This week Steve Rose will fill in while Gwen is off.
RINO? WHY NO!
Two prominent Johnson County Republican state senators, John Vratil and Tim Owens—who chose not to seek re-election–are backing Democrats to succeed them. Steve Rose writes that they will likely called RINOs. Vratil says he’s no RINO. He’s a “traditional” Republican. And, Vratil claims these are “very unusual times.”
There are criticisms of the plan to bring a two-mile starter streetcar system to downtown Kansas City. One criticism involves the plan. Another relates to the voting process. We’ll try to discuss both.
SPRINT TURNS FIVE!
The Sprint Center is celebrating its fifth anniversary this week and its backers have reason to be proud. It’s performing well financially, covering interest on bond debt and providing 7-million dollars for the city’s coffers. Some see potential problems, however, as A-E-G, the management group that runs the facility, is up for sale. It’s not yet known who the buyer will be or what that company’s attitude toward Sprint and Kansas City will be.
LAUGHS OR GAFFES?
The Vice-Presidential debate will take place Thursday night. It will be a generational match-up between Joe Biden, nearly 70, and 42-year-old Paul Ryan. Given President Obama’s performance last week, there may be more interest than usual in what the VP nominees have to say.