<![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 Kansas countdown, T-minus 4 days: Ex-GOP governors blast Brownback, but who’s listening? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article92429397.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 06:00:00 CDT

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Kansas countdown, T-minus 5 days: Cash can help GOP moderates weaken Sam Brownback http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article92211292.html#storylink=rss Moderate Republican candidates in Johnson County are raising significant amounts of money

But will it be enough to topple incumbent, ultraconservatives next Tuesday?

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Wed, 27 Jul 2016 17:12:20 CDT

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Kansas countdown, T-minus 6 days: How GOP incumbents hope to win next Tuesday http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article91995567.html#storylink=rss The supporters of Gov. Sam Brownback are linking Hillary Clinton to other Republicans

And these ultracons are misleading voters on the Kansas budget and job growth

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Wed, 27 Jul 2016 06:00:00 CDT

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Kansas countdown, T-minus 7 days: GOP moderates boosted by Overland Park Chamber’s scorecard http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article91798952.html#storylink=rss The Overland Park Chamber of Commerce released interesting data on Monday

Incumbent Republican House members did not often enough support the chamber’s priorities

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Tue, 26 Jul 2016 06:00:00 CDT

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Please clap: Kansas jobs are up but so is unemployment rate http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article91256032.html#storylink=rss Kansas gained 4,800 jobs in June, though annual growth rate was still seventh worst in nation

Unemployment rate went to 3.8 percent, up a tick from 3.7 percent

Missouri tied for ninth worst job growth rate in country

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Fri, 22 Jul 2016 10:33:05 CDT

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Dear Sam Brownback: Here’s ‘what hasn’t worked’ in Kansas http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article91033817.html#storylink=rss Kansas governor told Republican delegates Thursday he doesn’t get credit for good news in the state

But truth be told, the problems are widespread and well-documented

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Thu, 21 Jul 2016 12:52:07 CDT

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Kansas City Zoo provides a great escape from the real world http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article90845977.html#storylink=rss With all the trouble in the world, Kansas Citians have a fine asset to visit on a daily basis

A tax increase and prudent spending have created a first-class zoo

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Wed, 20 Jul 2016 15:33:24 CDT

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New poll shows Sam Brownback’s coattails are very, very short http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article90594907.html#storylink=rss Even most Republicans gave the Kansas governor low favorability ratings in a recent poll

That could hurt GOP incumbents who support Brownback but face moderate challengers in Aug. 2 primaries

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Wed, 20 Jul 2016 06:00:00 CDT

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Johnson County voters in GOP primaries must curb Sam Brownback’s powers http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article89329442.html#storylink=rss The primaries for House and Senate will decide how much power Gov. Sam Brownback has in 2017

Moderate Republicans need to oust ultraconservative incumbents in advance voting that starts Thursday

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Wed, 13 Jul 2016 11:09:20 CDT

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Kris Kobach gets sneaky with voting rights of 17,000 Kansans http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article89110057.html#storylink=rss Secretary of State waited until the last minute to ask for ruling on his restrictive voting law

Essentially, people won’t be able to vote in local and state elections

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Tue, 12 Jul 2016 13:10:19 CDT

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That’s brutal: Kansas next-to-last among U.S. states in personal income growth http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article88247402.html#storylink=rss Kansans’ per capita income went up $111 in 2014, far below the $897 average in the United States

The latest figures show Kansas continues to lag most other states in this crucial measurement

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Thu, 07 Jul 2016 15:12:21 CDT

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Kansas City’s ‘new’ City Council takes baby steps forward — and backward http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article87987287.html#storylink=rss After almost a year in office, elected officials have done some good stuff

But they also haven’t been as transparent as promised, and that’s been a problem

They need to deal with complicated issues including liquor laws and public incentives

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Wed, 06 Jul 2016 13:50:02 CDT

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In latest Kansas revenue fiasco, it’s still the tax cuts, stupid http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article87210507.html#storylink=rss Bad news: Kansas revenues were below expectations in June and more budget cuts are ahead

Worse news: Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax cuts will continue to damage public services for 3 million Kansans

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Fri, 01 Jul 2016 15:26:15 CDT

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The 10 most popular columns slamming Sam Brownback so far in 2016 http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article86816737.html#storylink=rss According to Star readers, here are the most popular columns I’ve written about Brownback this year

The columns highlight the governor’s problems with creating jobs and public revenues

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Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:09:26 CDT

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How the good old GOP boys got beat in Topeka and Kansas kids won http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article86616012.html#storylink=rss Extremist Republican lawmakers appeared ready to cut Kansas school funds by $13 million last week

But that didn’t happen, because moderate GOP members and Democrats backed a better plan

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Wed, 29 Jun 2016 10:44:22 CDT

