Incumbents have the edge in three congressional races in western Missouri. They’ve got the money, the political bases and the momentum of holding office. What they might not have is much enthusiasm among voters. The Star’s recommendations are to re-elect Emanuel Cleaver in the 5th District and Sam Graves in the 6th District and to vote for newcomer Nate Irvin in the 4th District.
The General Assembly needs to rearrange its priorities, and elections can help. Voters should choose lawmakers who genuinely want to make people’s lives better and clean up the ethical cesspool that is Jefferson City. Here are The Star’s recommendations.
The Missouri Board of Education and the Department of Secondary and Elementary Education have a serious trust deficit with many Missourians. An arrogant, secretive hiring process for the top education post would widen the rift and place the new commissioner at an instant disadvantage.
Throwing out various claims on the campaign trail, Gov. Sam Brownback insists his radical income tax cut program is going to revive the Kansas economy. But as the data roll in — including more numbers on the all-important jobs front on Tuesday — the promises of radical progress aren’t coming true.
Even in a city that has become too complacent about gun violence, the murder of 6-year-old Angel Hooper is incomprehensible. Just as astounding are indications that people may be protecting her killer.
Kansas City is turning blue with excitement as we get ready to watch the Royals play the San Francisco Giants in the 2014 World Series, starting Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium. So the Monday poll would like you to weigh in on a few baseball-related issues.
A handful of tax increases and renewals will face suburban Kansas City area voters on Nov. 4. It’s encouraging to see that in most cases city officials are focused on using the funds to bolster basic public services. Here are The Star’s recommendations on selected tax issues.
In making its recommendation for Kansas governor, The Star’s editorial board writes: “In his race for governor, Democrat Paul Davis is proposing a pragmatic course that builds upon the assets Kansans have always valued. He is the best choice for the state, offering an alternative to the unproven theories and magical thinking promoted by Republican Sam Brownback.”
The outcome of the races for U.S. House from Kansas’ 2nd and 3rd Districts has little chance of changing the dynamic of the Republican-controlled body. Still, voters in both districts do have real choices and viable alternatives to business as usual on the ballot.
Voters who are alarmed about the direction in which Kansas is headed should look closely at the slate of candidates running for legislative seats in the House. In making recommendations in selected contested races, The Star is supporting candidates who are most likely to help reverse some of the harmful policies of the recent past and invest in the state’s schools and citizens.
Hello, World Series, we meet again. A full 29 years after their first and only world championship, the Kansas City Royals on a beautiful Wednesday afternoon at a rocking Kauffman Stadium completed an improbable four-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles to win the American League Championship Series.
Voters on Nov. 4 should elect Johnson County Commission members who will find the best ways to provide first-class parks, libraries, transit systems and senior services for 560,000 residents. The Star’s recommendations are Ed Eilert as commission chair, Laura McConwell in the 1st District and Curt Skoog in the 4th District.
Violence between Pakistan and India along the disputed Kashmiri border has escalated lately into the worst fighting between the nuclear-armed countries in more than a decade, causing U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to say he “deplores the loss of lives and the displacement of civilians on both sides.”
Bighearted, fierce and fearless, Lynda Callon was everything a community organizer needs to be. The city and Police Department should honor her legacy by commiting the resources to keep community organizing and policing alive on the West Side.
Gay marriage took a prominent turn in the news last week. The U.S. Supreme Court left intact several federal appeals court rulings that say bans on same-sex marriages are unconstitutional. The Monday Poll would like you to weigh in on the matter.
Kansas City’s bid to become “America’s Most Entrepreneurial City” is three years old. So how’s it faring, especially in creating companies and jobs? Not well enough is the honest answer after looking at early numbers released by supporters of this important and worthwhile effort. Still, more progress is in the works.