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

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 is (almost) all the last-minute information you need to vote Tuesday

Vote Tuesday!

Vote Tuesday!

Election 2016 is almost over! So are you ready to vote Tuesday?

Here’s your last-minute opportunity to read about most of the issues on the ballots in Missouri and Kansas.

Below are all local 28 posts I have written about the 2016 elections on Yael on the Trail. They include information — and endorsements — on the best candidates to beat back Gov. Sam Brownback in Kansas; cigarette taxes in Missouri;  Supreme Court justice retention races in Kansas; the three questions in Kansas City; and much more.

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Unenthusiastic “yes” on Jackson County’s Combat tax; “no” on Question 3

Vote "yes" to retain the COMBAT anti-drug tax.

Vote “yes” to retain the COMBAT anti-drug tax.

Voters first approved Jackson County’s anti-drug COMBAT tax almost 30 years ago for good reasons. The county wanted to treat drug users, prevent others from getting addicted, and use law enforcement to arrest and prosecute those who did use drugs. It was an innovative approach.

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