Colleen Nelson

Colleen Nelson

Now: @mcclatchy Opinion Editor and @KCStar editorial page editor; past: @WSJ White House correspondent; always: intense Kansas Jayhawks fan and marathon runner

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Our @KCStar  headline on says it all. Kansas City has waited 50 years for this moment.

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Lamonte McIntyre is suffering from PTSD after spending 23 years in prison for murders he did not commit. Kansas passed a law specifically to compensate him but apparently has no intention of paying up. from @MelindaDC 

“I have always felt like a throwaway, like I am unworthy of the effort to be loved.” A @KCStar  investigation shows a flawed system that puts foster children on the path to prison or homelessness, rarely preparing them for life on their own. #ReadLocal 

A @KCStar  investigation uncovered a fatally flawed system that puts many foster kids on the path to prison or homelessness and seldom prepares them for adult life. This fundamental failure demands action and raises the question: How can we let this happen?

If there’s a logical, non-criminal reason KCK police awoke Joseph Harter in his own bed and allegedly beat him, we don’t know what it is. If officers meant to assault someone else and got the address wrong, we don’t know that, either. from @KCStarOpinion 

The absolutely heartbreaking case of a 3-month-old who suffered 31 fractures revealed how outrageously outdated Kansas' child abuse law is. Will lawmakers finally change this woefully inadequate statute? from @KCStarOpinion 

Kansas City will try not to take it too hard that Trump tweeted congratulations to Kansas after the Chiefs won the Super Bowl. After all, when Trump was in KC last year, he thought he was in St. Louis.


Trump's budget bears a strong resemblance to Kansas' failed policies. This won’t end well. Our @KCStar  editorial:

What, exactly, does Rep. Kevin Yoder mean when he says his Democratic opponent isn't from around here? Sharice Davids, a Native American who graduated from Leavenworth High School and Johnson County Community College, is very much from around here.

Today was a good day for journalists and the First Amendment: A judge threw out Kansas Senate Republican Leader Jim Denning's lawsuit against the @KCStar . The judge also ordered Denning to pay our attorney's fees.

Tom Coleman, a Missouri Republican who served in Congress for 17 years, writes in a @KCStarOpinion  column that the Mueller report provides a trove of evidence "indicating Trump has committed multiple impeachable offenses."

President Obama was briefed tonight on the situation in Ferguson, Mo., by adviser Valerie Jarrett and Attorney General Eric Holder.

Among the questions @realDonaldTrump  declined to answer as he walked out: Was this a terrorist act? Do you denounce the white nationalists?

Two young brothers from Overland Park set up a lemonade stand in the summer heat so that they could donate the proceeds to help migrant children. Why haven't some of our national leaders shown the same humanity in addressing the crisis at our border?

Kris Kobach's advice to Dreamers: "Go back to your home country. Get in line."

Amazing: The Secretary of Interior has his own flag and has a staffer hoist the flag whenever he enters the building