Friday, July 28, 2017

TKC QUESTION: DID GEORGE BRETT SELL OUT KANSAS CITY WITH PITCH FOR BURNS & MAC NEW AIRPORT REVENUE GRAB?!?!



This bit of Kansas City sponsorship was played down in the media but deserves a look for fanboys and tax fighters alike . . .

DOES ANYBODY CARE WHAT KANSAS CITY ROYALS HANGER-ON GEORGE BRETT THINKS ABOUT THE AIRPORT???

A local corporate giant seems to think so and here's a bit of spokesman love shared with P&L district d-bags recently . . . A link to a presser for the Orwellian event:

Burns & McDonnell KCI HOMETOWN Team Takes Over Power & Light District for Pep Rally and Information Sharing Event

George Brett destroying his legacy money line . . .

"An inspirational video from Kansas City Royals legend George Brett, who is endorsing the KCI HOMETOWN Team and its plan to design, build and privately finance a single-terminal KCI. Brett joins a large and growing list of individuals and organizations who are endorsing the HOMETOWN Team in its drive for a new airport built with KC Talent and a KC workforce, all reflecting a gigantic share of KC pride."

Here's a look at the video in the crappy quality that it deserves . . .



You decide . . .

Jason Kander Seyz Obamacare Repeal Didn't Work Because GOP Has 'Cold Feet' Without 'Adult Supervision' In The White House



Partisan chest thumping from a Kansas City sound stage . . .

Check former Senate Candidate Jason Kander slamming Republicans over their continued Obamacare repeal FAIL and seemingly attempting to pull their heartstrings.

You decide . . .

TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! KANSAS CITY FRIDAY FACE-OFF!!! TAX FIGHTER JOHN MURPHY ARGUES FOR CITY HALL TRANSPARENCY WHILST COUNCILMAN SCOTT WAGNER FEARS NEW AIRPORT BIDDING LIABILITY!!!



This morning we take our readers BEHIND THE SCENES to the crux of the Kansas City new airport debate and the dearth of public information regarding the bidding process.

To wit . . .

CHECK THIS EXCLUSIVE FULL-TEXT EXCHANGE BETWIXT A TAX FIGHTER AND A MAYORAL CANDIDATE COUNCILMAN CONCERNING THE LACK OF AIRPORT DEETS SHARED WITH THE PUBLIC!!!

There isn't much editing here and we think these SIGNED DOX sent our way convey a lot of info and offer and INSIDER view into the ongoing debate about the process.

Take a look:

From John Murphy - Council Members-especially those of you running for mayor:

A few weeks back I and many of you attended a South KC Alliance meeting about the airport. One of the big promises made 1st by Scott Wagner then by other council members was that the public would get to see the airport choices PRIOR to voting on whether or not to proceed with a new airport. We are finding out today that the public and possibly members of the council will not be allowed to see the proposals Really? Folks pardon the pun but that just ain't going to fly.

The public has a right to know - you guys work for us.

In addition, Viewing this process from the stands from the first airport roll out in 2013 to the mayor's hastily put together press conference announcing BM wins the new airport, then the walk-back announcing that everyone else can now submit a bid if they want but BM will win cause they get last look; then the next walk back stating this will be an open and transparent process. Then we find out at today's Carnival side show that only select individuals will see the proposals.

This is amateur hour. You guys have no business being in development. I keep hearing from city hall that you guys can walk and chew gum at the same time. I hate to bust your bubbles but no you can't.

John J. Murphy
Citizens For Responsible Government KC
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The reply from Councilman Wagner . . .




Mr. Murphy,

As you have mentioned my answer in South Kansas City directly I would also remind you that in the course of my answer I also said that typically the proposals of other proposers are typically not released until a contract is done. As was related by law staff this morning, the RFQ/P indicates that release of proposal information will be done when an MOU is signed.

I am still confident that a recommendation will come well before a November vote and you, along with the rest of Kansas City, will be able judge whether or not the product of this process is worth supporting. At the end of the day, it is this product that voters will be voting on.

In the meantime, my consideration on the depth of information that should be released publicly will be commensurate with the exposure of risk to the City. Past foibles that you point out in this process are not good reasons to perpetuate what you have suggested is bad process. I believe premature release of information opens up risk of litigation by the unawarded parties, whoever they may be. I will not expose the City to potential litigation by going down that road no matter if suggested by you, the media, or another Councilperson. It is for that reason I answered as I did, with the caveats that I made.

