<![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 TheChat: Kansas Sen. Dennis Pyle insists the problem in Kansas is too much spending http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article22508271.html#storylink=rss And....Missouri House Speaker Todd Richardson sets up a new committee to examine internship programs

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Thu, 28 May 2015 20:07:00 CDT

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HUD secretary believes Kansas City’s low-cost housing efforts are on the rebound http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article22522581.html#storylink=rss Several years ago Kansas City faced serious problems with its primary conduit for federal housing funds, the Housing and Economic Development Finance Corp. HUD Secretary Julian Castro said he thinks those problems have been rectified.

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Thu, 28 May 2015 13:09:41 CDT

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Amid budget dispute, Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas looks at possible worker furloughs http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article22476534.html#storylink=rss The Legislature already is in overtime on its 90-day session and has yet to pass a balanced budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1. Spokeswoman Sara Belfry said the Republican governor’s office is working with several agencies to “determine the last possible date” the budget would need to be passed in order to avoid payroll disruptions.

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Wed, 27 May 2015 18:48:11 CDT

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TheChat: Furloughs, furloughs, furloughs are all the talk in Kansas http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article22413336.html#storylink=rss And...Kansas Congressman Tim Huelskamp gets a challenger for 2016

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Wed, 27 May 2015 22:06:00 CDT

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Are lobbyists evil? A Dole Institute course at KU will examine that question http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article22470453.html#storylink=rss A course at the Dole Institute of Politics will examine that question this summer, and you may be surprised at how it gets answered

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Wed, 27 May 2015 17:56:45 CDT

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Dave Helling: Transportation bill remains a bridge too far for federal and state legislators http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article22452756.html#storylink=rss Last week, Congress failed again to pass a comprehensive transportation spending bill. Meanwhile, state lawmakers aren’t picking up the slack. So it’s likely you’ll spend yet another summer travel season dodging cracks in the pavement and praying the bridge you pass over is safe.

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Wed, 27 May 2015 15:23:23 CDT

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U.S. Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina dismisses idea of ‘post-racial’ era http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article22400802.html#storylink=rss In a visit to Kansas City, South Carolina congressman James Clyburn, the House Democrats’ No. 3 leader, said that the idea that the country is in a post-racial era is flat wrong. He said racial tensions are too ingrained in the American conscience.

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Tue, 26 May 2015 22:14:07 CDT

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Missouri Senate hires attorney for ‘workplace harassment complaint’ http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article22369119.html#storylink=rss Jim Nowogrocki of St. Louis-based Weiss Attorneys at Law will be paid $270 an hour for legal counsel and advice. The investigation comes amid fallout from the resignation of Republican House Speaker John Diehl after admitting he had exchanged sexually suggestive text messages with an intern.

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Tue, 26 May 2015 16:02:00 CDT

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TheChat: Gov. Jay Nixon to launch construction of new state mental hospital http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article22370142.html#storylink=rss And...GOP leaders in Kansas begin to crack the whip on the need to wrap up the session

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Tue, 26 May 2015 23:08:00 CDT

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Dave Helling: Only minimum wages are getting maximum scrutiny http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article22191972.html#storylink=rss Kansas City wants more time to study phasing in a $15 minimum wage, yet it is rushing to finish work on a $150 million package of incentives for a new convention hotel downtown. It’s the common lament of the elected official: Let us decide, not you.

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Mon, 25 May 2015 15:54:42 CDT

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TheChat: Are Democrats growing disenchanted with Nancy Pelosi? http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article21491832.html#storylink=rss And...Scott Walker continues to take incoming over his evolving positions on abortion and immigration

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Mon, 25 May 2015 21:40:00 CDT

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TheChat: Big news! The ban against sledding on Capitol Hill to evaporate! http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article21401382.html#storylink=rss And...Missouri’s new House speaker isn’t holding his breath on the GOP’s chances of winning on right-to-work

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Sun, 24 May 2015 22:22:00 CDT

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Steve Kraske: As Republicans debate the Kansas budget, Democrats hold their tongues http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article21611541.html#storylink=rss They’re working hard not to gloat. That slim but hardy band of Democrats in the Kansas Legislature insists it takes no pleasure in the ongoing trials of their Republican colleagues. The GOP faces the herculean challenge of balancing a budget more than $400 million out of whack. But if Democrats turned smug, could you blame them?

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Fri, 22 May 2015 05:00:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article21611541.html
Mayor Mark Holland plans countywide listening tour http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article21606585.html#storylink=rss The mayor and CEO of Wyandotte County wants to talk to residents about what to do with the upcoming windfall

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Sun, 24 May 2015 10:56:00 CDT

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Abrupt end to two internships sparks investigation in Missouri Senate http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article21554529.html#storylink=rss The interns from the University of Central Missouri — a man and a woman — worked in the office of Sen. Paul LeVota, an Independence Democrat. LeVota released a statement saying he has never been told that there were any issues with his legislative interns.

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Thu, 21 May 2015 06:50:33 CDT

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TheChat: Emanuel Cleaver calls for a study of suicide rates among black children http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article21561774.html#storylink=rss And...The Star’s reporting on the explicit nature of former House Speaker John Diehl’s texts to an intern played a role in his ouster

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Thu, 21 May 2015 21:32:00 CDT

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TheChat: Pat Roberts seeks an inspector general for Obamacare http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article21461406.html#storylink=rss And...analysts wonder how all the chaos within the Missouri GOP will affect the 2016 elections

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Wed, 20 May 2015 22:28:00 CDT

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Gov. Sam Brownback and aides still consult with ex-staffer, now a lobbyist, records show http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article21537897.html#storylink=rss Emails show that David Kensinger, who was once Gov. Sam Brownback’s chief of staff and now earns a living as a lobbyist, continues to influence the Kansas chief executive’s schedule and decision-making.

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Wed, 20 May 2015 21:51:37 CDT

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Dave Helling: Amid the St. Louis blues is a strong sense of entitlement http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/local-columnists/article21500796.html#storylink=rss Recent scandals and tragedies in St. Louis seem to reflect political infighting and arrogance unfamiliar to Kansas Citians but recognizable to anyone who interacts with St. Louis area elites.

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Wed, 20 May 2015 16:06:32 CDT

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Jack Danforth forks over $10,000 to Mike Parson for Missouri governor http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article21462294.html#storylink=rss The donation signals who some of former state Auditor Tom Schweich’s supporters will now back for the state’s highest office

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Wed, 20 May 2015 09:41:28 CDT

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TheChat: Missouri lawmakers fret about the lack of road funding http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article21370869.html#storylink=rss And...other legislators bemoan the lack of Ferguson-related legislation that passed this year, saying “nothing has changed”

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Tue, 19 May 2015 22:09:00 CDT

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McCaskill says she’s had it with ‘Game of Thrones’ after rape scene http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article21376323.html#storylink=rss The Missouri Democrat says “Game of Thrones” has gone too far:

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Tue, 19 May 2015 10:32:03 CDT

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TheChat: The president (finally) joins Twitter http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article21303963.html#storylink=rss And...Missouri lawmakers pledge to patch up the Capitol internship program in the wake of former House Speaker John Diehl’s resignation

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Mon, 18 May 2015 21:33:00 CDT

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Fred Curls, last surviving founder of KC political club Freedom Inc., dies at 96 http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article21308280.html#storylink=rss Fred Curls, the last surviving member of the group that founded the influential political club Freedom Inc., died Friday. He was 96. In 1962, Curls helped form Freedom Inc. with four other African-American civic leaders: Leon Jordan, Bruce R. Watkins, Charles Moore and Howard Maupin.

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Mon, 18 May 2015 15:39:39 CDT

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John Diehl voted for anti-sexting bill http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article21283614.html#storylink=rss Bill that addressed sex education requires that course materials contain information on “the consequences of inappropriate text messaging”

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Another session, another disappointment when it comes to ethics reform in Jeff City http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article21267030.html#storylink=rss A plan by Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard bites the dust as lawmakers adjourn

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Sun, 17 May 2015 23:09:49 CDT

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TheChat: Claire McCaskill reveals an ongoing nightmare http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/the-buzz/article21207039.html#storylink=rss And...Missouri Republicans continue to express way-high expectations for new House Speaker Todd Richardson

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Sat, 16 May 2015 22:52:00 CDT

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Kansas House rejects proposed sales tax increase http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article21094026.html#storylink=rss Kansas lawmakers continue to search for tax hikes or budget cuts that will balance the state budget. The House rejection of a sales tax bill on Friday means that answer remains elusive.

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Fri, 15 May 2015 12:38:04 CDT

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John Diehl out, Todd Richardson in as Missouri House speaker following text scandal http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article21080532.html#storylink=rss Todd Richardson was officially elected Friday as the speaker of the Missouri House, replacing John Diehl after his resignation for exchanging sexually suggestive texts with a 19-year-old legislative intern. Richardson, a 38-year-old Republican attorney from Poplar Bluff, could potentially serve in the legislature’s top leadership position for the next three years.

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Fri, 15 May 2015 10:15:18 CDT

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Steve Kraske: John Diehl is yet another Missouri House speaker to run into legal and ethical issues http://www.kansascity.com/news/government-politics/article21110505.html#storylink=rss For decades, the office of speaker of the House has proved to be the most ethically challenged position in the state. Why?

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Fri, 15 May 2015 15:26:32 CDT

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