<![CDATA[Barbara Shelly | The Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com]]> http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/ en-us Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:06:13 CDT http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:06:13 CDT Barbara Shelly 60 The Kansas Legislature’s home-grown uncertainty predicament http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article22552683.html#storylink=rss Pardon the uncertainty, all you Kansans cast in the role of job creators. But, hey, welcome to the club. There’s nothing like horrible state fiscal policy to create a state of flux.

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Thu, 28 May 2015 17:04:08 CDT

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Merchant Marine veterans seek their place in history http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article21619380.html#storylink=rss Even this year, when the nation marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, it is too easy for forget the Merchant Marines and the role they played in that global war.

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Thu, 21 May 2015 17:11:43 CDT

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Students at Corinthian Colleges deserve debt relief, but what about the others? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article21624945.html#storylink=rss The implications of the Corinthian Colleges bankruptcy case are enormous. We could be witnessing the start of giant consequences for the failure of Congress and federal and state administrations to properly crack down on the predatory for-profit college industry.

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Thu, 21 May 2015 17:54:00 CDT

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Dangerous ideas popping up in bogged-down Kansas session http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article21415764.html#storylink=rss It’s dangerous letting Kansas lawmakers hang around Topeka this long. While some lawmakers are preoccupied with the slow-drip process of putting together a tax plan to balance the budget, others are using their time to propose more bad ideas.

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Tue, 19 May 2015 17:27:44 CDT

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John Diehl scandal reflects a culture of entitlement in Missouri government http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article21038352.html#storylink=rss The Missouri legislature will draw the curtain Friday on a session that began with an embarrassment, witnessed a tragedy and concluded with a scandal. If the events of 2015 don’t prompt soul-searching in Missouri government, then nothing will.

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Thu, 14 May 2015 18:04:55 CDT

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The right-to-work debacle in Missouri http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article20742585.html#storylink=rss Everyone who predicted bedlam if the Missouri Senate tries to pass a right-to-work bill in the final week of the legislative session can take a bow. You have been proven correct, and it’s only Tuesday.

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Tue, 12 May 2015 10:19:56 CDT

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Gov. Jay Nixon sounds dubious about charter school bill, negative on right-to-work measure http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article20767851.html#storylink=rss A lot of educators in Jackson County want Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to veto a bill that would enable charter schools to locate in most of Jackson County. ixon himself seemed less than enthusiastic about the bill when asked about it during a stop in Kansas City on Tuesday.

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Tue, 12 May 2015 15:46:17 CDT

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Centerpiece of Sam Brownback’s tax cut package takes a hit http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article20709018.html#storylink=rss Keep your eyes on Kansas this week. A big part of the great tax cut experiment is hanging in the balance.

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Mon, 11 May 2015 18:46:14 CDT

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Same-sex marriage fears fizzle at Supreme Court http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article19815231.html#storylink=rss The Supreme Court hearing left no doubt that America has already shaken off the fear-baiting arguments that carried the day a decade ago. Americans are increasingly comfortable with the notion of marriage as a union of two committed people, regardless of their gender. That is the inevitable new definition, whether or not this Supreme Court has the nerve to make it official.

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Tue, 28 Apr 2015 14:46:41 CDT

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Know what’s really sick? Missouri, Kansas being stupid on health care http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article19339926.html#storylink=rss The free medical clinic at Kansas City’s Bartle Hall last weekend was great for patients, but it was intended to make a point. Sadly, that point is willfully lost on key people in high places.

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Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:24:18 CDT

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Gov. Sam Brownback’s new welfare law underscores the folly of demanding self-reliance at $7.25 an hour http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article18704610.html#storylink=rss Any politician who advocates “self-reliance” for the poor should be joining the march for a livable wage and reliable hours. See you at the next rally, Gov. Sam Brownback?

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Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:49:29 CDT

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Tom Schweich’s suicidal thoughts, rough politics and a loaded gun http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article18541805.html#storylink=rss The proper question is not why an emotionally volatile man like Tom Schweich was running for governor of Missouri. Intense, driven people often accomplish the most. A more useful question is why Schweich kept guns in his home. Police confiscated two after his death.

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Tue, 14 Apr 2015 19:25:10 CDT

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When times get tough, Kansas and Missouri get tough on the poor http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article17248139.html#storylink=rss The poor, as Jesus observed, have always been with us. But lawmakers in Kansas and Missouri seem intent on doing something about them before the legislative sessions wind up.

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Thu, 02 Apr 2015 17:46:08 CDT

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Spence Jackson’s death a sad coda to shocking events in Missouri http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article17021429.html#storylink=rss Spence Jackson could have torn the Missouri Republican Party further asunder with a different type of suicide note. By writing what he did, he has made his death a sad coda to the shocking demise of state Auditor Tom Schweich.

