Tuesday, March 03, 2015

TKC EXCLUSIVE AND BREAKING NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY STILL PAYING FOR 'EXPENSIVE AND EMBARRASSING' GOP CONVENTION BID FAIL AMID BUSTED BUDGET 2015!!!



There's no points for second place and after a FAILED bid for the GOP convention last year, Republicans aren't offering any refunds to Kansas City now that City Hall is facing wage freezes and cutbacks.

To wit . . .

CITY HALL INSIDERS REVEAL MORE BUDGET PUSH BACK AGAINST MAYOR SLY JAMES OVER HIS UNSUCCESSFUL DECISION TO CHASE THE GOP CONVENTION THAT'S NOW CAUSING PAINFUL CUTBACKS FOR EMPLOYEES!!!

The budget will soon be approved but the decision to chase the GOP still stings.

One Insider says:

"The GOP debacle was a classic example of the Mayor's ego ruining a decent opportunity and leaving Kansas City stuck with the bill. Nobody is holding him accountable for the decision but look at the extravagant expenses that KCMO took to accommodate the Republicans and then remember how infighting and Mayor Sly eventually ruined the bid. His dancing with the Republicans didn't help and now all the money KCMO wasted could've been used to avoid some of these cuts. It's embarrassing."

Tragically, many civic cheerleaders count the failed bid as a victory because KCMO came close but ultimately proved typically unsuccessful and unable to secure a victory in the clutch.

Developing . . .

TKC EXCLUSIVE: JACKSON COUNTY LEGISLATOR CRYSTAL WILLIAMS NOW A KANSAS CITY POLITICAL ORPHAN!!!



Kansas City Insiders are still talking about the implosion of TGR and the consequences or her disqualification by way of quitting and then a ruling from a judge.

Here's a fun fact . . .

JACKSON COUNTY LEGISLATOR CRYSTAL WILLIAMS HAS LOST HER POLITICAL MENTOR TGR AND SHE'S PRETTY MUCH ISOLATED POLITICALLY GIVEN THAT HER "REFORMER" CRED IS ALL USED UP!!!

Again, this is a longstanding offer . . . Can anybody tell us anything she has accomplished in Jackson County government???

We'll wait.

In fact, we're still waiting for budget work she promised at the outset of her first campaign. Tragic as it may seem, this politico hasn't even put much effort into really simple promises into making the old school County website more accessible for people looking for info on mostly boring Jackson County finances.

On the bright side . . .

LET'S NOT FORGET THAT POLITICO AND WEED ENTHUSIAST REP. JEREMY LaFAVER IS STILL A KIND FRIEND OF CRYSTAL WILLIAMS!!!



This list of allies ends there and we're still counting her as an orphan given that pot busted LaFaver mixing kid advocacy and weed reform is worse than some kind of late night taco bell pizza run concocted by mostly desperate people.

But I digress . . .

The point here is that it only took a few short years for this dynamic duo of lady politicos to fall apart and their promises of reform revealed as nothing more than typical political lies.

Thankfully, our TKC blog community told us all about this FIRST.

Developing . . .

KANSAS CITY TOP FIVE: FEAR THE DANFORTH EULOGY FOR TOM SCHWEICH!!!



We won't belabor this one too much because we reported most of it before anybody else in Kansas City.

However . . .

KANSAS CITY INSIDERS EXPECT FORMER SEN. JOHN DANFORTH'S UPCOMING REMARKS TO SHAKE THE MISSOURI GOP TO ITS CORE!!!

Here's the preview . . .

Everybody Hates Catherine Hanaway

GOP ladies rarely earn statewide traction among their party and this is no exception . . . The death of Tom Schweich taints Former MO Speak Hanaway worse than anybody else because it's harder for lady politicos to get past the "ice queen" tag anyhoo AND because she kinda represents that hardcore politics that people lament in the aftermath of this tragedy.

GOP Honcho John Hancock Won't Be Getting Any Help

Our blog was FIRST to document the move to oust this dude and it's only gonna get worse . . .Behind the scenes, GOP Insiders throughout Kansas City are stepping away from their leader who is now a target of more media investigation into his curious quotes.

Axiom Taking A Hit

Kansas City media is afraid to call out Axiom by name even though their involvement in this one isn't nearly as bad as Hancock's horrible media coverage. Still, we documented their ad game connection to this controversy that could elicit more push back today.

