Highwoods Properties is planning to sell the Country Club Plaza, only the second time the property has been sold in its 92-year history. Because of the Plaza's significance in local history and culture, there is concern and speculation about what the future holds. What concerns are you hearing about?
Kansas City Star columnist Steve Kraske is agreeing with ousted Democratic Party Chairman Larry Meeker that the party needs to re-brand and try to differentiate itself from the more liberal philosophy often associated with the national party. Kraske endorses the concept of calling the party "Red State Democrats," noting the party's failure to win a statewide seat or any slots in the U.S. House or Senate. Are Kraske and Meeker on the right track?
Conservative columnist Kathleen Parker writes of her frustration with some GOP presidential candidates who fail to acknowledge the Constitutional tenet that there is not to be any religious test to hold any office of public trust. She cites Donald Trump and Ben Carson for their recent comments about Muslims. She refers to her targets as "the clueless, the incurious, the moronic, the dull. In short, ignoramuses." Is she being too harsh or too kind?
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Mike Shanin’s been hosting Ruckus since the program’s debut in 1995 and in recent years, has also served as Managing Editor. A veteran Kansas City radio broadcaster, Shanin has worked as a talk show host, political analyst, news anchor and in management. Since leaving radio in early 2012, he’s done freelance pubic speaking and commercial radio and television projects. A graduate of both Northwest Missouri State University and Park University, Shanin’s academic emphasis was on Political Science, Social Science, and Public Administration. He served in the U.S. Army as a Broadcast and Information Specialist between1968 and 1970, stationed initially at Ft. McPherson, GA., and later with the First Infantry Division in Vietnam. @MikeShanin
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