Steve Kraske, The Kansas City Star

Steve Kraske

The Kansas City Star

Kansas City, MO, United States

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Past articles by Steve:

Could a DUI charge work in Quinton Lucas’ favor as he runs for Kansas City mayor?

The DUI case involving Quinton Lucas is unresolved four months after the Kansas City mayoral candidate was arrested in Lawrence. Now, Lucas has a decision to make: Seek an outright dismissal or accept diversion. → Read More

The no-bid fiasco: Gov. Laura Kelly left with another Sam Brownback mess to clean up

A no-bid contract awarded to CGI Technologies by Sam Brownback’s administration was supposed to improve the state’s tax processing system. But the move backfired, leaving Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly with a mess. → Read More

Former Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan once got caught in blackface. How did he survive?

A photograph of former Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan in blackface blew up the 2000 race for the U.S. Senate — then vanished as an issue. Today, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s blackface controversy isn’t going away. → Read More

‘It’s huge.’ Kansas City Public Schools superintendent delivers monster test scores

A new round of test scores shows that Superintendent Mark Bedell has Kansas City Public Schools climbing toward full accreditation. In the state report on annual performance, the district scored an impressive 82.9. → Read More

The KC Mayoral Power Rankings 3.0: As the campaign shifts into gear, who’s leading the pack?

In a race crowded with intriguing candidates, City Council member Jolie Justus remains the frontrunner. But Quinton Lucas and Stephen Miller are pressing her, and several other candidates could surprise. → Read More

No more free meals? Life in the ‘Clean Missouri’ statehouse will never be the same

Long-time Jefferson City denizens are adjusting to new “Clean Missouri” ethics rules that bar gifts to Missouri lawmakers valued at more than $5. Gone are the free tickets and fancy dinners paid for by lobbyists. → Read More

Gov. Jeff Colyer deserves (mostly) applause for his year as Kansas governor

Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer faced big challenges when he took over from Sam Brownback last year. But Colyer managed to set a new tone while signing a critical school funding bill that may have cost him his job. → Read More

They said what? The best sound bites of 2018 from Missouri and Kansas politicians

Claire McCaskill, Josh Hawley, Roy Blunt, Laura Kelly, Kevin Yoder and lots of other elected officials in Missouri and Kansas had much to say in 2018. Here are some of the year’s most memorable quotes. → Read More

More Kansas Republicans are considering defecting to the Democrats. Is this a trend?

Kansas state Sen. Babara Bollier may be the first of several moderate Republicans who say goodbye to the GOP and join the Democratic Party. If this becomes a trend, it would fundamentally change Kansas politics. → Read More

George Bush taught this reporter a lesson about the business of journalism

After a 1979 news conference, the future president got in a food line behind me, then began asking about my parents, my future and journalism. George Bush was all about the relationships. → Read More

Incoming Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has a lot to do — and not a lot of time to do it

No rest for the weary for Kansas’ new governor. Laura Kelly has a long list of tasks to complete before she takes the oath of office. And she must accomplish them in the wake of a long, grueling campaign → Read More

Republicans dominate Missouri politics now — and maybe for years to come

Even though Missouri Republicans, including Eric Greitens, Rod Jetton and John Diehl, have faced scandal after scandal, voters still back the party. That says something about the GOP’s iron grip on the state. → Read More

With McCaskill defeat, Missouri Democrats have hit rock-bottom. Now what?

Things can’t get any worse for Missouri Democrats, who now control only one statewide office. Sen. Claire McCaskill’s loss in Tuesday’s election made clear there’s no easy path for the party to regain power. → Read More

What if the blue wave fizzles and the 2018 election settles absolutely nothing?

In the midterm election of 2018, little made sense. Republicans, who should be down on their luck, stand to gain Senate seats even if they lose the House. Voters may be more tribalized than ever before. → Read More

Greg Orman on Kris Kobach: `His incompetence scares me’

Greg Orman, independent candidate for Kansas governor, discussed issues with The Star’s editorial board. He’s said he’s unconvinced that Kris Kobach and Laura Kelly have the right experience to run the state. → Read More

Here’s the county that could decide Kansas’ next governor

Wyandotte County has a long history of lousy voter turnout, and that has cost Democrats. In November, the county could make the difference in the governor’s race and the 3rd District race for Congress. → Read More

The most important vote you’ll cast in Missouri elections isn’t what you think it is

Passing the Clean Missouri plan in the November election will have a more lasting impact on state politics than anything else this year — including the Senate race between Claire McCaskill and Josh Hawley. → Read More

No wonder Republicans are desperate: Their power may be slipping away

Republicans are on top in Washington and back home in Missouri. But developments surrounding Brett Kavanaugh and the Clean Missouri initiative may mean that much of their authority will soon be gone. → Read More

After a summer in hiding, is former Gov. Eric Greitens already plotting a comeback?

Eric Greitens is said to have made phone calls to financial backers to explore a comeback run for MIssouri governor. The idea is laughable, but Greitens just might be ambitious enough to try it. → Read More

Think Jason Kander has the KC mayor’s race locked up? Not so fast

At the first Kansas City mayoral forum, seven candidates not named Jason Kander demonstrated that the race for the city’s top office won’t be a slow-motion coronation for the former U.S. Senate candidate. → Read More