<![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: Death on live television — and elsewhere http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article32443374.html#storylink=rss 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.

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Wed, 26 Aug 2015 13:16:39 CDT

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Dave Helling: Kansas Democrats need to be bolder, not Meeker http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article32102889.html#storylink=rss 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.

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Mon, 24 Aug 2015 12:06:11 CDT

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Mará Rose Williams: Get grad students off university subsidized health plans or pay up, IRS says http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article31634975.html#storylink=rss 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.

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Thu, 20 Aug 2015 13:24:03 CDT

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Steve Kraske: The one thought that shouldn’t get overlooked in the Jefferson City intern mess http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article31716939.html#storylink=rss It’s undoubtedly true that not all male lawmakers harass, but it’s also true that most women working in the building recount unwelcome behavior.

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Fri, 21 Aug 2015 09:38:34 CDT

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Dave Helling: Risky debt plans a potential problem http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/article31524785.html#storylink=rss 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.

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Wed, 19 Aug 2015 13:05:18 CDT

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Dave Helling: U.S. Rep. Sam Graves’ opposition to new KCI terminal still on the tarmac http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article31325468.html#storylink=rss 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.

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Mon, 17 Aug 2015 15:06:24 CDT

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Mará Rose Williams: College debt is a safe topic in a campaign year http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article31260755.html#storylink=rss 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.

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Sun, 16 Aug 2015 16:56:03 CDT

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Steve Kraske: As Dutch Newman turns 95, she looks back at a life in politics http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article31132109.html#storylink=rss 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.

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Fri, 14 Aug 2015 16:44:55 CDT

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Dave Helling: In baseball or politics, statistics miss the human factor http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article30960702.html#storylink=rss The Kansas City Royals’ success and Donald Trump’s post-debate wobble are reminders that predicting the future, when human beings are involved, is almost always a fool’s errand.

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Wed, 12 Aug 2015 19:21:55 CDT

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Dave Helling: Missouri Court of Appeals to consider small fee with big impact http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article30623625.html#storylink=rss 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.

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Mon, 10 Aug 2015 14:30:10 CDT

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Alan Bavley: Legionnaire’s is staking a claim as this summer’s scary disease http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article30349551.html#storylink=rss 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.

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Thu, 06 Aug 2015 17:36:59 CDT

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Steve Kraske: Democrats vs. Republicans might as well be Chiefs vs. Broncos http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/article30391626.html#storylink=rss 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.

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Dave Helling: Donald Trump could have staying power in the 2016 presidential race http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article30029145.html#storylink=rss 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.

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Wed, 05 Aug 2015 10:23:36 CDT

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Dave Helling: Video is a powerful storyteller but doesn’t always tell the whole story http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article29854000.html#storylink=rss 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.

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Mon, 03 Aug 2015 11:07:40 CDT

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Joe Robertson: History tumbles down with 115-year-old school, but all may not be lost http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article29821153.html#storylink=rss Pieces of the ornate archways have been preserved in the demolition of Kansas City’s Thacher Elementary School, allowing for reconstruction of a historic archway and some consolation to frustrated preservationists.

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Sun, 02 Aug 2015 18:59:20 CDT

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Steve Kraske: As politicians run wild, who’s up and who’s down? http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article29646934.html#storylink=rss Donald Trump, Jeb Bush and President Barack Obama are climbing the charts in terms of political performance, but lots of others (where have you gone, Rand Paul?) are down, baby, down.

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Fri, 31 Jul 2015 11:02:15 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article29646934.html
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TheChat: Now Donald Trump is taking on every elected politician IN THE COUNTRY http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article32419911.html#storylink=rss And...a Kansas City lawmaker offers advice for how to deal with the sexual harassment intern crisis in Jefferson City

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Thu, 27 Aug 2015 00:55:00 CDT

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Former Sen. Jack Danforth backs Peter Kinder for Missouri governor with $10,000 donation http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article32498568.html#storylink=rss The father of the modern Missouri Republican Party has made his pick for governor. Former U.S. Sen. Jack Danforth this week donated $10,000 to three-term Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder. The contribution was made Monday, according to the state Ethics Commission, which tracks campaign checks.

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Wed, 26 Aug 2015 20:21:50 CDT By STEVE KRASKE

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TheChat: Missouri law enforcement looking to alter its training standards in the wake of Ferguson http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article32380671.html#storylink=rss And...former Missouri House Speaker Steve Tilley empties his campaign account to help the GOP

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Wed, 26 Aug 2015 00:30:00 CDT

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Paul LeVota’s former chief of staff back on the job in Missouri Senate http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article32398593.html#storylink=rss Ron Berry, the chief of staff to disgraced former Missouri state Sen. Paul LeVota, was rehired this week, almost exactly one month after LeVota fired him. Berry, who had worked for the state since 2007, was back in the office Tuesday as chief of staff for the now-vacant 11th District.

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TheChat: Joe Biden taking a long, hard look at White House 2016 http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article32007744.html#storylink=rss And...Peter Kinder makes his pitch to voters at this year’s Governor’s Ham Breakfast

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Tue, 25 Aug 2015 00:30:00 CDT

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Pat Roberts again rips the idea of moving terrorist detainees to Fort Leavenworth http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article32288499.html#storylink=rss The Kansas senator and his South Carolina colleague contend that President Barack Obama is willing to gamble on U.S. security for the sake of his personal legacy

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Mon, 24 Aug 2015 22:40:21 CDT

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TheChat: Paul Davis is not fading away http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article31894209.html#storylink=rss And...Ted Cruz pursues conservative evangelicals in his bid to rise in the 2016 field

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Sun, 23 Aug 2015 20:10:00 CDT

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Nancy Kassebaum, Jim Slattery come out FOR the Iran nuclear pact http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article31991937.html#storylink=rss While the two former Kansas members of Congress back the plan, all current members appear to oppose it

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Sun, 23 Aug 2015 20:23:49 CDT

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Hate isn’t a trait we have at birth http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article31780851.html#storylink=rss The plain fact is that we are not born into this world carrying a freight of racial or ethnic bias. They are not inherited defects. They are learned. The only evidence I can offer for that thesis are the experiences of my boyhood and young manhood.

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Sat, 22 Aug 2015 09:00:00 CDT

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TheChat: The Rev. Jeremiah Wright to speak in Missouri http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article31610741.html#storylink=rss And...the Planned Parenthood saga rolls on

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Thu, 20 Aug 2015 23:51:00 CDT

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Sen. Claire McCaskill to back Iranian nuclear deal http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article31611200.html#storylink=rss The Missouri senator throws badly needed support to controversial pact

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Thu, 20 Aug 2015 08:59:38 CDT

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TheChat: Claire McCaskill offers advice on how to handle personal crisis while in public office http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article31502909.html#storylink=rss And...Republicans target Senate candidate Jason Kander with a new video series

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Thu, 20 Aug 2015 00:29:00 CDT

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Ex-worker in Kris Kobach’s office sues, blames firing on ‘reverse religious discrimination’ http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article31536746.html#storylink=rss Courtney Canfield, a former worker in the office of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, filed a lawsuit in early August, claiming “reverse religious discrimination” in the office prompted her dismissal in November 2013.

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Wed, 19 Aug 2015 14:33:22 CDT

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