<![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 A Kansas mystery: How did GOP senators get key, secret revenue figures? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article75291882.html#storylink=rss State Sen. Forrest Knox had the data at least 12 hours before it was officially released

He said he got it from another Republican senator, and won’t say who

But other elected officials didn’t have the information, even as they debated how to cut the budget

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Tue, 03 May 2016 09:07:40 CDT

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Gov. Sam Brownback stays winning as Kansans keep losing with new, bad budget bill http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article75071192.html#storylink=rss House approved budget shortly after 1 a.m. Monday, Senate finally passed at 3:19 a.m.

But some in the Capitol at Topeka — and in the public — took to Twitter to oppose late-night machinations

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Sun, 01 May 2016 22:19:28 CDT

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Desperate Kansas GOP lawmakers want to ignore history of reckless tax cuts http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article74612282.html#storylink=rss In 2016, some Republicans are suddenly hoping voters ignore what happened in 2012

They say they didn’t mean for the tax cuts to so badly damage the state budget

Ignore that attempt to spin the truth because history reveals what really happened

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Thu, 28 Apr 2016 12:30:00 CDT

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Broken record on jobs: Yes, Missouri still beating Kansas in KC area http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article74419807.html#storylink=rss Gov. Sam Brownback’s income tax cuts not wooing lots of jobs to Sunflower State

Instead, Missouri in March continued its string of adding more employment in the Kansas City region

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Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:18:53 CDT

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The gang that helped Gov. Sam Brownback wreck Kansas http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article74186407.html#storylink=rss The governor has had plenty of assistance in damaging the state’s future

Republican legislators, led by Ray Merrick and Susan Wagle, stand out as prime offenders

The governor’s staff hasn’t helped matters, either

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Wed, 27 Apr 2016 11:22:07 CDT

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New Gov. Sam Brownback letter begs for money, attacks media, ignores reality http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article73807632.html#storylink=rss Governor wants funds to retire debt from his 2014 victory

Letter ignores state’s major financial problems

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Mon, 25 Apr 2016 15:38:12 CDT

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Poll: Should Jackson County rename itself after Andrew Jackson’s fall from grace? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article72857477.html#storylink=rss Former president’s pro-slavery, anti-Indian views hurt his chances of staying on the $20 bill

Jackson County could be named after someone with the same last name but a better reputation

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Wed, 20 Apr 2016 12:20:47 CDT

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Poll results: Welcome to ‘Bo Jackson County’ http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article73297642.html#storylink=rss Andrew Jackson’s fall from grace on the $20 bill led to this poll

Most of 760 responses said don’t rename Jackson County

But if that does happen, former Royals player Bo Jackson led the list

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Fri, 22 Apr 2016 09:35:57 CDT

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Don’t worry Kansans, Gov. Sam Brownback won’t raise your taxes* http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article72791867.html#storylink=rss *At least that’s what his office said this week**

**But things might change if Wednesday’s new budget estimates are woeful

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Tue, 19 Apr 2016 23:12:20 CDT

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Water bills — and tempers — are rising in the Kansas City area http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article72934867.html#storylink=rss Costs for water-related services are surging in Kansas City and its suburbs

A new task force should examine ways to hold down those expenses in Kansas City

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Wed, 20 Apr 2016 16:59:05 CDT

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Missouri Sen. Kurt Schaefer’s bullying on abortion rights wears thin http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article72580207.html#storylink=rss His shameful attacks on Planned Parenthood and MU are designed to gain publicity

But some people are fighting back, while others point out the absurdity of his efforts

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Tue, 19 Apr 2016 01:57:34 CDT

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Johnson County’s Ray Merrick is the often-clueless Kansas House speaker http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article72371517.html#storylink=rss Johnson County Republican doesn’t seem to grasp seriousness of school funding issue

And Merrick doesn’t want to acknowledge the real problems with state budget estimates

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Sun, 17 Apr 2016 18:59:51 CDT

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Poll results: Here are the winners in heaping praise on Gov. Sam Brownback http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article72045292.html#storylink=rss Humorous responses got the most support

But readers who have the governor’s back also voted

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Fri, 15 Apr 2016 13:07:31 CDT

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Ouch: Kansas jobs growth rate ‘surges’ to 0.0 percent over last 12 months http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article72012847.html#storylink=rss Sunflower State has seventh worst employment growth over last 12 months

No surprise: The Brownback tax cuts have not led to new employment

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Fri, 15 Apr 2016 09:46:08 CDT

