The DUI case involving Quinton Lucas is unresolved four months after the Kansas City mayoral candidate was arrested in Lawrence. Now, Lucas has a decision to make: Seek an outright dismissal or accept diversion.
Legendary architect Bob Berkebile can’t believe there’s not more panic over climate change. He wants the Heartland to lead the response and make the new KCI terminal a unique eco-friendly transportation hub.
A photograph of former Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan in blackface blew up the 2000 race for the U.S. Senate — then vanished as an issue. Today, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s blackface controversy isn’t going away.
A new round of test scores shows that Superintendent Mark Bedell has Kansas City Public Schools climbing toward full accreditation. In the state report on annual performance, the district scored an impressive 82.9.
In a race crowded with intriguing candidates, City Council member Jolie Justus remains the frontrunner. But Quinton Lucas and Stephen Miller are pressing her, and several other candidates could surprise.
The two Republican leaders of the Kansas Legislature, Sen. Susan Wagle and House Speaker Ron Ryckman, are both regarded as likely candidates for higher office. That could motivate them to block Medicaid expansion.
Long-time Jefferson City denizens are adjusting to new “Clean Missouri” ethics rules that bar gifts to Missouri lawmakers valued at more than $5. Gone are the free tickets and fancy dinners paid for by lobbyists.
Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer faced big challenges when he took over from Sam Brownback last year. But Colyer managed to set a new tone while signing a critical school funding bill that may have cost him his job.
Claire McCaskill, Josh Hawley, Roy Blunt, Laura Kelly, Kevin Yoder and lots of other elected officials in Missouri and Kansas had much to say in 2018. Here are some of the year’s most memorable quotes.
Kansas state Sen. Babara Bollier may be the first of several moderate Republicans who say goodbye to the GOP and join the Democratic Party. If this becomes a trend, it would fundamentally change Kansas politics.
No rest for the weary for Kansas’ new governor. Laura Kelly has a long list of tasks to complete before she takes the oath of office. And she must accomplish them in the wake of a long, grueling campaign
Full accreditation for Kansas City Public Schools was seen as a years-off possibility. But now, state officials are expressing fresh confidence that the district might reach that goal as soon as this spring.
Even though Missouri Republicans, including Eric Greitens, Rod Jetton and John Diehl, have faced scandal after scandal, voters still back the party. That says something about the GOP’s iron grip on the state.
Things can’t get any worse for Missouri Democrats, who now control only one statewide office. Sen. Claire McCaskill’s loss in Tuesday’s election made clear there’s no easy path for the party to regain power.
In the midterm election of 2018, little made sense. Republicans, who should be down on their luck, stand to gain Senate seats even if they lose the House. Voters may be more tribalized than ever before.
Greg Orman, independent candidate for Kansas governor, discussed issues with The Star’s editorial board. He’s said he’s unconvinced that Kris Kobach and Laura Kelly have the right experience to run the state.
Wyandotte County has a long history of lousy voter turnout, and that has cost Democrats. In November, the county could make the difference in the governor’s race and the 3rd District race for Congress.
Passing the Clean Missouri plan in the November election will have a more lasting impact on state politics than anything else this year — including the Senate race between Claire McCaskill and Josh Hawley.