<![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 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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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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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
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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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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Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax cuts, not a piano purchase, are to blame for Kansas budget woes http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article9363872.html#storylink=rss Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has a new scapegoat for the fact that his state’s finances are on life support. It’s those public schools and their free-spending ways. Look no further than the Kansas City, Kan., school district, whose school board recently authorized the purchase of a $47,000 grand piano for Sumner Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Thu, 05 Feb 2015 17:20:05 CST

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How about we cool it with National Signing Day? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article9251309.html#storylink=rss It’s National Signing Day. ESPN is treating it with only slightly less fanfare than the NFL draft. In high schools all over the country, students are gathering in gymnasiums to watch the local athletes announce which colleges they have chosen to attend. And throughout the land, college alumni breathlessly await the news. Overkill, all of it.

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Wed, 04 Feb 2015 12:19:30 CST

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A Kansas Republican issues tax cut mea culpa http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article9122756.html#storylink=rss This will come as cold comfort to many Kansans, but some legislative Republicans are showing clear signs of remorse about the tax cuts that are devastating the state budget.

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Tue, 03 Feb 2015 15:54:14 CST

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The disrupter: Tom Schweich shakes up the Missouri governor’s race http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article8594624.html#storylink=rss Tom Schweich’s announcement that he’s running for governor of Missouri was greeted as an act of treason by some of his fellow Republicans, who already have cast their lot with former House speaker Catherine Hanaway. But actually, Schweich’s entry is a public service.

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Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:55:10 CST

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Jay Nixon needs to follow up strong speech with action in Missouri http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article7909335.html#storylink=rss Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon took the first few steps of his post-Ferguson redemption with his State of the State speech Wednesday night.

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Wed, 21 Jan 2015 21:18:27 CST

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Gov. Sam Brownback: Kansas is great, full speed ahead on ruinous tax cuts http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article6782181.html#storylink=rss Tonight Gov. Sam Brownback told the people of Kansas exactly how the next four years are going to go. His way. Despite the $700 million hole in the state’s budget, he will continue his quest to drive Kansas’ income tax to zero, a defiant governor declared in his State of the State speech. He brazenly and falsely blamed education spending for causing the shortfall, spelling trouble for schools, families and teachers.

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Thu, 15 Jan 2015 20:25:22 CST http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article6782181.html
Blogger Raif Badawi is brutally silenced in Saudi Arabia http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article6713808.html#storylink=rss This is the time to cherish free speech and the right to express ideas. And while you do so, spare a thought — and a prayer, if so inclined — for Raif Badawi. The 31-year-old writer has been locked up in a Saudi Arabian prison since 2012 because he dared to create a blog and question the role of religion in state affairs. Last Friday, he was flogged 50 times in a public square, a ritual that is to be repeated weekly.

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Thu, 15 Jan 2015 17:14:20 CST

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Will Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback ever get real? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article6254634.html#storylink=rss When Kansas revenues began coming in far below projections, Gov. Sam Brownback blamed it on the federal government. When he received fewer votes than he should have in the Republican primary, he blamed it on President Barack Obama. Whatever. But it does strain credulity to blame a $700 million budget hole on a crisis of the family.

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Tue, 13 Jan 2015 11:08:02 CST

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Claire McCaskill’s intriguing plans for 2016, which don’t include a run for Missouri governor http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article6082386.html#storylink=rss contains illegal HTML markup:

Missouri’s 2016 election just got a little less interesting. But only a little. U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill announced on KCUR radio’s Up to Date news show that she will not enter the Democratic primary for governor in 2016, but she’ll spearhead a citizens’ initiative to “clean up the embarrassment that we have in Missouri when it comes to ethics.”

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