<![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 Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure profanely attacks T-Mobile’s John Legere — who then bites back http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article26033710.html#storylink=rss Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure got a little profane late Wednesday in a Twitter trash-talk exchange with T-Mobile leader John Legere — who fired back Thursday. Claure obviously is willing to up the ante on social media in his attempt to take the Overland Park-based company to a higher level.

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Thu, 02 Jul 2015 00:18:32 CDT

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Northland muscles up as a key asset for Kansas City’s future http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article26003989.html#storylink=rss Surprise: If you look at where people are choosing to live in the Kansas City area, the Northland these days is competing in many ways on an equal footing with Johnson County.

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Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:49:00 CDT

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Missouri now gaining more jobs than Kansas in KC area, but don’t tell Gov. Sam Brownback http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article25979929.html#storylink=rss Ouch: The number of jobs on the Kansas side of the state line in the Kansas City area is going the wrong way in 2015. Since December, the Kansas side has lost 2,000 jobs. But the Missouri side has gained 2,800 jobs in that five-month span.

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Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:15:29 CDT

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Dismal budget news just blocked out the sun in Gov. Sam Brownback’s Kansas http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article25871074.html#storylink=rss Sorry, Gov. Sam Brownback, but the sun just stopped shining in Kansas. Again. Officials announced Tuesday afternoon that state revenues fell $22.5 million short of expectations in June. That’s a hefty decline of 4.1 percent.

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Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:09:31 CDT

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Fake complaints about Kauffman Stadium food hurt Royals, Aramark and taxpayers http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article25761808.html#storylink=rss The Kansas City Royals are attracting fans in record numbers to Kauffman Stadium this year — and some of those fans are finding plenty to complain about when it comes to eating there. However, it turns out some of the recent criticism was fake.

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Mon, 29 Jun 2015 12:34:29 CDT

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Courts rule against Gov. Sam Brownback’s positions on schools, gays and abortion http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article25590397.html#storylink=rss Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback sounded really cranky Friday. And who could blame him? It’s been a bad 24 or so hours for the Republican leader of the Sunflower State, especially when it comes to court decisions.

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Fri, 26 Jun 2015 13:42:38 CDT

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GOP lawmakers embarrass Kansas but fortunately don’t punish Valdenia Winn for ‘racist bigots’ remark http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article25524430.html#storylink=rss Good move: A few GOP lawmakers on Friday helped kill a complaint against state Rep. Valdenia Winn for using the term “racist bigots” back in March. But sorry, the damage was already done. It was just another example of how the Republican-dominated Legislature keeps creating bad national publicity for the state of Kansas.

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Thu, 25 Jun 2015 17:59:17 CDT

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More women, blacks and youths will steer the Kansas City Council http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article25441840.html#storylink=rss The new Kansas City Council will feature more women, blacks, youths and controversy than the current model now operating at City Hall. The upshot: Exciting and probably productive times are ahead, thanks to voters’ choices on Tuesday.

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Wed, 24 Jun 2015 17:34:42 CDT

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Here are 12 top takeaways from Kansas City’s elections http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article25380607.html#storylink=rss Kansas City voters decided Tuesday that the next City Council will feature more women and more black members. Here are some other takeaways about the elections that very few voters helped decide, unfortunately.

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Tue, 23 Jun 2015 22:07:50 CDT

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New, whopping loss of jobs sabotages Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax-cut strategy http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article24965164.html#storylink=rss That giant sucking sound Kansans heard in May was the loss of a whopping 3,800 jobs from the Sunflower State economy. The news could hardly have been worse for Gov. Sam Brownback, who has continually claimed his 2012 tax cuts for business owners would bring more employment to Kansas.

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Fri, 19 Jun 2015 09:46:26 CDT

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Weak Kansas jobs market one of nation’s worst over last 12 months http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article25150633.html#storylink=rss The Kansas jobs market is not just one of the worst in the nation at the present time. It’s one of the worst, by several measures, over the last year. The unemployment rate is up. The civilian labor force is down. Employment is growing weakly.

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Mon, 22 Jun 2015 10:17:12 CDT

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Looks like Jeff Roe is baaack: Attack ad targets City Council member Dick Davis http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article24908320.html#storylink=rss A group linked to odious campaign consultant Jeff Roe has sent out a flier that unfairly attacks City Council member Dick Davis.

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Thu, 18 Jun 2015 16:42:18 CDT

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Is it just me, or is all of Kansas City pumped for next Tuesday’s elections? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article24795985.html#storylink=rss It’s incredibly exciting to think that hordes of Kansas Citians are preparing to march to the polls on Tuesday to select a mayor and 12 City Council members. Hey, a political junkie can dream, OK?

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Wed, 17 Jun 2015 15:10:15 CDT

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Johnson County socked by new $37 million sales tax increase in reckless Kansas budget http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article24558076.html#storylink=rss Here’s one fact that wasn’t part of the dog-and-pony show Tuesday morning when Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed a budget bill that includes the largest tax increase in state history: The sales tax burden on people who shop in Johnson County could soar $37 million a year.

