Ruckus, Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 7:30pm
WAR OF THE ROSE
Columnist and special guest Steve Rose is highly critical of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach in a Sunday Kansas City Star column. The criticism runs the gamut from Kobach’s views on immigration to the conduct of his private legal practice. Steve believes some of Kobach’s comments and reactions to an unexpected and unwelcome “immigration protest” on his front lawn were “over-the-top.”
IT SEEMS LIKE OLD TIMES
Despite its shiny new image, KCK/Wyandotte County government is having some difficulty shrugging off some remnants from its controversial past. After deciding on two possible replacements for Mayor Holland’s now vacated county commission seat, commissioners learned that both were delinquent in paying business taxes. Apparently, that was not disqualifying. Then, commissioners casting secret ballots were unable to choose either Nathan Barnes or Don Budd to join them in governing. It’s uncertain what happens next or when it may happen.
TAKEN FOR A RIDE
As Yael reports in his column, despite the money and promotional efforts spent on increasing bus ridership in the Kansas City area, the numbers are static. Yael has concluded that area residents prefer driving, often alone, despite increasing gas prices.
Senator Claire McCaskill’s announcement of support for Hillary Clinton for president is sparking renewed discussion about what the former first lady, senator and secretary of state is planning to do in 2016. Some believe it’s her last best chance to seek the White House. There is also evidence that Kansas Governor Brownback (in an effort to make Mary, Yael and Steve happy) will run for re-election. How will Brownback sell voters on a second term? What’s the significance of the McCaskill declaration.
ROASTS AND TOASTS