Scott

Scott Wagner
Councilman, 1st District at-Large
Mayor Pro Tem
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You decide . . .

KANSAS CITY CRIME FIGHTER ALONZO WASHINGTON EARNS EPIC FOLLOWING THROUGHOUT LOCAL SOCIAL MEDIA!!!



Activist Alonzo Washington is Kansas City's top ranking citizen crime fighter and now his work to take his message to social media has proven exceptionally successful.

Two things are important about this effort . . .

He has garnered his following without much help from mainstream media.

Even better . . .

Mr. Washington's popularity has garnered a great many EXCLUSIVE tips, helped raise awareness about local crime and strengthened his network of contacts who help encourage locals to cooperate with police.

Let's add up the totals and link so that our blog community can follow along:

KC Crimefighter: 5,000 Friends & 1,384 Followers
Alonzo Washington on FB: 2,239 Friends & 565 Folllowers
Twitter: 1,711
Instagram: 519

Put these numbers alongside KC Nova, KC Mothers In Charge or Aim4Peace and Mr. Washington eclipses these far less effective taxpayer funded efforts on social media.

When we talk about the future of crime fighting and reaching out to communities to help support police . . . There is no denying that Mr. Washington has been successful in his online no-holds-barred fight against crime and that effectiveness must be respected.

Developing . . .

TKC BLOG COMMUNITY: KCPD MAJOR RICK SMITH STAYS WINNING TOP COP FORUM!!!

Insiders, activists and busybodies alike sent word our way . . .

MAJOR RICK SMITH WAS THE CLEAR WINNER OF THE PUBLIC FORUM LAST NIGHT . . . THANKS TO A ROOM FULL OF SUPPORTERS!!!

For better or worse, Major Smith had dozens of colleagues, neighborhood leaders and friends supporting him in the crowd and the other guy was obviously an outsider doing his best address the crowd of strangers. What's interesting about the process is that most locals think its a done deal and kinda rigged . . . Again, for both better and worse . . . MSM didn't report a couple of protesters outside because they weren't really that interesting. And neither was this debate . . . On the bright side, maybe boring is good for local law enforcement considering the current horrific state of Kansas City streets.

Read more:

Final two KCPD police chief candidates speak at public forum

The final two candidates shared their vision for the future of the city's police department Thursday.

Feds Target Kansas City Armed Robbery Gang

Worthwhile transcription of this scary listing of local gun-toting gang accused of a litany of crimes. Checkit:

Kansas City area robbery crew suspected of more than 2 dozen holdups

Federal prosecutors have charged two men with being part of a crew suspected of committing more than two dozen armed robberies in the Kansas City area. Kevin Thompson-Randell, 22, and Demetrius Nelson, 24, were charged Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City.

Biz Journal Seyz Councilman Quinton Lucas Leads Kansas City 'Next Gen' Leaders

This week's KC Biz Journal cover story focuses on the future of local leadership and the 3rd District At-Large leader earns top ranking. Take a look:

2017 NextGen Leaders: Quinton Lucas - Kansas City Business Journal

The goal of the NextGen Leaders program is to identify those in the Kansas City business and civic community who are beginning to exert their influence through leadership at their companies, on nonprofit boards or through other community involvement.

Clark Hunt: Kansas City Chiefs Could Sign Controversial QB Colin Kaepernick?!?!



The latest sign that the home town football front office either doesn't care about the politics of most of their fans OR is desperate to pique their interest given some troubling prospects for the season ahead.

Here's the word on finding work for the player openly shows disrespect for the national anthem:

"The ESPN First Take crew share their thoughts on Chiefs owner Clark Hunt's comments saying he would have "no problem" if Kansas City signed QB Colin Kaepernick."

Check the conversation:



You decide . . .

Will Organizers Ever Restore The Kansas City Vine Street Castle?!?!

Every few years there are big promises about the redevelopment of this structure . . . But they never happen. On the bright side, today Kansas City's best photog has some unique images of the iconic building that's still standing. Take a look:

Vine Street Workhouse Castle - Photoblog

Vine Street Workhouse Castle at 18th & Vine in Kansas City, Missouri. I did some drone pic snapping above the old jail on two occasions. Pardon the dumping of nearly two dozen drone buzz around pictures from early July 2017.

