<![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 Gov. Sam Brownback can run but he can’t hide http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article29187202.html#storylink=rss Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s staff revealed Tuesday that he does not plan to be present Friday when state officials unveil how he plans to slice $50 million from the budget. The development is absurd but also predictable.

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:12:49 CDT

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Kansas City metropolitan area thumps St. Louis in new population growth http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article28605484.html#storylink=rss New population data from the U.S. Census Bureau show the two largest metropolitan regions in Missouri growing at far different paces. Good news, Kansas City boosters: We trump the St. Louis area when it comes to being an attractive place to live.

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Sat, 25 Jul 2015 17:22:00 CDT

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Oops: Sam Brownback uses wrong figures for Kansas teachers’ salaries, damages his credibility http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article28658095.html#storylink=rss In another blow to his credibility, Gov. Sam Brownback at a press conference on Friday used wrong information to make his case that Kansas teachers make far more money than teachers in Missouri.

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Fri, 24 Jul 2015 17:55:54 CDT

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Reckless gun-toting civilians should stay away from military recruiting centers http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article28409476.html#storylink=rss The armed civilians showing up this week at military recruiting centers around the country look like people irresponsibly acting out their fantasies. These gun nuts foolishly appear to be almost hoping to get involved in some kind of shootout with a terrorist.

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Thu, 23 Jul 2015 11:58:08 CDT

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Final grade for Kansas City Council veterans is a solid B http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article28351411.html#storylink=rss Cindy Circo, Melba Curls, Ed Ford, Russ Johnson, Jan Marcason and John Sharp are set to attend their final Kansas City Council meetings on Thursday. Bottom line question: How well did they serve the city’s residents?

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Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:54:30 CDT

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Woeful new jobs figures should embarrass Govs. Sam Brownback and Jay Nixon http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article28005712.html#storylink=rss Job growth has been plodding along in Kansas and Missouri for months. The new figures released Tuesday indicate both states have been among the worst in the nation over the entire last year.

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Tue, 21 Jul 2015 10:01:50 CDT

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Kansas jobs jumped in June, but Gov. Sam Brownback better not celebrate yet http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article27483376.html#storylink=rss Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback just got some encouraging news Friday: His state gained a solid 5,700 jobs in June. But the new state report revealed a few discouraging facts as well.

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Fri, 17 Jul 2015 09:47:18 CDT

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Questionable plan emerges to charge people to walk on Westport’s streets http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article27401818.html#storylink=rss Here’s a word of advice to Westport and Kansas City officials as they ponder whether to charge people who want to walk on streets at certain times in the popular entertainment district. Not so fast.

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Thu, 16 Jul 2015 11:49:18 CDT

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Streetcar line’s top priority is to spur redevelopment in downtown Kansas City http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article27326563.html#storylink=rss Earlier this week, I walked a five-block stretch of Main — from 20th Street north to Truman Road — to get a closer look at current and planned private-sector development along the new streetcar line. My conclusion: There’s much positive work underway but there also are plenty more opportunities for additional activity to occur.

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Wed, 15 Jul 2015 13:40:30 CDT

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Dent County moves to cancel homophobic flag-flying protest of gay marriage http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article27214267.html#storylink=rss After less than 24 hours of looking like dummies on the national stage, Dent County officials appear ready to make a sane decision. They reportedly will rescind a move they made to fly the U.S. flag at half mast outside the courthouse starting in late July to protest the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in favor of gay marriage

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Tue, 14 Jul 2015 11:35:56 CDT

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New population figures reveal Omaha is catching Kansas City plus other distressing facts http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article27165205.html#storylink=rss As new U.S. Census Bureau estimates make clear, Omaha in the next decade or even earlier could surge past Kansas City in population. And that’s just one of the unsettling facts I found in the Census figures released this month.

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Mon, 13 Jul 2015 16:49:18 CDT

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Warning: Things don’t always go as planned in Kansas City http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article26770528.html#storylink=rss Over the years, suggestions on creating a better quality of life in Kansas City have fallen into two general categories. Some proposals work out as hoped, maybe even better. Then there are the big ideas that get funded but fail to have the promised impact.

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Wed, 08 Jul 2015 14:57:04 CDT

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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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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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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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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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