Sorry, conservatives: Voters show Kansas City isn’t a GOP-red region

Jason Kander was a really popular U.S. Senate candidate in the Kansas City region.

Jason Kander was a really popular U.S. Senate candidate in the Kansas City region.

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

Readers respond: What does #notmypresident mean to you?

Donald Trump is president-elect. But is he #notmypresident?

Donald Trump is president-elect. But is he #notmypresident?

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.

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Kris Kobach’s big mouth on a Muslim registry cost him big time with Trump

Kris Kobach will remain Kansas Secretary of State, at least for the moment.

Kris Kobach will remain Kansas Secretary of State, at least for the moment.

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.

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Think voters won’t support higher taxes in the Kansas City area? Think again

The Mid-Continent Public Library's website featured a bunch of happy children after voters approved a deserved tax increase Nov. 8 for the system.

The Mid-Continent Public Library’s website featured a bunch of happy people after voters approved a deserved tax increase for the system.

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.

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Here’s who won free lunches in my 2016 election contests – and how they did it

Winners of my 2016 election contest get a free lunch.

Winners of my 2016 election contest will get a free lunch.

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!

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Incompetent Kris Kobach is right for Donald Trump but wrong for America

Kris Kobach as U.S. attorney general? Brrr.

Kris Kobach as U.S. attorney general? Brrr.

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.

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Brownback’s boast about “great roads” in Kansas suddenly looks even more ignorant

Gov. Sam Brownback is really damaging the future of road safety in Kansas.

Gov. Sam Brownback is really damaging the future of road safety in Kansas.

Six weeks ago, Gov. Sam Brownback got irritated when discussing how he could balance the revenue-poor Kansas budget.

State Sen. Laura Kelly, a Topeka Democrat, had just predicted that Brownback might again take sales tax money from the state’s highway fund to do that.

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Exclusive: Details of Cerner’s new, greedy tax-break plan

Cerner's Twitter profile logo

Cerner’s Twitter profile logo

Cerner’s appetite for new construction projects, adding jobs and — yes — huge tax breaks knows no bounds in the Kansas City area.

The company in recent years  has received almost $2  billion in public incentives to build projects in Kansas City and Kansas City, Kan. Both provided a good-sized number of jobs.

However, the latest Cerner request is greedy and indefensible.

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