Energy, insurance and the usual anti-consumer toolkit are filling the agenda for the leading conservative law-writing organization, which is meeting this week in Dallas. Missouri and Kansas lawmakers with ties to the group will probably push the American Legislative Exchange Council’s bills.
Washington needs escape artists. Obama’s escape to the heartland should keep him better grounded on how most of us live, strive and occasionally stumble in an economy that’s still weighted heavily toward the rich.
The Kansas City Council should take a stand for public safety and local control today by approving an ordinance making it illegal to openly carry firearms in the city limits. It’s the right thing to do. Gun violence is a scourge in Kansas City.
Supporters of Amendment 1 argue that the right to farm and ranch should be equal to the protections of speech and religion already in the Missouri Constitution. But freedom of speech and religion are granted to all Missourians. Amendment 1 seeks to carve out one special industry, perhaps to the detriment of the general public.
The University of Missouri-Kansas City can claim genuine progress over the last decade, as it continues to transform from a commuter campus to a vibrant university. That reality makes it all the more disappointing to see UMKC succumb to the corrosive rankings frenzy that has gripped academia. A Kansas City Star report published over the weekend found that the university has been advertising questionable rankings to burnish the reputation of the Henry W. Bloch School of Management, its business school.
Aug. 5 brings primary elections in Missouri and Kansas. On the Missouri side, voters statewide and locally will face issues involving taxes, transportation and Kansas City’s proposed streetcar expansion. We’d like to know where you stand.
The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum’s Heart of America Hot Dog Festival wants to bring the community together through one of our nation’s favorite pastimes. Also this week: ‘Ragtime’ at Theatre in the Park and comedian Mike Epps at Starlight.
The Missouri General Assembly desperately needs independent-minded representatives who are not beholden to the monied special interests that control the Capitol. Not all of the races in the Aug. 5 primary offer that choice, but voters in several districts have an opportunity to choose high quality candidates to move ahead to the November election. Here are The Star’s recommendations in some contested races for the Missouri House.
The project would boost the image and use of Sporting Park and bring more national attention to Kansas and Kansas City, Kan., in the fast-growing world of U.S. soccer. No one, though, got into the details about the public-private sector split on paying for the project, although it’s likely taxpayers will be asked to put in millions of dollars.
In the Aug. 5 primaries, voters in both of the fast-growing Northland counties have chances to help keep good people in office but also push forward other well-qualified candidates. Here are The Star’s recommendations in selected contested races.
The rest of the world is tired of watching the bloodshed mount, tired of the pictures of death and grief, tired that this irreparable and ceaseless struggle over territory, identity, dignity and the right to exist has erupted once again into chaos and madness.
The Kansas Legislature sorely needs lawmakers who are more committed to the well being of their state and communities than they are to right-wing causes. Unfortunately, the 2012 elections swept too many ideologues into the Capitol. The result has been bad legislation and national ridicule. Voters have a chance to undo some of the damage in the Aug. 5 primary.
With Kansas finances decimated by tax cuts and the voting status of thousands of citizens in limbo, the perils of electing leaders intent on far-right experimentation are painfully apparent. Fortunately, voters have a chance in this year’s primary and general elections to elect smart candidates who want to return the state to sensible governing.
For once, even in very red Kansas, Democrats with impressive resumes have stepped up to challenge incumbents in key offices. Every vote matters on Aug. 5 to propel push thoughtful, pragmatic, compromise-capable candidates forward into the general election.