<![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 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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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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Sprawl is still king in Kansas City and Johnson County http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article82492682.html#storylink=rss Yes, downtown is on the comeback trail, but it’s not for everyone

Indeed, plenty of evidence exists that people still want to work and live in suburban locations

Consider the Cerner Trails campus, the Twin Creeks housing area and the Johnson County Gateway Project

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Wed, 08 Jun 2016 11:00:44 CDT

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New war of words escalates Kansas schools crisis http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article81952782.html#storylink=rss Over the weekend, Kansas leaders offer wide range of opinions on Supreme Court ruling

Lawmakers from both parties are talking about whether schools will be open after June 30

Gov. Sam Brownback needs to call a special session of Legislature, but has not done so yet

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Sun, 05 Jun 2016 17:41:31 CDT

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Angry Kansans to Sam Brownback: Keep our children’s schools open http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article81321467.html#storylink=rss The looming constitutional crisis in Kansas is concerning a lot of people

When the governor defends his lack of movement on school funding on Twitter, people fight back

And they aren’t in a complimentary mood

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Thu, 02 Jun 2016 09:50:58 CDT

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Full Kansas meltdown: revenue woes, no school funding plan, transgender bigotry http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article81199182.html#storylink=rss Kansas tax revenues fell far short of estimates on Wednesday

Kansas Legislature didn’t act on school funding

But it wasted time passing a meaningless “bathroom” bill regarding transgender students

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Wed, 01 Jun 2016 16:34:39 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 Summer musings on the streetcar line, Kansas politics and Sly James http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article80888547.html#storylink=rss The downtown Kansas City streetcar line is great so far, but...

Voters need to clean up the mess in Kansas, starting Aug. 2

Mayor Sly James faces new challenges in getting his way

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Wed, 01 Jun 2016 05:00:00 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 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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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 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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