Coach's Owner Was Ready To Die Amid Rising South Kansas City Flood Waters

Probably the most interesting and tragic story regarding BUSTED KANSAS CITY WATER INFRASTRUCTURE BROUGHT TO YOU MOSTLY BY BURNS & MAC. Take a look at the testimony in the aftermath of a local rescue:

KC restaurant owners sent loved ones texts goodbye before they could be rescued from flooded building

The pair could hear the walls breaking in the building as water continued to rush in.

Kansas City Among Nation's Worst Towns

I think we blogged this previously but this post features MO Rage offering his decidedly ultra-liberal sensibilities to news of bad company shared by KCMO. Sadly, he won't allow comments but reads this blog religiously so just leave a message for him here . . .

Horrible List Kansas City Makes

I saw this new list yesterday and yes, unfortunately, Kansas City is on it. We're 49 out of 50, sure, but still, we're on it. 49. Kansas City Population: 151,261Median home value: $87,600Poverty rate: 22.2%Pct.

The Kansas City Friday Early Look



And so we start another journey toward weekend with a vision of Emily Ratajkowski hotness in an upcoming ladies mag along with her Instagram winning as we consider some of the top Kansas City MSM links to start the day.

Take a peek:

Kansas City Cleanup Continues

Residents along Indian Creek working to clean up after Thursday's floods

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Kansas City Star Fetish Coverage

Furries aren't fetish freaks, they want to fit in with fun fuzzy friends, study finds

Go on, admit it. If you've ever given a second thought to furries - largely known to the public as people who dress up in giant animal costumes - you might have thought of them as freaks or wondered whether their costumes are some kind of kinky, freaky, fetish thing.


Meth Town Nice Science

NASA helps Independence teachers prep for Eclipse Day

WHAT'S THE STORY: Independence School District science educators are using the eclipse and a program from NASA to help stimulate interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education.HOW DOES IT AFFECT ME?


Kansas City Rising Tide Of Risk

Many business owners caught without flood insurance as torrential rain poured in metro

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Laurie Black spent Thursday afternoon trying to help her neighbor salvage what's left from his jewelry business after flood waters descended on the strip mall that houses both Black's business and her neighbor's. Cleaning up the mess inside the jewelry store has helped Black take her mind off her own business which is still underwater.


Local 1st Responder Winning

Cass County authorities rescued more than 45 people from flood water Thursday

It all started with rain pushing over a nearby dam.


Brushing Up On Kansas City History

When Dirt Covers Kansas City's Neighborhood Statues, Who Cleans Them Up?

Paul Benson says he can't help but assess the outdoor art he passes every day on his way to work as a conservator at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. A lot of it is dirty. Some of it's broken.


McTavish And The Local Weekend

6 Festive Things To Do In Kansas City This Weekend

Summer is by nature a festive time. School is out for the kids and adults are never too far away from at least the thought of relaxing their grip on responsibility. The season's happy lure is strong this weekend, with such attractions as a two-day country music and camping festival, a pair of county fairs, a glow-in-the-dark waterslide experience for the ages and a Harry Potter-inspired wizard contest.


Skrillex & Poo Bear - Would You Ever is the song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Kansas City Summer Ruckus Tonight!!!



After a stormy week of controversy THE TOP RANKING POLITICAL CHAT SHOW IN KANSAS CITY offers a round-table clean up of all the top local issues.

Description:

"Mike Shanin interviews Kansas City Police Board President Leland Shurin about the candidates and challenges for the new head of the Kansas City Police Department. Steve Glorioso, Terry Riley, Ron Freeman and Crosby Kemper III discuss the candidates for KCPD Chief, Burns and McDonnell's tactics to land the KCI deal and the three ballot questions relating to streetcar expansion in Kansas City."

Take a look:



You decide . . .

Will Sprint Merger Kill Johnson County???

Another season of telcom troubles amid an economy that has low and high points for the middle-class fighting for their survival. Checkit:

Merger looming: The Sprint impact on Overland Park

For years, there has been speculation about what the future holds for Sprint and its thousands of employees in Overland Park. With all the recent talk of a possible merger with T-Mobile, some people wonder if the telecom giant might be moving.

KCPD Top Cop Forum Aftermath

Local news look at Kansas City's big talk last night. Take a look:

KCMO police chief finalists answer questions at forum

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The two finalists for Kansas City, Missouri police chief answered questions at a public forum Thursday night. KCPD Major Rick Smith and Norman, Oklahoma Police Chief Keith Humphrey discussed issues ranging from the causes of gun violence in the city to the need for more street patrols.

