Star columnist Steve Kraske finds a connection between Kansas City Mayor Sly James and Kansas Governor Sam Brownback. He says what both have achieved in pure political terms is significant. For James, an 87 percent victory in his re-election campaign; for Brownback, maintaining his income tax cuts while getting a conservative legislature to approve a sales tax hike. Kraske says James is "King" of KC and Brownback is "King" of Kansas. Did James win such a big victory because he's such a good mayor no one of substance would oppose him or did his landslide result from such meager opposition? Do you agree with Kraske that Brownback is "King" of Kansas?
A front-page story in the Kansas City Star last Sunday details stories from women who have been harassed and demeaned while working or serving in Jefferson City government circles. One former lawmaker says life in Jefferson City is "anything goes." Is the story accurate?
The U.S. Supreme Court has found a constitutional right for same-sex marriage citing-among other things--the equal protection guarantee of the 14th Amendment. Some Republicans are vowing to overturn the decision. The only ways that could happen would be through a constitutional amendment or another ruling from the high court. Are Republicans optimistic that either will occur in the foreseeable future? What was the catalyst(s)? What role did media play? Is how gay marriage viewed a generational matter?
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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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