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Feeling cocky, Kansas City? Here are 10 reasons to stop it http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article71546807.html#storylink=rss Sure, we’ve got some good things to celebrate in this region

But plenty of challenges remain and must be addressed to create a brighter future

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Wed, 13 Apr 2016 10:14:15 CDT

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Kris Kobach offers new, lame defense for his ineptitude on voter ‘fraud’ http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article71512747.html#storylink=rss Kansas secretary of state offers no apology to woman whose name he dragged through the mud

Kobach continues to waste time and taxpayers’ money

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Wed, 13 Apr 2016 00:08:01 CDT

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Yael T. Abouhalkah blasts bad, irresponsible budget bill in Kansas http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article75144162.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 13:36:14 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article75144162.html Vote now in the ‘Praise Gov. Sam Brownback’ contest http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article71679912.html#storylink=rss Help select the winner of a Star Dining Club card

Vote for up to five comments that heap the right kind of praise on the governor

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Wed, 13 Apr 2016 18:05:06 CDT

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Beat back bigoted ‘religious freedom’ bill to save Missouri’s reputation http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article71320127.html#storylink=rss Lawmakers should not approve the discriminatory SJR39

It’s good to see forward-thinking businesses rally against the constitutional amendment

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Tue, 12 Apr 2016 09:29:43 CDT

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It’s contest time: Heap praise on Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article71041042.html#storylink=rss Tired of negative news about the governor? Here’s a chance to fight back

This is a real contest with a real prize: a gift card good at KC area restaurants

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Sun, 10 Apr 2016 14:49:24 CDT

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Yael T. Abouhalkah announces a contest to praise Gov. Sam Brownback http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article71039972.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Sun, 10 Apr 2016 15:04:19 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article71039972.html Kris Kobach is incompetent in Kansas and a national disgrace, too http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article70776837.html#storylink=rss Secretary of State on Friday suddenly dismissed charges in high-profile voter fraud case in Johnson County

Secretary of State’s website had wrong and incomplete voter registration information

Two leading newspapers this week exposed problems with Kobach’s disgraceful “voter fraud” efforts

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Fri, 08 Apr 2016 15:59:03 CDT

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Jobs tank in Kansas, surge in Missouri in Kansas City area http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article70454187.html#storylink=rss Despite Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax cuts, Kansas side of state line suffers

Jobs up five times as fast on Missouri side of state line in last 12 months

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Thu, 07 Apr 2016 08:14:41 CDT

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Taxpayers deserve much better information about Kansas City’s costly tax incentive plans http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article70304697.html#storylink=rss Kansas City needs to provide reports on taxpayer incentives

Mayor Sly James should lead the charge to more clearly explain tax breaks for businesses

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Wed, 06 Apr 2016 13:34:37 CDT

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Two big winners, three colossal losers in Kansas City’s crucial earnings tax victory http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article70183567.html#storylink=rss Mayor Sly James and Kansas City’s business community did a great job with a positive campaign

Voters properly ignored opponents Rex Sinquefield, Kurt Schaefer and the just-say-no crowd

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Tue, 05 Apr 2016 20:50:31 CDT

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Anti-tax group unwittingly exposes how unfair Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax cuts really are http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article69845147.html#storylink=rss Kansas Club for Growth invites Missouri’s small businesses to pay no taxes

That means businesses can enjoy public services without paying taxes

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Mon, 04 Apr 2016 12:00:59 CDT

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Poll: Are Royals’ new metal detectors for fans valuable — or laughable? http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article69711007.html#storylink=rss Royals say new process will help keep fans safe

Detractors say this kind of security is pure “theater” and not about safety at all

What do you think?

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Sun, 03 Apr 2016 09:41:00 CDT

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Kris Kobach’s voter fraud slime now stretches from Johnson County to Washington http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article69408517.html#storylink=rss Kansas secretary of state helped former Johnson County election official get top job in D.C.

Then that person, Brian Newby, issued his own Kobach-style voter restriction rules

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Fri, 01 Apr 2016 09:38:16 CDT

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Dear Bill Self haters on Twitter: Hush up http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article69294582.html#storylink=rss National honor for coach sets off some passionate fans

As a KU alum, I’m going to defend Self this time around

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Thu, 31 Mar 2016 16:43:44 CDT

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Yael T. Abouhalkah offers a plan to repeal Gov. Sam Brownback's destructive policies http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article68979057.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Wed, 30 Mar 2016 10:12:03 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article68979057.html