<![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 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: A toast to ‘Mister Connection’ and ‘everybody’s friend,’ Woody Overton http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article18813651.html#storylink=rss Woody Overton, who headed the General Services Administration in Kansas City, worked on the inside but helped cement Kansas City’s status as a federal regional center.

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Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:38:22 CDT

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Dave Helling: Missouri Republicans running for governor have become a crowd http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article18614868.html#storylink=rss When you ask Missouri Republicans about the possibility of a volleyball team primary, they answer with the usual “embarrassment of riches” claim. There’s something to that. A primary with several quality candidates can sharpen arguments and test campaign themes. But a big primary can backfire, spectacularly.

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Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:10:42 CDT

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Dave Helling: Equality isn’t always a self-evident truth http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article18424286.html#storylink=rss Are the pursuit of educational excellence and equality in schooling at odds in Kansas? Equality is the most difficult and slippery concept in politics and government. A commitment to equality is embedded in our founding document, yet inequality remains a part of our laws and customs.

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Mon, 13 Apr 2015 15:29:59 CDT

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Joe Robertson: Thanks, Mrs. Odom, Mrs. Miller, wherever you are http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article18349298.html#storylink=rss Story of Raytown businessman reaching out to his former high school teachers leads one to think back on influential educators from his own past. Also, Walt Whitman.

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Sun, 12 Apr 2015 17:45:25 CDT

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Steve Kraske: While some politicians are soaring, others are struggling http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article18207122.html#storylink=rss Who’s up, and who’s down, in the wacky world of politics? Hillary Clinton is down. Jolie Justus is up. Jim Glover is diving. And remember the name Quinton Lucas.

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Fri, 10 Apr 2015 15:33:53 CDT

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Dave Helling: California dreaming about a water nightmare http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article17878835.html#storylink=rss The drought pictures from California are scary. They suggest Kansas Citians will eventually run out of options for addressing climate change because the climate will make the choices for us.

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Wed, 08 Apr 2015 15:36:15 CDT

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Dave Helling: In politics, as in sports, everything comes at a cost http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article17555168.html#storylink=rss Enjoying college sports requires a willing suspension of belief that “student-athletes” play for the love of the game and, on occasion, a free education. Your head knows what you’re seeing is deeply unfair, but your heart isn’t listening. The same is true in politics and the pursuit of balanced budgets.

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Mon, 06 Apr 2015 15:26:45 CDT

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Mará Rose Williams: Rockhurst University slips onto federal financial watch list http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article17460473.html#storylink=rss The U.S. Department of Education last month included Kansas City’s Rockhurst University on its list of universities under financial scrutiny, based on 2011-2012 numbers. Rockhurst officials say the university has gotten stronger since then.

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Sun, 05 Apr 2015 15:59:59 CDT

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Steve Kraske: Sorting out the 2016 presidential bracket http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article17338757.html#storylink=rss The country is already weary of Democrat Hillary Clinton. But every single leading GOP candidate is in worse shape. In homage to NCAA bracket fever, let’s assess the long shots and the top tier of presidential hopefuls.

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Fri, 03 Apr 2015 17:05:31 CDT

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Dave Helling: Two town hall meetings suggest that perhaps it’s springtime in Washington http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article17140925.html#storylink=rss Town hall meetings by Rep. Kevin Yoder in Overland Park and Sen. Claire McCaskill in Kansas City offered hints that Republicans and Democrats might scratch out some common ground. It’s a sign of growth emerging from the wasteland that has defined national politics for almost a decade.

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Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:11:24 CDT

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Dave Helling: Springtime KC voters still stuck in a drift http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article16927700.html#storylink=rss An abysmal turnout is likely for next week’s primary elections in Kansas City. Voters are uninterested in the three-person mayor’s race because the mayor remains primarily a 13th vote on the City Council, and the council itself is relatively powerless.

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Mon, 30 Mar 2015 14:31:31 CDT

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Alan Bavley: Uncommon sense on health care http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article16843037.html#storylink=rss Joshua Freeman, the head of family medicine at the University of Kansas Hospital, makes the case why a single-payer system — basically, Medicare for all — is the right way to go. According to Freeman, a single-payer system would go a long way toward putting the focus back on patients.

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Sun, 29 Mar 2015 15:59:52 CDT

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Steve Kraske: Remember the name Eric Greitens http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article16505027.html#storylink=rss The former Navy SEAL and best-selling author is one of those too-good-to-be-true guys who wants to go to the top right now, and that’s the problem.

