Who’s up, and who’s down, in the wacky world of politics:
↓ Jim Glover. The longtime Kansas City councilman barely nipped former Jackson County executive Katheryn Shields in Tuesday’s primary for the council’s 4th District at-large seat. Glover gets a boost from third-place finisher Jared Campbell’s backing. But Shields, bum ankle and all, brings lots of energy. Glover can point to the massive midtown Costco development as a signature achievement. But voters seem to be asking, “What have you done lately?”
↑ Jolie Justus, Scott Wagner and Scott Taylor. All three swept to big City Council primary wins Tuesday — Taylor wasn’t even challenged. All three could be on a 2019 collision course for mayor.
↑ Quinton Lucas, one of the nominees for the 3rd District at-large council seat, gets his own arrow because so many insiders rave about him. A tough upbringing didn’t stop Lucas from winning scholarships to The Barstow School, Washington University and Cornell. He’s one of the youngest tenure-track law professors in University of Kansas history. Watch this guy.
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↔ Heather Hall. Impressive win in Northland’s 1st District. Now the hard part cometh. Foes point to her 2012 work for disgraced Republican Todd Akin. On the earnings tax, she waffles: “I’m not for it or against it.” Mayor Sly James? All Hall says is she likes the fact that he reads to kids. Streetcars are no priority. If she wins, she’ll be a rare conservative thorn on a liberal council.
↓ Hillary Clinton. As she prepares to announce her candidacy Sunday, her poll numbers are in an email-induced slide. “Ominous,” a Quinnipiac pollster says.
↔ Jeb Bush. He’s moved just enough to the middle to separate from the conservative pack. But the road ahead looks rougher than it did for his dad and brother. That’s especially true in South Carolina, which served as a firewall for other Bushes in primaries. Jeb, though, won’t find solace there. It’s now more conservative.
↑ Jason Kander. The Democratic U.S. Senate candidate in Missouri raised an impressive $783,000 in the first quarter. So far so good.
↓ Clay Chastain. Did the unknown Vincent Lee really knock out the perennial gadfly in Tuesday’s mayoral primary? Stick. Fork. Him.
↓ Ed Eilert. The chair of the Johnson County Commission talked about the importance of schools in his annual message. But he declined to challenge lawmakers who threaten them. C’mon, Ed! Fire up!