Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich was a fragile candidate who held out a shining hope — that Missouri politics and government can be better than they are. Many of us who are sickened by what goes on in Jefferson City cherished that hope and appreciated the man who carried it. It is gone now, at least for the moment.
Canaries are not very formidable birds, but they have their uses. For instance, coal miners learned over a century ago that when canaries gag and drop dead at the bottom of the cage, it’s a sign that maybe there’s something wrong with the air in the mine. MSNBC’s wheezing is similarly instructive.
Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker lashed out Friday afternoon after a circuit judge in St. Louis ruled that a 2014 constitutional amendment put on the ballot by the gun-loving Missouri General Assembly can’t prohibit a felon from possessing a weapon.
Asian-Americans are making great progress in closing the wealth gap in the United States, according to a newly released study. Unlike with other minority groups, the Asian-white wealth gap is closing, a Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis reports.
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The suicide death of Missouri auditor and gubernatorial candidate Tom Schweich shines a light on an ugly reality. A candidate could be undercut in some circles by the insinuation that he is not a Christian. In 2015, sad to say, there are still people in my home state and 49 other states who would not vote for a candidate because he or she is Jewish.
Some might think that the United States and our allies in the West and the Middle East have been drawn into a live-action, apocalyptic video game, given the Islamic State’s sophisticated penchant for social media and visual propaganda. But the horrors are all too real and the solution is extremely difficult.
February was a good month for Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and, by extension, for the K-12 public schools and higher education in the state. Revenues for the month beat expectations by $22.1 million, Department of Revenue officials announced Friday. Education officials should be able to breathe a sigh of relief and not worry, at least for another month, about further budget cutbacks.
Gov. Sam Brownback and the Legislature made a terrible mistake in 2012 when they created a special class of tax-exempt Kansans under a false expectation that job growth would follow. They need to bite the bullet, return fairness to state tax laws and undo the harm they have done
When Scott Walker pronounced himself agnostic about President Barack Obama’s patriotism and Christian faith, it must have seemed like a clever formulation. “I’ve never asked him, so I don’t know,” he said. And about Obama’s Christianity: “I’ve never asked him that.” As political attacks go, this one is particularly heavy-handed.
Denizens of social media were rankled during Sunday night’s Academy Awards telecast when actor Sean Penn made a crack about Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and green cards. Or so we are told by the minders of buzz.
This long-term problem affects thousands of indigent patients while being a slap in the face to voters. The health levy now reaps $50 million a year from taxpayers — more than three times what it did in 1988 after taking inflation into account.
Parents as Teachers is the latest educational program to come under assault in Kansas as legislators desperately look for ways to save money after Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax cuts have sliced revenues by hundreds of millions of dollars.
The real answer to all of this craziness — such as the K-State court-storming Monday night after it beat KU — won’t be talked about: Simply reduce the amount of attention not just college kids but especially the adults — including pumped up alumni — put on the outcomes of minor sporting contests.