Once again, it seems likely the Kansas Supreme Court will order the governor and legislature to allocate more money for the state's school districts. Some analysts suspect the amount will be as much as $500 million. If this happens, it will only add to a mounting financial crisis in the state. What are the implications? Will the court be influenced by the upcoming retention election where four justices are being targeted for removal? Will the incoming legislature be able to deal with the financial issues? How? Increase taxes? Eliminate some earlier tax cuts? Any reason to believe the court won't rule on behalf of the schools and heighten the state's financial crises?
This November, Missouri voters will decide the fate of campaign contribution limitations. A constitutional amendment has been cleared by the state supreme court for inclusion on the state ballot. In 1994, voters approved limitations; however, the GOP-dominated legislature removed them in 2008. This opened the door for larger contributors to have what some regard as "undue" influence on who's elected and what they do. The new limits would be $2,600 to candidates, per election (primary, general) and $25,000 to political parties per election. What's the case, if there is one, for re-instating these limits? Are there limits on national campaigns? Should people be allowed to spend as much of their money as they wish? Are elected official controlled by big contributors and lobbyists, as Donald Trump contends? Do these kinds of reforms ever really will reform anything? Aren't loopholes found? Voters will also be asked to approve a voter ID measure. Why is that controversial?
On a ten-point scale, one meaning horrible and ten meaning terrific, what number would you assign to each candidates in terms of their debate performance? Was there a clear winner when it comes to style and content? What were the highlights? Did the moderator do his job? Was he fair to both candidates? What question should have been asked that wasn't?
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Mike Shanin’s been hosting Ruckus since the program’s debut in 1995 and in recent years, has also served as Managing Editor. A veteran Kansas City radio broadcaster, Shanin has worked as a talk show host, political analyst, news anchor and in management. Since leaving radio in early 2012, he’s done freelance pubic speaking and commercial radio and television projects. A graduate of both Northwest Missouri State University and Park University, Shanin’s academic emphasis was on Political Science, Social Science, and Public Administration. He served in the U.S. Army as a Broadcast and Information Specialist between1968 and 1970, stationed initially at Ft. McPherson, GA., and later with the First Infantry Division in Vietnam. @MikeShanin
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