Democrats will meet Saturday in Salina, where they’ll pick their third state chairman in six months, which is not exactly a formula for success heading into 2016. The next chair is expected to be longtime party activist Lee Kinch, a Wichita lawyer. The wonder of it all is why Democrats are picking a new chair in the first place.
We’re all in this together, hoping to share Walt Whitman’s blessing. “Long have you timidly waded, holding a plank by the shore,” he says as a parent to a child, as a teacher to a student. “Now I will you to be a bold swimmer ...”
What do you want to hear as you’re knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door? Waiting until your final moments to protest the music choice isn’t a very good strategy — some pre-need planning is required — but what would be a good walk-off song? Tweet or email your suggestions to The Star’s Dave Helling.
At the annual luncheon of the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, Sebelius expressed pride in what the Affordable Care Act has accomplished. The nation has seen a historic drop in the number of people without health insurance, she said, while health care inflation has been running at the lowest rate in 50 years.
With a little more than two weeks to go before the new fiscal year, the U.S. Senate has approved zero spending bills. So much for ending gridlock in the nation’s capital. In the last election, we were promised an end to gridlock. We may get another government shutdown.
By order of the U.S. Department of Education, Missouri state educators have a plan to present equal education opportunity for all students; urban, rural, minority and poor. It will take a village effort, says Paul Katnik, an assistant commissioner of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
New polls show Donald Trump’s lead in the GOP field growing. Whether he can claim the White House is one question. But expect him — and his blast-furnace brand of “authenticity,” which has emerged as this year’s in-vogue quality — to last into March, April and maybe longer.
Missouri’s statehouse scandals have attracted public attention, but they’re not unique. The relative anonymity of statehouse politicians may be leaving some with a sense of immunity from public scrutiny.
Greitens, a still-unannounced candidate for Missouri governor, picked up $500,000 from a California venture capitalist and $200,000 from a Michigan real estate investor. That has taken the spotlight away from Hanaway, who has been criticized for her decision to accept big money from Rex Sinquefield.
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.
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.