State Education Commissioner Nicastro is expected to announce her turnaround plan for Kansas City and other unaccredited districts on February 18. Several plans have been discussed. Each has supporters and critics.
Kansas City Police Chief Forte was asked by a city council committee if his department is racially biased toward African-American teens. The question results from statistics that show 75 percent of teens held for curfew violations last year were African-American and all were on the Country Club Plaza. One councilman said the problem is parents and added “We need to call on parents to be parents.”
Former Senator Kit Bond, now a lobbyist for the state Chamber of Commerce, is asking the Missouri legislature to approve Medicaid expansion. Both Bond and the chamber have been critical of Obamacare, of which expansion is part. GOP lawmakers have adamantly opposed the idea, rejecting Governor Nixon’s call for approval.
Several prominent Kansas Republicans are staking out positions of opposition to Governor Brownback’s re-election. They include former senator Sheila Frahm, Kansas Treasurer Sandy Praeger, and Star columnist Steve Rose. Rose posts that there may be sufficient Republican and Independent support for likely Democratic nominee Paul Davis in Johnson County to offset Brownback’s strong advantage in western Kansas.