Former President Trump has left office. His legacy for Kansas includes a tattered civic culture, increased belief in conspiracy theories and exhausted public health workers, wrote Russell Fox in last week’s column.
The COVID pandemic and breakdown of legislative norms all have us asking, what is a legislature? Deliberation is at the heart of legislative work, and today’s environment makes that very difficult, wrote Burdett Loomis in last week’s column.
Is politics a game? In last week’s column, Michael Smith says no. Treating politics as a game leads to poor policy and more COVID deaths.
Schools, students and parents are overwhelmed this year. The money included in the recent stimulus bill is a start–but only a start, wrote Sharon Iorio in last week’s column.
Voters across the country–including in “red” states like Oklahoma and Missouri–are passing Medicaid expansion and a host of other policies via the petition initiative. All states bordering Kansas have it. But, it won’t pass the Kansas Legislature, wrote Patrick Miller in last week’s column.
The U.S. Senate today is a sharply divided, partisan body very different from what it used to be. Why serve, and what legacy does a Senator wish to leave? That question currently faces Senator Jerry Moran and Senator-elect Roger Marshall, wrote Burdett Loomis in last week’s column.
The Republican Party has changed, but their dominance in Kansas hasn’t–except in Johnson County. So wrote Russell Fox in last week’s column.
In this week’s column, Michael Smith dove into exit polling data to find that Republicans won Kansas on key issues this year–but not all issues.
Two tight, razor-thin victories in the KC and Wichita areas will, if certified, shift the balance of power on the Kansas School Board from 8 Republicans and 2 Democrats, to 6-4. But with candidates campaigning on themes like COVID safety and integrating technology, the board can continue to function as a consensual body, wrote Sharon Iorio in last week’s column
As COVID-19 surges in Kansas and nationally, disagreements over wearing and mandating masks expose the fact that Kansans are not so much in disagreement as we are living in separate realities, wrote Patrick Miller in last week’s column.