There are plenty of events to choose from this weekend in KC. But first, some positive news for Republicans.
Ron Estes wins congressional seat
In deep-red Kansas, Ron Estes prevailed Tuesday night against Democrat James Thompson — but not by much — to keep the 4th Congressional District in the GOP’s corner. Estes won by 7 points. In November, that seat was picked up by 31 points by the GOP.
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And more good news for Kansas Republicans: A new poll found Gov. Sam Brownback is no longer the least popular governor in the country. That title now belongs to Chris Christie of New Jersey.
Meanwhile, Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill is on the unenviable list of most unpopular lawmakers, ranking near the top in terms of disapproval ratings among U.S. senators.
One killed in ammunition plant explosion
One died and four were injured at an explosion Tuesday at Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence. They were all employees with the plant’s civilian contractor. The plant has been cited for workplace safety violations in the past, and this isn’t the first death at Lake City. The breaking news team has more information.
Pay to play?
Missouri Senate leader Ron Richard is facing pay-to-play allegations after he received a $100,000 check from a Joplin businessman after filing legislation that would benefit the businessman’s company.
The Star’s editorial board weighed in:
“Blatant conflicts of interest should be avoided at all costs. These days in Jefferson City, that guiding principle has been forgotten.”
Check out the opinion piece here: Editorial: Conflicts of interest abound among Missouri officials
On a lighter note, if you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend, options abound in KC.