Kris Kobach is not just the laughingstock of Kansas anymore. On Monday, the clownish ways of the secretary of state went national.
Kansas and Missouri are accurately classified as “red” states politically, dominated by Republican politicians at the federal, state and legislative levels.
However, the Kansas City region is a lot more purple than that, as some 2016 election results show. This fact always seemed to surprise many of the conservatives who used to call me at The Kansas City Star’s editorial page. Continue reading
Last weekend I asked readers to respond to these questions:
“What does #notmypresident mean to you? What should this movement be aimed at doing, beyond spurring marches? How committed are you to #notmypresident? What actions should/will you and others take to show that Trump is #notmypresident?
Here are some of the responses I received through email. A few dozen more were posted on my Facebook feed from readers as well.
Gov. Sam Brownback’s ignorant pronouncements the last few weeks, months and years about jobs, his reckless income tax cuts and the staggering state economy have made him the laughingstock of Kansas.
And the hits just kept coming Friday.
Kris Kobach can’t keep his mouth shut, whether he’s talking about near-racist crackdowns on immigrants or non-existent voter fraud. He’s gotten plenty of publicity on both of those counts, despite courts striking down lots of his actual initiatives.
Now his outspoken ways have put him in hot water with the new Trump administration and left him publicly humiliated.
Many people claim Kansas City area voters are very picky when it comes to higher taxes. My response after watching voters go to the polls dozens of times since the late 1980s: Nah, not really.
Check out what happened last Tuesday regarding libraries on the Missouri side of the state line, a courthouse in Johnson County and children’s services in Jackson County. Voters’ decisions will have consequences for years to come.
Thanks to all who entered the Yael on the Trail prediction contest for 2016, which I posted with all the questions and rules on Nov. 3. Turns out, it was rather difficult to get all the predictions correct.
And now, here are the winners of the Kansas side of the contest and of the Missouri side, plus how they won. Their prizes: I will buy each one a lunch in the near future as we sit and talk about politics — or something more uplifting!
Sam Brownback lies often about the connection between his income tax cuts and job creation. It’s tempting at times to just ignore the delusional Kansas governor.
But that can’t and won’t happen, especially today.
Part of me wants fascist president-elect Donald Trump to appoint Kris Kobach as the next U.S. attorney general, a rumor getting around Washington on Tuesday.
Then the whole nation could see how legally incompetent the Kansas secretary of state really is. Check how the ACLU has kicked his butt in court in recent months.
Cerner’s appetite for new construction projects, adding jobs and — yes — huge tax breaks knows no bounds in the Kansas City area.
However, the latest Cerner request is greedy and indefensible.
The needed battle to rein in tax breaks that are doled out by Kansas City Hall recently is turning, ever so slightly, in favor of taxing jurisdictions such as school districts, libraries and counties.
Now, here are key details about the latest big victory, which deserves plenty of public attention.