Young black men in certain ZIP codes all over the United States are at high risk of death by homicide. Larger communities don’t care enough, or do enough, to stop the killing. Now a shooting by a police officer has added to the carnage.
The pressure was on Gov. Jay Nixon to get himself back to Ferguson, which on television has come to resemble a war zone. But many other politicians are also in the heat of the action. But their presence does add to the circus atmosphere, as public figures like Al Sharpton are also in town.
The new, stringent voter ID requirements in Kansas kept at least two elderly persons from casting a ballot last week.That is two more than the number of people identified in Kansas as having voted under a false identity.
Many St. Louis residents were taken aback Monday to pick up their phones and hear the sonorous voice of their mayor, Francis Slay, urging them to vote in favor of Amendment 1 on the Missouri ballot. Wait a minute. The mayor of St. Louis endorsing the so-called right to farm amendment? Yes, and he wasn’t the only prominent Missouri Democrat to support the controversial measure.
Sam Brownback may be able to lull the party faithful into a cheap high by talking about record private sector employment, but he’s not fooling the experts. Standard & Poor’s said it was lowering Kansas’ bond rating to AA from AA+. An analyst said the downgrade was the result of “a structurally unbalanced budget, following state income tax cuts that have not been matched with offsetting ongoing expenditure cuts in the fiscal 2015 budget.” That’s ominous, because governors and legislators in Kansas have cut and cut and cut.
Bravo to the Kansas City Council for its unanimous vote banning open carry of firearms in city limits.The prohibition may not survive for more than a few weeks if the Missouri General Assembly manages to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of a bill that broadens gun rights and tramples local control. But it is an effective statement and a pre-emptive show of defiance.
The Missouri legislature tossed its integrity under the wheels of a big rig this session. Support for Amendment 7, which raises the sales tax by three quarters of a cent, allows members to avoid any consequences.
Will it be a September to remember for baseball fans in Kansas City? The Royals were in first place on Aug. 31 for the first time in decades and are in position to make the playoffs for the first time since 1985. Check out this special collection of stories and charts to get you prepared for the critical final month.
The political club Freedom Inc. has pulled out the race card and a package of outright falsehoods to oppose Question A, the vote to create a transportation district that eventually could provide part of the funding for an expansion of Kansas City’s streetcar network as well as a bus rapid transit line on Prospect Avenue.
If you favor accessible health care and the Affordable Care Act, it’s too soon to panic over a federal appeals court ruling that would knock out subsidies for roughly 5 million people enrolled in the federally created online insurance exchanges. But worry? Oh yes. Worrying would be in order right now.
Tim Howard he isn’t, but Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has been putting on a good show as goalie. With a legislature as beholden to industry and interest groups as Missouri’s, you want a lot of action in front of the net. Nixon provided that this year with 33 vetoes. A closer look at two of them provides a disturbing glimpse of why a backstop is so needed.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is doing an excellent job of spotting and vetoing sneaky legislation. So here’s hoping he won’t miss Senate Bill 841. On the surface, it appears to be a well-meaning attempt to stop teenagers younger than 18 from purchasing e-cigarettes. But then why is the language so similar to bills sponsored in other states? And why did Reynolds American Tobacco lobby so hard for the legislation?
Bad news for trophy hunters. Good news for Missouri and its deer. Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed the General Assembly’s outrageous attempt to reclassify captive white-tailed deer as “livestock” in order to please breeders and ranch operators who seek to market selectively bred deer to wealthy shooters.
There will be no healing for the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese of the Roman Catholic church as long as Robert Finn is at its helm. In what other institution would a leader so damaged go for so long without consequences?
If witnesses’ accounts are accurate, it appears that a good man, Gregory Moody, died senselessly in Grandview this week, and that one or more kids have just flushed their childhoods away. Moody was fatally show while reportedly trying to convince a juvenile to give up a weapon. So here is what I want to know: Where does a 14-year-old get a gun?
In countries like Uganda, Nigeria and Cameroon, gays have been beaten, imprisoned and even murdered. The president of Gambia vowed in a speech to “fight these vermins called homosexuals or gays the same way we are fighting malaria-causing mosquitoes.” While mainline churches in the United States worry about pastors who perform same-sex weddings, they ignore the dreadful human rights crimes being committed in Africa in the name of religion.
Kansas City has so far managed to avoid most of the chaos surrounding Missouri’s debacle of a school transfer policy. For that we should all be forever grateful. Conflicting agendas and sheer ineptitude from Missouri and its legislature have created a tragedy in the St. Louis region.
News organizations in Sudan now are reporting that Meriam Yehya Ibrahim and her husband, Daniel Wani, were arrested as they attempted to board a plane in Khartoum. Let us hope for the best for these courageous people, who are clearly being persecuted on religious grounds.
Poor Scott Schwab. The Republican legislator from Olathe thought he had a permanent relationship going with the rich and powerful Kansas Chamber of Commerce. And now, jilted. Schwab is described as a true believe in the entity and its agenda. So it came as quite a shock when the chamber’s political action committee decline to endorse him in his GOP primary against a former Libertarian named John Wilson.