<![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 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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Jeff Roe comes out of hiding to pump up Ted Cruz’s presidential bid http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article17935559.html#storylink=rss contains illegal HTML markup:

Pugnacious political consultant Jeff Roe of Kansas City has been running from the media ever since Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich’s suicide. But this week, Roe surfaced in big-time style, quoted at length in an exclusive puff piece on Breitbart.com, parading around as a top adviser to newly announced Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz.

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Thu, 09 Apr 2015 09:31:22 CDT

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Check out the surprises that popped up in Kansas City area elections http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article17859515.html#storylink=rss Elections have a way of proving the experts wrong. That’s what happened Tuesday in several Kansas City area elections. Here are a few examples of how things didn’t turn out as pundits might have predicted.

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Wed, 08 Apr 2015 12:41:19 CDT

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Jeff Roe was the biggest loser in Kansas City’s primaries http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article17813666.html#storylink=rss Four candidates for the Kansas City Council say they hired Jeff Roe’s Axiom Strategies to help them win in Tuesday night’s primaries. Roe, the badly tarnished Kansas City area political consultant who uses slimy tactics to try to win elections, couldn’t help pull any of the candidates through to victory.

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Tue, 07 Apr 2015 22:33:22 CDT

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Unruly youth on Country Club Plaza reignite racial controversy http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article17532176.html#storylink=rss Using the ‘n’ word, jumping onto the hoods of cars and finally running from the police, a group of black youth Saturday night helped reignite the controversy over how teenagers are treated in general on the Country Club Plaza.

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Mon, 06 Apr 2015 10:46:35 CDT

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Choose your poison in Kansas City’s mayoral race: Clay Chastain vs. Vincent Lee (poll) http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article17472386.html#storylink=rss Even if Kansas City Mayor Sly James gets, say, 80 percent of the votes in Tuesday’s primary, he will have to spend the next 11 weeks campaigning against another mayoral candidate who also will make it to the June 23 general election. So choose your poison, voters: Will it be Clay Chastain or Vincent Lee?

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Sun, 05 Apr 2015 19:15:21 CDT

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Multimillionaire Rex Sinquefield uses wrong jobs data defending Gov. Sam Brownback in Forbes http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article17279162.html#storylink=rss St. Louis multimillionaire Rex Sinquefield, in a new Forbes.com article, praises Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s income tax cuts, saying they are “making Kansas a more prosperous state.” As it turns out, Sinquefield should have sprung for some fact checkers before turning in his sloppy piece.

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Fri, 03 Apr 2015 03:52:47 CDT

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Gun-loving bullies win again in Kansas and even Massachusetts http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article17211188.html#storylink=rss The push by gun-loving bullies to put weapons in the hands of almost anyone, almost everywhere and almost anyhow they can continued Thursday in ultra-conservative Kansas and even in liberal Massachusetts.

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Thu, 02 Apr 2015 11:47:53 CDT

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Dear Kansas City voters: Focus on these five key City Council races http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article17136659.html#storylink=rss Please stop paying attention to the no-contest mayoral election and start watching some crucial City Council races. Kansas Citians deserve a strong, diverse and well-informed 12-member council. The top two vote-getters in council primaries on Tuesday will face off in the June 23 general election.

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Wed, 01 Apr 2015 16:50:52 CDT

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Latest fiscal follies in Kansas deliver bad news to Sam Brownback and lawmakers http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article17090180.html#storylink=rss Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax cuts keep delivering bad news to residents and the Legislature.

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Wed, 01 Apr 2015 09:32:47 CDT

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How to punish Jeff Roe http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article16719785.html#storylink=rss How can low-road political consultant Jeff Roe — and his clients — be punished? Voters should send them a message, and it’s pretty simple: Say “no” at the ballot box.

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Sat, 28 Mar 2015 20:19:22 CDT

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Tim Huelskamp and Ted Cruz are Obamacare haters — and Obamacare hypocrites http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article16478702.html#storylink=rss contains illegal HTML markup:

Tea party champion and U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas is one of the leading Republican haters of Obamacare, having fruitlessly voted many times in Congress to repeal it. Huelskamp also has just announced that he and his family are enrolled in the federal Affordable Care Act. That makes Huelskamp look like a hypocrite. But, yes, it also makes the Kansas congressman look financially savvy.

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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:06:34 CDT

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Watch Sam Brownback’s victory dance: Kansas jobs just exploded in February http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article16468460.html#storylink=rss Let this sink in for a moment: Kansas gained more total nonfarm jobs in February than Texas did, according to new data released Friday. Gov. Sam Brownback can commence his victory dance right ... now.

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Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:02:18 CDT

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Kansas has the Cowardly Lion — and cowardly Gov. Sam Brownback http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article16348643.html#storylink=rss contains illegal HTML markup:

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback snuck behind closed doors Wednesday to sign a controversial school funding bill. So why did Brownback take the cowardly way out, rather than have a public signing event that others could have attended? Here are three possible reasons.

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Wed, 25 Mar 2015 23:46:24 CDT

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