<![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: Amid the St. Louis blues is a strong sense of entitlement http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article21500796.html#storylink=rss Recent scandals and tragedies in St. Louis seem to reflect political infighting and arrogance unfamiliar to Kansas Citians but recognizable to anyone who interacts with St. Louis area elites.

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Wed, 20 May 2015 16:06:32 CDT

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Dave Helling: Not much thought goes into politics now http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article21306741.html#storylink=rss Politicians and pundits like to criticize “low-information voters” for election choices, but if they’re looking for a reason for voter inattention, the mirror might be a good place to start. Reporters share some of the blame, but surely the biggest share of the responsibility for a less-focused electorate falls to the nation’s politicians.

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Mon, 18 May 2015 15:29:59 CDT

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Alan Bavley: ACA eased pent-up demand for medical procedures http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article21246360.html#storylink=rss A new study by the Society of Actuaries examined claims filed during the first three months of 2014 for eight often costly medical services that people frequently put off when they’re uninsured. The newly insured filed 53 percent more claims for these services than did people who had also been insured in 2013.

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Sun, 17 May 2015 16:46:09 CDT

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Steve Kraske: John Diehl is yet another Missouri House speaker to run into legal and ethical issues http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article21110505.html#storylink=rss For decades, the office of speaker of the House has proved to be the most ethically challenged position in the state. Why?

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Fri, 15 May 2015 15:26:32 CDT

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Dave Helling: Handing out tax breaks? Don’t stop now http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article20860980.html#storylink=rss Kansas City wants tax incentives for a new grocery store and downtown hotel. Voters may give themselves a tax incentive soon.

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Wed, 13 May 2015 16:43:34 CDT

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Dave Helling: Kansas Citians seem wary of all-in approach to hotel deal http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article20689353.html#storylink=rss Kansas City has been promised huge returns for public investments for decades. There appears to be a healthy skepticism of the latest projections for a downtown hotel, Dave Helling writes.

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Mon, 11 May 2015 15:30:12 CDT

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Steve Kraske: Questions continue over whether the feds are targeting Kansas Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article20533461.html#storylink=rss You wonder if only because of the way Colyer, Gov. Sam Brownback and Colyer’s attorney respond to questions about that and a series of three $500,000 loans from the lieutenant governor to the Brownback re-election campaign in 2013 and 2014. Oddly, two of the three were repaid within hours.

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Fri, 08 May 2015 15:51:31 CDT

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Dave Helling: Like Ronald Reagan, Gov. Sam Brownback will ultimately raise taxes http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article20360652.html#storylink=rss Guided by a not-so-obscure senator from Kansas named Bob Dole, Ronald Reagan eventually agreed to one of the biggest federal tax increases in history. When the debate is over in Kansas, Gov. Sam Brownback will sign one of the largest tax increases in Kansas history.

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Wed, 06 May 2015 14:52:29 CDT

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Dave Helling: Changing government at the ballot box is common sense http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article20202915.html#storylink=rss The far left and the far right say that Americans have the right and duty to resist “tyranny.” There’s a way to do that — at the ballot box. “It is better to obey a bad law, making use at the same time of every argument to show its errors and procure its repeal, than forcibly to violate it,” Thomas Paine once wrote.

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Mon, 04 May 2015 15:11:13 CDT

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Joe Robertson: Controversial debate tactics still shaking up high school competitions http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article20143716.html#storylink=rss Backlash over a Lincoln College Prep duo’s regional title touches back on conflicts raised with Central High School teams a decade ago.

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Sun, 03 May 2015 16:25:54 CDT

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Steve Kraske: Not much second-guessing, at least publicly, among Kansas lawmakers about that big tax cut http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article20043921.html#storylink=rss Legislators facing massive budget deficits and the prospect of raising taxes say they would still support the tax cut if they had to vote again.

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Fri, 01 May 2015 16:54:13 CDT

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Dave Helling: The video revolution has arrived — and it fits in your pocket http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article19885758.html#storylink=rss Our lives are increasingly the subject of ever-present video devices, which will eventually make it less important to act out for the cameras, eliminating an argument against video recording at the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Wed, 29 Apr 2015 14:50:05 CDT

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Dave Helling: Hillary Clinton’s lack of Democratic opponents might prove troublesome http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article19749354.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:15:16 CDT

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Mará Rose Williams: College tuition in Missouri going up, but not by much http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article19674813.html#storylink=rss Tuition at Missouri colleges is up this spring, but schools have kept their price increases among the lowest in the nation. Kansas tuition changes are not available yet.

