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Posted by Tony at 5/27/2015 04:45:00 AM
Hedge fund blog number crunching reveals the Kansas City area economy is hurting despite the constant stream of hype from politicos running for reelection: Kansas City Fed In Recession Territory After Respondent "Laid Off 8% Of Workforce In 2 Months"
Posted by Tony at 5/27/2015 04:44:00 AM
Like it or not, Kansas City Activist Alonzo Washington took the lead in working on the Precious Doe tragedy. Here's his video documenting the moment in local history and providing his testimony:
My faith solved a murder case
More discussion, debate and discourse for the morning in just a bit . . . STAY TUNED!!!
Posted by Tony at 5/27/2015 04:30:00 AM
Kansas City is on the cusp of an epic CITY COUNCIL LADY TAKEOVER just as this nation is ready to elect its first female President.
To wit . . .
KANSAS CITY 'GIRL POWER' MOMENTUM ON THE CITY COUNCIL COULD BE BOOSTED BY HILLARY-MANIA IN THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA!!!
It'll be hard for liberal KCMO Council Dudes to argue against their lady opposition on one hand whilst touting the Hillary campaign hysteria with the other.
Call it kismet or karma . . . Just as Mayor Sly capitalized on Prez Obama hope for change . . . Now it seems that a great many of the prospective City Council ladies could benefit from a groundbreaking effort to put a powerful white lady in the White House.
Developing . . .
Posted by Tony at 5/26/2015 07:11:00 PM
As we celebrate that Mexican heritage of hottie Jessica Buricaga, it's important to note that things aren't looking so good for some other ethnic denizens of the metro now under lock and key amid the ongoing drug war.
Take a look at this presser detailing the misdeeds of suspects who seem to be the opposite of "dreamers" touted by Democratic Party loyalists . . .
TWO MEXICAN NATIONALS SENTENCED TO 24 YEARS, 20 YEARS FOR SMUGGLING COCAINE INTO KC AREA; AMONG FIVE MEXICAN NATIONALS SENTENCED
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that five Mexican nationals were sentenced in federal court today for their roles in a Mexico-based drug-trafficking organization that smuggled large amounts of cocaine and methamphetamine from Mexico to distribute in the Kansas City, Mo., area.
Posted by Tony at 5/26/2015 06:30:00 PM
TKC NOTE: What's most important about this note is that Mayor Sly is starting to flex his political muscles amid campaign silly season. Also, I think they mistakenly sent this to me FIRST because my demographics match up right on their mailing list . . . But I digress . . . Take a peek:
MAYOR JAMES OF KANSAS CITY ENDORSES CONTRERAS FOR MISSOURI STATE TREASURER
KANSAS CITY, Mo., With more than a year before Democrats go to the polls to select their next state Treasurer, Kansas City Mayor, Sly James is giving Pat Contreras his endorsement. Contreras, born and raised in Kansas City, announced his candidacy for the statewide row office just last month but is already building support from leaders within his party.
"Pat Contreras exemplifies the real world experience and energetic leadership we need in the state Treasurer's office," said Mayor James. "I am excited to endorse his candidacy. Pat is exactly who the Democrats need on the statewide ticket. He will be a great candidate and a great treasurer for us."
Contreras, a former diplomat with the U.S. State Department and employee of the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City welcomed the support of Mayor James because of their shared commitment to community service.
"To truly lead you must be willing to engage directly with the community. That is why it is an honor to have Mayor James on our team," said Contreras. Whenever there is constituent with a concern or an issue at-large for Kansas City, Mayor James is there, working with and for everyone to make each and every neighborhood a better place to live. I look forward to benefiting from his trusted counsel and experience as the next treasurer of Missouri."
Contreras went on to state that he will be working with Mayor James to find opportunities in their schedules to both campaign before as well as best provide services to the people of Kansas City.
Posted by Tony at 5/26/2015 06:28:00 PM
Two suspects take down a Great American Bank on Main Street in KCMO this afternoon: Kansas City FBI division searching for 2 individuals after KCMO bank robbery
Posted by Tony at 5/26/2015 05:55:00 PM
We've talked about this local artists before and now here's public radio celebrating a bit of her work: PHOTOS: Judith G. Levy Brings Light to Historical Controversy Through Art
Posted by Tony at 5/26/2015 05:51:00 PM
We're trying to hold it down tonight as we pull these important Kansas City links together. Take a peek:
Getting Rid Of Gators!!!
KC wants caimans out of east side neighborhood by Sunday
Kansas City Early Lead Continues
MLB All-Star ballot counts show 5 Royals in front running, 3 more in second place
TKC Follow-up Report
History can't save Kansas City Club from closing - Kansas City Business Journal
Posted by Tony at 5/26/2015 05:00:00 PM
TKC NOTE: Right now Kansas City's top media impresario offers his advice against the threat of global terror. Take a look:
Isis: Help An Enemy Fight An Enemy!