Golden Ghetto State Of Disaster Declared

Cleanup post-script amid more power outages, debris cleanup and broken pinky nails . . .

Johnson County officials declare state of local disaster following storms, flooding

Officials in Johnson County have declared a state of local disaster following a pair of storms this week that created havoc in the metro area. Board of County Commission Chairman Ed Eilert signed the emergency declaration late Thursday afternoon following two damaging storms this week.

KANSAS CITY CRITICAL COACH'S FLOOD QUESTION: CROWDFUND OR CRITICIZE???



Tonight we contemplate the merits of Kansas City human interest story here @ TKC . . .

Should locals help the Coach's owner after he admittedly made a mistake by rushing to a flooded building OR are more hard-nosed locals correct in their criticism???

Here @ TKC . . . We encourage our blog community to lean toward forgiveness and help but it's important to take a glimpse at both sides of the issue . . .

Checkit:

'Embarrassed and thankful'- Owners of Coach's Bar recount 4+ hours trapped in flooded restaurant

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Coach's Bar & Grill owners Brian Darby and Chrissy Carle reached dry land about four hours after water poured into the restaurant, trapping them inside in the ceiling. The Kansas City, Mo., Water Rescue Team brought out boats to reach them, used a ladder to climb onto the roof, and then a saw to cut their way to them.



Check this Go Fund Me page and the plea for support :

"My friend, neighbor, and fellow bar owner Brian Darby has had a very rough time as of late. His father and business partner was killed, and his murder remains unsolved. Now, their business, Coach's Bar & Grill on 103rd between State Line and Wornall has been devastated by the flooding.

Let's do what we can to help out this Kansas City native, and local small business owner in this time of need. Anything you can contribute to help him rebuild his business would be greatly appreciated."

You decide . . .

HUGE TURNOUT FOR KANSAS CITY POLICE TOP COP FORUM TONIGHT!!!



Quick hits from the meeting tonight for those who are following along via Facebook or news webpage . . .

- The small town contender isn't much of a public speaker where as Major Smith is being too nice.

- Best question of the night - Is KCPD too top heavy?

- Far too long debate on diverse hiring practices.


Developing . . .

TKC MUST READ!!! REMEMBER OLD SCHOOL KANSAS CITY DRAG RACING!!!

Really great community news report on a bygone institution that's certainly worth a click:

Kansas City International Raceway gone too soon

In 1967, The Beatles proclaimed that "All You Need Is Love," the Kansas City Chiefs played against the Green Bay Packers in the first Super Bowl and Chevy introduced the first Camaro. 1967 was also the year that the Kansas City International Raceway drag strip opened on Noland Road.

Even Dead-Tree Media Fears Kansas City Burns & Mac NO-BID Single-Terminal Airport

Behind the scenes financing schemes evoke skepticism from even the most die-hard City Hall loyalists. Take a look:

Editorial: Secrecy at City Hall is jeopardizing new KCI terminal

The effort to build a new terminal at Kansas City International Airport rumbled forward Thursday in ways that should infuriate voters who will decide the project's fate. Four firms have asked the city to consider their qualifications for the project. Initially, the city kept the identities of those firms secret.

THE KANSAS CITY READ TONIGHT!!!



Tonight we take a peek at Gemma hotness and round-up all of the top Kansas City links this evening . . .

Kansas City Stylish Winning

Newsmaker: Baldwin Denim is 'a local Kansas City story gone global' - Kansas City Business Journal

Matt Baldwin's Leawood-based Baldwin Denim and Standard Style tap his passion for fashion and allow him to watch celebrities become brand ambassadors for his vision. Matt Baldwin's fascination with fashion started at a young age: In middle school, he regularly mowed the lawn of a neighbor who owned the "coolest men's store" in Wichita and traded his services for Ralph Lauren gear.


Celebrate More Tech Scene Hype

Report: Kansas City tech workforce is growing faster than most big cities

Techies around the nation have flocked to Kansas City at a rate faster than many major cities, including New York City, Chicago, San Diego and others according to a recent report. CBRE's annual Tech Talent Report found that between 2011 and 2016 Kansas City's tech workforce grew 39 percent, adding about 15,000 new tech staffers in the five-year window.


