The Buzz

The most over-reported and under-reported Mo-Kan stories of 2014

OK, here we go: The Buzz selects the most over-reported Mo-Kan story of 2014...and the most under-reported.

The most over-reported story was Kansas Republicans in trouble.

Yes, poll after poll showed that Sen. Pat Roberts and Gov. Sam Brownback were fighting for their political lives.

The surveys also showed that Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins of Topeka and Secretary of State Kris Kobach could face defeats, too.

Of course, they all won, and they won fairly easily — Brownback by 4 points, Roberts by 10 and Jenkins and Kobach in cakewalks.

So were they in trouble all along? Some campaign insiders certainly thought so even in the campaign’s final week.

One theory is that many Republican voters were initially inclined to vote for Democrat Paul Davis for governor or independent Greg Orman, but when they got into the voting booth, they opted to remain loyal to their GOP roots.

Whether the voters were fickle, or flat wrong, is something we’ll probably never know.

The most under-reported story: The shutting down of the Green Impact Zone, the effort to rebuild curbs and sidewalks on Kansas City’s east-side.

The zone, the brainchild of Missouri Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, lasted five years. But this year, the zone’s office staff was laid off, and some questioned whether the $166 million investment was worth it.