Missouri Republicans Declawing???

It may not last long but a call for Republican "civility" or something similar in the aftermath of this political demise is certainly on the table. Credit to a Dead Tree Media ediorial on this one. Nobody like a bully.

Welcome To The Rebellion Against Rex Sinquefield

As usual, expect a Kraske column on this TKC tidbit a couple of days from now as usual . . . The biggest practical consequence of the GOP slapfighting after the Schweich death is a continued division betwixt the Rex Sinquefield faction of the party vs. just about everybody else.

Make no mistake, Missouri might be a soundly Red State but what this death has revealed is a severely fractured and leaderless group filled with personal animosity and without any coherent vision for the future of the state . . . Which, in retrospect, kind of explains why they've been losing the big statewide contests to the Missouri Democrats.

Developing . . .

KANSAS CITY POLICE MANHUNT ENSUES AS PRISONER ESCAPES TRUMAN MED!!!



Kansas City residents might want to be on the lookout for a local dude on the run wearing a hospital gown, orange jumpsuit and leg shackles . . . Which kinda reveals that he isn't just worried about his co-pay.

Mainstream media mugshot:



Check it:

KMBC: Kansas City police say they are searching for a prisoner after he escaped from Truman Medical Center overnight.

KSHB: Willie Sanders was charged in Jackson County Court in a 2014 case. He faces kidnapping, armed criminal action, burglary and two assault charges.

KMBZ: Sanders escaped at about 12:15 a.m. A tipster has reported that they may have seen him at East 29th Street and Indiana Avenue about 1:40 a.m.

Developing . . .

Victim Sustains Critical Injuries After Early Kansas City Tuesday Morning Shooting

A violent start to Kansas City Tuesday. Take a look: Police: 1 critically wounded in shooting near 68th, Walrond

Racist Shooter Admits Regrets Over Killing

After yelling 'Sieg Heil!' in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, on trial a longtime racist shares some remorse: Frazier Cross 'very much' regrets killing teen outside Jewish Community Center

Aftermath: #Ferguson 'Less Lethal' Reforms Stay Losing Among Local Police

Nobody is stunned that police don't want to be put at a further disadvantage given that they're often outgunned by crooks who don't respect firearm restrictions. The latest: Metro police department leery of "less lethal force" device being tested in Ferguson

Kansas City Tornado Tuesday Drill



Just a bit more info about one of many Kansas City public service annoyances today

City Hall: Be prepared for statewide tornado drill by viewing the locations of tornado sirens in KCMO.

KMBZ: Jackson County is one of 27 counties to be declared StormReady

More in a bit . . .

Tech N9ne Is The Only Thing Interesting Performer Playing Rockfest This Year



The Kansas City Rockfest line-up was announced recently and as usual all of the acts are either b-list or had seen their better days in the 90s.

With the notable exception of Tech N9ne, there's not much to get excited about other than this tidbit . . .

CREDIT TO ROCKFEST ORGANIZERS FOR AT LEAST ATTEMPTING A MORE DIVERSE LINEUP THIS YEAR!!!

The first and biggest outdoor concert of the year isn't really about the music but more of an occasion to celebrate the nicer weather and get a good look at the new generation of service industry workers for the next 20 years. Bad body art and the very real possibility of port-a-potty sex are just some of the charms of this Kansas City tradition that starts the Summer concert season.

Developing . . .

Kansas City Blogger Takes On John Kerry

An international perspective from The Sassy Conservative takes Secretary Of State John Kerry to task for his recent statements on terrorism as the Prez Obama Administration endures further scrutiny on their diplomacy record: The Sassy Conservative!

Fly-By-Night Tech Company Honcho Rages Against Kansas City Flyover Country Tag

Here's the latest "Silicon Prairie" bit of hype hoping that "Kansas City might actually be for real." Thankfully, there's more of a realistic tone and a listing of a few Internets companies that are doing pretty good: Before You Fly Over Kansas City, Read This

Tessa And The Kansas City Early Tuesday



Once again, Tessa Fowler inspires us to look at more than a few Kansas City mainstream media morning links and start our day. Take a look:

Kansas City Crime-Fighting Science: Crime unsolved for 30+ years in metro,charges now filed thanks to DNA tech

Show-Me Legislation Pushback: Child advocate: MO bill legalizes child abuse

Everybody Works For Prez Obama In Kansas City: More federal workers moving to Kansas City’s downtown

Local Media Serious About This Report: Local arborist carves out a niche as a competitive tree climber

City Hall Victory Lap: KCMO311 Celebrates An Abandonment Rate Of Less Than 4% Out Of 29,000 Phone Calls

Hard Landing Interview: Metro couple survives close call in crash landing at Wheeler Downtown Airport

Kansas City High Hopes: Hosmer's magic October shines light on what needs to happen next



And this is the OPEN THREAD for the morning . . .

