After November's election, new legislators from Johnson County and elsewhere in Kansas, went to Topeka planning to solve some of the state's seemingly intractable problems. Four months into the new session, they have had little, if any, success. The governor's veto has stopped tax increases and Medicaid expansion. Now on recess, legislators return in May to give it another try in the so-called "veto session." It seems they are learning, as many have before, that governing is a lot harder than it looks from the outside. Is it harder than it looks? What do voters not understand? How should Kansas resolve its billion dollar budget shortage? What about the order from the state supreme court to spend more on education? More from where? How much more? Does Governor Brownback deserve the criticism he receives? Is the Kansas GOP (and the national party) in trouble as many in the media suggest because of the recent 4th District Kansas congressional race where the GOP candidate won by "only" seven percent?
It seems downtown planners always suggest that just one more amenity will make downtown Kansas City, Mo. complete and attractive to business, conventions, and potential residents. At one time, it was a convention center. Later, an entertainment district. Recently, the push was for streetcars. Now, it's an 800-room downtown convention hotel. This week, the City Council is expected to finalize plans for the project. When the hotel opens in late 2019 or early 2020, will downtown then be the complete package? Why has this project taken so long? When it was announced in mid-2015, the backers stressed the urgency of gaining city approval and moving quickly. If a new hotel doesn't complete the package, what else might be added? Is it likely the hotel will make it possible for KC to attract the type of conventions it wants? What is the city's financial involvement in the hotel? Will the new hotel hurt business at the other downtown facilities?
Top-rated Fox personality Bill O'Reilly is "on vacation" after the New York Times revealed in a story that he and Fox News have paid about $13 million to settle complaints of sexual harassment and misconduct. After the story's publication, dozens of advertisers left the O'Reilly program and Fox News. Some pundits believe O'Reilly has become a liability and will not be allowed to return. While he has not spoken publicly on the current controversy, O'Reilly has said he and other prominent men with money are often "targets" for such complaints. What's your take on the O'Reilly case and sexual harassment in the workplace? Are these issues often "he said, she said" matters and typically end in a cash settlement? Does settling cases----as Fox News and O'Reilly have----mean they are guilty? Is it sometimes easier just to end a problem? O'Reilly is 67. Might he be insensitive to changes in culture since he was a young man? O'Reilly has been the number one show on cable news for two decades. Is he really expendable? If Fox drops him, might he show up elsewhere?
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