Arrival of the long-awaited downtown streetcars is delayed because of manufacturing issues in Spain and New York state. The Kansas City Star is critical of some "boosters" the paper believes failed to properly prepare the public for the delay. The paper says this plays into the hands of those who call the project a "toy train" and could harm chances for future expansion. Is it fair to criticize local officials who can't control manufacturing and processing in Spain and New York state?
The chairman of the Kansas Democratic Party has resigned after angering party faithful by calling for a "re-branding" of the party. Larry Meeker proposed moving the party toward the center and making room for people with diverse views on controversial issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage. Meeker argued such a change would make the party more electable. Democrats hold none of the state's congressional positions and only about a quarter of seats in the state legislature. Do Meeker's views about re-branding have merit?
The status of a minimum wage increase in Kansas City, Missouri, continues to confuse. To wit: The $13 per hour increase is on hold due to a referendum filed by a business group; the group that gathered enough initiative petition signatures to force a vote on a $15 minimum wage----then backed off---now wants the issue back on the ballot; finally, a possible veto override by the Missouri legislature might negate both options. What will prevail---$13 an hour, $15 an hour, or nothing until it is approved at the state level?
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