THE TODD SQUAD
Backers of Congressman Todd Akin continue to show support for the embattled candidate whose comment about rape and abortion caused many to think he would have to abandon his campaign.
WHITE COLLAR CRIME?
Bishop Robert Finn of the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese has been found guilty of failure to report suspicions of child abuse. His two-year probation has been suspended. As a result of the court ruling, some Catholics and others believe Finn should resign. Ultimately, any decision will be made by Rome.
If Missouri voters approve local control of the St. Louis Police Department this fall, it seems likely Kansas City will try and follow suit. Mayor James has expressed support for the St. Louis initiative and says if a consensus develops, Kansas City may ask the legislature for approval next year.
THE INVISIBLE MAN?
In his political column, Steve Kraske points out that Governor Brownback was largely ignored at the GOP convention, raising questions about his potential strength as a future presidential contender. Kraske writes that other Republicans are now dominating the discussion about 2016: Rubio, Ryan, Haley, Christie. Kraske also speculates that Brownback may no longer be as ambitious as before when he sought the presidential nomination in 2008.