Over The Line In The Rain

Raytown man charged with DWI after fatal I-435 crash Wednesday

A Raytown, Mo. man has been charged with DWI in connection with Wednesday night's fatal 9 vehicle wreck on I-435. Terry M. Jones, 34, faces a Class B Felony DWI charge due to the wreck that resulted in the death of someone who was not in the vehicle he was driving.


Another Cowtown Party Crackdown

Party buses promise a good time, but some can be dangerous - even deadly

If you've spent any time enjoying Kansas City's nightlife, you've probably seen them: the colorful, customized buses carrying revelers to restaurants, bars and sporting events. A popular choice for bachelor and bachelorette parties, weddings, birthdays and other celebrations, party buses let riders enjoy a good time without the risks of drinking and driving.


Kansas City Cowtown Puddle Pix

Images of flash flooding in Kansas City

Torrential rains caused flash flooding early Thursday in Kansas City. The area along 103rd Street between Wornall and State Line roads was hard hit.


And this is the OPEN THREAD for tonight . . .

JoCo Jewel Heist In Golden Years Alleged

Life and crimes of seniors among our favorite fading middle-class enclave:

71-year-old woman charged in Johnson County burglary

A 71-year-old Overland Park woman was charged Thursday with burglarizing a Shawnee home and stealing jewelry. Mary Ellen Lubow was charged in Johnson County District Court with aggravated burglary and felony theft. The alleged break-in occurred Wednesday at the home of a family whom Lubow was acquainted with, according to the allegations.

Kansas City, Kansas Killing Continues . . .

Follow-up on the continued quotient of homicide across the State Line:

One person shot to death in KCK during early morning hours

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Police in Kansas City, Kan., are investigating a deadly shooting Thursday morning. Police responded to the 2300 block of North 83rd just before 2 a.m. They haven't released any information on the victim, or if they are searching for a suspect.

KANSAS CITY NEW AIRPORT SINGLE-TERMINAL CRASH COURSE REVEALED!!!



Quick look airport "progress" as we get a timeline and more bad news about the financial planning of the upcoming monstrosity:

KANSAS CITY TAX FIGHTERS AT TODAY'S AIRPORT MEETING

The joint committee meeting this morning at City Hall could have been filmed as a reality TV show. It was comical at times. What did we learn?

We agree with the Mayor in his assessment, we should not ask the voters to approve a financing method until the voters see a firm plan for our airport. Only Councilman Lucas on the joint committee wanted to vote today after the discussions. What does that mean?

These ordinances, as well as the other ordinance coming, are all for A SINGLE TERMINAL ONLY!

We also learned today the "PRIVATE FINANCING" plan being advertised by Burns & McDonnell is false and misleading. It was determined the "private financing" B&M is proposing is really "Quasi Government Financing “. It’s not private at all.

The City Finance Department representative testified ‘no matter what kind of financing the voters decide on, there will be a liability on the books of the Aviation Department for that amount. What does that mean? It means, if the Airlines are unable to meet their obligations and curtail payments to the Aviation Department; and the Aviation Department cannot pay for the bonds, THE KCMO VOTING TAXPAYERS WILL BE ON THE HOOK TO PAY THE BONDS!” As long the airport is on property owned by the City of Kansas City, the City will have liability exposure. When they tell you there is “no risk” to general fund dollars, they are just wrong.”

We also learned: The proposals for a new airport will be turned in today. We will be told how many proposals are turned in BUT we will not be told who turned them in? It’s a secret!!! What’s with this?? So much for open transparency!

The selection committee will be six people: Jolie Justus, Jermaine Reed, Pat Klein, Troy Schulte, Aviation Department CFO and Aviation Department Engineer.

July 27 - Bid proposals turned in..
August 10 -The bid presenters will turn in their financing plan proposals for their bids.
August 14 - The selection committee will interview the bidders and discuss their proposals. Council Members not on the committee may be excluded from this meeting. TBD
August 24 - Ballot language is due.



We learned the voting public will not be able to see the proposals until after a selection has been made. We were promised by several council members ”the voting public will be able to see all the proposals before we are asked to vote on the winning proposal.”

Councilwoman Justus mentioned she will have additional meetings on August 10, 17 and 24th.

CAUTION: This is scary... It was mentioned, the City COUNCIL can arrange to finance the airport bonds thru PORT KC, KCATA or THE PLATTE CO. IDA AND NOT HAVE TO HOLD A PUBLIC VOTE! WOW! This is a whole new wrinkle!

