Yael T. Abouhalkah

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.

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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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Sprawl is still king in Kansas City and Johnson County

The evidence supposedly is everywhere: More Kansas Citians now crave an urban lifestyle. They want to live in a booming downtown, in midtown or at least around the Country Club Plaza area. Ride the newfangled streetcar. Shuck the notion that boring suburbs are the place to be. Yeah, right. Face it: Sprawl is still king in the Kansas City area.

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New war of words escalates Kansas schools crisis

Angry lawmakers, worried superintendents and a sharp-tongued top aide to Gov. Sam Brownback have weighed in the last 48 hours over the future of public schools in Kansas. No one yet knows how the biggest crisis in more than a decade in K-12 funding will work out in the next few weeks after the state Supreme Court’s recent ruling.

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Full Kansas meltdown: revenue woes, no school funding plan, transgender bigotry

Wednesday was an absolute awful day in Topeka. Kansas government is in full meltdown mode. Total tax revenues came in more than $70 million under estimates for May. The Senate and the House met but did not even attempt to do anything serious about the highest priority item on the minds of Kansans: Will the Legislature approve a constitutionally valid plan to fund K-12 schools? And the Senate passed a meaningless resolution aimed at discriminating against transgender students.

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Yael T. Abouhalkah blasts bad, irresponsible budget bill in Kansas

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Yael T. Abouhalkah announces a contest to praise Gov. Sam Brownback

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Yael T. Abouhalkah offers a plan to repeal Gov. Sam Brownback's destructive policies

Yael T. Abouhalkah 'sounds like a broken record' on Kansas' pitiful new jobs report 0:33

Yael T. Abouhalkah 'sounds like a broken record' on Kansas' pitiful new jobs report

Yael T. Abouhalkah waves bye-bye to Bernie Sanders, Marco Rubio and Donald Trump's haters 1:07

Yael T. Abouhalkah waves bye-bye to Bernie Sanders, Marco Rubio and Donald Trump's haters

Yael T. Abouhalkah: Two cracked eggs, two hungry dogs and Gov. Sam Brownback's failed tax cuts 1:34

Yael T. Abouhalkah: Two cracked eggs, two hungry dogs and Gov. Sam Brownback's failed tax cuts

Yael T. Abouhalkah: New poll shows Kansans really, really don't like Gov. Sam Brownback 0:56

Yael T. Abouhalkah: New poll shows Kansans really, really don't like Gov. Sam Brownback

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Yael T. Abouhalkah tours some of KC's $1 houses

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

Kansas needs to fully fund its schools in a special legislative session that starts Thursday.
abouhalkah@kcstar.com
Yael Abouhalkah: Kansas kids are more important than reckless tax cuts 1:26

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

Yael T. Abouhalkah: How to keep the Kansas schools open 0:58

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

Yael T. Abouhalkah points a real gun at you and pulls the trigger 1:05

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

Yael T. Abouhalkah uses real $100 bills to explain Kansas budget dumpster fire 1:26

Yael T. Abouhalkah uses real $100 bills to explain Kansas budget dumpster fire