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Sun, 26 Apr 2015 17:50:22 CDT

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Steve Kraske: Scott Walker has Jim Talent in his corner — and maybe the Koch brothers http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article19407546.html#storylink=rss The Wisconsin governor has quickly morphed from Midwestern governor to the presidential candidate to watch in 2016. “He is a strong conservative, proven leader and a proven winner,” Talent said.

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Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:21:08 CDT

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Dave Helling: It’s time to break lawmakers’ ‘cycle of dependency’ http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article19078317.html#storylink=rss Gov. Sam Brownback recently signed a bill to restrict welfare benefits in Kansas, yet he’s lived almost entirely on the taxpayer’s dime for three decades as a congressman, a U.S. senator and the state’s chief executive. Meanwhile, Missouri lawmakers want to cap welfare eligibility at 45 months in their state. Perhaps it’s time to limit how long they can receive government checks.

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Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:33:40 CDT

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Steve Kraske: As Republicans debate the Kansas budget, Democrats hold their tongues http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article21611541.html#storylink=rss They’re working hard not to gloat. That slim but hardy band of Democrats in the Kansas Legislature insists it takes no pleasure in the ongoing trials of their Republican colleagues. The GOP faces the herculean challenge of balancing a budget more than $400 million out of whack. But if Democrats turned smug, could you blame them?

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TheChat: Emanuel Cleaver calls for a study of suicide rates among black children http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article21561774.html#storylink=rss And...The Star’s reporting on the explicit nature of former House Speaker John Diehl’s texts to an intern played a role in his ouster

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Thu, 21 May 2015 21:32:00 CDT

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The Sam S. Shubert Theatre in KC - photo from the archives http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/eyewitness/article21613770.html#storylink=rss A photo from The Star’s archives shows a downtown theater sometime in the early 20th century.

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Abrupt end to two internships sparks investigation in Missouri Senate http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article21554529.html#storylink=rss The interns from the University of Central Missouri — a man and a woman — worked in the office of Sen. Paul LeVota, an Independence Democrat. LeVota released a statement saying he has never been told that there were any issues with his legislative interns.

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Thu, 21 May 2015 06:50:33 CDT

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TheChat: Pat Roberts seeks an inspector general for Obamacare http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article21461406.html#storylink=rss And...analysts wonder how all the chaos within the Missouri GOP will affect the 2016 elections

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Wed, 20 May 2015 22:28:00 CDT

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A Kansas City Western Auto store in 1916 — from the archives http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/eyewitness/article21488658.html#storylink=rss A photo of Kansas City history from The Star’s archives

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Gov. Sam Brownback and aides still consult with ex-staffer, now a lobbyist, records show http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article21537897.html#storylink=rss Emails show that David Kensinger, who was once Gov. Sam Brownback’s chief of staff and now earns a living as a lobbyist, continues to influence the Kansas chief executive’s schedule and decision-making.

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Wed, 20 May 2015 21:51:37 CDT

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Selma protests in KCK, 1965 - from the archives http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/eyewitness/article21485895.html#storylink=rss A photo from The Star’s archives shows a NAACP protest march in 1965.

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Jack Danforth forks over $10,000 to Mike Parson for Missouri governor http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article21462294.html#storylink=rss The donation signals who some of former state Auditor Tom Schweich’s supporters will now back for the state’s highest office

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Wed, 20 May 2015 09:41:28 CDT

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TheChat: Missouri lawmakers fret about the lack of road funding http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article21370869.html#storylink=rss And...other legislators bemoan the lack of Ferguson-related legislation that passed this year, saying “nothing has changed”

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Tue, 19 May 2015 22:09:00 CDT

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McCaskill says she’s had it with ‘Game of Thrones’ after rape scene http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article21376323.html#storylink=rss The Missouri Democrat says “Game of Thrones” has gone too far:

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Tue, 19 May 2015 10:32:03 CDT

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Photo gallery: Yemeni refugees flock to northern Djibouti to escape conflict http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/eyewitness/article21399759.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Tue, 19 May 2015 15:06:11 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/eyewitness/article21399759.html TheChat: The president (finally) joins Twitter http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article21303963.html#storylink=rss And...Missouri lawmakers pledge to patch up the Capitol internship program in the wake of former House Speaker John Diehl’s resignation

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Mon, 18 May 2015 21:33:00 CDT

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Fred Curls, last surviving founder of KC political club Freedom Inc., dies at 96 http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article21308280.html#storylink=rss Fred Curls, the last surviving member of the group that founded the influential political club Freedom Inc., died Friday. He was 96. In 1962, Curls helped form Freedom Inc. with four other African-American civic leaders: Leon Jordan, Bruce R. Watkins, Charles Moore and Howard Maupin.

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Mon, 18 May 2015 15:39:39 CDT

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