When only a small percentage of people bother to follow events and take the time to vote, they are saying they do not care who governs them. Yet, those elected to govern by a small minority of voters set the agenda for every governmental unit in America, from a small town like Ferguson, to state legislatures, to the Congress of the United States.
Many police departments throughout the country have purchased body-mounted cameras, and now every officer on their force who is on patrol wears his camera, either on the vest or on a pocket, a badge or a helmet.
With tighter than predicted results in the primaries, the Pat Roberts and Sam Brownback races will be tough ones to watch this fall. On the Missouri side, the future is grim for an expanded streetcar system in Kansas City, which could be a sneak preview as to how a new airport would do at the polls.
Unlike many mushy political debates, the one last week for Johnson County Commission chairman was a doozy. There were differences on almost every key issue facing voters in the Aug.5 primary election, where one of the three candidates — Ed Eilert, Patricia Lightner and Ed Peterson — will be eliminated, with the remaining two facing off in November.
At some point, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback will have to come to terms with Missouri on a solution to the border wars. “The governor understands we will never get 100 percent of what we want,” said Kansas Secretary of Commerce Pat George, “But, he insists, the ‘locals’ cannot be left at a disadvantage.” Surely, a deal can get done that will address those issues, if there is a true desire to work things out.
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The Rev. Robert Meneilly of Village Presbyterian Church prophetically warned 21 years ago, “Religious extremists are breeding all kinds of ‘culture wars.’ Religion can breed all kinds of harassment, bigotry, prejudice, intolerance and deception.”
If the tea party voters of Kansas want to vent their rage and frustrations, they should save it for 2016, when the presidency is on the line. To wage a midterm insurrection over Sen. Pat Roberts, a man whose voting record reflects most of what the tea party wants, makes no sense.
Kansas City should learn from its lesson. When one man can too easily place an issue before voters, that matter needs to be fixed. Clay Chastain has set a precedent. Only a change in the city’s laws regarding petitions will prevent a repeat by this Chastain or a new surrogate.
The wedge issue in the upcoming August primary election for Johnson County Commission chairman, as well as for other county commission seats, will be about how to deal with a massive loss of revenue facing Johnson County government.
Mayor Sly James and the Kansas City Council have gone bonkers over this alien system and have done almost everything they can to prevent Lyft from operating here, including issuing citations to Lyft drivers. The role of city officials should be to allow this novel concept, a ride-sharing company, to operate here.
Using fraud as an excuse for eliminating the programs is just wrong. It’s not about fraud. It’s about insensitivity. And it’s about suffering. A majority of our legislators, and the governor, should truly be ashamed. That’s what Jim Graham has been trying to get people to hear.
Two of the wealthiest men on the planet, headquartered in Wichita, are trying to remake the Republican Party into Libertarians, from the inside out, by funneling tens of millions of dollars, directly and indirectly, into Republican political campaigns.
The murder spree that left three dead, as a man gone berserk thought he was mowing down Jews, has given Overland Park recognition for prejudice and violence, when that is the complete opposite of what Johnson County has stood for.