U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas will have to decide if he wants to seek re-election in 2020. Democrat Barry Grissom already has voiced interest in the seat. Roberts should plan now to retire at the end of his term.
Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt says we needn’t worry because the Affordable Care Act ruling the GOP wanted won’t stand. Josh Hawley, who filed the lawsuit, says he wants to provide coverage for pre-existing conditions.
Kansas City Councilman Scott Wagner has proposed a property tax increase for affordable housing programs. It may not be the perfect approach, but it’s a start toward an important decision for the city.
A conservative Missouri lawmaker is trying to eliminate Kansas City’s earnings tax. But city residents have consistently and resoundingly supported the tax that pays for police, fire and other critical services.
The Missouri Republican Party should abandon its effort to prevent an attorney in the sectary of state’s office from investigating allegations that Attorney General Josh Hawley illegally used public resources.
Three students in Hickman Mills schools have been fatally shot this year. Five have died or been injured by gunfire since 2016. School officials can only do so much. City leaders need to help end the violence.
Democrats in Congress are less eager to impeach President Trump than their adversaries think. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver and Representative-elect Sharice Davids want special counsel Robert Mueller to finish his work.
Selecting the first African-American city administrator in Raytown and the first African-American prosecuting attorney in Blue Springs are steps in the right direction to increase diversity in local government.
Republican leaders in the Kansas Legislature are threatening to revisit the school finance formula. It’s a waste of time. Lawmakers should proceed with a funding plan that will satisfy the state Supreme Court.
A citizen inquiry led to the disclosure that KCK Police Chief Terry Zeigler has lived for almost a year rent-free in a county-owned home. The lack of transparency is troubling, and so is the arrangement.
Thirty of the 37 senators who voted against advancing a resolution calling for our withdrawal from Yemen have received contributions from the Saudi lobby. Among the best compensated is Missouri Republican Roy Blunt.
The straightforward way Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft has begun investigating his fellow Republican, Attorney General Josh Hawley, is commendable. This is how our system is supposed to work.
U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins’ decision to launch a lobbying firm before leaving Congress is distasteful. The federal law mandating a “cooling off” period between holding office and lobbying should be strengthened.
A star running back at the University of Kansas has been arrested on suspicion of domestic battery. We won’t prejudge the facts in the case, but it’s clear violence against women is a scourge that requires counseling and mental health services.
After a video showed Chiefs star Kareem Hunt shoving and kicking a woman, the NFL let it be known that it had tried and failed to get more information about what happened. That’s misleading at a minimum.
Eric Schmitt, who will succeed Josh Hawley as Missouri’s AG when Hawley becomes a U.S. senator next month, must give rape victims reason to hope that they’re not submitting to an invasive exam for nothing.
It's election season, so The Star's editorial page editor Colleen McCain Nelson came on the Deep Background podcast to explain how the editorial board chooses which candidates it will endorse. Find the full episode where ever you get your podcasts.