Yael T. Abouhalkah

Yael T. Abouhalkah

Kansas City Zoo provides a great escape from the real world

On Sunday, after all the world’s problems of the last few days, I felt the urge to get away from the real world and visit the Kansas City Zoo. What an invigorating two hours that turned out to be. People of all ages and races were moving around the zoo, most with smiles on their faces. The visit brought up this point: The Kansas City Zoo has morphed into one of the best civic assets this metropolitan area offers to residents, especially young families.

Yael T. Abouhalkah

New poll shows Sam Brownback’s coattails are very, very short

Republican incumbent Kansas lawmakers in Johnson County and around the state are desperately trying to hang on to their jobs as the Aug. 2 primaries loom. And here’s good news for House and Senate challengers and all Kansans who want a return to more sane tax policies: Gov. Sam Brownback is extremely unpopular in the Sunflower State right now.

Yael T. Abouhalkah

Kris Kobach gets sneaky with voting rights of 17,000 Kansans

Even a Republican legislator on Tuesday questioned the timing of Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s latest attempt to prevent people from having full voting rights in Kansas. But the query from GOP Sen. Vicki Schmidt of Topeka was pushed aside as a Kansas board approved a policy that essentially could prevent at least 17,000 Kansans from voting in local or state elections in 2016.

Yael T. Abouhalkah

The 10 most popular columns slamming Sam Brownback so far in 2016

Gov. Sam Brownback has been bad news for the state of Kansas in 2016 but good news for opinion writers who don’t see eye to eye with him. During the first six months of the year, tens of thousands of Star readers clicked on my online columns regarding Brownback’s actions as governor. Here are links to — and lowlights of — my 10 most popular columns so far in 2016 on the governor.

Yael T. Abouhalkah

How the good old GOP boys got beat in Topeka and Kansas kids won

Fortunately, extremist Republican men — including Gov. Sam Brownback — lost big time last week when a flawed school funding bill was killed in Topeka. Instead, a better proposal was approved by the Legislature because of solid leadership from women like Johnson County moderate GOP Reps. Melissa Rooker, Barbara Bollier and Stephanie Clayton; Democratic Sen. Laura Kelly; and Kansas City, Kan., Superintendent Cynthia Lane, who stood strong in saying there had to be another solution.

Yael T. Abouhalkah

Johnson County’s GOP primaries turn white-hot as Wednesday event looms

Johnson County Republican voters hold the fate of the Kansas Legislature in their hands as Aug. 2 elections loom. A little bit of hyperbole there? Perhaps, but the case certainly can be made. As voters will see at a Wednesday event, the county’s moderate GOP voters have plenty of chances to kick out the extremists who have helped Gov. Sam Brownback destroy the state’s finances.

Yael T. Abouhalkah

Kansas City vs. Cleveland: And the winner is ...

Much like Kansas City, Cleveland was starved for decades when it came to sports championships. But on Wednesday, Cleveland residents will celebrate with a downtown parade after their Cavaliers last Sunday won the National Basketball Association championship. And 800,000 people might attend. Wait a minute. That sounds familiar. Let’s see how Kansas City stacks up with Cleveland on a few issues.

Yael T. Abouhalkah

Sam Brownback gets blasted for his misleading unemployment claim

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback hasn’t had much to celebrate lately. So when the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics announced the May employment numbers for all 50 states on Friday, Brownback tweeted that Kansas had the lowest unemployment rate in 15 years. However, he left out a very inconvenient fact. In the last 12 months, Kansas actually lost 700 jobs.

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Yael T. Abouhalkah has an order: Visit the Kansas City Zoo

Yael says to go see some animals. Soon.
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Yael T. Abouhalkah has an order: Visit the Kansas City Zoo

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Yael Abouhalkah: Kansas kids are more important than reckless tax cuts

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Yael T. Abouhalkah: How to keep the Kansas schools open

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Yael T. Abouhalkah points a real gun at you and pulls the trigger