Tag Archives: Sam Brownback

Sutherland: History Doesn’t Repeat Itself, But It Does Rhyme!

  The foregoing quote is attributed to Mark Twain… I’ve always understood it to mean that some events reoccur in history with spooky similarity, even though they are not exactly alike in all the particulars. See if you can tell … Continue reading

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Hearne: Shelly’s ‘Frankenstein’ Routine Getting Old @ Star

To be honest, I don’t spend much time pouring over what’s left of the Kansas City Star opinion section… Never did really. Except in the early 1990s when writers like Yael Abouhalkah loomed fairly large in helping shape local political opinion – or so … Continue reading

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Steele: Tom Schweich Suicide — What Really Happened

I’d expected to vote for Tom Schweich for Missouri governor in 2016… Although I had met Schweich only briefly, I knew his likely Democratic opponent, Chris Koster, halfway well, and I liked the contrast: dweeby straight arrow vs. blow-dried sleazeball. … Continue reading

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Sutherland: The Kansas School District ‘Hoarders’

One of the delights of living in the present day United States is access to the full range of wonderful reality shows on cable television… Such shows include My 600 Pound Life, Toddlers & Tiaras and Bridezillas. My personal favorite,however, is … Continue reading

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Steele: The Truth About Kansas Found in the Driest of Places

Quite possibly the least ideological—and least sexy—publication in North America is the “Purchasing Economy Survey Report” produced by Creighton University… Now unless some deep operative from the Sam Brownback administration bought the editors’ cooperation with promises of new farm implements, … Continue reading

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Hearne: The Star is Right, Sumner Piano Controversy a Non Issue

All of you who think I’ve got an undying hate of the Kansas City Star take notice… I’m just as capable of praising them at times as I am of bagging on them.  Yeah, it’s far easier to criticize and … Continue reading

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Steele: So Why Does KCK Super Make Twice What Guv Does?

“What’s the Matter with Kansans Valuing Tax Cuts above Education?” KCK School Superintendent Cynthia Lane asks in her blog. “Have we considered the ramifications of these actions on our communities and way of life? Perhaps Kansas is comfortable accelerating a system of the … Continue reading

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Steele: Oh No, ‘Lobbyists’ See Brownback Budget

The Sam Brownback budget is to the editors at the Kansas City Star what Moby Dick was to Ahab, what Bill Clinton was to Monica, what snow is to CNN (Juno, anyone?)–an unhealthy obsession bordering on mania… The latest breathtaking … Continue reading

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Steele: Steve Kraske, Please Tell Us The Sebelius Story Is A Joke

The featured Kansas City Star headline reads as follows, “Kathleen Sebelius criticizes Gov. Sam Brownback’s vision for Kansas.” This is one of two prominent Brownback-bashing articles in Wednesday’s newspaper – by freelance political writer Steve Kraske – a slow day … Continue reading

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Steele: Star Goes OCD on Brownback Budget

In the same week that the Kansas City Star will editorialize rhapsodically about Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech, one in which he will lay out the numerous new ways in which he plans to keep increasing the national … Continue reading

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Sutherland: Crime & Punishment on Grand Boulevard

I’ve noticed over the years that local opponents of capital punishment are usually very quiet when some horrific crime occurs here… In the last few years there have been a number of local murders, in particular, that are so shocking … Continue reading

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Sutherland: Waving My Freak Flag High -or- Nothing’s the Matter With Kansas

“White collared conservative flashing down the street                   Pointing their plastic finger at me                  They’re hoping soon my kind will drop and die      … Continue reading

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Paul Wilson: “I Got The Message, I’m Not Changing a Thing.”

Time to do a little tea leaf reading… The midterm elections are over, but what does it all mean? Other than it almost seems as if someone other than the American electorate cast most of the ballots Tuesday. How else to explain polls … Continue reading

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Sutherland: The Kansas Moderate Old Guard Meets Its Waterloo

The most elite unit in Napoleon’s army was the “Old Guard.”  Its members were the longest serving veterans and those with the fiercest loyalty to the Emperor.  Last weekend I went to an event where the Old Guard of the … Continue reading

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Hearne: Brownback Rides Davis’ Stripper Bust Campaign into 1st Place

“I checked some of the polls this morning and, as of today, most polls show Davis is up by three to five points. The ‘What’s the Matter with Kansas?’ crowd are the base voters for Brownback. His campaign might believe … Continue reading

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Hearne: Democrat Paul Davis Strip Club Misadventure May Be Fatal

Never been much for strip clubs myself… Don’t get me wrong, I’ve attended my share, but for writing stories in recent years. Long ago though I went with friends – first out of curiosity – later with married pals from Pembroke Hill…while I was still single, … Continue reading

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Hearne: Lefsetz Turns Snowballs into Handgrenades, Lobs Them at Brownback

Who else could possibly turn a seemingly commonplace movie review into an indictment of pretty much everyone and everything in this country besides eentertainment lawyer/scribe Bob Leftsetz? That’s a rhetorical question, btw. But take my word for it, Lefsetz “movie review” of Snowpiercer – … Continue reading

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