<![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 Guess who didn’t bother to vote in one of his father’s elections http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article85497492.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 10:54:24 CDT

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School finance argument in Kansas has deep, tangled roots http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article84995717.html#storylink=rss Kansas legislators begin a special session on school finance Thursday

They may come up with a solution, but they’re unlikely to find a long-term fix

At issue: Who really controls school spending and taxes?

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Tue, 21 Jun 2016 08:31:42 CDT

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In Kansas, it may finally be time for Democrats to rise again http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article84179422.html#storylink=rss The party is showing signs of new life as Gov. Sam Brownback continues to wobble

If it can’t score wins now, when can it?

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Thu, 16 Jun 2016 13:58:34 CDT

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Don’t look for easy answers after the Orlando massacre http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article83549527.html#storylink=rss Americans began debating solutions to the Orlando massacre within hours of the tragedy

Some focused on gun rules, others want to limit immigration, still others want more money for mental health

The answer, Dave Helling writes, is complicated and essential

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You’ve seen these political ads before — with one jaw-dropping exception http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article82730852.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Thu, 09 Jun 2016 10:59:52 CDT

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Johnson County voters usually back new projects, but maybe not this time http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article82235677.html#storylink=rss They’ll be asked this fall if they want to raise sales taxes to build a new county courthouse, and for other purposes

The county’s voters are usually willing to build new things, but that could be changing

For younger voters, experiences are more important than bricks and mortar

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Tue, 07 Jun 2016 11:05:44 CDT

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Stick this on Kansas City’s to-do list: The geese problem http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article81375802.html#storylink=rss City parks officials acknowledge that the Canada goose population is exploding

The big problem is poop ... workers spray down sidewalks for hours at a stretch

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Thu, 02 Jun 2016 13:23:45 CDT

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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are saying: Get back to where we once belonged http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article80938102.html#storylink=rss Ronald Reagan famously asked if Americans were better off in 1980 than in 1976

Today, Trump implicitly asks if Americans are better off than they were 50 years ago

The answer may determine the debate in the 2016 presidential election

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Tue, 31 May 2016 15:17:04 CDT

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Fred Sauer takes aim at no-limit campaign donations in Missouri http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article80020207.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 10:01:28 CDT

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Some Americans are stung by Kansans’ votes against Zika spending http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article79510537.html#storylink=rss Senate passed a compromise bill last week to spend $1.1 billion in fight against Zika

Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran opposed the spending

But both have supported added spending for agriculture in the past

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Tue, 24 May 2016 10:31:29 CDT

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Streetcar expansion? It looks to be on the way http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/article78702182.html#storylink=rss A Kansas City group is on the verge of launching a push for a Plaza-UMKC streetcar extension

Multiple sources say the group wants to catch the current wave of excitement

The streetcar starter line opened this month

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Thu, 19 May 2016 16:48:41 CDT

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Facebook should resist government pressure to change its news approach http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article77955107.html#storylink=rss The social media website faces accusations of bias in curating news

But the First Amendment applies to Facebook’s decision-making

The controversy shows why it’s important for corporations to have free speech rights

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Mon, 16 May 2016 16:46:29 CDT

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Can Donald Trump win in November? Yes http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article77166407.html#storylink=rss A new poll suggests that Trump is intensely competitive in Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania

Hillary Clinton’s struggles to connect with voters continue unabated

This is the most unpredictable election cycle of our lifetimes

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As Kansas City celebrates, supporters and opponents of public subsidies are still battling http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article76713902.html#storylink=rss Thousands of Kansas Citians enjoyed perfect weather and new amenities as they flooded into downtown Friday

Those amenities came at a cost — a cost that many think is too high

Yet if naysayers always win, the community remains stuck

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Tue, 10 May 2016 09:59:08 CDT

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Let’s all scratch our heads over the Kansas Legislature http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article75786912.html#storylink=rss Republicans played the worst kind of politics while Democrats played chicken

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City Hall focuses on problems in the air, while voters keep their feet on the ground http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article75302332.html#storylink=rss Concern with delivery of basic services may have hurt Mayor Sly James’ push for an airport vote