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Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:13:09 CDT

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Sam Brownback’s dodge on Medicaid expansion is a new low http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article16399856.html#storylink=rss Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, the master of deception, is setting up a cruel false choice. Medicaid expansion would be great for Kansas citizens and for the state’s economy. But Brownback is using the state’s disabled citizens as a dodge to deny health care to the working poor.

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Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:30:23 CDT

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More benefits of Medicaid expansion under Obamacare emerge in diabetes study http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article16210556.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 17:26:29 CDT

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Better pay for low-wage workers would benefit everyone http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article18626067.html#storylink=rss Fast-food servers, custodians, hotel attendants and underpaid adjunct college professors all converged on midtown in what may have been the largest show of solidarity since organized calls for fair and livable wages began a couple of years ago. It’s time for policymakers to get on board. This is an issue that ought to inspire bipartisan support.

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Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:26:10 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article18626067.html
Untimely demise of charter school partnership shows KC must move beyond race issues http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article15391823.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 16:56:34 CDT

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Attention Kansas lawmakers: Scrapping gun permit, training requirements isn’t freedom http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article15257618.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Wed, 18 Mar 2015 13:16:57 CDT

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Murky religious dispute with Hancock obscures other issues after Tom Schweich’s death http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article13881923.html#storylink=rss There are questions surrounding the suicide of Missouri Auditor and GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Schweich that we may never be able to answer. Murky allegations of an anti-Semitic whispering campaign have unfortunately become a distration from more clear-cut issues brought to light by Schweich’s death.

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Thu, 12 Mar 2015 17:21:55 CDT

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Sam Brownback and Rex Sinquefield: Promoting the tax-cut delusion http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article12826520.html#storylink=rss Which is greater: Sam Brownback’s delusion or Rex Sinquefield’s arrogance? Both were on full display in St. Louis this week.

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Fri, 06 Mar 2015 11:41:05 CST

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After Tom Schweich’s death, make political bullies stand up and be counted http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article12722924.html#storylink=rss Already the news cycle is spinning away from the calamity that befell Missouri last week when state auditor Tom Schweich committed suicide, and I fear that former U.S. senator John Danforth’s plea will be too quickly forgotten.

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Thu, 05 Mar 2015 18:16:21 CST

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Jack Danforth reveals grief and ‘overwhelming anger’ after Tom Schweich’s suicide http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article12272510.html#storylink=rss Former U.S. Sen. Jack Danforth delivered a very personal eulogy Tuesday at the funeral service of his friend and protégé, Tom Schweich. And he spoke of “overwhelming anger” at the political bullying that proceeded the Missouri auditor’s suicide.

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Tue, 03 Mar 2015 14:51:46 CST

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Losing Tom Schweich: A setback for reform as a brave voice is stilled in Missouri http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article11447333.html#storylink=rss 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.

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Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:15:40 CST

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Picking winners and losers in the great Kansas tax sweepstakes http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article11262932.html#storylink=rss 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

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Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:21:34 CST

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How did Rex Sinquefield infiltrate Missouri’s tax policy analyses? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article11035154.html#storylink=rss Missouri has the loosest ethical laws in the nation, so corporate interests already have too much influence in Missouri government, as does the meddling multimillionaire Rex Sinquefield. Their influence in evaluating Missouri fiscal policy should be watched very closely.

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Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:20:34 CST

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Missouri’s irrational hostility to Obamacare keeps people stuck http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article10705379.html#storylink=rss Barbara Shelly: While 28 states have now expanded the income threshold under which people can qualify for Medicaid, and other states are looking for ways to do so, Missouri is going backward. The mood in the Capitol has shifted from skepticism two years ago, to very cautious optimism last year, to outright hostility.

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Thu, 19 Feb 2015 16:46:36 CST

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Louisburg High School sophomore’s documentary on Kansas budget crisis is a hit http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article10572962.html#storylink=rss The Kansas budget crisis as film material? Only a stellar filmmaker could make it happen, and Carson Tappan has pulled it off. The fact that he’s a high school sophomore makes it all the more remarkable.

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Tue, 17 Feb 2015 22:15:44 CST

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Twenty-four hours of damage for Sam Brownback’s Kansas http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article9859328.html#storylink=rss To recount an especially harrowing 24-hour period in Sam Brownback’s Kansas, we begin not at sunup but just before 3 p.m. on Tuesday. That’s when word broke that the governor was rescinding an eight-year-old order granting protection against job discrimination for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender citizens who work for state agencies.

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Thu, 12 Feb 2015 13:41:27 CST

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Why Sam Brownback’s strike against gay and lesbian employees is so wrong http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article9697016.html#storylink=rss While most states and the nation are moving forward on equality for citizens regardless of their sexual orientation, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has just rolled Kansas backward.

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Tue, 10 Feb 2015 16:23:01 CST

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