<![CDATA[News Columns & Blogs | The Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com]]> http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/ en-us Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:58:27 CDT http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:58:27 CDT News Columns & Blogs 60 Dave Helling: Consider some fresher faces as the faces on our currency http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article26600689.html#storylink=rss By year’s end, a woman finally will appear on paper U.S. currency, joining a long list of white guys with imperfect historical pedigrees. So far, the usual names have surfaced, but maybe it’s time to expand the field beyond political figures to include artists, writers, scientists, teachers, inventors and other important figures of our history.

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Mon, 06 Jul 2015 15:49:50 CDT

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Joe Robertson: In state proficiency tests, all scores are not created equal http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/article26542306.html#storylink=rss The Kansas City Public Schools have a lot of ground to make up, but the gap in performance is not as large as many assume.

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Sun, 05 Jul 2015 12:41:00 CDT

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Steve Kraske: Milton Wolf sniffs a (dead) rat in inquiry on Facebook posts http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article26381941.html#storylink=rss The 2014 U.S. Senate candidate in Kansas may be looking at a second run in 2016, but he can’t get a resolution from a state board that’s investigating him over 2010 Facebook posts showing X-ray images of gunshot victims with joking commentary. He suspects there’s political motivation behind the lag.

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Fri, 03 Jul 2015 15:23:19 CDT

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Dave Helling: The U.S. Supreme Court remains controversial — and essential http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article25766587.html#storylink=rss Judges reach narrow split decisions all the time, such as in the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling on same-sex marriage. The calls are close because judges must squeeze very specific laws into very broad and undefined concepts. What does equality mean? When is punishment cruel or unusual? What is free speech, or freedom of religion?

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Mon, 29 Jun 2015 13:43:55 CDT

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Alan Bavley: Obamacare will grow faster and stand stronger following Supreme Court ruling http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article25737973.html#storylink=rss The upholding of premium subsidies doesn’t necessarily mean Obamacare is here to stay, but repealing and replacing it becomes tougher as it is further implemented and expanded.

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Sun, 28 Jun 2015 22:31:29 CDT

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Steve Kraske: Sly James, Sam Brownback have done it again http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article25611259.html#storylink=rss Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and Kansas City Mayor Sly James are dissimilar politicians, but both are coming off impressive political feats.

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Fri, 26 Jun 2015 17:17:48 CDT

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Dave Helling: Sly James faces quick second-term decisions, headaches as KC’s mayor http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article25428550.html#storylink=rss Sly James’ second term won’t be a slam dunk. The city’s voters on Tuesday picked a City Council of unusual independence, one unlikely to succumb to mayoral pressure. And with a low threshold for initiative petitions in the city, voters will get a say in government, too.

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Wed, 24 Jun 2015 15:28:12 CDT

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Dave Helling: With Hillary Clinton’s visit, Missouri can return to political spotlight http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article25174138.html#storylink=rss As Democrat Hillary Clinton visits St. Louis on Tuesday, we don’t know whether Missouri voters will play a significant role in the 2016 presidential campaign. But there are hints that both Democrats and Republicans are keeping an eye on the state, which is an unexpected development.

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Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:01:02 CDT

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Mará Rose Williams: Was sex consensual? There’s an app for that http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article25135477.html#storylink=rss Two smartphone apps — one for yes, one for no — aim to help college students start a conversation about consent before they hook up.

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Sun, 21 Jun 2015 21:40:25 CDT

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Steve Kraske: Remember the name Quinton Lucas, a politician of startling potential http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article25001182.html#storylink=rss He is the favorite to win the 3rd District at-large seat on the Kansas City Council next week, and he has the credentials, and the demeanor, to go a long way in politics. Local Democratic politicos even dare to compare him to a young Barack Obama.

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Fri, 19 Jun 2015 15:21:19 CDT

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Dave Helling: Kansas City’s growth in the 21st century is no layup http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article24798229.html#storylink=rss Kansas City lacks anyone with enough financial muscle and the requisite desire to bring basketball or hockey to 14th and Grand. But this shortfall in money and civic engagement is not just about sports, and it’s more worrisome than it sounds.

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Wed, 17 Jun 2015 15:31:28 CDT

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Dave Helling: Ballots have no value if voters don’t turn out http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article24412672.html#storylink=rss When the inconvenience and cost of casting a ballot — in time, travel and decision-making — is greater than its value, the rational choice is to stay home. Kansas’ political future may hinge on whether Democrats and moderate Republicans can convince voters to change that calculation.

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Mon, 15 Jun 2015 11:56:14 CDT

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Steve Kraske: You say you want a revolution in Kansas? Don’t ‘overexpect’ http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article23883043.html#storylink=rss If you’re hoping that the mess in Kansas translates into dramatic change, well, don’t overexpect, as Andy Griffith once said. This is an odd-numbered year. Elections are in even-numbered years. That’s a full year and some change away.

