Facing a protracted battle over tax increment financing to renovate a building owned by philanthropist Shirley Helzberg, BNIM Architecture dumped plans for a headquarters in the Crossroads District. Mayor Sly James says he's disappointed and disheartened by what happened. One critic of TIFs is quoted in a Kansas City Star story saying the blame for this failure rests with the mayor. Is the mayor to blame?
Kansas governor Sam Brownback penned an op-ed piece in the Kansas City Star last Saturday responding to his media critics. Claiming a variety of achievements, Brownback concluded by proclaiming that "Kansas is strong and Kansas is growing." The next day, the Star ran an editorial suggesting that without some corrections, "Kansas will continue to spiral downward." The Star says it's crucial to recruit and elect candidates this November who will reverse the state's "spiral downward." Do you see this recruitment taking place?
New Hampshire voters participated in the first-in-the-nation primary on Tuesday. Once the votes were counted, Bernie Sanders took a decisive victory on the Democratic side and Donald Trump topped the field of Republican candidates. What do the Democratic results suggest for the rest of the race? How about the GOP?
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