Will Gov. Jeff Colyer or Kris Kobach win the Republican primary for Kansas governor? Can anyone beat Laura Kelly in the Democratic gubernatorial primary? Steve Rose makes his predictions for the Aug. 7 elections.
The story of a U.S. doctor on the run in Mexico illustrates what would happen if the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Criminalizing abortions would simply drive them underground, as has occurred before.
Josh Svaty, a Democrat who leans pro-life, declared that as Kansas governor, he would veto new restrictions on women’s reproductive rights. Then, he really pulled off a shocker by naming a fervent supporter of abortion rights as his running mate.
If the Kansas Supreme Court adapts or encourages anything like a $2 billion increase in state school spending, Kansas taxpayers could go crazy. That could lead to radical reactions, such as passage of an unthinkable constitutional amendment.
In Prairie Village, quaint Cape Cod-style homes are being replaced by new, larger houses. Plenty of struggling urban neighborhoods would be happy to have this problem, but not everyone in Prairie Village likes these “monster homes.”
The future of the 6,000 Sprint employees in Overland Park is up in the air. If a merger with T-Mobile is approved, some staff will remain at Sprint’s campus, others could relocate to Seattle; and some positions will be eliminated.
Skeptics of the proposed merger between Sprint and T-Mobile are forgetting that this may be more about politics than about price hikes for consumers. Sprint employees should run — not walk — to the nearest exit.
Voters in Jackson County will decide in August whether to handcuff themselves by imposing term limits on elected county legislators and the county executive. But for an example of smooth-running government without such constraints, consider how well elected officials function in Johnson County with no term limits.
To win the Democratic primary in the Kansas 3rd Congressional District, a candidate will need to lean liberal. But what happens after the primary, when the Democrat must appeal to enough moderate Republicans and independents to beat Kevin Yoder?
Kansas state Sen. Laura Kelly’s late entry into the race for governor has changed the political calculus in the state. The moderate, soft-spoken Democrat might be the candidate who could actually beat Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach.
Kris Kobach’s embrace of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s fiscal agenda might help the secretary of state win the low-turnout, ultra-conservative Republican gubernatorial primary next year. But supporting that failed vision won’t be popular in Johnson County.
Key legislators think they have found the key to unlock yet one more one-time budget fix. Indeed, they think they may even have a reserve second rabbit, should the Kansas Supreme Court mandate an increase in school funding.
Thanksgiving is an appropriate time to note that more than 28,000 Johnson County children live in poverty or in low-income households. One in four children in Johnson County public schools participate in the free and reduced lunch program.