Mary Sanchez

Mary Sanchez

Why outcome of Kansas voter ID law case is crucial for our country’s future

It’s already hard enough to get voters to the polls. Kansas made it even harder with its voter ID law, which asks residents registering to vote for proof of citizenship beyond what is required by federal law. Now, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is in a federal appeals court to argue for keeping the law, and if he prevails, that could have frightening ramifications beyond Kansas.

Mary Sanchez

Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump: Game on!

The contenders are formally set for the 2016 presidential election: Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump. Their vast differences in political experience, knowledge of global affairs and the U.S. economy — not to mention personal maturity — make Clinton the easy choice at the polls.

Mary Sanchez

Donald Trump’s strongman fantasy is deeply un-American

Donald Trump’s Thursday night address to the Republican National Convention was the most scripted, controlled, practiced and vetted speech from Trump so far. And it dug deeply into a philosophy that is antagonistic to the values our nation was founded upon. Trump showed a disturbing lack of insight and respect for the ideals that are carved in stone at the nation’s landmarks and ingrained into our laws and constitution.

Mary Sanchez

Fear of a female administration? We’ll see

The unsettling reality is that Donald Trump can get elected to the White House by being a jerk. Hillary Clinton cannot. Voters need to like female candidates more than they do male candidates. They can dislike a man running for office and still regard him as qualified and electable.

Mary Sanchez

Gay, lesbian activists take on the gun lobby

What gay activists learned from the AIDS crisis and from the fight for gay marriage is that changing attitudes is as necessary as changing laws. Post-Orlando, expect them to use that knowledge as a guide, to sign up for a long-haul approach to addressing gun violence.

Videos

Friday Night Touchdowns (Aug. 26)

Watch some thrilling touchdowns scored at Kansas City-area high school football games on Friday night, and two bonus Thursday night clips.
The Kansas City Star
Friday Night Touchdowns (Aug. 26) 1:43

Friday Night Touchdowns (Aug. 26)

Ian Kennedy on the Red Sox: 'It's a tough lineup' 1:07

Ian Kennedy on the Red Sox: 'It's a tough lineup'

Heavy rain floods streets in Westport, submerges cars 0:15

Heavy rain floods streets in Westport, submerges cars

White House weighs in on EpiPen pricing 2:59

White House weighs in on EpiPen pricing