<![CDATA[The Buzz: Columns & Blogs | KansasCity.com &]]> http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/ en-us Tue, 22 Dec 2015 18:44:35 CST http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Tue, 22 Dec 2015 18:44:35 CST The Buzz 60 interactive-ops@herald-leader.com Let’s all scratch our heads over the Kansas Legislature http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article75786912.html#storylink=rss Republicans played the worst kind of politics while Democrats played chicken, Steve Kraske writes.

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Thu, 05 May 2016 10:25:57 CDT

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Missouri House overrides veto of ‘paycheck protection’ bill http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article75586292.html#storylink=rss The bill heads back to the Missouri Senate, where some fear it could cause a shutdown similar to 2015

Public employee unions would be required to get annual written permission from members to collect dues

Critics say the goal of Republicans is to weaken public unions, which have long supported Democrats

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Wed, 04 May 2016 13:31:31 CDT

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Winner: Trump. Losers: Clinton, Sanders, Cruz, and Kasich http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article75515522.html#storylink=rss The (now, finally) presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump stands above all

Bernie Sanders scored an Indiana win, but it hurts Hillary Clinton more than it helps him

There shall be no interesting, entertaining, beautifully chaotic conventions in this land, darn it

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Wed, 04 May 2016 08:38:02 CDT

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TheChat: KCI single-terminal foes aren’t dancing in the streets http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article75510307.html#storylink=rss And...John Kasich thinks he says a path through the fog

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Thu, 05 May 2016 06:03:00 CDT

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It’s time for Johnson County to secede — think Topeka will notice? http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/joco-913/joco-opinion/article75468837.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 20:52:29 CDT

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City Hall focuses on problems in the air, while voters keep their feet on the ground http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article75302332.html#storylink=rss Concern with delivery of basic services may have hurt Mayor Sly James’ push for an airport vote

There’s a lesson for City Hall in the unfinished Linwood Shopping Center project

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Tue, 03 May 2016 10:09:42 CDT

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Democratic group pounds on Roy Blunt to fill vacant court seat http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article75420442.html#storylink=rss Blunt has refused to meet with Merrick Garland

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Tue, 03 May 2016 17:35:13 CDT

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Voter ID law wins Missouri Senate approval http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article75381307.html#storylink=rss Voters will likely decide later this year whether to amend state constitution to allow a voter ID law

Proponents say it is needed to prevent voter fraud

Opponents say there’s no evidence the type of fraud voter ID would prevent actually exists

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Tue, 03 May 2016 15:37:09 CDT

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William Chrisman High School junior claims delegate spot in Missouri http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article75323987.html#storylink=rss Rachel Gonzalez, a student in Independence, Mo., is a Democratic delegate — and 17 years old

The junior is raising money for the trip online

She’s one of 36 pledged Clinton delegates

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Tue, 03 May 2016 11:49:29 CDT

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TheChat: Roy Blunt won’t be going to Cleveland http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article75285672.html#storylink=rss And...Jay Nixon rules out another run for public office

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Wed, 04 May 2016 01:22:00 CDT

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In K.C. appearance, U.S. Chamber official endorses Blunt, blisters Kander; Democrat’s campaign calls Blunt ‘insider’ http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article75112767.html#storylink=rss The U.S. Chamber endorses Sen. Roy Blunt in Missouri

The group sharply criticizes Democrat Jason Kander, calling him ‘ineffective’

Jobs is the focus of KS tour — even though unemployment is at an eight-year low

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Mon, 02 May 2016 10:26:08 CDT

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TheChat: Kansas session ends, but is state really paying its bills? http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article75097932.html#storylink=rss And...Gov. Jay Nixon promises to remain engaged until the very end

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Tue, 03 May 2016 01:53:00 CDT

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Seven House members from JoCo, WyCo vote to reimpose small-business tax http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article74844892.html#storylink=rss Lots of political calculations dictated how lawmakers voted

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Sat, 30 Apr 2016 00:22:45 CDT

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TheChat: Argument against tax loophole in Kansas falls flat http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article74839152.html#storylink=rss And...conservative Republican who opposed SJR 39 in Missouri is hailed as hero and traitor

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Mon, 02 May 2016 01:32:00 CDT

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Timing is key in politics — otherwise Elizabeth Warren might have been the next president http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/article74428912.html#storylink=rss Gauging when, or whether, to enter a political contest often determines who wins or loses

Senator from Massachusetts passed on running in 2016 based on what was known at the time

