
Thu, 31 Mar 2016 16:03:07 CDT

]]>
http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article69276192.html
Overheated political rhetoric is a growing problem … no, wait — it’s apocalyptic http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article68766862.html#storylink=rss Conservative group compares Sen. Jerry Moran with Judas — without blinking

Rhetorical overreach used to anger the electorate. Now? Not so much

As a result, the fall campaign may be the most brutal in memory

Click to Continue »]]>
Tue, 29 Mar 2016 09:37:29 CDT

]]>
http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article68766862.html
Steve Kraske: In the year of Donald Trump, how can anyone forecast anything? http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article67965042.html#storylink=rss One of the nation’s leading political forecasters is stumped by the Trump effect

“There is nothing that is crystal clear about this election,” Jennifer Duffy said

Click to Continue »]]>
Thu, 24 Mar 2016 09:38:26 CDT

]]>
http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article67965042.html
Dave Helling: Calamity could hit the Electoral College this fall http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article67318462.html#storylink=rss It’s possible the system for selecting a president will face a major challenge this year

Outcry would be enormous if Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton took the White House without winning the popular vote

Past attempts to reform the Electoral College have failed but could be revived

Click to Continue »]]>
Mon, 21 Mar 2016 11:20:17 CDT

]]>
http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article67318462.html
Dave Helling: Can conservatives wrap their arms around Donald Trump? http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article65996117.html#storylink=rss As the flamboyant businessman edges toward the nomination, “principled” conservatives face a dilemma — win, or stick to your guns

Radio talker Rush Limbaugh, Dave Helling writes, is the most obvious example

Other conservatives know Trump is basically a moderate

Click to Continue »]]>
Mon, 14 Mar 2016 15:01:54 CDT

]]>
http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article65996117.html
Steve Kraske: Protests like the one in Kansas City will dog Donald Trump for months http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article65844517.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Sun, 13 Mar 2016 16:25:03 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article65844517.html Steve Kraske: Backers of Donald Trump apparently are everywhere, but they aren’t public about it http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article63782912.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Thu, 03 Mar 2016 10:12:48 CST

]]>
http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article63782912.html
Dave Helling: Earnings tax is likely to sail to approval next month in KC http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article63360557.html#storylink=rss In April, Kansas City voters face a five-year renewal of the 1 percent earnings tax

It will probably pass, but not because of threats to city services or the potential for higher property and sales taxes

Kansas Citians like the e-tax because outsiders pay a chunk of it

Click to Continue »]]>
Tue, 01 Mar 2016 14:05:32 CST

]]>
http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article63360557.html
Songs of toads produce questions without answers http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article74872017.html#storylink=rss Maybe some were singing for the pure joy of being toads on such an evening

Maybe some had been told they had nice voices

In the end, no one knows but the toads

Click to Continue »]]>
Sat, 30 Apr 2016 11:31:01 CDT

]]>
http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article74872017.html
Seven House members from JoCo, WyCo vote to reimpose small-business tax http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article74844892.html#storylink=rss Lots of political calculations dictated how lawmakers voted

Click to Continue »]]>
Sat, 30 Apr 2016 00:22:45 CDT

]]>
http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article74844892.html
‘Religious freedom’ bill defeated, but Missourians can still be fired for being gay http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article74722987.html#storylink=rss There’s no law in Missouri prohibiting discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender individuals

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce helped defeat the “religious freedom” bill but opposed a statewide nondiscrimination law

Kansas City Councilwoman Jolie Justus called the Chamber’s position “a paradox”

Click to Continue »]]>
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 15:56:51 CDT

]]>
http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article74722987.html
TheChat: Gov. Jay Nixon reflects on the defeat of SJR 39 http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article74401567.html#storylink=rss And...Donald Trump stirs up gender politics all over again

Click to Continue »]]>
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 01:34:00 CDT

]]>
http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article74401567.html
‘Your Star’ series in 1960 touts newspaper’s ads http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/eyewitness/article74472812.html#storylink=rss A historic photo from The Star shows a housewife in 1960

The newspaper touts itself as a source of info in its advertisements

Click to Continue »]]>
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:51:38 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/eyewitness/article74472812.html
TheChat: Claire McCaskill continues to push campus sexual-assault bill http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article74149622.html#storylink=rss And...Missouri moves ahead on permit-less concealed carry

Click to Continue »]]>
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 01:06:00 CDT

]]>
http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article74149622.html
Announcing a veep before winning the nomination has been tried before http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article74292462.html#storylink=rss In 1976, Ronald Reagan battled incumbent Gerald Ford

Reagan named a vice presidential pick weeks before the GOP convention in Kansas City

The pick was Sen. Richard Schweiker, a moderate from Pennsylvania

Click to Continue »]]>
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:25:53 CDT

]]>
http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article74292462.html
TheChat: Will the Ted Cruz-John Kasich deal pay dividends? http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article73892067.html#storylink=rss And...holding a rationale conversation on abortion may never happen again — EVER

Click to Continue »]]>
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:47:00 CDT

]]>
http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article73892067.html
Missouri lawmaker targets university travel expenses http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article73927507.html#storylink=rss Rep. Caleb Jones says he has heard complaints about Mizzou reimbursing travel for employee spouses

The university says travel is reimbursed when it is necessary and of benefit to the university

Click to Continue »]]>
Tue, 26 Apr 2016 09:04:02 CDT

]]>
http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article73927507.html
Some progress has been made on Missouri ethics reform, but does it go far enough? http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article73936037.html#storylink=rss Missouri lawmakers have approved three ethics reform bills so far this year

Ethics reform was made a top legislative priority after a series of high-profile scandals in 2015

Critics say legislation passed thus far doesn’t go far enough to rein in bad behavior in Jefferson City

Click to Continue »]]>
Tue, 26 Apr 2016 10:17:21 CDT

]]>
http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article73936037.html
Gov. Sam Brownback pulls Kansas out of refugee resettlement program http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article73936182.html#storylink=rss He says the federal government failed to provide adequate assurances

Click to Continue »]]>
Tue, 26 Apr 2016 10:19:17 CDT

]]>
http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article73936182.html
Data likely led to Jeff Roe’s decision on Cruz-Kasich alliance http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article73934647.html#storylink=rss Critics have hammered the agreement between the two campaigns to trade states in an effort to stop Donald Trump

But polling, other data may have convinced consultant Jeff Roe he had to make the trade

Click to Continue »]]>
Tue, 26 Apr 2016 10:08:58 CDT

]]>
http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article73934647.html
TheChat: `Walmart moms’ describe Donald Trump as a very fast, very expensive sportscar http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article73724017.html#storylink=rss And...Republicans and Democrats oppose Gov. Sam Brownback’s tobacco settlement plan

Click to Continue »]]>
Tue, 26 Apr 2016 01:29:00 CDT

]]>
http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article73724017.html
Pressure mounts as Missouri ‘religious freedom’ vote looms http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article73719592.html#storylink=rss A pair of legal analyses pushed by opponents conclude the amendment could have vast unintended consequences

One Republican opponent of the measure faces threats of a third-party challenger this fall

The bill would amend the state Constitution to protect individuals and businesses who refuse service to same-sex couples

Click to Continue »]]>
Mon, 25 Apr 2016 07:16:04 CDT

]]>
http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article73719592.html