Cloudy today, calm weekend ahead

Today, expect partly sunny skies with a high near 69, according to the National Weather Service.

There will be an east northeast wind of 5 to 9 mph today.

Rain is not in the forecast today for Wyandotte County, but to the east, in Sedalia, Mo., and Columbia, Mo., there is a chance of rain, according to the weather service.

Tonight’s low will be around 49, the weather service said.

On Thursday, expect mostly sunny skies with a high of 63, and a north wind of 7 to 10 mph, according to the weather service.

Thursday night, it will be mostly clear with a low of 41, the weather service said. There will be a north wind of 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Friday’s forecast is mostly sunny with a high of 64, according to the weather service. A calm wind will become south southwest 5 to 7 mph in the morning.

Friday night, skies will be mostly clear with a low of 47, the weather service said.

Saturday, it will be sunny with a high near 72, according to the weather service. Saturday night, the low will be around 52.

Sunday, it will be sunny with a high near 74, the weather service said.

Clear, cool weather moving toward Wyandotte County

A cold front, currently moving through the entire area, will finally break the heat and reduce fire weather concerns, according to the National Weather Service.

A burn ban has been lifted in Wyandotte County, according to fire officials.

This front will stall though, in southern Missouri, bringing chances of rain and a few storms to east-central Kansas and central Missouri, according to the weather service. The best chances for rain will be along the I-44 corridor. No severe weather is anticipated at this time.

The front will move out of Missouri and Kansas early Thursday leaving clearing skies and highs in the upper 50 and low 60s. The clear, cool weather is expected to stick around for the weekend.

Today, expect sunny skies with a high of 74 in Wyandotte County, the weather service said. A north northwest wind of 5 to 14 mph will gust as high as 20 mph.

Tonight, it will be mostly clear, with a low of 53, the weather service said. There will be a northeast wind of 3 to 6 mph.

Wednesday, skies will be partly sunny with a high near 68, according to the weather service. There will be an east northeast wind of 6 to 8 mph.

Wednesday night, it will be mostly clear with a low of 49, and a north wind of 7 mph, the weather service said.

Thursday, expect mostly sunny skies with a high near 61, the weather service said. There will be a north wind of 8 to 10 mph.

Thursday night, it will be mostly clear with a low of 41, the weather service said.

Friday, expect sunny skies with a high near 66, according to the weather service. Friday night’s weather will be clear with a low of 45.

Saturday, there will be sunny skies with a high near 70, the weather service said. Saturday night, the low will be around 49.

Sunday’s high will be near 73, with sunny skies, according to the weather service.

Should the Kansas voter registration law be changed?

Candidates weigh in on the proof of citizenship issue at forum

by Mary Rupert

Tuesday, Oct. 18, is the deadline in Kansas to register to vote in the Nov. 8 election, and some candidates were asked at the Monday night election forum if the state’s voter law should be changed.

A federal judge ruled recently that Kansas in the Nov. 8 election must accept the federal voter registration form without requiring proof of citizenship.

At the election forum, incumbent state Sen. Steve Fitzgerald, R-5th Dist., said he supported the Kansas voting law the way it is now. He was not in office when the law passed in 2011 to require proof of citizenship when registering to vote, and to require identification when voting.

Sen. Fitzgerald said his reading of the U.S. Constitution was that requirements of being a voter were up to the state and were not a federal area. He said he supported the state’s right to “make sure when we vote as citizens in Kansas, we’re the only ones voting.”

Democratic challenger Bill Hutton said he thinks the federal voter registration form, which requires individuals to state under penalty of perjury that they are citizens, is sufficient. He supports voters having to show some form of identification at the polls. He said he supports senior citizens being allowed to show an expired driver’s license as identification. That is currently allowed under the law.

State. Sen. Pat Pettey, D-6th Dist., said she was happy to see that the courts had intervened allowing people to vote in Kansas. She said there was very little proof of anyone abusing the right to vote. She said the state should be looking for ways to increase the number of people voting.

Jason Conley, a Libertarian candidate for the state Senate, 6th District, said he wasn’t strongly opposed to proof of citizenship and voter identification, but he wants as many people to vote as possible. He doesn’t think it’s too much to prove you’re a citizen. If the state requires proof, it should be an easy process that doesn’t cost very much money, he said.

The candidate forum, sponsored by Business West, neighborhood organizations and Kansas City Kansas Community College, was held at KCKCC.

Many other topics were discussed at the candidate forum Monday, including the state budget, school funding, Medicaid expansion, The Woodlands and other issues. The candidate forum will be shown on the KCKCC cable television channel at a future date.

More stories on the issues in Election 2016 will be published in the Wyandotte Daily in the days before the Nov. 8 general election.

For information on how to register to vote Tuesday, visit http://wyandottedaily.com/eight-things-to-know-if-you-want-to-vote-in-the-kansas-general-election/.

State Sen. Steve Fitzgerald, R-5th Dist., left, and Democratic challenger Bill Hutton chatted before the start of their portion of the election forum Monday night at Kansas City Kansas Community College. (Staff photo)
State Sen. Steve Fitzgerald, R-5th Dist., left, and Democratic challenger Bill Hutton chatted before the start of their portion of the election forum Monday night at Kansas City Kansas Community College. (Staff photo)

Jason Conley, left, a Libertarian candidate, and state Sen. Pat Pettey, D-6th Dist., before the start of their portion of the candidate forum on Monday night at Kansas City Kansas Community College. (Staff photo)
Jason Conley, left, a Libertarian candidate, and state Sen. Pat Pettey, D-6th Dist., before the start of their portion of the candidate forum on Monday night at Kansas City Kansas Community College. (Staff photo)

Supporters of Kevin Braun, a Republican candidate for the 36th House District, and Sen. Steve Fitzgerald, during a break in the candidate forum Monday night at Kansas City Kansas Community College. (Staff photo)
Supporters of Kevin Braun, a Republican candidate for the 36th House District, and Sen. Steve Fitzgerald, during a break in the candidate forum Monday night at Kansas City Kansas Community College. (Staff photo)

Former Rep. Margaret Long, left, and state Board of Education member Janet Waugh attended the candidate forum on Monday night at Kansas City Kansas Community College. Shirley Ikerd is on the right in the photo. (Staff photo(
Former Rep. Margaret Long, left, and state Board of Education member Janet Waugh attended the candidate forum on Monday night at Kansas City Kansas Community College. Shirley Ikerd is on the right in the photo. (Staff photo)