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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:30:38 CDT

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Dave Helling: Rock ’n’ roll isn’t soothing Ted Cruz’s soul http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article16297328.html#storylink=rss Rock ’n’ roll never forgets. Sen. Ted Cruz, the first Republican to announce his candidacy for president in 2016, would like to. His declared switch from rock to country illustrates a rule of politics: Music isn’t your friend.

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Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:07:42 CDT

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For this veteran, the VA has been a constant source of singular care http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/c-w-gusewelle/article19553055.html#storylink=rss I have been seriously troubled over the last few years by the endlessly repeated assertion that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is falling short of its obligation to provide first-class health care to former members of the U.S. armed forces. I say that as a veteran who for at least the last 15 to 20 years has received consistent, exceptional medical support from the VA Medical Center in Kansas City.

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Sat, 25 Apr 2015 17:21:55 CDT

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From the archives - Retired KC fire department horses http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/eyewitness/article19419438.html#storylink=rss A photo from The Kansas City Star’s photo archives

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TheChat: Little girl pays nice compliment to Michelle Obama http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article19340736.html#storylink=rss And....Ted Cruz rails against Loretta Lynch, then misses the final vote on her nomination as attorney general

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Thu, 23 Apr 2015 21:00:00 CDT

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From the archives: Mayor Bartle donates to Children’s Mercy in 1962 at Plaza boar statue http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/eyewitness/article19335693.html#storylink=rss A photo from The Kansas City Star’s archives

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Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:36:40 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/eyewitness/article19335693.html
Jason Kander smacks Roy Blunt for blaming student `living standards’ for increasing student loan debt http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article19302015.html#storylink=rss At a hearing, Blunt wonders aloud how student debt accumulated to such high levels and ponts to student “personal living standards”

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Kansas ethics panel questions the name of Kris Kobach’s political action committee http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article19308303.html#storylink=rss The Kansas secretary of state operates a political action committee with a name, Prairie Fire PAC, that a state ethics official said fails to comply with a law requiring more transparency about the motives or control of such organizations.

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Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:25:14 CDT

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Missouri’s Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt are at odds over Loretta Lynch confirmation vote in Senate http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article19314690.html#storylink=rss Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, decried the refusal of her Republican colleagues — including Sen. Roy Blunt — to support Lynch because they say the North Carolina native agrees too closely with President Barack Obama, who nominated her.

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Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:53:45 CDT

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Missouri House endorses statewide rules for Uber, Lyft http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article19273875.html#storylink=rss The Missouri House gave its initial approval Wednesday night to a bill that would limit the ability of cities to regulate ride-hailing companies by creating statewide standards. The vote comes just weeks after Kansas City approved new rules applying to both traditional taxis and new technology companies such as Uber and Lyft that use smartphone apps to link passengers with drivers using their own vehicles.

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Wed, 22 Apr 2015 20:29:37 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article19273875.html
TheChat: Rob Schaaf says theft of money justifies deadly force http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article19196772.html#storylink=rss And...Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill still questions the “one and done” rule for college basketball players

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Wed, 22 Apr 2015 21:00:00 CDT

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Audit of Gov. Jay Nixon’s office finds issues, gives grade of “fair” http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article19179342.html#storylink=rss One main finding: Nixon’s office continues to supplement office and mansion operations with money appropriated to other state agencies

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Wed, 22 Apr 2015 05:00:00 CDT

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TheChat: Roy Blunt wants to boost health-care research http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article19127013.html#storylink=rss And...Missouri Congressman Lacy Clay bemoans another report showing the difficult plight of African Americans

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Tue, 21 Apr 2015 21:00:00 CDT

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President Obama’s approval numbers are climbing http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article19198524.html#storylink=rss The number could be pivotal if Hillary Clinton is to win the presidency

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Tue, 21 Apr 2015 22:24:56 CDT

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Missouri lawmakers are unlikely to raise gas tax to pay for road repairs http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article19230855.html#storylink=rss A push to increase Missouri’s gas tax for the first time in 20 years to pay for road and bridge repairs appears to have stalled for another year. Efforts in both the House and Senate have failed in the past week.

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Wed, 22 Apr 2015 12:06:14 CDT

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TheChat: Jon Stewart explains the 'why' about leaving `The Daily Show’ http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article19042557.html#storylink=rss And...Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill rips Marco Rubio for backing away from immigration reform

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Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:00:00 CDT

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