As Isis gains ground in the middle east what is the United States next big move? My lord we are helping our enemies fight their enemies. Right! Didn't we just fight these guys. Didn't several thousand Americans die fighting in Iraq and Iran. Isn't Syria a major enemy of the United States. Don't these nations house terrorist groups who attack US!
In 2007 we had 180,000 troops in the same area fighting the people we are now helping. Why? Sure the young poor people who live there are mostly just victims but too may are brainwashed crazies who want you and I dead. How many more times must we go over there and fight the same enemies. Now Isis has a new trick: Take over a city, kill everyone in sight and behead as many as we feel like doing, including ANY AMERICANS WE FIND.
I think the time has come to find a real end to this middle east nightmare. If not we will be fighting forever with these crazy bastards.
There are a few choices here. Do close to nothing, like we do in Africa where the same things go on. However African leaders don't at this time do the terrorist attacks on us here or in Europe. They don't have much in military other than ground forces and little to no nuclear ability...yet. So in the middle east its hard to just stand pat.
We can't just wipe them out with nuclear weapons for many clear reasons. Its a thought though. We could evacuate as many as possible that are just innocent victims and consider this down the road if it comes down to that horrible decision.
We can repeat Desert Storm 99 more times. Taking husbands and wives overseas to be killed or destroy their lives and their families.
Or we can team up with Israel, England and even yes Russia, they will join in given a shot and oil, to take over the area Iran, Iraq and Syria. Clear it out. Place in power United Nations leaders protected by US and our allies. Destroy all those who would stand in the way of stabilizing the area.
In time find decent leaders to take over their lands that are born and raised there. This is an outlaw,vicious, highly dangerous and murder driven group of nations. Enough already.
It seems a one time military effort by all of our allies and us can put a closer end to the problems and the murders. Behead Americans. WTF. Lets look to end this problem, before it grows even bigger. They have had a chance to work with us, they hate us. Clearly.
TKC NOTE: Here's the latest from Clay Chastain with a quote calling out one of KC's most powerful lawyers and presenting an EPIC document intended to continue his late-tax-pay argument against Kansas City Mayor Sly James. Check it:
Chastain's attorney files appeal . . .
Elbert Walton, attorney for Lee and Chastain, filed a 59-page legal masterpiece in the Court of Appeals (See attachment) that towers over Judge Fahnestock's poorly-reasoned opinion, upholds the public interest, and puts James' mayoral hopes on the ropes.
* James was delinquent on paying his 2014 city taxes on the last day for candidates to file-in direct violation of Missouri State Statute RSMo 75.001, the intent of the city's charter, and the public interest.
Meanwhile, James' attorney, Patrick McInerney, (not to mention the woman who recently claimed (after 21 years and right before Judge Fahnestock ruled) I had lured her to my house to sexually assault her) continued his own efforts to make me look sinister before the eyes of the judges....
1. McInerney howled to Judge Fahnestock that I was, "trying to hijack the results of a city election."
2. McInerney sent me a direct communication (without my attorney's consent) informing me he was moving to file a motion for damages because he NOW believes I don't have a right to appeal because my lawsuit is "wholly frivolous." (Note: Read our appeal and decide if you think our lawsuit wholly frivolous)
Mr. Bully Boy, in full strut, then pontificated, "the real goal of your (Chastain) efforts is to deplete the personal resources of Mayor James...(with) your rejected claims."
No Mr. McInerney, my real goal is to oust from office a sorry mayor and replace him with a good mayor...either Vincent Lee or myself.
McInerney's contrived episodes of legal misconduct are designed to unduly influence the judges into thinking our case wholly frivolous and my motives wholly underhanded.
The people ache for a court that will finally stand up for the law and the public interest against a powerful mayor, and his big shot attorney, who neither play fair or by the rules.
Still fighting for Kansas City...mayoral candidate Clay Chastain
Posted by Tony at 5/26/2015 02:12:00 PM
May 18, 2015 Last month, a pilot who flew for President Obama during his 2008 campaign wrote an article about an incredible UFO sighting he had in 1989. This weekend he spoke to Clayton Morris on Fox News’ Fox and Friends about his UFO experience.
Here's his testimony:
Developing . . .
Posted by Tony at 5/26/2015 01:35:00 PM
Here's a hint, the number of locals looking at dead trees to learn the most important facts of the day is dramatically decreasing: Kansas Citians Consume News In Many Different Ways
Posted by Tony at 5/26/2015 01:29:00 PM
Kansas City is at the center of a cruel industry: Missouri, Kansas top 'puppy mill' list - Kansas City Business Journal
Posted by Tony at 5/26/2015 01:27:00 PM
Charlotte Springer lounging hotness starts our Kansas City mainstream media link look for right now . . .
More Deets On Morning Homicide
Woman found murdered inside east Kansas City home
Kansas City Kitchens Closing
Bob Evans Farms will shut down three area restaurants
Kangaroo Health Food Coming Soon
City Planning Commission approves rezoning for Whole Foods on UMKC campus
Posted by Tony at 5/26/2015 12:55:00 PM
Tech N9ne fans are mostly white millennials in lower income brackets who also listen to a lot of hard rock which makes Kansas City's most successful rapper the perfect fit for Rockfest . . . Unfortunately, security precautions and the upcoming crackdown on the loud local party could put a damper on the event.
