People love to hunt and fish in Kansas. On Nov. 8, the National Rifle Association wants to make sure the Kansas Constitution includes the right to do these activities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The voting lines could be long on Nov. 8 in this presidential election year. Here’s the best way to avoid them.
Starting this morning (Oct. 24), Johnson County residents can vote in advance, in person. Wyandotte County’s early in-person voting begins Tuesday.
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.
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:
Many Missourians want to vote for one or both of the cigarette taxes on Nov. 8. Amendment 3 and Proposition A both sound good at first blush.
However, both are fatally flawed. Show-Me State voters should reject them.
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.
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.
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: