The Republican presidential candidates want to cut taxes, but they don’t talk about that as much as previous candidates did. One reason is the Kansas budget debacle. The Kansas Legislature convenes this week to work out the latest budget shortfall.
Campaigns are still chasing donations and still spending millions on ads and mailers. Yet there’s evidence that money doesn’t always guarantee victory. And we’re not paying attention to the places where cash can make a difference.
Voters’ attention soon will turn to campaigns for legislators, governors and the U.S. House and Senate, and attempts will be made through advertising to tie those candidates with their parties’ presidential nominees. Such an approach can be misleading and unfair.
The relative civility of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders contrasts dramatically with the antics of Republicans Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. Kansas City has its own recent experience with an unusually polite campaign.
Conservative groups criticized Sen. Jerry Moran after he suggested that Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland should at least get a hearing this summer. One group went over the top — perhaps a sign of things to come.
It’s possible the Electoral College will face a major challenge this year. If Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton became president without winning the popular vote, the outcry would be enormous. Such an outcome could revive attempts to reform the Electoral College.
After Kansas City, the chanting, the massive police presence, even the pepper spray could become a regular part of any Trump speech. The real estate tycoon has unleashed dark forces that won’t be corralled anytime soon.
Hillary Clinton was crushed in Saturday’s caucuses, some analysts said, because Kansas lacks minority voters. The truth is more complicated: Kansas has a sizable minority population, but those voters didn’t turn out.
Kansas City voters face a five-year renewal of the 1 percent earnings tax in April. It will probably pass, but not because of threats to city services or the potential for higher property and sales taxes. Kansas Citians like the e-tax because outsiders pay a chunk of it.
Apple and the government are engaged in a fierce battle over access to a terrorist’s phone. Voters may have to settle the dispute — by finding a balance between safety and privacy — and some in law enforcement are willing to let Americans make that choice.
The auction of exotic cars and motorcycles the U.S. Marshals Service seized from a convicted Overland Park embezzler brought in more than $1 million. Thomas Hauk pleaded guilty in December to stealing from Assured Management Company. The auction was at the KCI Auto Auction.
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