The Kansas City, Missouri, City Council has refused to schedule a public vote on a new downtown convention hotel. An initiative petition campaign conducted by "Citizens for Responsible Government" appeared to meet the legal standard. The city, however, said some of the petition's language was at odds with state law and would require the city to negate contracts for the project already signed by the city. CFRG is considering litigation. Is it fair to say this downtown hotel battle is over?
Star columnist Steve Rose is re-thinking his opposition to rebuilding rather than renovating Kansas City International Airport. Rose is swayed by reports from Southwest Airlines, KCI's dominant tenant, that suggests rebuilding is the cheaper choice. Rose believes voters will appreciate the lower costs and will be willing to forego, as will he, some convenience features if that's what it takes to keep Southwest committed to Kansas City and KCI. Do you think most voters will be aligned with Rose's pragmatic thinking?
Political pros say this year's presidential debates have helped "clarify and condense the field for 2016," helping Hillary Clinton and Republican "outsiders" while hurting establishment candidates such as Jeb Bush. Viewership for the Republican debates have been much higher than in previous years. Donald Trump says he's responsible. Is he right?
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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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