Governor Laura Kelly is trying hard to tie her opponent Derek Schmidt to former Governor Brownback–but the real story is Schmidt’s inaction while Kris Kobach usurped the power of the Attorney General’s office, wrote Michael Smith in last week’s column.
The “new” Kris Kobach is running for Attorney General this year. Is he the same as the old Kris Kobach? Michael Smith reviewed Kobach’s long history of controversy and drama in last week’s column.
The Kansas Legislature radically altered the shapes and demographics of Kansas’ Congressional districts this year. This means big changes for many voters, wrote Michael Smith in last week’s column.
If voters amend the Kansas Constitution to allow the Legislature to ban abortion, anti-abortion legislators promise that any new laws will have exceptions for the life and health of pregnant women. But how exactly are threats to life and health going to be defined in the legislation? It’s not so simple, wrote Patrick Miller in last week’s column.
With all the attention given to the “Value Them Both” Amendment, Kansas voters may be wondering what else is on this summer’s primary ballot. In his most recent column, Michael Smith discussed the requirements for voting and two primary races worth watching.
In last week’s column, Michael Smith offers a celebration for the kindness, inclusiveness and sincerity of iGen/GenZ. He also expresses concern for their high levels of anxiety.
The Kansas Board of Regents has validated existing reading standards and called for more math to be taught to high-school students. They also want students to receive help applying for financial aid and taking dual-enrollment high school courses. Fine–but with American democracy on life support, where is civic education, asked Michael Smith in last week’s column, which got picked up by Yahoo News from the Topeka Capital Journal?
Our democracy is on life support, and ten years of lessons from teaching civic education can help save it, argued Michael Smith in last week’s column.
The APEX tax deal is the largest in Kansas history, designed to lure thousands of jobs to the state, but the deal raises more questions than answers, wrote Michael Smith in last week’s column, reposted here on Yahoo! Finance.
This MLK Day week is no time to argue about Critical Race Theory. Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech offers us something more important–the critical promise of redemption, wrote Michael Smith in last week’s column.