<![CDATA[Yael T. Abouhalkah | The Kansas City Star & 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 Jobs plummet in Kansas at worst possible time for Gov. Sam Brownback amid budget crisis http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article21670374.html#storylink=rss The new jobs report released Friday contained all-around horrible news for Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, the Legislature and Kansans themselves.

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Fri, 22 May 2015 09:32:51 CDT

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Dear Charles and David Koch: Help! Signed, Gov. Sam Brownback http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article21316011.html#storylink=rss Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s use of his own email account to communicate with private and public leaders is not good government. But just maybe the bumbling governor we’re used to seeing is kicking butt and taking names in those secret emails. Take a look.

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Mon, 18 May 2015 16:22:20 CDT

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Good riddance to Missouri Speaker John Diehl after shameful sexting scandal http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article20979834.html#storylink=rss Missouri House Speaker John Diehl’s sexting scandal involving a female college freshman was wrong on so many levels that it was incredible he didn’t resign immediately when The Star published the story on Wednesday. But by Thursday — thankfully —he was on his way out.

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Thu, 14 May 2015 09:31:42 CDT

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Downtown Kansas City hotel deal raises four key questions http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article20865828.html#storylink=rss We’re going to hear plenty of grandiose promises from those promoting the proposed 800-room downtown hotel — and some awful-sounding horror stories from those opposed to it. That makes today a good time to look at four key questions.

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Wed, 13 May 2015 17:24:30 CDT

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Sure, Kansas City isn’t Baltimore, but can’t we do even better? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article20378064.html#storylink=rss The list of needs is long, the dollars are short and priorities will have to be set in the months ahead to revive Kansas City’s East Side. The city has some solid leaders in place who must meet the challenge of making the proper decisions.

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Wed, 06 May 2015 17:29:37 CDT

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Kansas GOP lawmakers crush Uber, snub Gov. Sam Brownback http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article20283774.html#storylink=rss Kansas legislators on Tuesday crushed Uber and snubbed Gov. Sam Brownback. The Republican-dominated Senate and House easily voted to override Brownback’s late-April veto of a bill that would impose new rules on Uber, the ride-hailing company out of California.

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Tue, 05 May 2015 15:29:06 CDT

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Kansas GOP issues perfectly angry response to waitress’ snub of Sam Brownback http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article20194380.html#storylink=rss The story about waitress Chloe Hough criticizing Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s education policies has drawn a rebuke from Clay Barker, the state’s top Republican party official. And it’s perfect — as in perfectly capturing just how dense the GOP can be when it comes to trying to defend Brownback’s policies and the damage they are doing to the state of Kansas.

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Mon, 04 May 2015 13:51:13 CDT

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Marilyn Mosby’s right: Prosecute bad police officers to protect good cops http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article20026263.html#storylink=rss Bad cops walk the streets of cities across America. The challenge is to get them off U.S. police forces, which will help the great majority of community-minded officers better serve and protect the public.

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Fri, 01 May 2015 13:28:39 CDT

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Miracle in Jefferson City: GOP senators have approved a gas tax increase http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article19955784.html#storylink=rss contains illegal HTML markup:

Just days ago some Missouri lawmakers were saying an increase in the state’s gasoline tax was dead. But Thursday brought a big surprise. And it’s a good one for the long-term health of Missouri’s roads and bridges.

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Thu, 30 Apr 2015 15:26:09 CDT

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Sam Brownback can stop sweating; at least Kansas’ April revenue shortfall wasn’t a disaster http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article19967514.html#storylink=rss Gov. Sam Brownback and other tax-cut supporters can breath a little easier. April was another bummer of a month when it came to revenues in Kansas — but not the kind of shocking development that occurred last April.

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Thu, 30 Apr 2015 17:00:19 CDT

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Behind-the-scenes deal kept Uber in Kansas City http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article19902165.html#storylink=rss The great Uber controversy of 2015 is over. At least so far. But how did the special interest deal to keep Uber operating in Kansas City get put together behind the scenes and pass without the benefit of a public hearing?

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Wed, 29 Apr 2015 17:49:56 CDT

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Stop defending City Council members’ inexcusably late tax payments http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article19860228.html#storylink=rss Jim Glover loves being paid by Kansas City taxpayers to serve on the City Council, where he enjoys the power to help decide how hundreds of millions in taxes are spent every year. What Glover doesn’t do is pay his own personal property taxes on time, a trait shared by far too many council members.

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Wed, 29 Apr 2015 09:43:08 CDT

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Bishop Robert Finn’s repulsive role in Catholic ordinations http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article19792638.html#storylink=rss Robert W. Finn is a disgraced Catholic bishop who has announced his resignation as leader of the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese and should not be presiding at the priestly ordinations of new deacons next month.

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Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:32:48 CDT

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Are you a KC streetcar lover — or streetcar hater? (poll) http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article19354107.html#storylink=rss Like it or not, Kansas City’s streetcar line is getting closer to reality. This easy poll will show whether you love — hate — this project.

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Thu, 23 Apr 2015 21:12:33 CDT

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New Missouri fake racist tourism ad: ‘We’re White. We Have Fun’ (video) http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article19305678.html#storylink=rss Missouri has had a lot to be ashamed about in recent months when it comes to racial issues. But, hey, at last we have the guys and gals at the website Funny or Die to put everything in perspective with a new, fake ad about tourism in the Show-Me State.

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Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:05:12 CDT

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Two Johnson Countians offer two flawed Kansas budget plans http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article19260036.html#storylink=rss Who’s going to save Kansas’ schools, its pension systems and its roads from possible ruin because of the costly income tax cuts put in place by Gov. Sam Brownback and the Legislature? Well, “save” might be too strong. Let’s rephrase: What can House Speaker Ray Merrick of Stilwell and Sen. Jim Denning of Overland Park contribute to the cause?