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Fri, 12 Jun 2015 16:41:23 CDT

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Dave Helling: Kansas City’s earnings, sales taxes hit the poor harder http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article23523106.html#storylink=rss Raising the minimum wage in Kansas City from the current $7.65 an hour to $13 an hour would increase incomes for the poor, but it also would mean they pay more to City Hall in the form of earnings taxes and sales taxes. Mayor Sly James and the City Council might want to make the earnings tax more equitable.

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Mon, 08 Jun 2015 15:10:18 CDT

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Steve Kraske: Legacy of 2012 Kansas tax cut is deceit, pain and a long legislative session http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article23230965.html#storylink=rss As the story goes, Gov. Sam Brownback knew the largest income tax cut in Kansas history was trouble. Now the legislature is struggling to balance a budget that’s $400 million out of whack.

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Fri, 05 Jun 2015 17:25:37 CDT

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Dave Helling: Kansas has plenty of company in budget misery http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article23032458.html#storylink=rss It’s tempting to think Kansas is the only state in the union facing political dysfunction and a budget crisis. But Kansas is far from alone. In fact, various surveys show roughly half the states are dealing with red ink this spring.

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Wed, 03 Jun 2015 16:14:52 CDT

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Peter Kinder to Jay Nixon, Chris Koster: Let’s thrash it out http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article26601556.html#storylink=rss Missouri’s lieutenant governor issues debate challenge to the governor and the presumptive 2016 Democratic gubernatorial nominee over right-to-work

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Mon, 06 Jul 2015 16:00:33 CDT

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TheChat: Gov. Jay Nixon lauds whites and blacks presiding over Statehouse cornerstone ceremony http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article26495320.html#storylink=rss And...Salon takes a shot at Sen. Claire McCaskill who questioned Bernie Sanders’ big crowds

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Emanuel Cleaver: President Barack Obama has not improved race relations http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article26533696.html#storylink=rss The Kansas City Democrat insists that it wouldn’t matter if the president spent more time discussing the issue

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Pesky and voracious otters stunt fishing at Lake Katie http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article26499520.html#storylink=rss Many people find otters charming. I consider them the enemy. They are voracious hunters with an insatiable taste for fish. In time, perhaps the trespassers will move on to other waters.

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Sat, 04 Jul 2015 15:17:25 CDT

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TheChat: Missouri House Speaker Todd Richardson promises a better Capitol culture for women http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article26208703.html#storylink=rss And...the number of projects in Missouri’s five-year road plan is way down

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Wed, 01 Jul 2015 22:05:00 CDT

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Hillary Clinton is coming to Kansas City for the National Council of La Raza conference http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article26077267.html#storylink=rss The Democratic presidential candidate — a former secretary of state, U.S. senator and first lady — is scheduled to appear at the conference at the Kansas City Convention Center on Monday, July 13.

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Tips for taking photos of fireworks from Star photographer John Sleezer http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/eyewitness/article26118013.html#storylink=rss Fireworks are fun to watch (and maybe even more fun to shoot off) but can be tricky to photograph, whether you’re using a traditional camera or a mobile device. In lieu of this weekend’s events, here are some tips from Star photographer John Sleezer on how to capture fireworks successfully.

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Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:59:45 CDT

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TheChat: Even Hillary Clinton gets stood up for White House meetings http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article26040709.html#storylink=rss And...incoming Missouri Chief Justice Patricia Breckenridge explains why there are so many dissenting opinions in legal cases

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Wed, 01 Jul 2015 23:35:00 CDT

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TheChat: Even Hillary Clinton gets stood up for White House meetings http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article25991062.html#storylink=rss And...incoming Missouri Chief Justice Mary Breckenridge explains why there are so many dissenting opinions in legal cases

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Wed, 01 Jul 2015 21:21:00 CDT

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Dave Helling: Transparency is needed to examine mental health treatment in Kansas http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article26004244.html#storylink=rss We all have an interest in how mentally ill patients are treated. Mental illness costs us billions each year in police costs, prosecutions, incarcerations and treatment. Not to mention the human cost, for defendants and victims alike.

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Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:51:40 CDT

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Bev Randles is IN for Missouri lieutenant governor http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article25957276.html#storylink=rss A Republican, Randles faces a potential August 2016 primary against three-term incumbent Peter Kinder

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Wed, 01 Jul 2015 07:39:45 CDT

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TheChat: The drought in Kansas isn’t over, but concerns have eased http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article25883914.html#storylink=rss And...a dispute emerges over when Missouri counties have to start issues marriage licenses to same-sex couples

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Tue, 30 Jun 2015 23:20:00 CDT

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Chelsea Clinton got $65,000 for UMKC speech, newspaper says http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article25822630.html#storylink=rss UMKC wanted Hillary Clinton, but the former secretary of state wanted $275,000 for her appearance.

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Tue, 30 Jun 2015 09:19:04 CDT

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Congress struggles to meet the work record of its last two-year session http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article25858204.html#storylink=rss contains illegal HTML markup:

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