Monday, March 02, 2015

Downtown Kansas City Renaissance Fact Check: Nickelback And No Hope!!!



Tonight the worst band in the history of popular music is playing in Kansas City.

Nickelback is bringing their special brand of horrible to the half-billion dollar taxpayer subsidized Sprint Center.

The plan for economic development is that concertgoers are supposed to visit The P&L District across the street before or after the show and bring this town some much needed revenue. Sadly, in this case that's not going to work because Nickelback fans are broken in mind, body and spirit AND they all have to report to work at the Piggly-Wiggly in Independence, MO promptly @ 7 in the AM tomorrow morning and/or meet their probation officer around lunchtime.

The crowd for this tragic concert isn't anything special and their "economic impact" is probably limited to a dozen t-shirt sales as a gag or real world fashion "do not disturb" sign.

But I digress . . . The point is: Billions of dollars and counting have been gambled invested into Downtown Kansas City and proponents of this strategy constantly say that at least it's better than surface parking lots littering streets within the loop . . . That might be true any other time of year but . . . TONIGHT, there is no doubt that the worst music in the world is playing in the city's center courtesy of so many downtown cheerleaders, the answer is that NO, NO, BILLIONS WORTH OF CASH DRAINED FROM THE TAXPAYERS SHOULD NOT FUND THIS EVENING'S ATROCITY and surface parking is much better than the music of Nickelback.

Natch.

Kansas City Community Media: Camp



We talk a lot about the newspaper industry in Kansas City and it's important to note the bright spots and celebrate victories for local publishers.

While the big metro dailies might not have a future, community news is another story and weekly, bi-weekly and monthly newsprint remains an important part of keeping any community informed.

So tonight, check this really great profile on Camp KC - Kansas City's LGBT Paper Of Record

The iconic covers of Camp are always a lot of fun and this industry newsletter circulated throughout the LGBT community nationwide offers great info on the process of putting the publication together.

A note about the name from publisher John Long: "We came up with the name for two reasons. The primary definition is because we serve the LGBTQ and allied communities so in that sense we are all in the same camp of “similar ideals” as well as the more theatrical use of the word “campy.” We use the dictionary definition of the word as such: Camp (1) (kamp) n. a group of people with the same ideals. Camp (2) adj. exaggerated in style, especially for humorous effect."

From the KC Call to The Northeast News . . . There are some great newsprint publications in Kansas City that cover their community better than anybody else and offer a viable alternative to mainstream media.

Developing . . .

MUGSHOT MONDAY: KANSAS CITY MISERY!!!



Here's our weekly tribute to the flawed human condition or maybe just some people who ran into a series of unfortunate circumstances in addition to bad hairdos.

To wit . . .

CELEBRATE KANSAS CITY MUGSHOT MONDAY!!!

Check the stories that match up with this collection of mugshots from top to bottom and then left to right:

KMBC: Charges filed in 1987 rape, kidnapping case

KCTV5: :Search continues for 2 people in shooting near KU campus

Fox: Man charged in connection to Overland Park shooting to appear in court

Developing . . .

Jessica Alba And Kansas City Monday Night



Jessica Alba is pitching shaving equipment with this leggy photo set as we take a look at this list of Kansas City mainstream media links:

Kansas City Murder Case Turns Cold: Police ask for help in unsolved homicide

On Track For More Propaganda: KC streetcar project on schedule as crews reach halfway point

Tax Time Fun Fact: More than 159,000 people in Kansas City benefited from earned income tax credits last year.

Doggie Good Deeds: Firefighters rescue dog from frigid KCK lake

Helling Pens Pretty Good Trekie Column: For the starship Government, bipartisan politics is the final frontier

Parks & Rec Report: KC picnic shelter reservations now open

Celebrate The Delusion Of Highly Moderated Online Democracy: KC leads the way for 'stay at home' politics

And this is the OPEN THREAD for tonight . . .