In hindsight, she could have won the Democratic presidential nomination

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Thu, 28 Apr 2016 12:09:21 CDT

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TheChat: Gov. Jay Nixon reflects on the defeat of SJR 39 http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article74401567.html#storylink=rss And...Donald Trump stirs up gender politics all over again

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Fri, 29 Apr 2016 01:34:00 CDT

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TheChat: Claire McCaskill continues to push campus sexual-assault bill http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article74149622.html#storylink=rss And...Missouri moves ahead on permit-less concealed carry

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Thu, 28 Apr 2016 01:06:00 CDT

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Announcing a veep before winning the nomination has been tried before http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article74292462.html#storylink=rss In 1976, Ronald Reagan battled incumbent Gerald Ford

Reagan named a vice presidential pick weeks before the GOP convention in Kansas City

The pick was Sen. Richard Schweiker, a moderate from Pennsylvania

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Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:25:53 CDT

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TheChat: Will the Ted Cruz-John Kasich deal pay dividends? http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article73892067.html#storylink=rss And...holding a rationale conversation on abortion may never happen again — EVER

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Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:47:00 CDT

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Missouri lawmaker targets university travel expenses http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article73927507.html#storylink=rss Rep. Caleb Jones says he has heard complaints about Mizzou reimbursing travel for employee spouses

The university says travel is reimbursed when it is necessary and of benefit to the university

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Tue, 26 Apr 2016 09:04:02 CDT

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Some progress has been made on Missouri ethics reform, but does it go far enough? http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article73936037.html#storylink=rss Missouri lawmakers have approved three ethics reform bills so far this year

Ethics reform was made a top legislative priority after a series of high-profile scandals in 2015

Critics say legislation passed thus far doesn’t go far enough to rein in bad behavior in Jefferson City

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Tue, 26 Apr 2016 10:17:21 CDT

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Kansas budget problems cool enthusiasm for tax cuts in states, Congress http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article73942412.html#storylink=rss 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

Kansas Legislature convenes this week to work out the latest budget shortfall

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Tue, 26 Apr 2016 10:54:45 CDT

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Gov. Sam Brownback pulls Kansas out of refugee resettlement program http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article73936182.html#storylink=rss He says the federal government failed to provide adequate assurances

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Tue, 26 Apr 2016 10:19:17 CDT

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Data likely led to Jeff Roe’s decision on Cruz-Kasich alliance http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article73934647.html#storylink=rss Critics have hammered the agreement between the two campaigns to trade states in an effort to stop Donald Trump

But polling, other data may have convinced consultant Jeff Roe he had to make the trade

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Tue, 26 Apr 2016 10:08:58 CDT

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TheChat: `Walmart moms’ describe Donald Trump as a very fast, very expensive sportscar http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article73724017.html#storylink=rss And...Republicans and Democrats oppose Gov. Sam Brownback’s tobacco settlement plan

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Tue, 26 Apr 2016 01:29:00 CDT

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Pressure mounts as Missouri ‘religious freedom’ vote looms http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article73719592.html#storylink=rss A pair of legal analyses pushed by opponents conclude the amendment could have vast unintended consequences

One Republican opponent of the measure faces threats of a third-party challenger this fall

The bill would amend the state Constitution to protect individuals and businesses who refuse service to same-sex couples

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Mon, 25 Apr 2016 07:16:04 CDT

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Pompeo won’t challenge Moran in Kansas Senate race, but exits with blistering criticism of the incumbent http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article73735797.html#storylink=rss Rep. Mike Pompeo had thought about a challenge to Sen. Jerry Moran in the GOP primary

In a statement to supporters, Pompeo accuses unnamed GOP officials of investigations, extortion

Instead, he’ll run for re-election in the 4th District

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Mon, 25 Apr 2016 10:07:34 CDT

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TheChat: Ann Wagner eying possible challenge to Claire McCaskill in 2018 http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article73534357.html#storylink=rss And...Missouri lawmakers continue to debate a lobbyist gift ban

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Sun, 24 Apr 2016 22:06:00 CDT

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TheChat: Missouri senators reject gift ban http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article73204207.html#storylink=rss And...Topeka lawmakers are offered a chance to be fitted for custom-made boots

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Fri, 22 Apr 2016 01:15:00 CDT

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Missouri candidates for governor struggle to cut through the (Trump) clutter http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article73081767.html#storylink=rss Too-hot-to-handle presidential race is stealing the spotlight from a premier race in the heartland

Republican primary for Missouri governor has lots of candidates but little visibility

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Thu, 21 Apr 2016 12:14:22 CDT

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