<![CDATA[Steve Rose | The Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com]]> http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/ en-us Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:07:05 CDT http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:07:05 CDT Steve Rose 60 Let’s now praise Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article32670237.html#storylink=rss A majority of Kansans re-elected Brownback after four years, so they must have liked what he was doing enough to send him back to Topeka. Those voices are rarely heard. In the spirit of fairness, I will attempt to air those favorable views.

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Sat, 29 Aug 2015 09:00:00 CDT

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Why is the intern trouble only in Missouri’s bubble? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article31855737.html#storylink=rss There’s something baffling about the hanky-panky with the interns in the Missouri General Assembly, where the speaker of the House and a state senator were recently forced to resign. Why hasn’t the same behavior reared its ugly head right next door in the Kansas Legislature?

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Sat, 22 Aug 2015 09:00:00 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article31855737.html
U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder of Kansas is firmly in step with the GOP party line http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article31129835.html#storylink=rss Kevin Yoder would have fit right in with most of the 10 Republicans vying for the nomination for president in their recent debate. But is the Republican congressman from the 3rd District in Kansas still mainstream in this topsy-turvy year? You decide.

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Sat, 15 Aug 2015 09:00:00 CDT

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Johnson County Chairman Ed Eilert stands fast against the anti-tax bullies http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article30447357.html#storylink=rss Ed Eilert, who is Johnson County chairman, plus at least three cohorts on the Johnson County Commission — a majority — are poised on Thursday to approve the first tax increase in a decade, targeted for parks, libraries and transit. It is a very modest property tax increase indeed.

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Sat, 08 Aug 2015 09:00:00 CDT

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Johnson County Sheriff Frank Denning stands his ground on immigration — and rightly so http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article29702416.html#storylink=rss Is Johnson County among more than 200 counties, cities, and states that are considered “sanctuaries” for illegal immigrants? According to the Center for Immigration Studies, the answer is yes. Johnson County Sheriff Frank Denning adamantly disagrees.

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Sat, 01 Aug 2015 09:00:00 CDT

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Gov. Sam Brownback’s war on the courts will be historic http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article28618660.html#storylink=rss My friend Mike Shanin, who moderates the KCPT program “Ruckus,” said on air that my recent contention that “Orval Faubus would feel at home in Kansas” was outrageous. Not so, Mike. Faubus and his successor ilk are alive and well in Kansas.

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Sat, 25 Jul 2015 09:00:00 CDT

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R. Crosby Kemper is blinded by rage over Kansas City hotel deal http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article27528967.html#storylink=rss The director of the Kansas City Public Library, R. Crosby Kemper III, is an angry man. No, make that furious. Furious men sometimes do things that are over the top. Kemper is about to do just that.

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Sat, 18 Jul 2015 09:00:00 CDT

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Echoes of a defiant governor ripple in Kansas http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article27019027.html#storylink=rss With his landmark and erroneous stand against a Supreme Court ruling, former Arkansas governor Orval Faubus would feel right at home in Kansas today.

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Sat, 11 Jul 2015 09:00:00 CDT

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Kansas to Missouri: Got some extra handcuffs? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article26147599.html#storylink=rss It is ironic that Kansas is starting to mimic Missouri with a tax lid. Missouri’s quality of life has been held back by its arbitrary lid. Now Kansas, at the local level, gets to play the same destructive game.

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Sat, 04 Jul 2015 10:00:00 CDT

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Steve Rose: Pluses and minuses of tax policy not so simple http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article25622380.html#storylink=rss Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback held a news conference and traveled the radio circuit to make this claim: The largest tax increase in Kansas’ history, which he had just signed, was not really a tax increase at all. It was, in fact, a tax cut when viewed in a bigger picture. I am trying very hard to make sense of what the governor is saying.

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Sat, 27 Jun 2015 10:14:00 CDT

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Kansans may finally awaken to the effect of the revolution http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article25006756.html#storylink=rss While extremists in Kansas galvanized their troops, the majority of Kansans — judging by low voter turnout — tuned out. As a result, the extremists have come to power and enacted massive changes.

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Sat, 20 Jun 2015 10:00:00 CDT

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Readers respond to the story of a hardworking and grateful family http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article23876377.html#storylink=rss Jane Smith — not her real name — wrote to me: “Tell this person thanks from the bottom of my heart. God is so awesome. Blessings are just overflowing.” Jane is the mother in a hardworking family of four I wrote about recently. She and her family were contrasted with “Emily,” who has been on welfare since she was in high school and is now 32.

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Sat, 13 Jun 2015 10:00:00 CDT

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Kris Kobach’s pursuit of ‘double voters’ in Kansas is hollow http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article23222661.html#storylink=rss While all eyes were focused last week on the Kansas budget, without fanfare a new law was passed and sent to the governor to sign that turns Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s office into the voter fraud police, as well as the state’s attorney general. Lawmakers and the governor took away the power from county district attorneys.

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Sat, 06 Jun 2015 10:00:00 CDT By STEVE ROSE

Special to The Star

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Family of four lives in another economic trap http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article22675551.html#storylink=rss In his op-ed column, Steve Rose writes of a Lee’s Summit family referred to him by a reader: “The Smiths cannot get ahead, and an emergency could put them in deep financial trouble. They cannot afford to buy a house and they cannot save. They are just getting by. Barely.”

