Governors and presidents like to take action on their own. It’s rarely a good idea. We should all worry whenever a president or governor takes unilateral action on important issues outside the normal legislative process.
The University of Kansas’ Edwards campus, Johnson County Community College and some Johnson County school districts are working together to help students get a bachelor’s degree in three years rather than four.
Greg Orman hoped his candidacy would spark independent candidacies across the country. But he lost under the most favorable of circumstances, including a nation weary of Congress and its endless infighting.
Tomas Young, whose injuries in Iraq and opposition to the war there drew international attention, died early Monday. He was just 34 years old. The former Kansas Citian became an internationally recognized figure, a wounded veteran who pressed the issues that all Americans need to ponder about war.
Let’s take a quiz: It’s Oct. 4, 2012, your name is Fred Miles Thompson and you sport a lively criminal history. You have a decision to make after breakfast. Take your gun and drug charges to trial, where conviction carries a mandatory life sentence. Or accept the plea deal, which guarantees a minimum 12-year sentence.
As Campaign 2014 fades from view and makes way for the hustle of 2016, here’s a look back at pollsters, Kansas Republicans, Joe Biden, Kris Kobach, negative ads, Johnson County, Mitt Romney and Emanuel Cleaver.
To the unpaid, unsung heroes of Election Day, some due. Nelson R. Gabriel helped make sure a pair of women in Kansas City, Kan., got to cast their vote despite some communication problems. Teenagers from Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy called voters on the other side of the state line, encouraging them to vote and in one case reading a ballot to a blind man when a Braille ballot wasn’t available.
We’ve spent the last year leading up to Election Day bitterly arguing over issues large and small, but what seems so important today may not mean as much to our children’s children. Good thing, too. Don’t we all still love the American idea? Doesn’t self-government, however imperfect, transcend the problems that divide us?
The emergence of the Ebola virus in the United States has led us to fear and fiction — not the least example of which was the Kansas City area doctor who hit the airwaves claiming there were people with Ebola right here in town who’ve been “disappeared.”
Calls for federal action to contain Ebola point out the complexities of public policy and the dangers of sweeping declarations about whether various matters should be left only to the states or to Washington.
When choosing a U.S. senator on Nov. 4, some voters in the Sunflower State may make their decision based on social issues, where there are clear differences between the candidates, But it isn’t clear that, if elected, either Republican Pat Roberts or independent Greg Orman could settle those questions, which are now largely legal matters. So voters may instead want to focus on how Roberts or Orman would vote on judicial nominees.
A new political commercial in the Kansas governor’s race can be a starting point in examining Gov. Sam Brownback and challenger Paul Davis’ views on the death penalty and how state Supreme Court judges are picked.
Good old political theories that have been around for decades may help you sort out what will happen in the too-close-to-call races of Gov. Sam Brownback vs. Paul Davis and Sen. Pat Roberts vs. Greg Orman.
Readers suggested we take a look at Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race between Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Grimes ahead of Election Day. The race remains closely competitive and could signal the direction of Congress.
Most Kansas voters have focused this year on the results of Gov. Sam Brownback’s income tax cuts for individuals and small businesses. What they may miss is a more important and subtle reality: The incumbent Republican isn’t cutting the state’s tax burden as much as he is shifting it — from income to sales.
Republican Pat Roberts backed a minimum wage hike when George W. Bush pushed for it, and opposed one when President Barack Obama called for a raise. Independent candidate Greg Orman doesn’t think the federal government should impose the same rules for all states.