Experienced Hensley over rookie Hawley for Missouri attorney general

Teresa Hensley is the best candidate in the race for Missouri's attorney general.

Teresa Hensley is the best candidate in the race for Missouri’s attorney general.

Teresa Hensley served as Cass County prosecutor for 10 years and has experience pursuing convictions in courtrooms, especially regarding abuse of children, seniors and domestic partners. Even more importantly, the Democratic candidate for Missouri attorney general has a solid view of how the office should work on behalf of all Missourians.

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The eight Johnson County Democrats who just have to win this fall

Johnson County Democrats have high hopes in some races this fall.

Johnson County Democrats have high hopes in some races this fall.

UPDATED NOV. 9: Only two did win. They were House candidates Cindy Holscher and Brett Parker.

Suddenly in 2016, Democratic candidates in Johnson County have a huge opportunity to send a loud, clear message that Gov. Sam Brownback’s extremist Republican legislative allies aren’t needed anymore in Topeka.

I have picked out eight contested races in which voters could elect Democrats and send Brownback’s GOP allies packing this fall in Kansas House and Senate races.

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Johnson County’s leaders are outraged at KanCare disaster

Gov. Sam Brownback's KanCare program too often is failing the most vulnerable citizens of Johnson County -- and of Kansas.

Gov. Sam Brownback’s KanCare program too often is failing the most vulnerable citizens of Johnson County — and of Kansas.

In a remarkably bold letter, top Johnson County officials this week strongly objected to failures in the KanCare program that’s supposed  to help thousands of people with disabilities, mental health problems and other troubles.

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KC firefighters laugh all the way to the bank while police fume

Kansas City's police union wants the same raises that burly firefighters got.

Kansas City police want the same raises that burly firefighters got.

Twice this year the Kansas City Council decided to cave in to large unions and dole out bigger raises than once expected — first to firefighters and then to Local 500, representing many blue-collar workers.

Just call it business as usual at City Hall, even while politicians acknowledged they were going over budget.

City Council members like to sound tough but they often can’t stand up to pressure, especially from burly firefighters.

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Who will beat Emanuel Cleaver, Sam Graves or Vicky Hartzler?

Emanuel Cleaver will win, again, in the U.S. House 5th District race.

Emanuel Cleaver will win, again, in the U.S. House 5th District race.

Answers: Nobody. No how. No way.

— In the 5th U.S. House District, a Republican hasn’t represented a large part of Kansas City south of the river (and points east in the now-gerrymandered map) since 1949.

Perpetual GOP candidate Jacob Turk is not going to beat Democrat Emanuel Cleaver this fall.

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Support KCK school bonds, Bill Hutton and Kathy Wolfe Moore in Wyandotte County

Voters should approve a no-tax bond plan to improve Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools

Voters should approve a no-tax bond plan to improve Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools

The local races aren’t nearly as exciting on the Wyandotte County ballot this fall as they are in  Johnson County. But  three crucial ones deserve attention. Voters have good reasons to:

— Approve a $235 million, no-tax increase bond issue to improve educational facilities for 22,000 students in Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools.

— Elect Bill Hutton in the 5th District Kansas Senate contest and re-elect Kathy Wolfe Moore in the 36th District Kansas House race.

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George Brett pinch-hits for a struggling Kevin Yoder

George Brett is endorsing Kevin Yoder, again.

George Brett is endorsing Kevin Yoder, again.

Hall of Fame baseball player George Brett says he is “still a Yoder voter” in a new campaign ad for 3rd District U.S. congressman Kevin Yoder.

It’s little more than a  piece of fluff that still raises a few questions. When Brett says Yoder “turns down his government health care,” my first thought was, why would he do that? That’s not very smart.

As for accomplishments in Washington, where Brett says Yoder “fights for us,” the Royals’ former third baseman doesn’t list any of those. And that’s a problem.

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Battle roars on to retain Kansas Supreme Court justices

women-for-kansas-yes-for-ks-judges-2016With 13 days until Election Day, supporters of retaining Kansas Supreme Court justices are fully engaged in costly, sometimes ugly battles that involve radio and TV ads, yard signs and endorsements.

Voters need to keep the justices on Nov. 8.

If that doesn’t happen, Gov. Sam Brownback will make the final choices in 2017 on replacement justices who could serve years, if not decades, after his ruinous administration concludes in January 2019.

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