<![CDATA[Yael T. Abouhalkah News | KansasCity.com &]]> http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/ en-us Thu, 05 Jun 2014 17:51:52 CDT http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Thu, 05 Jun 2014 17:51:52 CDT Yael T. Abouhalkah 60 interactive-ops@herald-leader.com A real gun + no training = alarming law in Missouri http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article79997087.html#storylink=rss General Assembly passed a bill that would allow people to conceal carry with no training

Gov. Jay Nixon should veto the bill so it is not allowed to endanger citizens

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Thu, 26 May 2016 07:09:08 CDT

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How Johnson County voters can sap Gov. Sam Brownback’s power in 2016 http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article79786837.html#storylink=rss Moderate Republicans need to oust ultra-conservative candidates in the August primary

Eventually, a different Legislature could stop the governor’s worst ideas from becoming law

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Wed, 25 May 2016 11:16:38 CDT

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These Kansans predicted Gov. Brownback’s tax-cut disaster exactly four years ago http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article79157337.html#storylink=rss Kansas governor signed income tax cuts on May 22, 2012

He said they would bring revenue and growth to state

But here’s what some regular Kansans presciently said about his actions

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Sun, 22 May 2016 10:25:58 CDT

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Gulp: Kansas jobs just plunged to their worst levels since September 2014 http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article78817667.html#storylink=rss Sunflower State lost a whopping 3,700 jobs in April

Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax breaks passed in 2012 are not attracting new jobs to Kansas

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Fri, 20 May 2016 09:29:15 CDT

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KCI and Wrigley Field: Both are old, lovable — and kind of laughable http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article78466337.html#storylink=rss People often embrace the status quo, such as KCI and the Cubs’ home in Chicago

But at some point, major improvements will have to be made to Kansas City’s airport

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Wed, 18 May 2016 16:39:25 CDT

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KU’s Bill Self avoids taxes, with Gov. Sam Brownback’s help http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article78027432.html#storylink=rss Like thousands of Kansans, KU coach doesn’t have to pay some taxes under state law

His situation helps illustrate the blatant unfairness of 2012 income tax cuts

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Mon, 16 May 2016 23:15:46 CDT

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Poof: Watch the Kansas budget go up in smoke http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article77803242.html#storylink=rss Kansans are paying in 2016 for the mistakes Gov. Sam Brownback and the Legislature made in 2012

The lawmakers ineptly passed deep income tax cuts that have damaged services for 3 million Kansans

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Sun, 15 May 2016 19:08:50 CDT

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Gov. Sam Brownback retains his title as ‘America’s most unpopular governor’ http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article77184662.html#storylink=rss New poll has same result as one last year: Kansas’ governor is really not popular in his home state

Unfortunately, it’s a well-deserved honor given the woes he has created for the Sunflower State budget

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Thu, 12 May 2016 11:08:09 CDT

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Stop using God in politics to discriminate against others http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article76920557.html#storylink=rss Too many politicians and their supporters use religion to discriminate against others

These especially include same-sex couples, women who seek abortions and the LGBT community

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Wed, 11 May 2016 06:42:08 CDT

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Gov. Sam Brownback follows unexpected people on Twitter — plus usual suspects http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article76676427.html#storylink=rss Kansas governor not surprisingly follows a wide range of conservative groups and politicians

But some unusual accounts, plus a leading Democrat and parts of the “liberal media,” also make the list

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Tue, 10 May 2016 05:07:00 CDT

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Sly James stumbles through KCI low, then rebounds to streetcar high http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article76010792.html#storylink=rss On Tuesday, Kansas City’s mayor suffered a huge blow when $1 billion airport terminal was shelved for now

On Friday, though, he will enjoy the opening of the $100 million downtown streetcar line

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Fri, 06 May 2016 01:21:13 CDT

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Kansas City’s brand new streetcar line might flop, but a second act is likely http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article75492957.html#storylink=rss Some crucial projects have failed at first in Kansas City

But that lack of initial success doesn’t have to be a final stopping point

Other amenities such as the zoo, Union Station and Liberty Memorial are stronger than ever today

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Wed, 04 May 2016 05:52:00 CDT

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A Kansas mystery: How did GOP senators get key, secret revenue figures? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article75291882.html#storylink=rss State Sen. Forrest Knox had the data at least 12 hours before it was officially released

He said he got it from another Republican senator, and won’t say who

But other elected officials didn’t have the information, even as they debated how to cut the budget

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Tue, 03 May 2016 09:07:40 CDT

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Gov. Sam Brownback stays winning as Kansans keep losing with new, bad budget bill http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article75071192.html#storylink=rss House approved budget shortly after 1 a.m. Monday, Senate finally passed at 3:19 a.m.

