As the GOP convention is about to begin in Cleveland, some think the current racial tension-- heightened by the recent violence-- will lead to serious problems during the Republican gathering. Some analysts liken the current atmospherics to what happened at the Democratic Convention in 1968. Organizers must prepare for protests at the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia as well. What should viewers expect to see during the conventions and the campaign? Who are the likely running mates? How critical will the debates between Clinton and Trump be? Any chance the GOP will not nominate Trump?
Governor Jay Nixon has vetoed a bill passed by the GOP-dominated legislature mandating that people present a photo ID before voting. It's possible the legislature will overturn the veto when it convenes in September. Governor Nixon calls the bill "an affront to Missourians fundamental right to vote." Is it really that big of a burden?
Once again, the Kansas Supreme Court will hear a case on school finance issues. At issue this time: Does the state allocate enough money overall to adequately fund K-12 education? The present allocation to the state's 293 school districts is about $4 billion. Four districts are plaintiffs in the suit, including the KCK district. Recently, the court ruled the state's school funding was not equitable and ordered another $38 million be allocated. Some analysts believe a ruling for the plaintiffs will require the state to spend an additional $500 million. Is there any serious doubt, given the history of school finance cases and the court's makeup, the court will find the legislature at fault?
Hillary wins even w/Palin or Don Trump Jr. as her VP. #RuckusKC
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