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Clinton in KC for July La Raza Speech
July 2, 2015

Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton will speak at the national La Raza convention in Kansas City July 13th, a spokesman for La Raza announced Thursday.
“We are thrilled that Secretary Clinton will join us to speak to the thousands of Latino community leaders who will gather in Kansas City next week,” said Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR said in a statement.
“We look forward to hearing about her vision for the country and her thoughts on the issues of greatest concern to our community.”
Clinton is hoping to lure millions of Hispanic voters to her campaign in 2016.
Democratic President Barack Obama was the overwhelming choice of Hispanic voters in 2012.
The Republican Party’s opposition to some ideas
On immigration reform have
Made it difficult for some GOP candidates for President to gain much traction with Hispanic voters.
This will be Clinton’s second trip to Missouri since she started her campaign. In June , Clinton visited the St. Louis area and sole about the need to improve race relations.
She made an appearance not far from the St. Louis suburb
of Ferguson , which was torn apart by racial tension last year after a police officer shit and killed a man.

Brown back Considering Religous Objection Proposal After Gay Marriage Ruling
July 2, 2015

(AP) – Republican Gov. Sam Brownback says he’s considering proposing a new religious objections law for Kansas following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision legalizing gay marriage across the nation.

Brownback on Thursday also defended the state’s refusal so far to allow gay and lesbian spouses to change their last names on driver’s licenses or to file joint income tax returns. The governor said his administration wants to make sure such changes are handled correctly.

Brownback has been a strong supporter of the state’s ban on same-sex marriage that was reinforced by a 2005 amendment to the Kansas Constitution.

The governor said religious liberties need to be protected. As for legislation next year, he said, “We’re looking at that.”

Gay-rights leader Tom Witt said Brownback is defying the high court ruling.

KC Convention Hotel Advances, But Picks Up More Critics
June 30, 2015

The plan to build a new 800-room convention hotel in downtown Kansas City moved ahead. In the process, however, it may have picked up some more opponents.
The Tax Increment Finance (TIF) Commission voted 8-2 Tuesday to approve the plan.
Representatives of the Kansas City School District and the Kansas City Public Library, however, raised their concerns.
Operations like school system, libraries and other agencies get a lot of their funding from property taxes. Those agencies are members of the TIF Commission.
The school district says the tax breaks over the life of the deal could cost the school 5 million dollars.
Debbie Siragusa of the Kansas City Public Library system said the TIF Commission seemed to spend more time talking about the potential rate of return to private investors rather than the impact of the lost tax money on schools and libraries.
“The city may be comfortable with that, I won’t give an opinion on that, but we’re not,” Siragusa said.
Attorney Mike Burke, one of the front men for developers said the city block where the hotel is to be built does not produce any real tax money now, so Siragusa’s library and the school system are not losing any money.
Under the terms approved by the TIF Commission today, the city contributes $35 million to the plan over the life of the deal. Burke says the money will come from convention and tourism taxes, not the city”s main budget, its General Fund.
Kansas City will also donate the land it owns near the convention for the 800-room hotel.
The terms also include TIF development deal for 23 years, directing it’s economic activity taxes back into the project; a Super TIF for 30 years.
The developers also met the ‘ but for”, requirement of the deal. That requires developers to prove the project cannot succeed ‘ but for’ the support of the city.
An analyst, Tom Denaway said without the city’s involvement in the plan the rate of return on the hotel project would be about 2%. With the city involved, it is over 12%.
“Nobody is going to invest in a $310 project with a 2% potential return,” said Denaway.
Patrick Tuohery of the show-Me Institute also criticized the city for rushing in to support the plan.
“it’s not a matter of do we build a hotel or do we not build a hotel? It’s do the taxpayers have to subsidize a hotel? And there are so many greater needs in Kansas City.

Judge Bans Latest Kansas Abortion Restriction
June 25, 2015

(AP)-A Kansas judge has blocked the state’s first-in-the-nation ban on an abortion procedure opponents refer to as “dismemberment abortion.”

The decision Thursday from Shawnee County District Court Judge Larry Hendricks came in a lawsuit filed from the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights. The center represents two Kansas abortion providers and argued the law would force women to undergo riskier procedures or forgo abortions.

The judge’s order will stay in effect while he considers the lawsuit further. The new law was supposed to take effect July 1.

It bans a second-trimester procedure that anti-abortion activists call “dismemberment abortion” and was model legislation from the National Right to Life Committee. Kansas was the first state to enact it.

The state’s lawyers argued that there are safe alternative abortion methods.

