Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback carried out his threat to cut off Medicaid reimbursements to Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, which immediately and properly filed a lawsuit to challenge that decision.
America for the next six looong months will see this vile, repugnant and revolting kind of presidential campaigning on social media sites, in ads that pollute their mailboxes and — heaven help us now — in what likely will be utterly contemptible television spots.
It’s especially positive that a public park will be a featured amenity on the former Meadowbrook Golf and Country Club property in Prairie Village. It will serve residents and visitors for decades to come. A park in northeast Johnson County is a wise public investment.
Mayor Sly James tried to put the best face possible on disappointing news Tuesday. He said voters would not be asked this year to approve funding for a single terminal to replace the current setup at Kansas City International Airport. Now it needs to be considered in 2017.
Here’s an important point where Missouri continues to shine: It is on firmer fiscal footing than many other U.S. states. That’s good news for taxpayers who want strong public services and lower borrowing costs.
When Gov. Sam Brownback essentially tells GOP lawmakers to “Pass an irresponsible state budget that harms public services for Kansans,” too many have offered a ready-made feeble response the last four years. Sure enough. Got it. Right away. It happened again under the cover of darkness Monday, as the House and Senate narrowly approved an unbalanced budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.
With no caps on campaign contributions, no limits on gifts to lawmakers and no waiting period for lawmakers to return to the Capitol as professional lobbyists after leaving office, Missouri has seen far more than its share of legal corruption and ethics scandals.
More drivers adhered to the rules in states with anti-texting laws than in states without them. That’s bad news for motorists in Missouri, because it’s one of four states – along with Arizona, Montana and Texas – without comprehensive bans on texting.
The new, $100 million Kansas City streetcar system soon will be carrying passengers around downtown. The project has garnered plenty of attention in recent months. We would like to get your views on the following statements.
Kansas City’s downtown streetcar system has the potential to be yet another big victory in downtown’s lumbering comeback. And yet.... Some pretty high expectations are being placed on what is, after all, only a $100 million, 2.2-mile starter streetcar line.
President Barack Obama’s recent trip to Saudi Arabia and Europe was like a sad goodbye. Perhaps the only charming meeting he had during the tour was with Prince George. It’s true: The 2-year-old prince and his white bathrobe were adorable. Other than that, the president’s tour was far less than enjoyable.
Mayor Sly James and the City Council have two major decisions to make as they weigh the future of Kansas City International Airport. Do the elected officials support letting voters make the call on whether to build a new, single terminal? If so, when would that election occur — this August or November?
With the help of three courageous Republicans, the Missouri General Assembly has rejected a bogus “religious freedom” amendment that could have enshrined discrimination against gay people in the state Constitution.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s last scheduled day in office is Jan. 14, 2019. Right now, he appears hellbent on causing as much damage to the state’s future as he can before his final term ends. Fortunately, lawmakers and voters have the power to stop him.
The possibility of building a new, single terminal at Kansas City International Airport appears to intrigue many people. Here are the results of the latest Monday Poll on elements of that issue, based on just over 1,000 responses:
The Thomas Jefferson Center every year hands out its Jefferson Muzzle awards, recognizing the worst affronts to free speech. We doubt many winners display them on the mantle or in the trophy case with pride. The University of Missouri got one of the “honors” for 2016.
HUD Secretary Julián Castro is correct: Taking steps like the federal government and Google Fiber did on Wednesday should help low-income families in Kansas City get cheaper access to in-home Internet service.
Yael T. Abouhalkahabouhalkah@kcstar.com
HUD secretary discusses ways to bridge the digital divide