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Wed, 22 Apr 2015 17:14:48 CDT

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Kansas plummets to 39th worst jobs growth rate in nation over last year http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article19220406.html#storylink=rss contains illegal HTML markup:

It’s broken record time in Kansas: The new national report released by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that Kansas had the 39th worst jobs growth record over the last year.

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Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:05:09 CDT

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Sam Brownback and Kansans slammed with new dose of bad budget news http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article19078119.html#storylink=rss Monday was another dark day for Kansans hoping to see better state services in the future. With revenues coming in lower than expect, Gov. Sam Brownback and the Legislature will have to keep cutting services, borrowing money and raising other taxes just to balance the budget.

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Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:31:49 CDT

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Kansas GOP leader pushes deceitful budget packed with seven tax increases http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article19010619.html#storylink=rss contains illegal HTML markup:

Kansas State Sen. Jim Denning of Overland Park is pushing a complex proposal that might generate $600 million to balance the state budget. Here’s the deceitful, even hypocritical, part of Denning’s plan: He is pushing seven tax increases to help generate more than half that money.

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Sun, 19 Apr 2015 21:16:57 CDT

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Kansas City Royals mirror a city battling for national respect http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article18955722.html#storylink=rss Many — but far from all — Kansas City Royals baseball fans seem to be taking their cue from Mayor Sly James right now. He says the city’s days of being ignored by the rest of the nation should be over. And the Royals seem to be making a good case that the entire sport of baseball better give them more respect, too.

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Sun, 19 Apr 2015 18:06:32 CDT

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New Kansas jobs report wipes the smile off Gov. Sam Brownback’s face http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article18751845.html#storylink=rss The latest jobs report for Kansas released Friday just wiped the smile off Gov. Sam Brownback’s face, as employment fell by 2,400 in March. Overall, the state now has gained just 1,900 jobs in 2015.

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Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:15:40 CDT

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Sly James’ embarrassing late-tax problems get even worse http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article18720510.html#storylink=rss The tax-related problems of Kansas City Mayor Sly James are worse than initially reported. He’s failed to pay his personal property taxes on time for the last three years. That’s embarrassing.

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Thu, 16 Apr 2015 18:14:07 CDT

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Jeff Roe’s lips are moving but is he telling the truth? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article18656616.html#storylink=rss contains illegal HTML markup:

Finally coming out of hiding, political consultant Jeff Roe now says he paid for the radio ad that attacked Republican Tom Schweich days before the Missouri auditor committed suicide. Roe also claims Catherine Hanaway — the GOP gubernatorial candidate he favored over Schweich — knew nothing about the ad. But a form filed Wednesday with the Missouri Ethics Commission reveals a few interesting tidbits.

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Wed, 15 Apr 2015 07:00:00 CDT

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Mayor Sly James can be hotheaded, which can be good or bad http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article18624132.html#storylink=rss Mayor Sly James appears ready to rumble with anyone who crosses him, which can be a pretty entertaining sight for Kansas Citians. Being in a bit of a bad mood seems to be more common than ever for James, though, and that’s not always a good look for the city’s top politician.

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Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:14:17 CDT

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Mayor Sly James offers weak excuse for his late tax payment http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article18596814.html#storylink=rss It’s true: Many people fail to pay their personal or house property taxes on time in Jackson County. This is also true: One of those persons should not have been Mayor Sly James.

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Wed, 15 Apr 2015 13:47:05 CDT

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Catherine Hanaway takes the reins of foolish no-new-taxes posse http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article18543266.html#storylink=rss Catherine Hanaway trots out the same anti-government nonsense that elected officials — paid with tax dollars, naturally — use every time the possibility of higher taxes comes up.

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Tue, 14 Apr 2015 19:50:11 CDT

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In Sen. Will Kraus’ simplistic world, it’s OK to attack public transit and defend Jeff Roe http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article18372641.html#storylink=rss Will Kraus offers the kind of simplistic, unthinking world view Missourians have come to expect from one-note politicians who want to burnish their ultra-conservative stances every chance they get.

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Sun, 12 Apr 2015 22:56:10 CDT

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Mayor Sly James lashes out at Uber, which returns fire http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article18115721.html#storylink=rss contains illegal HTML markup:

Kansas City Mayor Sly James is gaining a reputation as a guy who can get angry and speak his mind. It happened again Thursday when the City Council passed rules governing the future of Uber and other ride-hailing companies in the city. Uber engaged by threatening to leave town, so that’s pretty much where things sat as of Friday.

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Fri, 10 Apr 2015 10:56:59 CDT

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Cordish’s sweetheart deal builds luxury apartments on the public’s dime http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article18105788.html#storylink=rss Gget this much straight: The current City Council will rubberstamp the Cordish Co.’s plan to use excessive public subsidies to build a new luxury apartment tower downtown, even though hundreds upon hundreds of apartments are being built in downtown right now, indicating there’s a huge interest from people in living in the urban core.

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Fri, 10 Apr 2015 09:50:59 CDT

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Taxpayers on hook for $225,000 discrimination lawsuit tied to ex-Kansas City Council member http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article17969660.html#storylink=rss contains illegal HTML markup:

The ugly legacy of Michael Brooks’ embarrassing tenure on the Kansas City Council continued Thursday. An ordinance would put taxpayers on the hook for paying $225,000 to settle a sex discrimination lawsuit filed by a former aide to Brooks.

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Thu, 09 Apr 2015 15:05:14 CDT

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