Reactions to Obamacare Ruling
June 25, 2015

Here is Missouri Senator Roy Blunt’s statement in the Supreme Court’s ruling:
““For more than five years, I’ve heard from countless Missouri workers, seniors, and families who are facing higher costs and fewer choices due to the president’s health care takeover. And Missourians recently learned more bad news when the Obama Administration announced premium rate increases for our state in 2016 of up to 34 percent.

“This law has been one false promise after another. First, the president promised people if they liked their health care, they could keep it. He insisted that not having coverage would result in a penalty, not a tax, and he promised affordable health care to millions of Americans who now find they cannot afford it.

“While I’m disappointed that the Court didn’t ultimately accept what the law actually said, I’ll keep fighting to protect Missourians from the president’s flawed health care plan and replace it with a patient-centered system that lowers costs, increases choices, and provides greater access to quality care.”

MO- 3 Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer:

“For more than five years, I’ve heard from countless Missouri workers, seniors, and families who are facing higher costs and fewer choices due to the president’s health care takeover. And Missourians recently learned more bad news when the Obama Administration announced premium rate increases for our state in 2016 of up to 34 percent.

“This law has been one false promise after another. First, the president promised people if they liked their health care, they could keep it. He insisted that not having coverage would result in a penalty, not a tax, and he promised affordable health care to millions of Americans who now find they cannot afford it.

“While I’m disappointed that the Court didn’t ultimately accept what the law actually said, I’ll keep fighting to protect Missourians from the president’s flawed health care plan and replace it with a patient-centered system that lowers costs, increases choices, and provides greater access to quality care.”

MO-3 Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer:

“Today the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare in the case of King v. Burwell. While I had hoped for a different outcome, this does not mean that I will give up the fight to chip away at the costly and job killing components of the president’s failed health-care law. I will continue to listen to the people of the 3rd District and work with my colleagues to repeal the most onerous pieces of Obamacare and am also looking ahead towards a future where real solutions can be made – solutions that focus on freedom, empowerment, flexibility, and putting doctors and patients back in charge of health-care.”

KS-2 Rep. Lynn Jenkins:

“Today the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare in the case of King v. Burwell. While I had hoped for a different outcome, this does not mean that I will give up the fight to chip away at the costly and job killing components of the president’s failed health-care law. I will continue to listen to the people of the 3rd District and work with my colleagues to repeal the most onerous pieces of Obamacare and am also looking ahead towards a future where real solutions can be made – solutions that focus on freedom, empowerment, flexibility, and putting doctors and patients back in charge of health-care.”

MO-5 Rep. Emanuel Cleaver:
“The Supreme Court has said it again and again: The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land,” said Congressman Cleaver, II. Today’s decision saves lives. The ACA is helping millions of Americans focus on their families, jobs, and quality of life, instead of worrying about what will happen if they and their family members get hurt or sick. Now I am no lawyer—I am simply a United Methodist preacher. Even I can tell you, the text, structure, and history of the law have always been crystal clear on this: tax credits are available to all eligible Americans, regardless of whether they live in a State that chose to set up its own Exchange or, in a State, like Missouri, that chose to let the Federal government set one up for it. As the majority opinion states, ‘Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them.’ Some political partisans have been trying to eke out a victory against President Obama and Congressional Democrats, at the expense of people’s health, well-being, and wallets. Today’s decision protects 6.4 million Americans across the country and 200,000 in Missouri from suffering. It is a victory for us all.

MO-6 Rep. Sam Graves:

“I strongly disagree with today’s ruling, but it does not change my resolve to fully repeal Obamacare,” Rep. Graves said. “The president’s health care law has led to higher costs, fewer jobs, and tremendous uncertainty for families and small businesses.”

“What’s worse, Obamacare takes healthcare decisions out of the hands of patients and doctors and leaves them up to bureaucrats in Washington,” Rep. Graves continued. “Regardless of the outcome of this ruling, I will continue working to replace Obamacare with patient-centered, free market reforms that protect Americans from this harmful law.”

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon:
““Today’s ruling is good news for hundreds of thousands of working Missourians who will continue to have access to affordable health coverage through the federal exchange,” said Gov. Nixon. “However, it is important to note that there are hundreds of thousands more Missourians who continue to be denied access to affordable health care due to the Missouri legislature’s inaction on Medicaid.

“Today’s ruling by the Roberts Court to uphold the Affordable Care Act a second time removes all doubt that the ACA is and will remain the law of the land. There are no more excuses for continuing to send our tax dollars to other states and denying 300,000 working Missourians the opportunity to access affordable health care coverage through Medicaid expansion. I look forward to working with the General Assembly next session to finally bring our tax dollars home and provide affordable health coverage to hundreds of thousands of hard-working Missourians through Medicaid expansion.”

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