Nothing was discussed as to why our City would be wanting to go from the Compensatory Airline Agreement ( we have now )to a Residual Airline Agreement, when most cities want to get to what we have? Trying to jam through a new single terminal so the airlines can then renegotiate their contracts to get a more favorable "Residual Airline Agreement" is not in the best interest of the voting taxpayers of KCMO! Wake up City Hall… WE OWN THE AIRPORT :: NOT THE AIRLINES
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Links:

Biz Journal: Burns & McDonnell touts hometown team before submitting KCI bid

KCUR: What's Next For The Future Of Kansas City's Airport?

Developing . . .

NEWSFLASH!!! KANSAS CITY STAR BLAMES RAIN FOR MORNING FLOODING!!!

Actually, this bit of pseudo-science attempts to put the blame on HUMIDITY AND NOT OLD AND BUSTED KANSAS CITY SEWERS that need an EPA mandated 5 BILLION worth of repair. Take a look for a good laugh:

Here's why Kansas City turned into a 'rainforest' with all that flash flooding

Blame the moist and humid air over Kansas City, as well as the path that the storms took, for all that flooding Thursday. "We had an extraordinary moist and humid air mass in place - not unlike something you may find over the Amazon rainforest," said Andy Bailey, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, Mo.

Meet The Meth Town Alleged Molester

Jackson County Crackdown news today:

Independence man, 23, accused of molesting 2 juveniles

A 23-year-old Independence man has been charged with child molestation involving two children. Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker charged Damon R. Atchley, 23 with child molestation in one case and child molestation and sodomy in a second case. According to court records, the defendant told police he touched the genitals of the victims and sodomized them.

Kansas City Bike Projects Stay Losing

Quick look at some old-fashioned hipster complaining from our pals @ The Pitch:

As bike projects languish, bike advocates search for a new path

Last we checked on Kansas City's perpetual and so far ill-fated quest to paint bike lanes on a handful of city streets, the potential for new bike facilities abounded.

TODAY: 5PM DEADLINE ON QUESTIONS FOR THE NEXT KANSAS CITY TOP COP!!!



One last reminder before today's EPIC Kansas City Police public meeting where all the civic activists turn cheerleader.

Take a look:

Board names Police Chief finalists, sets public forum

Members of the Kansas City Missouri Board of Police Commissioners announced today that the finalists for the Chief of Police position are Major Rick Smith of the KCPD and Chief Keith Humphrey of the Norman, Okla., Police Department.

The Board also announced the two finalists will answer questions from the public in a forum from 6 to 8 p.m. next Thursday, July 27, in the Community Room of Police Headquarters, 1125 Locust St. Community members are encouraged to attend and submit questions for the finalists. 

Questions must be submitted by 5 p.m. the day of the forum, July 27.


Questions may be sent via email to BOPC Secretary/Attorney David Kenner at dkenner@levycraig.com, BOPC President Leland Shurin at LShurin@sls-law.com, or to BOPC Assistant Bethany Ruoff at Bethany.Ruoff@kcpd.org.
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KANSAS CITY AGAINST PREZ TRUMP TRANSGENDER MILITARY BAN!!?!



Like it or not, most of the Internets, social media chatter and MSM reaction to Prez Trump's reinstatement of a Trans military ban has been overwhelmingly negative and Kansas City is no exception.

There might very well be a lot of people who support the ban but their support has been tacit and mostly quiet while the outrage has been put on blast . . .

Take a look at some of the top local reactions:



Statement from local activists:

"President Donald Trump announced transgender individuals will not be allowed to serve in the military. This is a significant shift in policy from the previous administration.

"As we are a community center (versus an advocacy organization), we can only recommend for you to express your viewpoint on this matter to your respective US Representative, Senator, or directly to the White House. Also, if you need to talk to someone about this policy change, please reach out and we can put you in touch with local counseling services.

"We are strong together."
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From Kansas City's Top Ranking Congressman . . . A CNN cost analysis.



Finally, from your social media feed and the latest meme advocacy from all of your cool friends . . .



Of course, anony comments from the shadows support the Prez on this one as well . . . The most intriguing critical comparison I've read so far compares Trans people needing hormone therapy to diabetics who require insulin - Mostly precluded from service in the military. However, Sen. McCain called out the ban in no uncertain terms: “Any American who meets current medical and readiness standards should be allowed to continue serving.”