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Johnson County’s GOP primaries turn white-hot as Wednesday event looms http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article86446262.html#storylink=rss Moderate Republicans have plenty of chances to get rid of Sam Brownback’s legislative supporters

An event Wednesday night should help voters in the Blue Valley area make their own choices

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Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:18:48 CDT

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Yael T. Abouhalkah has an order: Visit the Kansas City Zoo http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article90838377.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 15:43:34 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article90838377.html In stunning rebuke, ex-Kansas governors lambaste Sam Brownback’s ‘destructive policies’ http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article85812392.html#storylink=rss Two Republicans and two Democrats wrote the letter issued Friday

It takes a unified stance against the path Brownback has the state on with costly tax cuts

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Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:40:21 CDT

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Poll results: Thumbs up to new KCI, more bike lanes but not to streetcar expansion http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article85274282.html#storylink=rss Readers want to spend more on better airport, added police and affordable downtown housing

But they said no to longer streetcar (barely), Northland upgrades and 18th & Vine plan

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Wed, 22 Jun 2016 11:53:10 CDT

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Kansas City vs. Cleveland: And the winner is ... http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article85193212.html#storylink=rss Cleveland recently ended decades of sports futility and will have a parade on Wednesday

But will it attract as many as Kansas City’s did after the Royals won the World Series in 2015?

In fact, how do Kansas City and Cleveland stack up against each other in crime, population, other data?

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Tue, 21 Jun 2016 21:19:25 CDT

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Yael Abouhalkah: Kansas kids are more important than reckless tax cuts http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article84869382.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 15:13:55 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article84869382.html Sam Brownback gets blasted for his misleading unemployment claim http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article84771202.html#storylink=rss Kansas governor tweets that state has low unemployment rate, which is correct

However, the biggest news is that the number of jobs is actually falling in Kansas

Kansans get on Twitter to point that out and to blame the governor for causing problems in the state

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Mon, 20 Jun 2016 06:15:00 CDT

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Boo: Kansas now 33,000 jobs behind Sam Brownback’s 2014 campaign pledge http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article84358317.html#storylink=rss The Sunflower State has actually lost 700 jobs since May 2015

And Kansas is gaining only 100 jobs a month, not 2,000 a month, as Brownback predicted

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Fri, 17 Jun 2016 09:44:20 CDT

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Poll: 10 ways to spend other people’s money in Kansas City http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article83981732.html#storylink=rss Plenty of priorities are being discussed by Kansas Citians, including Mayor Sly James and the City Council

Take the poll to say how you might spend other people’s money on these 10 issues

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Wed, 15 Jun 2016 15:39:25 CDT

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Kris Kobach knuckles under to court in major victory for thousands of Kansas voters http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article83865987.html#storylink=rss Kansas secretary of state finally obeys court order to register what could turn out to be 50,000 voters

The court properly said federal law trumps Kobach’s voter ID law

Kobach caused the problem, and it’s up to county election officials to make sure people are registered

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Wed, 15 Jun 2016 01:38:29 CDT

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Stop praying. Start acting on gay rights, gun laws, government change http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article83482837.html#storylink=rss The Orlando massacre has torn the scab off too many Americans’ hatred of gay people

Stop bowing to the NRA plus other gun groups and outlaw military-style weapons

The 2016 elections give voters the opportunities to elect better leaders for turbulent times

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Mon, 13 Jun 2016 13:16:24 CDT

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Gun industry, NRA leaders and Congress have enabled killers in America http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article83329397.html#storylink=rss An assault weapon helped a reported terrorist engage in a mass killing in Orlando

The National Rifle Association has blood on its hands because of its long-time support for loose gun laws

So do a spineless Congress and a blood-soaked gun industry

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Sun, 12 Jun 2016 14:46:24 CDT

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Kris Kobach must stop violating voting rights of up to 50,000 Kansans http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article83192637.html#storylink=rss Kansas Secretary of State was slapped down by a court for his illegal voting law

Kobach needs to make it easier for Kansans to vote, not harder

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 08:34:51 CDT

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New Kansas poll: Hillary Clinton is hot but Sam Brownback and Legislature are very cold http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article83006987.html#storylink=rss Surprise: Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump in the red state of Kansas in a legitimate poll out today

No surprise: Kansans are deeply and correctly disappointed in the performance of their elected officials

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 12:16:32 CDT

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Hillary Clinton just slammed Donald Trump where it really hurts — on Twitter http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article82832577.html#storylink=rss The presumptive Democratic nominee took to Twitter Thursday afternoon and fired away

Her slam at the presumptive Republican nominee sent off a flurry of positive and negative responses

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Thu, 09 Jun 2016 16:10:52 CDT

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