But some in the Capitol at Topeka — and in the public — took to Twitter to oppose late-night machinations

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Sun, 01 May 2016 22:19:28 CDT

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Desperate Kansas GOP lawmakers want to ignore history of reckless tax cuts http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article74612282.html#storylink=rss In 2016, some Republicans are suddenly hoping voters ignore what happened in 2012

They say they didn’t mean for the tax cuts to so badly damage the state budget

Ignore that attempt to spin the truth because history reveals what really happened

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Thu, 28 Apr 2016 12:30:00 CDT

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Broken record on jobs: Yes, Missouri still beating Kansas in KC area http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article74419807.html#storylink=rss Gov. Sam Brownback’s income tax cuts not wooing lots of jobs to Sunflower State

Instead, Missouri in March continued its string of adding more employment in the Kansas City region

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Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:18:53 CDT

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Yael T. Abouhalkah: How to keep the Kansas schools open http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article80473652.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 20:09:21 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article80473652.html Yael T. Abouhalkah points a real gun at you and pulls the trigger http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article79996942.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 07:32:46 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article79996942.html Yael T. Abouhalkah uses real $100 bills to explain Kansas budget dumpster fire http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article77802747.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Sun, 15 May 2016 19:24:52 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article77802747.html Yael T. Abouhalkah blasts bad, irresponsible budget bill in Kansas http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article75144162.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 13:36:14 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article75144162.html The gang that helped Gov. Sam Brownback wreck Kansas http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article74186407.html#storylink=rss The governor has had plenty of assistance in damaging the state’s future

Republican legislators, led by Ray Merrick and Susan Wagle, stand out as prime offenders

The governor’s staff hasn’t helped matters, either

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Wed, 27 Apr 2016 11:22:07 CDT

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New Gov. Sam Brownback letter begs for money, attacks media, ignores reality http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article73807632.html#storylink=rss Governor wants funds to retire debt from his 2014 victory

Letter ignores state’s major financial problems

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Mon, 25 Apr 2016 15:38:12 CDT

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Poll results: Welcome to ‘Bo Jackson County’ http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article73297642.html#storylink=rss Andrew Jackson’s fall from grace on the $20 bill led to this poll

Most of 760 responses said don’t rename Jackson County

But if that does happen, former Royals player Bo Jackson led the list

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Fri, 22 Apr 2016 09:35:57 CDT

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Poll: Should Jackson County rename itself after Andrew Jackson’s fall from grace? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article72857477.html#storylink=rss Former president’s pro-slavery, anti-Indian views hurt his chances of staying on the $20 bill

Jackson County could be named after someone with the same last name but a better reputation

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Wed, 20 Apr 2016 12:20:47 CDT

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Don’t worry Kansans, Gov. Sam Brownback won’t raise your taxes* http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article72791867.html#storylink=rss *At least that’s what his office said this week**

**But things might change if Wednesday’s new budget estimates are woeful

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Tue, 19 Apr 2016 23:12:20 CDT

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Water bills — and tempers — are rising in the Kansas City area http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article72934867.html#storylink=rss Costs for water-related services are surging in Kansas City and its suburbs

A new task force should examine ways to hold down those expenses in Kansas City

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Wed, 20 Apr 2016 16:59:05 CDT

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Missouri Sen. Kurt Schaefer’s bullying on abortion rights wears thin http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article72580207.html#storylink=rss His shameful attacks on Planned Parenthood and MU are designed to gain publicity

But some people are fighting back, while others point out the absurdity of his efforts

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Tue, 19 Apr 2016 01:57:34 CDT

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Johnson County’s Ray Merrick is the often-clueless Kansas House speaker http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article72371517.html#storylink=rss Johnson County Republican doesn’t seem to grasp seriousness of school funding issue

And Merrick doesn’t want to acknowledge the real problems with state budget estimates

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Sun, 17 Apr 2016 18:59:51 CDT

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Poll results: Here are the winners in heaping praise on Gov. Sam Brownback http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article72045292.html#storylink=rss Humorous responses got the most support

But readers who have the governor’s back also voted

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Fri, 15 Apr 2016 13:07:31 CDT

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Ouch: Kansas jobs growth rate ‘surges’ to 0.0 percent over last 12 months http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article72012847.html#storylink=rss Sunflower State has seventh worst employment growth over last 12 months

No surprise: The Brownback tax cuts have not led to new employment

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Fri, 15 Apr 2016 09:46:08 CDT

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