Tuesday, July 22, 2014

President Obama is coming to Kansas City next week

Posted By on Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 12:56 PM


President Barack Obama will make a stop in Kansas City next week.

The Kansas City Star reports that Obama will give a speech about the economy on Wednesday, July 30. But the president arrives in town a little early, getting here on Tuesday. So he'll be hanging out for a couple of days in KC.

Keep an eye out for Obama at Oklahoma Joe's because we all know that's the best place to spot famous people — and what better way to stimulate the local economy. 

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A raft of Kansas Republicans announce their endorsement of Democrat Paul Davis for governor

Posted By on Tue, Jul 15, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Republicans like Paul Davis, too.
  • Republicans like Paul Davis, too.
Lawrence Democrat Paul Davis last month told The Pitch to look out for a wave of what he called unprecedented Republican support for his bid to replace Sam Brownback as Kansas governor. 

That prediction came true on Tuesday when more than 100 Republican officeholders, past and present, were part of a press conference in Topeka to announce their support for Davis and their opposition to another Brownback term.

The Kansas GOPers who lent their name to Davis' campaign endorsements run the gamut from school-board members to former U.S. attorneys to small-town mayors. Mostly, they're former Kansas House and Senate members, some of whom were driven from office by Brownback's political support groups.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Sam Brownback trailing Democrat Paul Davis in new governor's race poll

Posted By on Thu, Jun 26, 2014 at 7:45 AM

Davis chances looking up.
  • Davis' chances looking up.
How bad of a job can a Republican in Kansas do and still get re-elected? That's the subtext of the upcoming governor's race in the Sunflower State, which is all but certain to pit incumbent Republican Sam Brownback against Democrat challenger Paul Davis.

When Davis announced his candidacy last year, his odds looked grim. But given the ongoing avalanche of damning information about Brownback's "grand experiment" in the state, it's starting to look like Davis might actually be able to pull it off. And poll numbers released yesterday back that up.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Kansas City won't get the Republican National Convention in 2016

Posted By on Wed, Jun 25, 2014 at 1:31 PM

All the hoopla is over.

Kansas City made videos, assembled a youth marching band, spruced up downtown, had Mayor Sly James dance on an airport tarmac, had Dick Cheney spend a night in town, covered up the Totally Nude sign, raised millions in private funds and spent public money, all to impress Republicans. But it wasn't enough to convince GOP leaders to pick Kansas City as the site of the 2016 Republican National Convention.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Olathe Rep. Scott Schwab thinks Koch Industries cost him a Kansas Chamber endorsement

Posted By on Mon, Jun 16, 2014 at 3:34 PM

In 2012, Olathe House Republican Scott Schwab got an election endorsement from the Kansas Chamber Political Action Committee, a powerful lobbying group in the Kansas statehouse.

Schwab won't get their endorsement this year as he heads into a August Republican primary against an underfunded opponent in John Wilson.

Schwab thinks a run-in he had with Koch Industries officials last year over legislation concerning Kansas' renewable energy standards led to his losing favor with the Kansas Chamber.

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Friday, May 30, 2014

The new White House press secretary is from Kansas City

Posted By on Fri, May 30, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Earnest with the prez.
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  • Earnest with the prez.
White House press secretary (and noted Guided by Voices superfan) Jay Carney resigned this afternoon, after three years in the position. Replacing him is Josh Earnest, who until today served as deputy press secretary.

Earnest hails from south Kansas City. His mother and father (a psychologist and a director of Pembroke Hill's athletic department, respectively) live in Red Bridge. Earnest attended the Barstow School and, later, Rice University, before embarking on a political career that has included stints on the campaigns of Mayor Lee Brown in Houston and Mike Bloomberg in New York. He joined Obama's team on his first presidential campaign, when he served as Iowa communications director.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Jay Nixon's impeachment hearing is Nick Marshall's crowning achievement in the Missouri Legislature

Posted By on Mon, Apr 21, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Missouri state Rep. Nick Marshall
  • Missouri state Rep. Nick Marshall
A good rule of thumb when following state government holds that if some piece of legislative action from a low-profile lawmaker seems like a publicity stunt, it probably is.

That hypothesis has proven out a number of times this year, starting with Kansas state Rep. Charles Macheers' truncated effort at passing pro-discrimination legislation in Kansas to Missouri state Sen. Wayne Wallingford's attempt to do largely the same on his side of the state line.

Missouri state Rep. Nick Marshall didn't miss his opportunity to get his name in headlines this legislative session by moving to impeach Gov. Jay Nixon. Marshall was unhappy with Nixon's executive order earlier in the year to make the Missouri Department of Revenue accept joint tax returns from same-sex couples whose marriages are recognized in other states.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Missouri House representative thinks getting an abortion is like kicking the tires on a new car

Posted By on Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Lawmakers in Missouri and Kansas in recent years have tried to push various abortion restriction measures that seem to operate under the premise that women who seek to terminate their pregnancies are like impulse shoppers.

Proposals like those that would require women to look at ultrasound photos of their unborn fetuses before an abortion have popped in and out of both statehouses over the years. Such ideas serve only to reduce women making a difficult, major life decision to the level of someone skipping on their way to the abortion clinic thinking, "Hey, you only live once!"

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Breman Anderson goes from being Hickman Mills president to getting voted off the school board in a year's time

Posted By on Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 12:33 PM

On February 20, Breman Anderson put on another of his grandstanding displays before the Hickman Mills School Board.

That night, Anderson launched a long-winded exegesis about why the district should renew a transportation contract with Durham School Services, even though another company put in a bid that was $470,000 lower than Durham's and Superintendent Dennis Carpenter had just finished explaining all the problems that the district experienced with Durham's services over the years. Carpenter told board members that some bus routes weren't being run, other buses were not showing up on time and the district was not able to reach Durham personnel during emergencies.

None of that was enough to dissuade Anderson from backing Durham.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Overland Park police chief John Douglass circumspect about possible Johnson County Sheriff run

Posted By on Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Overland Park police chief John Douglass
  • Overland Park police chief John Douglass
Rumors are percolating in Johnson County that outgoing Overland Park police chief John Douglass is eyeing a 2016 run to become the county's sheriff.

Reached on Monday, Douglass said people have talked to him about entering the race, but he hasn't made a decision.

"Certainly people have inquired about whether I would be interested, but that's a ways away," Doulgass told The Pitch.

Frank Denning is in his second term as Johnson County sheriff. He has told reporters that he won't seek a third term unless he suspects his possible successor will erode the office's autonomy from county government.

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