There’s a lesson for City Hall in the unfinished Linwood Shopping Center project

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Tue, 03 May 2016 10:09:42 CDT

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Four former Kansas governors release fundraising letter critical of Sam Brownback http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article85821462.html#storylink=rss A letter from the Save Kansas Coalition asks for donations to “educate” voters

Those signing include two Republican ex-governors

The fundraising came as state lawmakers grappled with school funding and revenue shortfalls

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Rex Sinquefield-funded group hammers Missouri lieutenant governor candidate over lobbyist gifts http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article85740377.html#storylink=rss Missouri Club for Growth has already donated $500,000 to GOP lieutenant governor hopeful Bev Randles

The group — which is funded by Rex Sinquefield — launched an ad targeting her rival, Republican Mike Parson

Mike Parson took $45,000 worth of lobbyist gifts from 2004 to 2015

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Trailwatch: The week in Missouri and Kansas politics http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article85715272.html#storylink=rss What’s happening in Missouri and Kansas politics?

The usual: Charges, counter-charges — the whole glorious mess

Catch it here each Friday until Election Day

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Fri, 24 Jun 2016 06:43:55 CDT

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TheChat: Serving in the Kansas Legislature likened to sailing on the Titanic http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article85448617.html#storylink=rss And...Missouri’s child poverty rate remains a big issue

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Missouri attorney general candidates exchange attacks in new TV ads http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article85476957.html#storylink=rss Josh Hawley and Kurt Schaefer, both of Columbia, have gone after each other for months

Hawley’s latest TV ad uses old footage of Schaefer declaring himself to be a “moderate”

Schaefer responded with an ad accusing Hawley of doing legal work for a terrorist

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Thu, 23 Jun 2016 09:13:14 CDT

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TheChat: Lynn Jenkins visits Guantanamo Bay http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article85228612.html#storylink=rss And...``Black Men for Bernie” rally (sort of) in downtown St. Louis

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Kansas City’s Cleaver joins Democrats’ sit-in to demand gun vote http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article85327347.html#storylink=rss Rep. Emanuel Cleaver among Democratic members of Congress who are staging a sit-in at U.S. House of Representatives

Protest led by Civil Rights icon John Lewis, D-Georgia, and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus

House in recess, Democrats say they’ll hold the floor until they get a chance vote on gun control legislation

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Wed, 22 Jun 2016 14:45:43 CDT

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Emanuel Cleaver is literally sitting on the floor of the U.S. House http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article85316022.html#storylink=rss Kansas City congressman is taking part in House sit-in led by Georgia Rep. John Lewis

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Wed, 22 Jun 2016 14:12:29 CDT

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From the archives: The Nelson Gallery in 1903 http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/eyewitness/article85303747.html#storylink=rss Before there was the Nelson-Atkins Museum, there was the Nelson Gallery of Art at the public library

It initially contained replicas of famous artworks

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Time capsule: KC’s first public school building http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/eyewitness/article85302507.html#storylink=rss A photo from The Star’s archives shows the first Kansas City public school building

Though it ran in the 1940s, it depicted a scene from the 1860s

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TheChat: Donald Trump adviser disputes idea that Missouri is in play http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article84999852.html#storylink=rss And...Kansas is withholding a big payment in wake of a Medicaid backlog snafu

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Wed, 22 Jun 2016 06:09:00 CDT

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Missourians now part of effort to seek GOP alternative to Donald Trump http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article85018082.html#storylink=rss The movement to free Republican convention delegates has a Missouri component

Nearly a dozen operatives are calling delegates, asking them to consider breaking from the candidate to whom they are pledged

The group is not offering a specific alternative to Trump

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Tue, 21 Jun 2016 10:44:27 CDT

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Jason Kander, Roy Blunt joust via Twitter http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article84973732.html#storylink=rss The two elbow each other over gun laws and the need to confront radical Islamic terrorism

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TheChat: What type of state is Kansas? http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article84769597.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 06:27:00 CDT

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