What I dont understand is why the Kansas GOP is going to such lengths to undercut its own candidates. Moderates are Republicans too, right? Well, at least they used to be. Their party now seems to be disavowing them. Whatever is going on here, the big tent is nowhere to be found.
Some people worry about the election coming up in April in the Hickman Mills School District. Ten people, including Breman Anderson, are running for three open seats. It wouldnt take much to tip the boards delicate balance. But history isnt likely to repeat itself in Hickman Mills. Because this time, well all be watching.
With their bill that would prevent voters from changing their party affiliations from June 1 to Sept. 1., Kansas Republicans want to fix something that isnt broken. The Legislature should stuck with the current law, or better yet, go with a system like Missouris, where primary voters can request whichever partys ballot they prefer, regardless of their affiliation.
A report by Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich paints a picture of the Hickman Mills School District running amok. Schweichs audit is a saga of contracts being awarded without bids, wasteful travel by some board members and employees, multiple questionable expenditures, hefty amounts of money spent on meals, improperly closed meetings and some very strange personnel moves.
In the tilted universe of Jefferson City, an additional registration requirement for gun purchases is seen as a far greater threat than the prospect of more guns ending up in the hands of criminals. Still, gun-safety advocates should use a study by the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research to keep up the pressure.
The 2012 elections kicked pragmatic lawmakers with years of experience to the curb, replacing them with people with right-wing political leanings and not much else. The Kansas Legislature would be funny if it werent so scary. People of Kansas, look at which legislators are embarrassing your state and send them packing at election time.
This is the rare scenario that causes lasting horrors in a community a child doing something perfectly normal, snatched out of her life and into a nightmare. It doesnt happen often, thank heavens. But when it does, it serves as a reminder for parents to hug their kids and tell them once again to steer clear of strangers who try to engage them even in simple conversation.
A change in Missouri gun policy that passed with relatively little attention seven years ago caught the eye of a team of researchers, who now say the change was responsible for an uptick in violent crimes in the state, including an additional 60 or so homicides a year.
Weak-kneed enforcement has enabled the for-profit college sector to shrug off its outrageous practices with callous disregard for taxpayers and the many people who leave its campuses worse off than when they enrolled. Now the companies and their investors are reportedly worried. It is past time to turn the tables.
Some Republicans already are saying that a deal to cut taxes that meets Gov. Jay Nixons conditions would be too small. But its also clear they dont want another veto defeat just before the fall elections. So this might be the year we see some long-awaited reform of tax credits, along with a limited tax cut.
Mayor Sly James is right to point out that crime-fighting strategies dont mean much until they translate into results. Kansas City leaders must show more urgency about the citys murder numbers, and the mayor is the best person to lead the charge.
This is how it goes with health care reform. Researchers lay out the data, and everybody retreats to their respective corners to repackage it. We could solve a good many problems if, instead of seeing data as a weapon, we used it as a tool.
For-profit colleges get their federally backed tuition payments regardless of a students prospects. They seem oblivious to the misery they leave in their wake. Why Congress and state attorneys general dont crack down further on these schools is a mystery to me.
Theres a lot to like about the idea of post offices offering financial services. Lower-income persons could get closer to the kind of financial stability that comes from having a checking account. And the post office would gain a new source of revenue.
Attorney General Chris Koster should have spoken out about a faulty process that put Mark Woodworth in prison for 18 years and shook public confidence in Missouris criminal justice system. Instead, he perpetuated the injustice. Now a judge has ordered Kosters office off the case.
Former U.S. Sen. Kit Bond has evidently figured out that a lobbying contract on Medicaid expansion makes financial sense for him. Now he just has to sell GOP lawmakers on the reality that it makes good financial sense for Missouri.
State of the State addresses dont command the same interest as a KU basketball game or Justin Biebers perp walk. So for all of you who missed the big moments for Gov. Sam Brownback in Kansas and Gov. Jay Nixon in Missouri over the last two weeks, here are some comparisons.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon delivered his most combative State of the State Speech yet Tuesday night. No more tiptoeing around and blurring the political lines in hopes of securing either Republican votes or cooperation from GOP lawmakers.
Doug McNally could both quote Scripture and cuss up a storm. He was suspicious of institutions, like governments and religions, but he loved people. He had multiple degrees but he chose to spend his days with the downtrodden. His death Dec. 16 at age 67 shocked the people who knew and loved him.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownbacks State of the State speech, leading into an election year, was long on rhetoric and short on news. Except for repeating his wish to finally get full-day kindergarten into all public schools, the governor announced no new initiatives. He basically summed up all the things hes been saying the last three years.
Is anybody going to come out of this Chris Christie bridge closing scandal looking halfway good? I nominate Mark Sokolich, the mayor of Fort Lee, N.J. This man has been a profile of decency throughout the saga, quietly trying to get big problems solved.
The CEE-Trust proposal will prove intriguing for folks who believe in entrepreneurialism and experimenting in public education. It will generate a substantial backlash from people invested in the current system. To gain traction, the consultants will have to persuade a skeptical public that yet another radical experiment will finally give Kansas City a first-rate educational system.
The Missouri legislature is beset with agendas when it comes to educating children and doling out the money for that task. Many of those agendas involve damaging local school districts. The school transfer law will accelerate the destruction of the Kansas City Public Schools and create turmoil for other districts.
It took awhile, but Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has finally filled the crucial Kansas City seat on the state Board of Education. He made a good pick, too. John A. Martin earned a great deal of respect in his nine years as superintendent of the Grandview School District and as the interim superintendent of the Kansas City district in 2008.
As Boeing gets ready to ramp up production of its new airliner in Washington state, the message to other states can only be read one way. They were played. It has happened before, and it will happen again. But states will always dance to the puppet masters tune.