Monday, April 22, 2019

Is KC Star Rearranging Chairs on the Titanic?

The Kansas City Star continued the long slow process of slimming down its newsroom this week. The McClatchy paper bought out three writers with a combined 100 years at the paper. Diane Stafford, Scott Cannon,...

Boss Pendergast Would Have Been Proud of #BetterKCI

In 1935, legendary Kansas City "boss" Tom Pendergast set his Ready-Mixed concrete company to the task of paving over Brush Creek, a project that would stand as Kansas City's most gratuitous for eighty years...

Star Gets Vapors over Bills without Names Attached, Ignores Unrecorded Votes on House Floor

Members of the Kansas House sidelined legislation that would have added $500 million in new funding to public schools over the next five years. Good luck figuring out how your representative voted on it,...

Star Rejects Connection Between Democratic Political Rhetoric and Scalise Shooting

In perhaps its first ever editorial in favor of the First Amendment Kansas City Star editors chose not to see any connection between the unprecedented viciousness of the political rhetoric leveled at President Donald Trump...

Obamacare Cratering in Missouri, Kansas; Blue Cross Says ‘Adios’

On Wednesday Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City announced the company’s decision to "not offer or renew individual Affordable Care Act (ACA) plans"--a.k.a. "Obamacare"--in the company’s 32-county service area in Kansas and Missouri...

Cap-J Editorial Board: Returning Money to Taxpayers Is Pointless

It's difficult to find a starting point in the latest nonsensical editorial from the Topeka Capital-Journal. The opinion piece says the Supreme Court's decision on school funding is a "consequence" of the last five...

CNN Issues Warning Disguised as News to Republicans on Healthcare Bill

Federal lawmakers may vote on an Obamacare overhaul before the end of September. In a story outlining the fiscal impacts on state budgets, CNN'S Chris Cillizza makes massive assumptions about how voters might respond...

Just Who Is Alan Rupe and Why Does He Want Your Money?

In scanning through a Topeka Capital-Journal article on the impending school finance debate in the Kansas legislature, the reader gets the impression that a character named "Alan Rupe" has more control over the outcome...

McClatchy Reveals Biased Hand in First Sentence of Brownback Vote Tale

Four McClatchy reporters--essentially all Kansas statehouse reporters for the brand that includes the Kansas City Star and the Wichita Eagle--revealed an ugly bias in the first sentence of a story about Gov. Brownback receiving...

“Study” Says Kansas Need $2 Billion More to Smarten Up Students

For the outfit that produced the "study" the answer is simple: Kansas lawmakers need to cough up between $1.7 and $2.1 billion "to meet heightened targets" for Kansas school kids. Professor Lori L. Taylor, who...

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