SHOCK!!! STATS REVEAL KANSAS CITY MURDER SPIKE TO START 2015!!!



TKC NOTE: Thanks to some important fact checking and statistical work, one of the top experts on local crime offers this thoughtful analysis of violence trends impacting this town. Check it:

Dr. Ernest Evans: Bad News About Crime

In some earlier memos I have noted that in the aftermath of the Ferguson tragedy (Michael Brown was killed on Aug. 9, 2014) that there appears to have been a major surges in homicides in black neighborhoods around the US. While it is still much too early to be sure that this is the case, some early 2015 crime stats indicate that this crime surge is coming into 2015. Here are the current homicide stats for the nation's three biggest cities:

NYC: 49 homicides so far in 2015; 42 at this point in 2014

Chicago: 44 homicides so far in 2015; 36 at this point in 2014

Los Angeles: 33 homicides so far in 2015, 25 at this point in 2014.

Moreover, the state of Missouri has the highest per capita black homicide rate of any state in the nation, and here are the homicide stats for its two big cities:

KCMO: 12 so far in 2015, compared to 10 at this point in 2014

Saint Louis: 22 homicides so far in 2015; compared to 18 at this point in 2014

The data at this point is not conclusive enough to support any firm conclusions, but there is a growing body of evidence that the mishandling of the Ferguson tragedy by most of the nation's political class has touched off a wave of criminal violence in black neighborhoods all over the nation.
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TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! WELCOME SIKH BILLION-DOLLAR SECURITY FIRM AS NEW KANSAS CITY AIRPORT SCREENERS!!!



In the spirit of diversity and because we want to know about new security efforts @ KCI some of the foremost Kansas City Insiders send us word on a new security change up.

Here's the note . . .

KANSAS CITY INSIDERS WELCOME NEW AMERICAN SIKH AIRPORT SECURITY SCREENERS!!!

Here's the news from the website:

"Akal Security was awarded the TSA contract to provide screening services at MCI Kansas City International Airport. After a long delay, on November 18, 2014, Akal Security received notice from the TSA to proceed with the transition period that leads to our assuming management of screening operations. We have begun phase-in activities to facilitate a smooth transition, and 97% of incumbent personnel have already applied and completed the onboarding process."

Background from NPR: American Sikhs Run Billion-Dollar Security Firm

It's an important contract and obviously this company does a lot of biz throughout the nation.

Now our AWESOME BLOG COMMUNITY should get a chance to weigh in on the switcheroo given that mainstream media didn't really god a good job about letting us know about the change-up and the KCI scaredy-cats still block TKC on public wi-fi.

Developing . . .

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! ARE THEY HIGH?!?! KANSAS CITY GREATER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PUSHING NEW AIRPORT IN CANDIDATE SCREENINGS!!!



Quick tidbit about the power brokers who really run this town and their interview process for all of the elected official supplicants who want their approval and cash . . .

KICK-ASS KANSAS CITY INSIDERS TELL US THAT THE GREATER KANSAS CITY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IS MAKING SURE ALL OF THEIR ENDORSED CANDIDATES COMMIT TO BUILDING A NEW "WORLD CLASS" AIRPORT!!!!

It's important to know the real cost of Mayor Sly's biz friendly relationship with the Chamber.

Even worse, Jim Heeter is still hanging around and seems happy about the chance to help this airport move that some say could bankrupt Kansas City while helping out a great many developers and JoCo biz people.

Developing . . .

KANSAS CITY HIRING SPREE?!?!

The law department is hiring along with the firefighters and KCPD is looking for a crime analyst. Check more listings here: City of KCMO HR (@CityofKCMOJobs) | Twitter

MidAmerica Nazarene University Slapfight After Controversial Anti-War Sermon

KC Biz Journal reports on MidAmerica Nazarene University hot mess: "A campus debate erupted after chaplain Randy Beckum delivered a sermon early last month noting the nation — and many Christians — are addicted to violence, guns and war. He also questioned equating Christianity with patriotism." Anti-war sermon starts campus war of words - Kansas City Business Journal

ACLU LIBERATES KANSAS CITY SCHOLARS FROM DETENTION AND SETTLES 'HANDS UP' PROTEST LAWSUIT WITH KCPS!!!



Another victory in the aftermath of #Ferguson social unrest . . . KCPS scholars get out of detention.

