Posts Tagged ‘Steve Rose’

Op-Ed – Kansas Web site ‘Kaw and Border’ defends Ben Hodge after false KC Star column

Monday, March 14th, 2011

From Kaw and Border.  Re-printed with permission:

Steve Rose, chief mouthpiece for the Dick Bond-wing of Johnson County politics, has largely been off our radar for the past few months. The largest reason is that due to some kind of contractual issue, his column was removed from the front of the Johnson County Sun and with it, his automatic access to tens of thousands of Johnson County residents who received the Sun in their mailboxes or driveways the past 20+ years. (more…)

Source: Leawood Mayor Peggy Dunn on Brownback “short list” of choices for Lieutenant Governor

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

According to a source, Senator Sam Brownback’s 2010 team is privately telling Kansas conservatives that Leawood Mayor Peggy Dunn is on the “short list” of choices for Brownback’s running mate.  The source thinks that Brownback wants to appoint a woman and a Johnson County resident.  If true, Brownback’s consideration of Dunn will likely be viewed by many conservatives as further evidence of the concern that Brownback is out of touch with conservative voters. (more…)

John Landsberg to participate with local media leftists Dave Helling, Steve Rose in ‘citizen conversation’ Thursday night discussing: ‘If journalism goes bankrupt, can democracy be far behind?’; moderated by KCPT’s Nick Haines

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Bottom Line Communications:

The decline in local reporting is more than just a business problem waiting for a business solution. Journalism is a vital element in our democracy and we must pay attention when it is threatened.

What: A citizen conversation moderated by KCPT’s Nick Haines

When: Thursday, June 4, 7-8:30 p.m. Reception from 6:30-7 p.m.

Where: Helzberg Auditorium, Kansas City Public Library’s Central Library, 14 West 10th Street, Kansas City, MO. To register, call 816.701.3407 or go to http://www.kclibrary.org/event/democracy-and-decline-local-reporting. The event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in the Library District Parking Garage at 10th and Baltimore.

Who: Consensus and the Kansas City Public Library are the event sponsors. Panelists include:
§ Dave Helling, political reporter, The Kansas City Star
§ Pam Fine, Knight Chair, University of Kansas William Allen White School of Journalism & Mass Communications
§ Steve Rose, publisher, Sun Publications.
§ Tony Botello, blogger, Tony’s Kansas City
§ John Landsberg, principal, Bottom Line Communications

Local blogger rips apart the made-up, false arguments of the ‘whine-and-cheese’ socialist Steve Rose

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Kaw and Border’s recent article covers a recent column by Steve Rose, with the free, now-delivered-by-mail Johnson County Sun.  First-time readers of Rose should note:

  • Rose no longer owns the paper that was once (successfully) run by his father, the founder.
  • Rose lives in Mission Hills.
  • Though he lives within the Shawnee Mission School District — which, he will write, provides an excellent quality of education — for his own children, Rose chose Pembroke Hill, an expensive area private school.  Rose practices the freedom of school choice because he can afford it, but he denies that freedom to others.
  • Rose only has his front-page column because he is legally obligated to it.  He has successfully sued (or threatened litigation) at least once when an owner of the paper attempted to take him off of the front page.
  • Dick Bond and Charles Carlsen named Rose a JCCC Foundation’s “Johnson Countian of the Year,” which Rose’s paper makes a big deal about every year.  Until this past year, there were over 100 members of the JCCC Foundation, and Leawood’s representation was six times the proportion when compared to county residents.  Rose’s paper has never once mentioned that, until about 2002, that the entire group of foundation directors never actually voted on the annual award, but rather only two people (Bond and Carlsen) chose the winner.   Bond and Carlsen, in other years, chose Bond and Carlsen as “Johnson Countians of the Year.”
  • The current president of the JCCC Foundation is Bob Regnier, another “Johnson Countian of the Year” (his friends have given him several other “greatest person” awards).  Regnier also has the distinction of being Kansas City’s first recipient of the TARP federal bank bailouts; he is the CEO of Bank of Blue Valley.  Regnier is also the recent chairman of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, a self-described “pro-business” group that supports the current CITY income tax (KCMO) and rallies around one of the most oppressive school districts in America, The Kansas City (Missouri) School District.
  • When four women accused Carlsen (former JCCC President) of sexual harrassment, Rose and most of the other “Johnson Countians of the Year” unsuccessfully attempted by public letter (published in The Sun) to instruct the board to stop the investigation of the former president, going so far as to state as fact that the work environment under Carlsen was a good one.

One of the funnier points made by Kaw and Border is that Steve Rose is so out of touch with Kansas politics that he was unaware that RINO-turned-Democrat Mark Parkinson — like Brownback — would ALSO sign the “coal plant legislation.”

Bagyants: Ron, don’t listen to that defeatist Steve Rose

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

#tcot, #k10

Bagyants:

I agree with Mr. Rose that Thornburgh faces an uphill climb, but that’s no reason to throw up his hands and quit. With this attitude Barack Obama would now be teaching at the University of Chicago instead of nominating a Supreme Court justice.

By the way, I have yet to hear any compelling reasons from either Brownback, or the only interested candidate on the D side, Chris Steineger for why they want to be governor, other than they just do.

And from a political standpoint, I don’t believe Sen. Brownback to be the inevitable winner – at least not anymore. He has a track record of changing his mind on important issues, a fact that was brought back into the spotlight with his recent back-and-forth on the nomination of Gov. Sebelius to be HHS Secretary. And, interestingly enough, he also has a record of attacking others for doing the same thing.

Terry Calaway’s ‘lame excuses’: Kaw and Border

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

The area blog Kaw and Border on JCCC President Terry Calaway, Board Chair Shirley Brown-VanArsdale, and Vice chair Lynn Mitchelson:

Ben has worked very hard to bring transparency and openness to the JCCC Board of Trustees. Unfortunately, as Yael Abouhalkah (of all people) at the Kansas City Star recently editorialized, the JCCC Board and President (outside of Hodge) have been conducting meetings in secret in violation of the Kansas Open Meetings Act. Ben didn’t like that and as a result, has been lableled a nuisance by Steve Rose. One would think that Steve Rose, whose name is synonymous with Johnson County’s long time suburban newspaper, the Johnson County Sun, would appreciate Ben’s efforts at upholding a state law that even The Star had to correct the college on, as Ben describes on RedCounty.com here.

Of course, JCCC President Calaway and the other 5 establishment board members have tried to come up with lame excuses for their secrecy, as described in this recent article in the Gardner News, that apparently KOMA doesn’t apply to written documents, just verbal communication. Right.

Not only that, they subsequently violated the Kansas Open Meetings Act back in November as well when four of the board members, a majority, wrote a letter to The Star discussing Ben’s claims in his own letter to The Star regarding the board’s possibility of raising the mill levy. Problem is, having four people sign a letter was a violation of KOMA as well. Ben discusses these issues at length here.