<![CDATA[Columns & Blogs: The Buzz | The Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com]]> http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/ en-us Thu, 02 Oct 2014 17:09:49 CDT http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Thu, 02 Oct 2014 17:09:49 CDT The Buzz 60 Milton Wolf says he’s been cleared by Kansas Board of Healing Arts http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article29859994.html#storylink=rss The 2014 Republican Senate candidate who may run again says the board has filed no charges against him a year after news of the investigation broke

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Mon, 03 Aug 2015 12:21:27 CDT

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Special election to replace Paul LeVota in Missouri Senate unlikely this year http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article29869015.html#storylink=rss Paul LeVota announced he would resign from the Missouri Senate effective Aug. 23 following allegations he sexually harassed legislative interns. Waiting to officially vacate his seat might mean his district will go without a senator until well into 2016 — and maybe longer.

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Mon, 03 Aug 2015 13:56:46 CDT

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Dave Helling: Video is a powerful storyteller but doesn’t always tell the whole story http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article29854000.html#storylink=rss We’re entering a video age, but we must be careful. Video images can be easily manipulated. Videos have beginnings and ends, unlike reality. Video distortions are rarely a problem in news because reporters and photographers still try very hard to match their work with the facts. When a video producer has a point of view, though, motive is an important thing to consider.

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Mon, 03 Aug 2015 11:07:40 CDT

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TheChat: Sen. Jerry Moran predicts that the Iranian nuclear deal will eventually go into effect http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article29736121.html#storylink=rss And....Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill admits that women senators sometimes “torment” the men

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Sun, 02 Aug 2015 20:41:00 CDT

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Steve Kraske: As politicians run wild, who’s up and who’s down? http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article29646934.html#storylink=rss Donald Trump, Jeb Bush and President Barack Obama are climbing the charts in terms of political performance, but lots of others (where have you gone, Rand Paul?) are down, baby, down.

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Sly James adds to mayor’s authority in proposing new, expanded committee structure http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article29661157.html#storylink=rss New committee chairs, named Thursday, can’t assume their jobs until the full council approves Sly James’ restructuring of the standing committee blueprint. It will take seven votes to do so.

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Fri, 31 Jul 2015 13:40:04 CDT

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Names begin to surface to succeed Missouri state Sen. Paul LeVota http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article29568679.html#storylink=rss Here they come: Democrats are beginning to jockey for the outgoing state senator’s Independence seat

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TheChat: Emanuel Cleaver was dazzled by Barack Obama’s reception in Africa http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article29559781.html#storylink=rss And...Missouri GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob Dixon talks about his once-upon-a-time sexual identity

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Thu, 30 Jul 2015 21:31:00 CDT

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TheChat: Kansas Democratic leader dresses down Gov. Sam Brownback http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article29312164.html#storylink=rss And...in Missouri, gubernatorial candidate Catherine Hanaway calls for stiffer penalties for selling baby organs

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Wed, 29 Jul 2015 20:07:00 CDT

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NOT the way to launch a campaign for Missouri governor http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article29255569.html#storylink=rss News media discloses that Republican Bob Dixon was once gay. Now married with kids, he opposes same-sex marriage

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 20:38:21 CDT

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Gov. Jay Nixon sets special elections for two KC-area state House seats http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article29177098.html#storylink=rss But the call does not include a special election for outgoing state Sen. Paul LeVota’s seat in Independence

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:55:36 CDT

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TheChat: Rep. Sam Graves frets about the closing of rural hospitals http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article29092681.html#storylink=rss And...Sen. Claire McCaskill frets about Jon Stewart going off the air

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 22:12:00 CDT

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Dave Helling: Vacancies in Missouri legislature leave voters without a voice http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article28844713.html#storylink=rss Seats in the Missouri General Assembly once held by Sen. Paul LeVota, Rep. Noel Torpey and Rep. John Diehl are vacant, and there’s evidence that for partisan reasons Gov. Jay Nixon has not called special elections to fill them. This means some voters could be unrepresented in Jefferson City until January 2017.

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Mon, 27 Jul 2015 12:41:43 CDT

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TheChat: Milton Wolf pounds Sens. Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts, but will he run again? http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article28797520.html#storylink=rss And...a Missouri political scientist isn’t convinced that the GOP race for governor has a frontrunner

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Mon, 27 Jul 2015 21:54:00 CDT

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TheChat: Gov. Sam Brownback says nothing is off the table when it comes to upcoming budget cuts http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article28701097.html#storylink=rss And...Jason Kander’s campaign manager frets about fundraising

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Sun, 26 Jul 2015 20:54:00 CDT

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U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver scheduled to join President Obama on return trip from Africa http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article28756912.html#storylink=rss When President Barack Obama flies home to Washington Wednesday on Air Force One following his historic trip to Africa, he’s expected to be joined by Kansas City congressman Emanuel Cleaver.