Here's word of social protest becoming part of the curriculum of a still unaccredited school:

KSHB: ACLU, KCPS settle lawsuit over students' protest of Ferguson grand jury decision

Part of the statement:

“We are pleased that Lincoln Academy administrators agreed to withdraw the discipline of the students and remove any mention of it from their permanent records,” said Tony Rothert, legal director of the ACLU of Missouri. 

“Students do not lose their First Amendment rights when they enter a school building.” The students’ suit was settled by mutual agreement, with no admission of liability by KCPS. 

KCPS has maintained that the students were not being disciplined for standing with their hands raised in silent protest, but because – after making their feelings known – they refused to sit down after being told to do so a number of times by an assistant principal."

You decide who won this slap-fight or maybe missed a teaching moment regarding a media circus.

Maitland And The Kansas City Monday



Maitland Ward and her cos-play hotness lead our afternoon. Take a look:

Tragic deets from preliminary hearing: Suspect declared 'Heil Hitler!' after Jewish site shootings

Counting The Rock Chalk Mistakes: KU’s private flights cost taxpayers millions

Mobile Tech: Kansas City Startup To Offer Its Technology On Millions Of Chinese Smartphones

Spring Weather Season Of Panic Starting: KCMO participating in Missouri Severe Weather Awareness week

Budget Hot Mess Continues: Many upset with proposed budget for city government

Small Biz Cowtown Cash: KC microloan program lends more than $1.8M

Kansas City Football Foibles: AP Source: Chiefs place franchise tag on All-Pro Houston

Monday Margaritaville: Jimmy Buffett to play Kansas City's Sprint Center later this year

Gabby Teaching Moment In The Golden Ghetto: 8th graders allowed to use cellphones in class

Kansas City Haberdashery New Economy: KC company helps 'wild socks' become popular trend in men's fashion

Left Turn Sponsorship: Kansas Speedway race gets SpongeBob SquarePants as title sponsor

And this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

CAPITALISM DOESN'T WORK: MEET THE KANSAS CITY BILLIONAIRES!!!



Check the local on a coveted local list filled with people who most effectively earned their fortunes by "harnessing" the intellectual property of other people . . . Kinda like blogging but for far bigger and better stakes.

For those who extol the benefits of capitalism, contemplate this for a moment during the workday: Paris Hilton earns up to $1m for a single DJ set

Even better . . .

Here are your Kansas City betters . . . Best of all, one of these guys wants a tax break for his party place:

Min Kao came in at No. 603 in the latest Forbes billionaire list, with wealth of $3 billion

CEO Neal Patterson tied Gary Burrell with estimated net worth of $1.9 billion.

Don Hall, Hallmark Cards Inc., No. 1415, $1.3 billion

Cliff Illig, Cerner Corp., No. 1605, $1.2 billion


Developing . . .

MUST READ!!! KANSAS CITY CONGRESSMAN CLEAVER CALLS OUT GOP OVER HOMELAND SECURITY IMMIGRATION REFORM SHOWDOWN!!!



GOP strategy has Prez Obama and the Democrats in a bind.

Take a look at the best explanation we could find . . . Wall Street Journal: Explaining the Showdown Over DHS and Immigration

Now . . .

CONGRESSMAN CLEAVER CALLS OUT THE GOP FOR THEIR TACTICS TO BLOCK PREZ OBAMA'S EXECUTIVE ORDER ON IMMIGRATION!!!

Money quote and a look at local impact . . .

Congressman Cleaver: "I have been to the border. I have seen the Trail of Fears. Now more than ever, we need reform.

"It is my sincere hope that overall reform will begin to take shape soon, after stalling for years. I want to have that debate. But I believe we can have it without holding hostage an entire department of our American government. I will continue to fight for comprehensive immigration reform that will secure our borders, unite our families and offer an earned pathway to citizenship.

"This short-term CR (Continuing Resolution) continues to delay critical state and local grants in Missouri and around the country. Without a full-year funding bill, DHS cannot award $2.5 billion in grant funding to state and local governments."

Read the whole thing in its entirety and realize that ranting about Mexicans is much more fun than discussing Capitol Hill finance tactics no matter how much T&A that "House Of Cards" can work into one show.

Developing . . .

Show-Me New Kansas City Hipster Feature



Here's a nice new feature for Kansas City movers and shakers that they can post to the social media sites of their parents when asking for more money.

