Yael T. Abouhalkah

Yael T. Abouhalkah

The gang that helped Gov. Sam Brownback wreck Kansas

Gov. Sam Brownback has had plenty of help in turning Kansas into a national punch line the last few years. Brownback’s delusions about his budget-destroying income tax cuts and his dismissive attitude toward poor people have damaged the future of the Sunflower State. But Brownback has had plenty of help from a gang that’s gone along for the ride.

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Poll results: Welcome to ‘Bo Jackson County’

The Star’s readers have spoken: Rename Jackson County after former Royals player Bo Jackson. Fine, I know it’s not that easy. But more than 760 people responded to my recent poll asking people what they thought should happen once former president Andrew Jackson — whom Jackson County is named after — is removed from the front of the $20 bill.

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Feeling cocky, Kansas City? Here are 10 reasons to stop it

The angel on my right shoulder tells me the Kansas City area is on a roll. She’s right. Kansas City voters did the right thing and renewed the earnings tax last week. The highly anticipated downtown streetcar starts carrying passengers in three weeks. But here’s the doubting devil on my left shoulder. And he’s making some good points, too.

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Yael T. Abouhalkah announces a contest to praise Gov. Sam Brownback <span class='title-duration'>01:01</span> 01:01

Yael T. Abouhalkah announces a contest to praise Gov. Sam Brownback 01:01

Yael T. Abouhalkah offers a plan to repeal Gov. Sam Brownback's destructive policies <span class='title-duration'>01:15</span> 01:15

Yael T. Abouhalkah offers a plan to repeal Gov. Sam Brownback's destructive policies 01:15

Yael T. Abouhalkah 'sounds like a broken record' on Kansas' pitiful new jobs report <span class='title-duration'>00:33</span> 00:33

Yael T. Abouhalkah 'sounds like a broken record' on Kansas' pitiful new jobs report 00:33

Yael T. Abouhalkah waves bye-bye to Bernie Sanders, Marco Rubio and Donald Trump's haters <span class='title-duration'>01:07</span> 01:07

Yael T. Abouhalkah waves bye-bye to Bernie Sanders, Marco Rubio and Donald Trump's haters 01:07

Yael T. Abouhalkah: Two cracked eggs, two hungry dogs and Gov. Sam Brownback's failed tax cuts <span class='title-duration'>01:34</span> 01:34

Yael T. Abouhalkah: Two cracked eggs, two hungry dogs and Gov. Sam Brownback's failed tax cuts 01:34

Yael T. Abouhalkah: New poll shows Kansans really, really don't like Gov. Sam Brownback <span class='title-duration'>00:56</span> 00:56

Yael T. Abouhalkah: New poll shows Kansans really, really don't like Gov. Sam Brownback 00:56

Yael T. Abouhalkah tours some of KC's $1 houses <span class='title-duration'>01:25</span> 01:25

Yael T. Abouhalkah tours some of KC's $1 houses 01:25

Yael T. Abouhalkah: The good, bad and downright ugly on KC's East Side <span class='title-duration'>01:06</span> 01:06

Yael T. Abouhalkah: The good, bad and downright ugly on KC's East Side 01:06

Yael T. Abouhalkah breaks down Johnson County's booming but also aging population <span class='title-duration'>00:51</span> 00:51

Yael T. Abouhalkah breaks down Johnson County's booming but also aging population 00:51

Yael T. Abouhalkah explains Kansas' state sales tax sticker shock on food <span class='title-duration'>01:14</span> 01:14

Yael T. Abouhalkah explains Kansas' state sales tax sticker shock on food 01:14

Yael T. Abouhalkah: Mayor Sly James blasts state Sen. Kurt Schaefer's bad bid to kill earnings tax <span class='title-duration'>00:55</span> 00:55

Yael T. Abouhalkah: Mayor Sly James blasts state Sen. Kurt Schaefer's bad bid to kill earnings tax 00:55

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Yael T. Abouhalkah blasts bad, irresponsible budget bill in Kansas 01:01

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

Yael T. Abouhalkah announces a contest to praise Gov. Sam Brownback 01:01

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

Yael T. Abouhalkah offers a plan to repeal Gov. Sam Brownback's destructive policies 01:15

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 00:33

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