The Kansas City Star is promoting its strong series called “Fatal echoes” this way: “When fire departments fail to learn from each other’s mistakes, firefighters pay the price.” I urge you to read all three parts here.
Gov. Sam Brownback has approved higher taxes on the middle class.
A coalition of teachers, children’s advocates and others on Wednesday offered a plan to increase taxes to help Kansas balance its budget.
Many more ideas will be debated as the 2017 Kansas Legislature session looms, and I’ll leave evaluating them for another day.
Surprise! Donald Trump was on Twitter Wednesday night.
The tweet Wednesday night on the Miami Herald’s website caught my eye. It looked all-too-familiar.
Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker
A police-involved fatal shooting of a suspect last week in Kansas City will be investigated by Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker and a use of force committee she established.
“I’m going to take that one myself,” she told me this week. That is exactly what needs to happen.
Donald Trump lied again Tuesday. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
On Tuesday, Donald Trump tweeted this about the Softbank Group of Japan, which owns Sprint:
Here are the facts: The downtown KC Streetcar system carried almost 234,000 passengers in July. But that number has fallen steadily each month since then, all the way down to 135,000 in November.
Horse-drawn carriages like this are popular — and controversial.
An injury accident involving a horse-drawn carriage Saturday night on the Country Club Plaza has sparked a swift outcry.
UPDATED: Almost 17,000 online petition signatures had been gathered by Tuesday morning asking the City Council to ban the practice.
Kris Kobach is spreading a Big Lie about illegal voting in the United States.
Lying comes as easily as breathing to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.
And on Sunday, his continued support of Donald Trump’s Big Lie — that millions of people voted illegally in the presidential race — continued to be touted on talk shows by Trump’s sycophants.
Yael on the Trail, not watching football on Sunday (or any day)
Here’s something new: A Sunday rewind of the most-read, or most-commented-on, or most-important-in-my-mind pieces from the past week on Yael on the Trail. Perfect timing too. None of it is about football.
Russ Jennings is the best candidate to be the next Kansas House Speaker.
One of the most important events of the 2017 Kansas Legislature’s session — especially for Johnson County residents — actually will occur on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016.
That’s when House Republicans should place their secret votes in a large wooden ballot box on the chamber’s floor to select the highly qualified Russ Jennings of Lakin as their new Speaker of the House for the crucial session that begins in January.
Royals Stadium looked different many years ago. So did the players’ payroll.
As any sports fan knows, the Kansas City Royals and other professional teams have the absolute right to charge what they want for tickets, beer, nachos and parking.
Gov. Sam Brownback’s state budget is still in big trouble.
Kansas officials on Thursday were pleased that the state took in $1.4 million more than estimated in tax revenues in November.
That’s the positive spin. Now let’s get soberly realistic, readers.