A new series all about Kansas City . . . Show-Me:



For their into show they profile two-well meaning ladies: "The Lean Lab is looking to innovate education by incubating startups. Their goal is to make a world-class education system in KC, driven to make sure kids have the equal opportunity to learn no matter what zip code they reside in."

A nice goal but maybe not realistic or more easily accomplished by stopping all of the rampant student violence inside the KCPS.

More in a bit . . .

Are The 'Rock Chalk Bonny & Clyde' Earning Kinder Mainstream Media Coverage?!?!

We hesitate to call this one MWWS but will note that the lady accused of gunfire complicity in this case has her parents on TV arguing her case which isn't the same privilege given to most fugitives. Take a look: Search continues for 2 people in shooting near KU campus

Celebrate Bob Langenkamp EDC Winning!!!

It's very hard to pretend to care about the this stuff even if it matters a great deal to the long-term financial outlook of Kansas City. Here's the word on Kansas City's new financial honcho of the moment. Check it: Langenkamp will be permanent CEO of EDC - Kansas City Business Journal

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! CITIZENS ASSOCIATION BOARD OF GOVERNORS NIGHT SHOULD BE A CLASSIC KANSAS CITY SILLY SEASON DISASTER!!!



Previously we noted the Citizens Association nominations for endorsement that started off our election season forum and screening laugh riot.

Now, it's getting even better . . . Check it:

KANSAS CITY INSIDERS WARN THAT THE CITIZENS ASSOCIATION BOARD OF GOVERNORS RATIFICATION NIGHT COULD BE THE BIGGEST DISASTER THE ORGANIZATION HAS SEEN IN QUITE A LONG TIME!!!

Here's a preview . . .


THANKS TO AWESOME TKC TIPSTERS!!! CHECK THIS FEISTY LETTER FROM COUNCIL DUDE DICK DAVIS TAKING ON LOCAL 42 AND HOPING THAT THE CA WON'T CHANGE THEIR MIND ON ENDORSING HIM!!!


It's a bit needy but the Councilman really needs this nod in order to try and find somebody who likes his work for the past four years.

To a lesser extent . . . Katy wants the endorsement against her rolled over too.


Worst of all, the Citizens Association is going to have to rescind their nomination for endorsement of TGR and pick another candidate.


This makes their call look horrible because EVERYBODY KNEW TGR HAD SERIOUS RESIDENCY PROBLEMS but nobody wanted to say as much.

And so . . . The silly season is gearing up to get interesting and the political elite prepare for a great many upcoming slapfights.

Developing . . .

MUST READ!!! THE KANSAS CITY TOY TRAIN STREETCAR RULES AND REGS!!!



They're rushing to tweak this bit of Kansas City literature so it's important to read the first draft before it changes . . . This disaster plans and "revenue running time" is the most interesting bit . . .

To wit . . .

CHECK THE KANSAS CITY STREETCAR REGULATIONS MANUAL!!!

It's an important document that should offer locals a guide to the best intentions of local on track to bankrupting this town.

Developing . . .

MUST SEE!!! KANSAS CITY 1ST DISTRICT COUNCIL CONTENDER HEATHER HALL HANGING WITH LOCAL 1% POWER PLAYER LIBRARY DUDE CROSBY KEMPER III!!!



In Kansas City politics, it's all about who you know . . .

To wit . . .

CHECK THIS IMPRESSIVE IMAGE OF 1ST DISTRICT CONTENDER SMILING WITH KANSAS CITY POWER BROKERS DUDE CROSBY KEMPER III!!!

Yep, they're at his house . . .

Ms. Hall is one of the few conservatives in this race and support from the Kemper clan could help power her win given that most of the other Kansas City council candidates are broke-ass very much like their constituents.

Developing . . .

Kansas City Neighborhood Crime Reminder

This reports offers an important note that confirms increasing local crime in neighborhood despite so many misplaced local priorities. Take a look: Metro apartment complex fed up with vehicle vandalism

Kansas City Toy Train Streetcar On Track?!?

Thing is, they've made this promise twice before and it has been wrong. Take a look at the latest promise: Kansas City streetcar construction is on pace for passengers in early 2016

KANSAS CITY INSIDER FACT CHECK: COULD THE FIGHT FOR $15-AN-HOUR END UP COSTING JOBS IN THE LONG RUN?!?!



