<![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 Forget the interns — Missouri legislators have much bigger distractions http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article31665476.html#storylink=rss It’s not just the interns. To be a legislator in Missouri is to fend off distractions all day long. There is the “where is my next free meal coming from?” distraction. And its companion: Who’s paying for drinks tonight? Also: Can I score some freebie playoff tickets for the (pick one) Royals/Cardinals? Not to mention unlimited donations.

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Thu, 20 Aug 2015 17:11:56 CDT

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Labor Secretary Thomas Perez hails minimum-wage increases, other fairness measures http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article31521851.html#storylink=rss In the weeks before Labor Day, U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez is traveling the country promoting what he calls “the simple notion that if you work a full-time job you shouldn’t have to live in poverty.” It’s a simple notion, all right, but one that is very complicated to bring about. Just witness the friction in Kansas City and throughout Missouri over attempts to raise the minimum wage.

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Wed, 19 Aug 2015 12:43:23 CDT

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Sympathetic mom is in jail on meth charge. Were acts of charity wasted? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article31303724.html#storylink=rss The homeless Kansas City mom who benefited from an act of kindness by a cop and an outpouring of generosity from her fellow citizens is in jail on a federal meth charge. So are all of these people suckers?

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Mon, 17 Aug 2015 11:41:24 CDT

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Missouri loves secrecy, except for Planned Parenthood http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article31100978.html#storylink=rss Missouri is very secretive about all aspects of executions; it won’t even reveal the source of the drugs it uses. And Missouri is one of eight states with an “ag gag” law, meaning it’s illegal to secretly film suspected animal and environmental abuse on industrial agricultural operations. But when it comes to revealing all aspects of abortion services — even if the information could put providers in danger — the politicians in charge insist on total transparency.

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Fri, 14 Aug 2015 12:16:56 CDT

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Why Kurt Schaefer is the scariest person in Missouri government http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article31046568.html#storylink=rss If someone were to ask me who is the scariest person in the Missouri government right now, I would say Kurt Schaefer. This is quite a distinction. The Missouri Capitol, as we have learned, has its share of intern harassers and after-hours miscreants. Schaefer is a different kind of scary — a politician with the talent and ambition to acquire power and a willingness to misuse it.

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Thu, 13 Aug 2015 17:45:09 CDT

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Jim Brownback, brother of Sam, wreaks terror in Kansas town and Sam needs to speak up http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article30611604.html#storylink=rss Gov. Sam Brownback isn’t responsible for the actions of a brother who has been wreaking havoc and bullying people in Parker, Kan. But the governor doesn’t get to hide and act like it’s none of his business that a family member is terrorizing Kansas citizens.

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Mon, 10 Aug 2015 12:20:42 CDT

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Dump the Jackson County tradition that helps police in grand jury cases http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article30363693.html#storylink=rss As we learned from Ferguson and other high-profile police-involved deaths, indictments of police officers are rare. In Jackson County, officers have an unusual advantage.

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Thu, 06 Aug 2015 19:38:51 CDT

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Questions remain about Ryan Stokes’ chaotic last night http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article29603233.html#storylink=rss Things had turned a bit chaotic outside the Power & Light District when a camera on a Kansas City police car recorded 24-year-old Ryan Stokes running across Grand Boulevard. He was one of a group of young people moving away from a spot where an officer had deployed pepper spray to break up an altercation. Within two minutes, Stokes would be fatally wounded by a police officer.

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Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:14:35 CDT

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Honoring Ryan Stokes and questioning his death at the hands of Kansas City police http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article28453009.html#storylink=rss Just about two years ago, a Kansas City police officer fatally shot 24-year-old Ryan Stokes as he stood by a red Monte Carlo in a downtown parking lot. Police said Stokes had been fleeing officers, pointed a handgun in their direction and refused commands to drop the weapon and show his hands. That scenario needs to be re-examined.

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Thu, 23 Jul 2015 17:17:25 CDT

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Hubris and Brownback tax cuts killed the Kansas Bioscience Authority http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article28022158.html#storylink=rss The imminent death of the Kansas Bioscience Authority isn’t surprising. It wasn’t designed to withstand the pressures of both a fierce recession and the tax-cutting ethos of the Brownback administration.

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Tue, 21 Jul 2015 12:49:16 CDT

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How Missouri’s Dent County pushed back against anti-gay bigotry http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article27447220.html#storylink=rss The citizens of Dent County, Mo., wouldn’t allow bigotry to become their identity, and neither will the rest of America. Out of an act of intolerance came many gestures of acceptance.

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Thu, 16 Jul 2015 18:01:54 CDT

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Obamacare foes should ditch consistency for compromise http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article26906347.html#storylink=rss We shouldn’t confuse consistency with craziness. To be consistently in favor of free market tenets in health care is admirable and could play a role in a constructive debate. To make opposition to Obamacare your entire health care strategy, even though you have no solid idea for a replacement, is unproductive and, well, crazy.

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Thu, 09 Jul 2015 17:40:01 CDT

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Equality Kansas to Sam Brownback: Honor your oath of office http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article26871907.html#storylink=rss Tom Witt, the executive director of Equality Kansas, has issued a smoking hot response to Gov. Sam Brownback’s executive order this week prohibiting state department and agencies from taking actions against clergy and religious organizations who cite religious beliefs to deny services to same-sex married couples.

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Thu, 09 Jul 2015 13:04:25 CDT

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Jay Nixon congratulates same-sex couples; Sam Brownback regards them as a threat http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article26677066.html#storylink=rss Two governors. One U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Two very different executive orders. Gov. Jay Nixon signaled on Tuesday that Missouri offers a welcoming climate for gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual citizens. Kansas, not so much. Gov. Sam Brownback would prefer a return to inequality.

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Tue, 07 Jul 2015 15:17:37 CDT

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Sam Brownback’s hypocritical Independence Day message http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article26188972.html#storylink=rss In light of his resistance to complying with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s Independence Day message is nothing short of preposterous.

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Thu, 02 Jul 2015 17:53:28 CDT

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View from the driver’s seat: Marc Solomon’s inside account of the marriage equality ride http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article26057581.html#storylink=rss About 10 a.m. Eastern Standard Time last Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court put Marc Solomon out of a job. As the national campaign director for Freedom to Marry, a group that set its eye on the prize before almost anyone else, Solomon could not be more elated.

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Thu, 02 Jul 2015 13:11:17 CDT

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Gov. Sam Brownback and Missouri GOP should thank the U.S. Supreme Court http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article25851490.html#storylink=rss Let’s roll back the clock a bit and do a “what it.” What if last week’s big U.S. Supreme Court decisions, the ones on health care and same-sex marriage, had gone the other way? It would have set the stage for a debacle in blue and red.

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Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:40:21 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article25851490.html
Why it’s OK to shame payday loan enablers http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article25525672.html#storylink=rss Whether it’s a respected local businessman or a U.S. Congressman or a state politician or consultant, I’m all for shining a light on the enablers of predatory lending. They may be upstanding citizens in other respects, but their hands are dirty from payday cash.

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Thu, 25 Jun 2015 18:12:31 CDT

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Confederacy veneration wrong in Missouri http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article25185877.html#storylink=rss A group gathered in Rocheport, Mo., Saturday to salute a new gravestone dedicated to Confederate soldiers killed in battle at the end of the Civil War. Some in the group wore replicas of war uniforms. People saluted the Confederate flag. Dylann Roof would have loved it.

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Mon, 22 Jun 2015 16:40:21 CDT

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Gov. Sam Brownback and Kansas Legislature mount breathtaking assault on judges’ independence http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article24907297.html#storylink=rss Kansas judges have been the pariahs of state government ever since Gov. Sam Brownback and conservative lawmakers took over the reins of power. After several years of attacks and insults, the governor and Legislature have upped the ante.

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Thu, 18 Jun 2015 16:38:03 CDT

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Only in Sam Brownback’s Land of Oz is a $400 million tax increase not a tax increase http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article24652759.html#storylink=rss Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback must take the people of his state for fools. How else to explain his glib behavior at a news conference today, when he inked his signature on a bill that calls for the largest tax increase in the state’s history and said it wasn’t a tax increase at all?

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Tue, 16 Jun 2015 15:36:26 CDT

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Gov. Sam Brownback’s growth strategy goes up in flames http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/barbara-shelly/article24432004.html#storylink=rss The Kansas tax cuts have not resulted in accelerated job growth. Or radically smaller government. Or more spending money for most Kansans. A few ideologues still defend the strategy — Gov. Sam Brownback among them. But unswerving belief in a failed theory is a poor substitute for a workable plan.

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Mon, 15 Jun 2015 13:30:49 CDT

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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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