Jackson County Voters Have Tough Choices To Make August 5

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 By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer

On August 5, Jackson County voters in the 1st District are going to have a tough choice to make when selecting between two qualified and deserving candidates.
Frank White and Sherwood Smith are both great people and great candidates with similar platforms.
White, a former baseball player who was a member of the Royals’ 1985 World Championship, is a homegrown hero active in various groups and organizations as well as a T-Bones coach.
White’s campaign is focusing on making sure that COMBAT remains effective in its continued efforts in reducing the drugs and violence that are plaguing our children and our neighborhoods.
White wants to find creative ways for children to have safe activities that would keep them from dangerous situations such as those noted on the Plaza.
White also wants for the County’s parks to expand health and recreational programs for youth, families and senior citizens.
Lastly, he wants to ensure that fair and equitable property taxes or accessed no matter where people live.
“I just want to serve and fight for the people of Jackson County and bring a voice of reason to the Legislature,”  White said.
His opponent in the race, Smith, is also well known throughout the community also working in several organizations and as a fire union leader.
Smith faced an up hill battle after White entered the race because of the overwhelming name recognition
Throughout two decades of service as a fire fighter and community leader, Smith has earned several successes as a tireless, aggressive advocate for the many important causes to which he remains devoted.  As a proud resident of Jackson County, he is active in several political, community, and civic activities and organizations.
He is the current Vice President and Emeritus President of the Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters, which oversees all legislative matters in the State of Missouri concerning Public Safety, and currently serves as an Executive Board Member on the Committee for County Progress, the Citizens Association, and Freedom, Inc.
Smith was the first African American to be elected President of any state’s Fire Fighter’s association in the country. And Smith has run the political arm of the organization
Smith is also a past recipient of the Harry S Truman Democratic Achievement Award, “in recognition of dedication, commitment, and outstanding contributions to the Democratic party.
“We must keep our neighborhoods safe by working to prevent crimes before they happen. I will fund enhanced technologies and improved drug prevention programs. Let’s stop unnecessary corporate tax breaks and handouts, and make sure that county incentives work for all, not just some,” Smith said.
Smith is also wants to give working families a chance to join the middle class again and earn a living and dignified wages.
Both candidates are products of the Kansas City, Mo., Public schools and are both married with children and are life long residents of Kansas City.
Both candidates have a string of political endorsements. Smith has managed to gathered many influential endorsements early in the race, before White officially entered the race.
2nd District Candidate
Candidates for the 2nd District of Jackson County include, Alfred Jordan, Sterling Brown and Zachary L. Berkstresser.


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Obamacare Hit By Ruling, But Subsidies To Continue


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s health care law is enmeshed in another big legal battle after two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday.
A divided court panel in Washington called into question the subsidies that help millions of low- and middle-income people pay their premiums, saying financial aid can be paid only in states that have set up their own insurance markets, or exchanges.
About 100 miles to the south in Richmond, Virginia, another appeals court panel unanimously came to the opposite conclusion, ruling that the Internal Revenue Service correctly interpreted the will of Congress when it issued regulations allowing consumers in all 50 states to purchase subsidized coverage.
The White House immediately declared that policyholders will keep getting financial aid as the administration sorts out the legal implications.
Spokesman Josh Earnest said the adverse decision in Washington would have “no practical impact” on tax credits as the case works its way through the courts.
Both cases are part of a long-running political and legal campaign to overturn Obama’s signature domestic legislation by Republicans and other opponents of the law.
In the Washington case, a group of small business owners argued that the law authorizes subsidies only for people who buy insurance through markets established by the states — not by the federal government.
That’s no mere legal distinction, since the federal government is running the markets, or exchanges, in 36 states.
A divided court agreed with that objection, in a 2-1 decision that could mean premium increases for more than half the 8 million Americans who have purchased taxpayer-subsidized private insurance under the law.
Two judges appointed by Republican presidents voted against the administration’s interpretation of the law while one appointed by a Democratic president dissented.
The Obama spokesman said the administration would seek a hearing by the full 11-judge court. The full court has seven judges appointed by Democratic presidents, including four appointed by Obama.


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District: ‘We Want Provisional Status’; State Board Says, ‘Not So Fast’


By Tracy Allen
CALL Staff Writer
It has been an ongoing battle for two years now since the Kansas City, Mo., Public Schools learned that it would be unaccredited. When will it regain at least provisional accreditation?
That has been the struggle that KCPS administrators have endured since the 17,000 student district became unaccredited in January 2012. But according to the Missouri State Board of Education, the District’s desire to become at least provisionally accredited for the upcoming school year beginnning August 11, won’t be anytime soon.
The State Board issued a statement Tuesday saying that while there has been improvement within the KCPS, the need to grant immediate provisional accreditation is still a ways off. What KCPS administrators now must hope for is that the returning student enrollment doesn’t take a greater hit as students are now given a chance to transfer to neighborhing schools, although the KCPS will be on the hook for possible transportation fees.
The State Board of Education chose not to make a decision on the KCPS accreditation status because in its statement,


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