This was reader’s theater with frequent cast changes and even more redactions. As in, “Redacted? Redacted. Yes, her name is redacted.” But if the piece had a name, it would be “Why women still don’t report sexual assault.”
The knock on Democratic Kansas gubernatorial candidate Josh Svaty is that he’s too much of a centrist to win the primary. But he’s chosen a running mate who in many ways is a female version of himself. Meet Katrina Gier Lewison, a longtime political independent who only registered as a Democrat after Svaty asked her to run.
Randy Hansen, a first-year teacher at Longfellow Elementary School in Kansas City, stepped in and brought order to a kindergarten classroom at this struggling school after four other teachers left the job.
Judge Rex Burlison, the judge in the felony invasion of privacy case against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, ruled that his accuser’s full name could be used in court. He has yet to rule on whether her sexual history may also be pawed over during the trial.
Now, with next to no friends on either side of the aisle, the only real Jeff City argument seems to be whether to start impeachment proceedings now, as Democrats prefer, or in a later special session, as his fellow Republicans want to do.
Raymond L. Harris says a Kansas City firefighter spit on and called his 3-year-old grandson the n-word. The boy’s great-uncle said the restaurant manager called police not to report the spitter and slurrer, but to report the child’s family.
Independent U.S. Senate candidate Craig O’Dear really doesn’t see himself as running against the Democrat incumbent, Claire McCaskill, and her Republican challenger, Josh Hawley. No, he’s running against our whole stymied system. “The Rs and Ds don’t have a plan to break the gridlock! Their business model is gridlock.”
It’s remarkable how little of the conversation about whether indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens should keep his job has recognized, even in this supposedly overboard #MeToo moment, that there is a lot more to this question than the strictly legal matter of whether he’s found guilty of felony invasion of privacy.
You know what’s high comedy? The dead-serious marshalling of arguments intended to force former Green Party presidential candidate Roseanne Barr to admit under interrogation that her Trumpism is inconsistent with her own stated positions.
"This Marine will be the first to stand at the ready," says a Wichita teacher who comes off as a little too ready. At a Topeka hearing on a bill that could force some Kansas teachers to carry arms, proponents show why so that would make schools less safe.
Curtis Allen, Patrick Stein and Gavin Wright, are accused of trying to start an all-out race war with bombs at the Garden City, Kansas apartment building where Somali refugees they called “cockroaches” lived and worshiped. But the defense says the plan was really cooked up and pushed on them by an FBI informant.
Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill says she “helped shape” the “sweeping financial legislation” that if it becomes law, will be “cutting burdensome regulation.” But who will benefit most from rolling back the Dodd-Frank Act meant to protect taxpayers from another financial crisis and more bailouts? Let’s start with her patrons in the financial services industry.
Josh Hawley’s first U.S. Senate campaign speech missed none of the familar us-versus-them talking points in his right-off-the-rack plumping up of resentments that need no encouragement. It’s an approach intended to exploit the divides that are already hurting us all.
After so long ignoring the predations of Harvey Weinstein and others, the movie industry has no cause for self-congratulation at the Oscars this weekend. But if things are really different now, name names on Sunday, and keep speaking up from now on.