Findings from the Docking Institute of Public Affairs at Ft. Hays University show low approval ratings for the state legislature and an all-time low approval rating of 15 percent for Governor Brownback. In light of these findings, the future doesn't seem positive for Kansas conservative Republicans...or does it?
Almost as certain as death and taxes is Clay Chastain's continuing efforts to implement his plans for light rail in Kansas City. It appears his latest two-billion dollar design will appear on the November ballot. Do you see any way this plan will gain approval? If voters approve, will the City Council nullify? What about the plan to expand the streetcar system to the Plaza and UMKC? Is that a better choice than Clay's plan? Is there a need to rush the process? Should there be a City Charter revision to make it harder to force petition-driven elections?
Kansas City Star columnist Mary Sanchez says "Donald Trump's Strongman fantasy is deeply flawed." She describes the candidate as a potential dictator and the GOP platform as trying to divide Americans between "worthy" and "unworthy." We know Sanchez wants Trump to lose the election but are her assessments of the candidate and the platform accurate?
Kansas City Star columnist Steve Rose and his editorial board colleagues wrote repeatedly of the need to nominate legislators who would "save Kansas from Sam Brownback and his legions." Steve listed his preferences for voters to follow, as did the Star's editorials. Voters took note of this call to action and nominated moderates in many state races. What will be the most significant changes with moderate Republicans in those seats?
While Kansans were voting for legislative slots, Missourians were nominating candidates for state-wide office. Garnering the most attention was the gubernatorial race with four GOP candidates. Democrats nominated Chris Koster and Republicans picked Eric Greitens. What will be the key issue(s)? Will Republicans coalesce after a vigorous primary?
At the Democratic convention, former U.S. Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton broke the so-called "glass ceiling,' becoming the first woman to be nominated for president by a major U.S. political party. The Kansas City Star's Mary Sanchez says Clinton is the obvious choice, citing her experience and knowledge. Sanchez also complains about women candidates undergoing unfair scrutiny, wondering why pantsuits--Hillary often wears them-- are even a topic of commentary. Hillary won the nomination! Her two male opponents did not! Is she being treated unfairly?
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