Chris Cindric for State Board of Education

Elect Chris Cindric to the State Board of Education in Kansas.

Elect Chris Cindric to the State Board of Education in Kansas.

Chris Cindric is the highly qualified person Johnson Countians should want representing them on the 10-member Kansas State Board of Education. Incumbent Steve Roberts does not deserve re-election to the District 2 seat.

The district includes parts of the county’s biggest and much-beloved school districts: Blue Valley, Olathe and Shawnee Mission.

The board is often an after-thought for voters. It shouldn’t be. The board, when controlled by ultra-conservatives, has embarrassed Kansans. A decade ago, the board promoted intelligent design over evolution. Fortunately, newly elected board members eventually reversed that decision.

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Keep Steve Klika on the Johnson County Commission

Steve Klika deserves re-election to the Johnson County Commission.

Steve Klika deserves re-election to the Johnson County Commission.

Steve Klika has been an active, progressive, thoughtful force for truly helping to improve Johnson County during his first term on  the County Commission. He richly deserves re-election over Ben Hodge in the 3rd District contest this fall.

In the other contested commission race, 6th District incumbent John Toplikar is a one-note “no” vote on major issues. His opponent is Mike Brown, who also calls himself a conservative. This endorsement is far less definitive, but you can’t do much worse  than Toplikar. So Brown it is. (Here’s The Star’s story on the race.)

Back to Klika. It’s extremely important to keep him on the commission.

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Poor Kansans endure yet another lawmaker’s ignorant, racist tirade

Kansas Rep. Joe Seiwert sounds ignorant and racist in his latest social media post.

Kansas Rep. Joe Seiwert sounds ignorant and racist in his latest social media post.

Kansas lawmakers will not stop embarrassing the people  they represent. The latest tirade comes courtesy of a dull-witted state Rep. Joe Seiwert, a Pretty Prairie Republican just west of Wichita.

And before going any further, can the people of District 101 please elect Democrat Clifton Beck on Nov. 8 and send an adult to represent them in Topeka? Thanks.  Continue reading

Jay Sidie for Congress over disappointing Kevin Yoder

Jay Sidie hopes to beat Kevin Yoder for the Kansas 3rd District U.S. House seat on Nov. 8.

Jay Sidie hopes to beat Kevin Yoder for the Kansas 3rd District U.S. House seat on Nov. 8.

According to polls, Democrat Jay Sidie is surging and Republican incumbent Kevin Yoder is surprisingly struggling in the race for the 3rd District seat representing Kansas in the U.S. House of Representatives.

That’s great to hear. Sidie is a financial counselor and businessman, not an experienced politician. He didn’t exactly trounce the rest of the field in the Democratic primary. But he is also the kind of change agent voters in primarily Johnson and Wyandotte counties need to send to the nation’s capital in 2016, especially given the disappointing six years the glib Yoder has spent there.

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It’s war: Democrats vs. moderate Republicans in Johnson County

Almost 30 Johnson County legislative candidates met the public in mid-October. (Photo by Yael T. Abouhalkah)

Almost 30 Johnson County legislative candidates met the public in mid-October. (Photo by Yael T. Abouhalkah)

Four years ago, Gov. Sam Brownback helped lead a successful ultra-conservative raid on Kansas Legislature seats held by moderate Republicans in Johnson County.

Now it’s 2016 and an amazing and positive turnaround has happened in the county.

After Brownback and his allies helped ruin Kansas’ economy and undermined the state’s educational and social policies, moderate Republicans are on the rise after defeating several ultra-con incumbents in August.

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Missouri’s 6 ballot issues: Hell Yes, Yes, No, No, Hell No, No

Vote for Amendment 1 to renew Missouri's needed state parks tax. ( Courtesy Citizens Committee for Soil, Water and State Parks)

Vote for Amendment 1 to renew Missouri’s needed state parks tax. ( Courtesy Citizens Committee for Soil, Water and State Parks)

Missouri voters will see five constitutional amendments and one proposition on their Nov. 8 ballots. They range from essential to “meh.”

Spoiler alert: Vote against both sham cigarette tax increase requests — Amendment 3 and Proposition A. Here’s my special report on these irresponsible issues, which have been receiving most of the media attention this fall.

Here are endorsements on the six issues; ballot language for all of them is here:

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New Kansas jobs report is universally bad (sorry Mr. Brownback)

Poor Sam Brownback. The reality is that jobs are falling in Kansas, despite his claims.

Poor Sam Brownback. The reality is that jobs are falling in Kansas, despite his claims.

Lather, rinse, repeat: The Kansas jobs numbers out on Friday morning for September are bad, bad, bad, bad and bad.

They show, once again, that Gov. Sam Brownback’s recent tour touting his 2012 income tax cuts as a ray of “sunshine” for the state’s employment market is a  total sham.

The Kansas Department of Labor and  the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed the ugly numbers.

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Kansas, the clown state: From slavery to Hitler

Wow: A Kansas politician on Thursday praised the tactics of Adolf Hitler.

Wow: A Kansas politician on Thursday praised the tactics of Adolf Hitler.

It’s bad enough that Kansas features a delusional governor in Sam Brownback and a bumbling secretary of state in Kris Kobach.

But in the last two days, the Sunflower State has drawn national scorn for a pair of issues not involving  them. Which somehow makes these incidents even more troubling and embarrassing.

1. The Kansas attorney general’s office seemed to praise an 1857 pro-slavery decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.

2. On Thursday, one of its top legislative leaders did praise the tactics once used by Adolf Hitler.

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Clinton wins debate but Trump won’t concede tonight — or on Nov. 8

Hillary Clinton won the debate as Donald Trump stumbled bigly on one answer.

Hillary Clinton won the debate as Donald Trump stumbled bigly on one answer.

The third presidential debate is all over.

Hillary Clinton “won” it with some decent answers, while Donald Trump did OK in places but lost big time with his refusal to say he will concede if American voters reject him on Nov. 8.

Here are my comments first on the debate in italics, then those of readers:

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