You decide . . .

Meet The New Kansas Boss

The nation's paper of record previews the new Sunflower dude in charge:

Waiting in the Wings in Kansas: Who Is Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer?

"I don't expect much different with the new governor," said State Representative Jim Ward, the Democratic leader in the House. "Jeff Colyer has walked in lock step with Sam Brownback for the last six-and-a-half years." Despite spending more than a decade in state government and more than six years as lieutenant governor, Mr. Colyer has largely avoided the political spotlight.

Missouri Taxing Districts Multiply

Quick glimpse at this favorite and corrupt scam in need of a crackdown. Checkit:

Special taxing districts multiply - St. Louis Business Journal

The number of community improvement districts across Missouri has more than tripled since 2008, and the special taxing areas spent some $75.6 million in 2015, according to newly obtained data. The number of community improvement districts across Missouri has more than tripled since 2008, and the special taxing areas spent some $75.6 million in 2015, according to newly obtained data.

Kansas Guv Brownback Buh-Bye Redux

Public TV look at eveybody kicking this guy as he goes out the door:

Unpopular At Home, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback Nominated For State Dept. Post

One of the least popular governors in the country is leaving his post to take a new position with the Trump administration. President Trump announced Wednesday that he would nominate Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, a social conservative with deep religious convictions, to head the Office of International Religious Freedom in the U.S.

TKC TOLD YOU SO!!! KANSAS CITY FLOODING AND INFRASTRUCTURE FAIL 2017 REDUX!!!



Just a bit of local rain has flooded local streets and put lives in danger this morning.

Moments ago, local TV watchers witnessed a heroic rescue given that a great deal of the Southland is submerged at the time of this writing.



And so, early this morning we are reminded that both the Kansas City grid and the sewer system, like a pair of emo twins during their freshman year away at college, can't handle even the slightest strain. Or whatever bad analogy works for you . . .

The point here . . .

ONGOING KANSAS CITY BAD WEATHER REVEALS EVEN MORE OLD AND BUSTED INFRASTRUCTURE!!!

There are a few more POWER OUTAGES reported, a great deal of the urban core is a puddle this morning AND don't expect any help getting those branches in city streets cleared.

Check the preliminary news roundup . . .

KMBC: Up to 7 inches of rain falls in KC metro causing serious flash flooding

Fox4: Two people trapped inside Coach’s Bar as Indian Creek floods around it

KSHB: Dangerous Flash Flooding Shuts Down Metro Roads

Fox4: Woman clings to rescue worker who pulled her from submerged vehicle

KCTV5: Heavy Rains & Storms Cause Kansas City Metro Flooding

WDAF: I-35 at Lamar shuts down: Water pooling on interstates and roads

KMBC: Heavy rains cause water rescue on 169 Highway at Briarcliff

KCTV5: Rescuers cut through roof of Coach's to save owners trapped by rising waters

Developing . . .

Kansas City History Burns Overnight

Another local disaster worth a look:

Fire destroys historic home at Shoal Creek Living History Museum

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Firefighters aren't sure if lightning started a fire that destroyed a historic house in the Northland overnight. That fire started around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Shoal Creek Living History Museum in Hodge Park. The flames destroyed the Stollings house, which was built in the late 1800s.

Mayor Sly's Kansas City Crime Tour Cont'd

Presser leadership with cameras coming along is this Mayor's answer to a 50% homicide increase. Checkit:

Mayor and police continue community outreach sessions, this time on city's east side

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Hitting the streets to lower violence and improve the community, Kansas city's police chief and Mayor Sly James are pounding the pavement on the city's east side Wednesday night. This event is starting with a question-and-answer session with residents here at the Police Athletic League.

Kansas College Rape Presser Today

Sunflower State authorities will be talking about the legacy of a creeper today. Here's more background:

Announcement coming Thursday in Kansas serial rape investigation

A suspected serial rapist has had women on alert for years. At least 13 women were raped between 2000 and 2008.

Celebrate Kansas City Summer Thrashin'



TKC remembers the absolute worst movie in skater history in order to introduce a much better local movie.

Checkit:

Thrasher Mag: "The Scorchin’ Summer tour reaches its halfway point in full stride, gracing Kansas City with the heaviest demo yet."

Take a look:



And while locals celebrate the ups, downs and embarrassments of local sports teams . . . These much more dedicated pro-athletes continue to build Kansas City skating legacy.

You decide . . .