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Sun, 26 Jul 2015 12:09:06 CDT By STEVE KRASKE

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Sen. Paul LeVota of Independence resigns amid sexual harassment accusations http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article28667146.html#storylink=rss Sen. Paul LeVota, an Independence Democrat, resigned from the Missouri General Assembly on Friday even as he said sexual harassment charges against him are unfounded. He said his resignation would take effect Aug. 23 to give him time to coordinate his office’s transition and to allow Gov. Jay Nixon time to call a special election to fill his seat.

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Fri, 24 Jul 2015 19:01:42 CDT

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GOP source: Mike Parson will switch from governor’s race to lieutenant governor http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article28675993.html#storylink=rss The crowded Republican race for governor has its first casualty. Parson will back away from contest for state’s highest office

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Fri, 24 Jul 2015 20:25:07 CDT

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Steve Kraske: Don’t hold your breath over big changes for women in Jefferson City http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article28619443.html#storylink=rss The anti-woman culture in the Missouri Capitol dates back decades, and changing it means altering deeply entrenched practices and mores.

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Fri, 24 Jul 2015 15:34:52 CDT

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University report concludes that Sen. Paul LeVota most likely propositioned intern http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article28622941.html#storylink=rss A University of Central Missouri-authorized investigation into a student’s story of being propositioned by Missouri Sen. Paul LeVota while she was a Capitol intern concludes her version is more believable than his denial. The report, provided by former intern Alissa Hembree, said she was likely solicited for sex by a man she was working for, which violated her civil rights.

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Fri, 24 Jul 2015 15:57:02 CDT

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Kansas Policy Institute criticizes JoCo property tax hike, employee salaries above $100,000 http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article28607254.html#storylink=rss The Institute is run by Dave Trabert. In 2013, federal records show, Trabert was paid a base salary of $129,211, plus a $25,000 bonus and $10,257 in benefits. His total compensation was $164,468.

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Fri, 24 Jul 2015 15:02:54 CDT

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Graves not convinced new terminal is right plan for KCI http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article28499098.html#storylink=rss The Republican congressman has been a vociferous opponent of constructing a new terminal, opting instead for refurbishing the existing horseshoe configuration at KCI.

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Fri, 24 Jul 2015 09:19:33 CDT

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TheChat: Donald Trump is the American Pharaoh? http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article28392373.html#storylink=rss And...Texas Sen. Ted Cruz calls for U.S. Supreme Court judges to face election

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Thu, 23 Jul 2015 23:26:00 CDT

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Sen. Paul LeVota of Independence booted from ethics panel after former interns allege harassment http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article28433563.html#storylink=rss Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey on Thursday said that Democratic Sen. Paul LeVota of Independence would be removed from the chamber’s ethics committee after revelations of more than one intern reporting sexual harassment. Others, including Gov. Jay Nixon, questioned LeVota’s ability to continue as a legislator.

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Thu, 23 Jul 2015 14:48:52 CDT

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UPDATE: Kinder tweet about intern sex scandals posted by staffer, campaign says, not the candidate http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article28397161.html#storylink=rss The governor candidate says no intern complained about Diehl, the former House speaker.

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Thu, 23 Jul 2015 09:41:54 CDT

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TheChat: Sen. Jerry Moran takes aim at “gun-free zones” on military bases http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article28244719.html#storylink=rss And...Missouri Congresswoman Ann Wagner is giving her Donald Trump campaign donation to charity

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Wed, 22 Jul 2015 20:05:00 CDT

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Interns accuse Sen. Paul LeVota of Independence of sexual harassment and retaliation http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article28326565.html#storylink=rss A college intern accused Sen. Paul LeVota, a Democrat from Independence, of sexually harassing her and then retaliating when, she said, she rebuffed him. LeVota told investigators there was no basis to the charges. An intern who worked in LeVota’s office five years ago told The Star of similar treatment.

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Wed, 22 Jul 2015 13:33:20 CDT

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Dave Helling: Hotel plan and library show that taxpayers weigh the costs and benefits of public projects all the time http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article28341046.html#storylink=rss It’s ironic that Crosby Kemper III is against the public-private hotel deal. There are reasons to oppose the agreement — it disguises the full cost of the public’s investment, it may drive some caterers out of business, it may require additional subsidies — but the head of a public library is in a pretty poor position to point those reasons out.

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Wed, 22 Jul 2015 15:28:47 CDT

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Bob Dole is 92 http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article28234603.html#storylink=rss The former presidential candidate celebrates a birthday.

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Wed, 22 Jul 2015 09:50:36 CDT

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TheChat: Claire McCaskill talks about what’s “unseemly” about Ted Cruz http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article28025755.html#storylink=rss And...Missouri Republicans are growing concerned about what the big field of gubernatorial candidates could mean in the general election against Chris Koster

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Tue, 21 Jul 2015 20:19:00 CDT

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