Kansas City is the epicenter of the "fight for $15" and this weekend the struggle for higher wages continued.

Take a look:

KSHB: Fast food workers and minimum wage employees met at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in Kansas City to share their message and lobby for support for the upcoming Fight for Fifteen march.

Angry marches and cries of equality have their charms . . .

However . . .

CHECK OUT THIS WORD FROM A KICK-ASS KANSAS CITY INSIDER CONTRADICTING RHETORIC REGARDING A HIGHER MINIMUM WAGE!!!

Here's the word:

"Something to keep in mind is that only 4.3% of ALL hourly workers are employed at the minimum wage….

"Here, however, is a very quick note from the CBO… basically they say that if you raise the minimum wage to 10.10, you’ll lose 500,000 jobs… Link to their report can be found here @ The Congressional Budget Office

"When they raised the min wage from 5.15 to 7.25, we saw a jump in teenage unemployment from about 10% to more than 17% in a 2 year period (it was stepped in, but each year unemployment jumped with the wage increase.)."
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Check the graphic:



You decide . . . Will a "fair wage" boost the economy or kill local jobs. You decide while trying to think of better lunch options than fast food.

Developing . . .

JoCo Court Battle Continues For KKK Racist And Alleged Jewish Site Shooter

Seventy-four-year-old Frazier Glenn Miller will continue his court appearances today as more evidence comes in : Hearing will begin for Aurora man accused in fatal Jewish site shootings

Finding Fault With #Ferguson Forever

Take a look at the latest talking point in this eternal conflict that has torn Missouri part across demographic and political lines. Check it: Justice Department Report to Fault Police in Ferguson

Show-Me Kansas City Best Burger In Missouri



Thrillist recently ranked the best burgers in the nation and Kansas City finally won something worth bragging about . . .

Take a look:

"But Westport Flea Market, which is really less a flea market (check out the wacky cages in the front!) and more of a bar, just managed to take the top spot with their McGonigle’s Market beef burger. I like the patty melt here because it takes 5.5oz of that McGonigle beef and throws it on toasted rye with Swiss and grilled onions. But if you want a challenge, the Super Flea is five 10oz burgers topped with bacon, cheese, and 2lbs of fries. Eat it in 30 minutes and you’ll get a T-shirt, your picture on the wall, AND ALSO MAYBE DIE."

It all sounds pretty horrible but at least more interesting than yet another hipster travel mag prize.

More in a bit . . .

MUST READ!!! KANSAS CITY HOUSE OF CARDS AND THE DEATH OF MISSOURI AUDITOR TOM SCHWEICH!!!

We've been waiting for somebody to write the DEFINITIVE roundup of a recent high-profile political death in Missouri and here it is . . . A Kansas City blogger consideration of the political consequences and tragic rhetoric in the aftermath of Tom Schweich's demise: Uncommon Courage

Blogging A Kansas Teaching Moment

One of our favorite local bloggers offers not-so-great reasons to consider a career in education despite continued funding and political battling. Check it:A letter to new teachers on why they should teach in Kansas

Lacey Banghard And Let's Get Back To The Kansas City Monday Morning Grind!!!



Lacey Banghard brings us back to the Kansas City work week as we start our day checking out these mainstream media links.

Take a peek:

One Lady Injured Amid Hard Landing: Plane crash at Charles B. Wheeler Airport

Another Look At The Kansas City Bonnie And Clyde: Search continues for pair wanted in Lawrence shootings

The Fight Against Kansas City Refreeze This Morning

Hitching To Upcoming Talking Points: U.S. Senate race in Missouri highlights changing attitude about candidates’ military service

Show-Me The Conservative Crackdown: Missouri Republicans seek to rein in liberal cities

Sunflower State Pushback: Moderates flex muscle in first half of 2015 Kansas Legislative session

Check Kansas City's Most Wanted On Mugshot Monday!!!



Local Captivity Kick-Off: Penguins return to exhibit at KC Zoo

Phog Notice: KU’s legendary Allen Fieldhouse celebrates 60 years

Cowotown International Kick-Off: Transfer Watch: Sporting Kansas City visiting with Dutch international Rafael van der Vaart?

Lady Soccer Celebration: Kansas City women making an impact in soccer

MUST READ: KC MOURNS LOSS OF WEATHER ICON DAN HENRY



AND WE'RE BACK!!!

And this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .