Top 10 crucial Missouri and Kansas races on Tuesday’s ballots

Advance, in-person voting starts today in Johnson County.

Here are the 10 most crucial Missouri and Kansas issues and races on next Tuesday’s ballots in the Kansas City area. I’ve included links to more information about all of the contests as well as my endorsements.

Agree? Disagree? Let me hear about it in comment here or where most people congregate now — my Facebook page.

The Hillary Clinton-Donald Trump presidential race is extremely important, of course, but not on this list. Oh, and vote for Clinton.

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Part two: Deceptive Democratic attack ads on Republicans in Kansas

Kansas Senate candidate Barbara Bollier is being unfairly attacked by the Kansas Democratic Party.

Kansas Senate candidate Barbara Bollier is being unfairly attacked by the Kansas Democratic Party.

Barbara Bollier is an experienced Kansas state representative now running for the vacant 7th District Senate seat in Johnson County.

The longtime moderate Republican has a strong record of opposing the destructive policies of Gov. Sam Brownback. That includes her votes on crucial education issues as compiled by nonpartisan sources such as the Kansas PTA. Her website is pretty scathing as well when it comes to the governor’s policies.

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Part One: Disgusting Republican attack ads on Democrats in Kansas

This is a slimy attack ad by Republican forces on Democrat Vicki Hiatt, the better candidate in the Kansas Senate District 10 race.

A slimy ad by Republican forces attacks Democrat Vicki Hiatt, the better candidate in the Kansas Senate District 10 race.

Democratic Kansas Senate candidate Vicki Hiatt wants to make it clear: “I’m not a member of ISIS,” she told me with a laugh on Wednesday.

Whew. Glad we cleared that up.

The interview with Hiatt was part of my review of the fact that supporters of Republican and Democratic candidates are flooding the mailboxes of Johnson County voters with disgusting or inaccurate last-minute ad fliers.

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Here are evaluations of judges on Missouri and Kansas ballots

Voters should retain Kansas Supreme Court justices this fall.

Voters should retain Kansas Supreme Court justices this fall.

Voters in Missouri and in Kansas will decide this fall whether to retain certain judges. But they don’t have to do it blindly.

Few stories are written about the men and women in black robes — unless they work for the Kansas Supreme Court this time around. However, there are ways to evaluate and judge for yourself if all of these men and women are worth keeping.

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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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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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