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Sat, 30 May 2015 10:00:00 CDT

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Gov. Sam Brownback’s order to rescind ban on LGBT bias adds to Kansas’ image problem http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article21109458.html#storylink=rss It is not too late for Sam Brownback to do the right thing — rescind his discriminatory LGBT policy. He can do that immediately, without any input from the Legislature. He picked a fight that was unnecessary and sent a signal to the nation that Kansas is mean-spirited and insensitive.

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Sat, 16 May 2015 10:00:00 CDT

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This woman’s story illustrates the ‘welfare trap’ http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article20559345.html#storylink=rss Emily is smart, college-educated and has lived in Johnson County for years, almost completely on public assistance. Even now, after the latest welfare reform in Kansas, Emily is still getting away with major help from taxpayers.

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Sat, 09 May 2015 10:00:00 CDT

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Kansas lawmakers are walking the right path on taxes http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article21724191.html#storylink=rss It certainly would be a stretch to say the Kansas Legislature is a prime example of “profiles in courage.” But I would say they are making some gutsy decisions, bucking powerful conservative groups and individuals who want them to cave to their wishes.

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Sat, 23 May 2015 10:00:00 CDT

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Kansas election change is a takeover ruse by the right http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article20038644.html#storylink=rss By changing the date of local elections, the insidious plot in Topeka is to fill every locally elected position in Kansas with a right-wing extremist, particularly in Johnson County.

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Fri, 01 May 2015 22:00:00 CDT

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An east vs. west clash is growing in Kansas http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article19422414.html#storylink=rss An urban/rural split in Kansas has been going on as long as I can remember, but now it might be escalating into something more serious. Suddenly, western Kansans feel as if eastern Kansas is out to get them.

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Sat, 25 Apr 2015 10:00:00 CDT

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How to find $600 million for the Kansas budget http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article18804195.html#storylink=rss If Jim Denning has anything to say about it — and he most certainly does — the days of cutting expenses to dig out of the impending $600 million deficit in Kansas are pretty much over.

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Sat, 18 Apr 2015 10:00:00 CDT

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Don’t hold back ambitious school districts in Kansas http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article18219989.html#storylink=rss Gutting the Kansas school finance formula and starting from scratch — with temporary lump-sum block grants to tide schools over — was the right thing to do. And thanks to the increased funding through the block grant, it appears Shawnee Mission may be able finally to offer all-day kindergarten without charging parents thousands of dollars a year.

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Sat, 11 Apr 2015 10:00:00 CDT

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Time will tell whether Kansas revenue optimism is justified http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article17345327.html#storylink=rss As long as I have known Kansas Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan, he has been an upbeat, optimistic person. So when he says he is “pleased with the economic indicators” in Kansas and that he is “happy with where Kansas is at,” I believe he means it.

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Sat, 04 Apr 2015 10:00:00 CDT

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Johnson County will have school-fund power http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article16680875.html#storylink=rss The Kansas Legislature has finally decided to ditch the formula that, in addition to punishing wealthier districts, had become monstrously complicated. The goal is to create a new formula in two years.

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Sat, 28 Mar 2015 17:15:25 CDT

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Gov. Sam Brownback shows courage with a softening stance on Medicaid http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article15534953.html#storylink=rss Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback said he was neither for nor against expanding Medicaid, the health care program for the poor, “if it meets his own personal financial concerns.” But he said if he was presented with a proposal to expand Medicaid in Kansas, he would likely sign the bill.

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Sat, 21 Mar 2015 10:00:00 CDT

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Flaws in the makeup of the Area Transportation Authority board need to be fixed http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article14043431.html#storylink=rss The makeup of the governing board of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority is out of whack and thus makes a mockery of fair representation. The ATA has lots of plans brewing for its future, but nothing much can go forward until this unbelievably outmoded board representation is fixed.

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Sat, 14 Mar 2015 10:00:00 CDT

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Kansas Sen. Jeff Melcher needs a remedial lesson in school math http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article12865235.html#storylink=rss Kansas Sen. Jeff Melcher, a conservative Republican, did a smear job on the Shawnee Mission School District with figures that are a perverse distortion of the truth. And, as a businessman, he must know it.

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Sat, 07 Mar 2015 09:00:00 CST

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Cuba can prosper under new relation with U.S. http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article11375006.html#storylink=rss Cuba, situated only 90 miles from the largest economy in the world, could increase its standard of living at a staggering pace, if only the Cuban government would loosen its controls, and if the U.S. would treat Cuba no differently than we treat China.

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Sat, 28 Feb 2015 09:00:00 CST

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No matter where you live, the revival of downtown Kansas City is a great investment http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article10769627.html#storylink=rss Perched where I sit in Johnson County, I can only marvel at how downtown Kansas City has been resurrected. All that is missing is a statue of Kay Barnes, the former mayor who pushed through its renaissance.

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Sat, 21 Feb 2015 09:00:00 CST By STEVE ROSE

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More school budget cuts in Kansas would be a travesty http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article10089179.html#storylink=rss No one expects the Kansas Supreme Court to act swiftly, but there is a growing consensus that the high court will find current state spending for schools to be inadequate. The bitter irony is, even as school districts have been under the gun to just get by — because of cuts since 2009 — the governor and Legislature appear to be on a trajectory to cut millions of dollars from school budgets.

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Sat, 14 Feb 2015 09:00:00 CST

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As Kansas cuts the budget, politicians weigh who will care http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article9468359.html#storylink=rss Let’s put ourselves in the shoes of legislators and the governor who want to take a meat-ax to the state’s budget. They may have done the calculus: Most people will just shrug their shoulders.

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Sat, 07 Feb 2015 09:00:00 CST

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