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Mon, 15 Jun 2015 22:56:30 CDT

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That cackling sound is Gov. Sam Brownback having last laugh on Kansans http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article23827357.html#storylink=rss Gov. Sam Brownback on Friday scored his second greatest victory as the leader of Kansas government. The Legislature took the spineless way out and approved the largest tax increase in state history. It was badly needed to fill the huge budget hole created by Brownback’s greatest “victory” — income tax cuts he pushed in 2012 for thousands of businesses.

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Fri, 12 Jun 2015 04:18:34 CDT

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Kansas House taken hostage as 2015 Legislature becomes a national farce http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article23748442.html#storylink=rss The 2015 Kansas Legislature devolved into a farce Thursday morning as House members were locked in their chamber and essentially taken hostage for more than two hours.

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Thu, 11 Jun 2015 09:57:51 CDT

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Kansas City region’s No. 1 problem? Yep, it’s still slow job growth http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article23679226.html#storylink=rss The Kansas City region continues to trail most of its peers around the country when it comes to the No. 1 way to build a better economy and better future — which is to add employment. The metropolitan area needs to be more like, say, job-rich Nashville and Raleigh and a lot less like stagnant St. Louis and Cleveland.

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Wed, 10 Jun 2015 15:21:54 CDT

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Go ahead, make Gov. Sam Brownback’s day: Pass higher taxes, or he shoots the schools http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article23640895.html#storylink=rss Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback appears willing to figuratively shoot already-beleaguered school districts in the foot, making them bear further financial pain because his cherished income tax breaks for businesses have drained hundreds of million of dollars from state services.

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Wed, 10 Jun 2015 02:27:30 CDT

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Five feckless Johnson County GOP senators help pass largest Kansas tax increase ever http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article23490580.html#storylink=rss The Kansas Senate could not have passed the largest tax increase in state history Sunday without the help of five irresponsible Johnson County Republican lawmakers.

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Mon, 08 Jun 2015 07:37:29 CDT

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Voodoo economics scheme runs out of steam for Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article23356917.html#storylink=rss How long can the Kansas Legislature — which entered its record-breaking 108th day of the session on Sunday — hold off on changing Gov. Sam Brownback’s unfair tax breaks. They are siphoning hundreds of millions of dollars from a budget needed to provide services to Kansans.

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Sun, 07 Jun 2015 12:50:07 CDT

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Spineless Kansas Legislature faces furlough Friday challenge http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article23175423.html#storylink=rss As furlough loom for thousands of state employees, the Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature entered Friday with no clear path toward passing a final budget and tax plan. Oh, but they have plenty of bad ideas still to discuss.

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Fri, 05 Jun 2015 09:22:25 CDT

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Gov. Sam Brownback and Johnson County lawmakers help drive the Kansas clown car http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article23011029.html#storylink=rss Plenty of people are piling on Gov. Sam Brownback these days, for good reasons. But others in Topeka — especially some Johnson County lawmakers — have had leading roles in creating the nationally embarrassing mess in the Kansas Legislature.

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Wed, 03 Jun 2015 12:30:04 CDT

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Gutsy KCK Superintendent Cynthia Lane confronts Gov. Sam Brownback on school funding http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article22849515.html#storylink=rss Superintendent Cynthia Lane has made some tough decisions in the last week trying to balance the budget of the Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools District. So Lane isn’t about to take any guff from Gov. Sam Brownback and his office about the new school funding law.

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Tue, 02 Jun 2015 00:14:11 CDT

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Meet Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, Mr. Irrelevant? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article22780182.html#storylink=rss Well, this is embarrassing for Gov. Sam Brownback: In the space of 36 hours, he appeared to become Mr. Irrelevant to Kansans and their state lawmakers.

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Sun, 31 May 2015 23:20:34 CDT

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Put Gov. Sam Brownback in ‘jail,’ plus other money-making schemes in Kansas http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article22679760.html#storylink=rss Kansas lawmakers this weekend are desperately trying to find good ways to raise money to balance the new budget. Gov. Sam Brownback is expected to weigh in soon with his plan to fill the $400 million hole. But how about thinking outside the box for once?

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Sat, 30 May 2015 01:17:01 CDT

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Tax-cut fiasco haunts Sam Brownback and Kansas lawmakers as chaotic session nears end http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article22593597.html#storylink=rss As the Kansas Legislature battles to balance the new state budget, everyone from Gov. Sam Brownback on down seems incapable of dealing with the ugly reality that stares them in the face.

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Fri, 29 May 2015 08:56:35 CDT

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Let’s skip ahead and peek at Kansas City’s 2019 mayoral race http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article22453161.html#storylink=rss Kansas City’s 2015 mayoral contest is a dud. So let’s talk about the 2019 race instead. At least several City Council members elected on June 23 will have their eyes on a more powerful office, not just for personal glory but because they believe they have what it takes to make Kansas City a better place to live.

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Wed, 27 May 2015 15:25:43 CDT

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Despite Sam Brownback’s pledge, Kansas now trails 44 other states in adding new jobs in 2015 http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article22414056.html#storylink=rss The new national jobs report for April, released Wednesday, shows Kansas now trails 44 other states and the District of Columbia in total nonfarm job creation in the first four months of 2015.

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Wed, 27 May 2015 09:17:03 CDT

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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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