Are the Kansas Supreme Court justices — except for the conservative appointed by Gov. Sam Brownback — villains or heroes? A million dollars — or even more — could be spent by conservative groups, both inside and outside the state, attacking four of the justices up for retention in November.
Those who don’t know Ben Craig may think his request to throw a portion of his ashes in the air along Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park is a bit odd. But this 87-year-old civic leader, who has cancer and been given three months to live, has rational reasons for this unusual request.
The Kansas Legislature, or governor, or both will comply with the Supreme Court’s ruling. But the outcome is likely to be ugly. The Kansas Supreme Court just dropped the first of what is likely to be two shoes on the Legislature. The justices predictably declared the disparity between state funding for poor school districts and wealthier districts to be unconstitutional.
The plan to redevelop the Metcalf South Shopping Center in Overland Park is a substantial improvement over the empty mall that sits there now. And it is a plan that probably will pass muster with city officials.
No one will be in a better spot to win the governor’s seat than Kris Kobach, unless he wants to waits for a U.S. Senate run. The Kansas secretary of state since 2011 has enormous statewide name identification. Not only that, but he has considerable name recognition and a following nationally because of his crusade against illegal immigration. Money would pour into his campaign from all over Kansas and all over America.
On the overall view of the Kansas economy and the budget, Nick Jordan and columnist Steve Rose sharply disagree. Even when they largely agree on the same set of facts, Jordan presents a picture that is pretty rosy, while Rose see things as very bleak.
As executive director of the U.S. Elections Assistance Commission, Brian Newby appears to have helped increase voter restrictions. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach aided in clamping down on voters.
If misery loves company, Kansas has company. When he was governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal, who recently unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for president, must have read the same playbook that Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback read.
Although school funding has been an ongoing issue in Kansas for decades, there was never, ever talk about the Legislature ignoring the highest court in the state. That much, unfortunately, has changed dramatically.
If it’s not too late, I’d like to take a mulligan — a do-over — on a prediction I made in December. My crystal ball, much to my chagrin, said that Donald Trump would not get the nomination, and that Ted Cruz would.
I have a lot of respect for mosquitoes. Many years ago, one of those pesky insects put me in the hospital for several weeks. So mosquitoes really caught my attention recently when our cruise ship docked in Recife, Brazil.