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Introducing The Star's Editorial Board

The Kansas City Star editorial board is committed to leading a community conversation focused on issues that affect the city and our region. Board members aim to deliver insightful commentary and a unique perspective on public-policy questions. Meet the writers, editors and cartoonist who appear on the opinion pages.

Editorials

Political cartoonists draw their versions of Trump's inauguration

If you're a Midwestern political cartoonist, you are preparing for a interesting ride today as Donald Trump becomes the next president of the United States. McClatchy cartoonists Glenn McCoy, of the Belleville News-Democrat, and Lee Judge, of the Kansas City Star, explain their approaches to the same topic, the Trump inauguration, and let us peek over their shoulders as they draw their cartoons. They occasionally will do the same topic and welcome your suggestions for a shared theme.

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Roy Blunt deserves re-election to the U.S. Senate

Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri is a problem-solver. And in a Washington where far too many things end up in partisan gridlock, Blunt has a record of finding workable solutions that can be embraced by people with different backgrounds and persuasions.

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Four Missouri down-ballot races offer choices in background, qualifications, approach

Democrat Russ Carnahan’s goals are within the customary scope of the lieutenant governor office. Republican Jay Ashcroft has better background and experience to run the secretary of state’s office, and he has demonstrated more proactive thinking in ways to improve the way the office operates. Republican State. Sen. Eric Schmitt is more focused on the most critical tasks the treasurer’s office requires. Republican Josh Hawley’s willingness to take on corruption in both political parties as attorney general is much needed in Jefferson City.

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Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland shouldn’t be confirmed at this point

As we noted last week, the U.S. Supreme Court remains in a precarious position because Republican senators refuse to hold a confirmation vote on President Barrack Obama’s nominee to fill a vacancy on the court. Nearly seven months have passed since Obama nominated Merrick Garland to the seat left open by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. If Hillary Clinton defeats Donald Trump on Election Day, he should withdraw Garland’s nomination.

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Chris Koster would be ready to govern Missouri from day one

Chris Koster has demonstrated sound knowledge of legislative and executive functions. He is willing to seek bipartisan solutions to serious Missouri challenges, from education funding to deteriorating infrastructure. He believes fiscal conservatism and social tolerance can and should peacefully coexist.

Videos

Political cartoonists draw their versions of Trump's inauguration

If you're a Midwestern political cartoonist, you are preparing for a interesting ride today as Donald Trump becomes the next president of the United States. McClatchy cartoonists Glenn McCoy, of the Belleville News-Democrat, and Lee Judge, of the Kansas City Star, explain their approaches to the same topic, the Trump inauguration, and let us peek over their shoulders as they draw their cartoons. They occasionally will do the same topic and welcome your suggestions for a shared theme.
Todd Feeback and Zia Nizami McClatchy
Political cartoonists draw their versions of Trump's inauguration 2:49

Political cartoonists draw their versions of Trump's inauguration

State Rep. John Rubin on juvenile justice 0:56

State Rep. John Rubin on juvenile justice

Don Munday recaps 2015 in rhyme and verse 8:10

Don Munday recaps 2015 in rhyme and verse

A medical game changer 2:36

A medical game changer