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?
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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.
The controversial new Kansas school funding law sets up a “student performance and efficiency” commission to advise lawmakers. And who better to sit on the commission than a couple of lobbyists who have been advising the Legislature’s conservative majority all along? It’s hard to think of a better fox-in-the-chicken-coop scenario.
Ted Nugent really likes Kris Kobach because Kobach helped to legalize the hunting of feral pigs by helicopter in Texas. He boasts about Kobach as “an avid hunter and backstrap BloodBrother who’s a dear pig killin friend of mine.” What else could voters ask for in their secretary of state?
Louise Redford’s goal in compiling her memoir was to preserve a slice of history. But the book’s great theme is resilience. Today, as children and women continue to bear the brunt of the endless oppression and aggression that still stains humanity, hers is a story we need to hear.
Without the will to be much more selective about who gets to own and carry guns, we will not stop mass killings, much less the slower drip of gun violence that claims an average of 33 lives in the United States every day.
Based on remarks from Gov. Jay Nixon today during a visit to Kansas City, relationships between the Democratic governor and the Republican-dominated General Assembly appear to be pretty much at rock bottom.