To wit . . .
KANSAS CITY ORGANIZERS AND SECURITY PEEPS PREPARE AN UNPRECEDENTED CRACKDOWN ON FANS FOR ROCKFEST!!!
Nope, this doesn't mean that the festival will have to obey new City Ordinances on volume - You'll still be able to hear the concert all they to KCK . . .
But maybe lovelorn fans might not be able to do get in on in the port-a-potties anymore . . .
FIRST ON TKC . . . CHECK THE COMMUNITY RELATIONS/SECURITY PLAN THAT'S THE FIRST SIGN OF A CRACKDOWN!!!
The perimeter will be reinforced this year and crafty fans might not be able to sneak in this time around . . .
Surrounding merchants and residents have already been put on notice about the boisterous upcoming party . . .
As usual, traffic is going to be a mess for this event and illegal parking rules won't be enforced for our suburban interlopers . . .
Still, what KICK-ASS TKC TIPSTERS tell us that SECURITY IT GOING TO BE STEPPED UP CONSIDERABLY THIS TIME AROUND AND COINCIDING WITH TECH N9NE'S GROUNDBREAKING PERFORMANCE!!!
It's not a bad plan and maybe this will keep some poor young lady from getting kicked in the face this time around . . .
Developing . . .
Posted by Tony at 5/26/2015 08:00:00 AM
Call this a Kansas City tease because we're gossiping about upcoming local SCANDAL while mainstream media newsies attempt to track down and transcribe our special brand of AWESOME . . .
To wit . . .
TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW BECAUSE WE'RE TALKING UPCOMING SCANDAL FIRST!!!
- Don't be surprised or call it "news" when you hear the word/allegation of "RAPE" associated with an embattled local politico's office as deets of an ongoing investigation are already leaking to the local media . . .
- Mail fraud charges and other political slapfighting will also be on the table and coming up soon . . . MSM might bury the deets but this kind of campaign smackdown resonates among local politicos.
- Tons of financial deets coming soon on Kansas City politicos . . . We're parsing the donor lists and organizing our thoughts so that this data is out there for everybody to see . . .
Fill in the blanks, but don't pay too much attention to speculation. The important thing is that our blog community is FIRST with the word of what's going down among our local political class.
Developing . . .
Posted by Tony at 5/26/2015 07:15:00 AM
Local hotspots earn the spotlight in another lovingly crafted Kansas City profile from The New York Times.
The publicity is great and certainly makes this cowtown seem a bit more classy . . . However, for the past couple of years instead of real progress on local infrastructure, Kansas City has been sold really great travel mag writing as a sign of KCMO achievement.
Check the latest: In Kansas City, All Things Craft
More in a bit . . .
Posted by Tony at 5/26/2015 06:45:00 AM
Local violence continues to ramp up even in the soggy weather as Kansas City police work the scene of what could be the latest local homicide. Meanwhile, the Kansas City murder count continues to outpace last year's numbers: KCMO police find 24-year-old woman dead
Posted by Tony at 5/26/2015 05:59:00 AM
Our least favorite Kansas City cable provider couldn't compete against the rainbow bunny and now they accept a buyout and will soon be on the chopping block. Check it: Charter Communications Reaches Deal for Time Warner Cable
Posted by Tony at 5/26/2015 05:57:00 AM
Everything real estate agents say is always in the best interests of their commission . . . So be careful following their advice. However, the market might be due for a correction but until the bubble bursts . . . It may be time to cash in . . . Check it: KC housing market moves in favor of sellers- 41ActionNews.com
Posted by Tony at 5/26/2015 05:55:00 AM
The always captivating and insanely curvy Leanne Crow kicks off our Kansas City Tuesday morning link review with an important peek at more than a few local topics. Dive right in:
Plauge Of Kansas City Insects
Cicadas invade Northland neighborhood
Reported Long Distance Kidnapping
Kansas City Woman Missing, Local Law Enforcement Helping in Search - % stationx.name %] ABC 22 News :: News - Top Stories
Show-Me Rising Tide
Mosby, Sibley residents forced out of homes by flooding as Missouri River rises
Posted by Tony at 5/26/2015 05:15:00 AM
In this imaginative bit of Kansas City creative blogging, Uncommon Courage reports from the not so faraway future after a lady President Of The USA and other upcoming milestones.
More in a bit . . .
Posted by Tony at 5/26/2015 05:13:00 AM
Whilst local media was mostly touting military tribute yesterday, here's a peek at other Kansas City metro residents also working for peace: Memorial Day trek focuses on nuclear weapon toxins
Posted by Tony at 5/26/2015 05:12:00 AM
Downtown KC compiles a pretty nice list of upcoming events for this week including some controversy in store. Take a look: Rockfest leads list of what's cookin' this week
Posted by Tony at 5/26/2015 05:11:00 AM
Take a look at an old-timey celebration in soggy Westport that attracted mostly an old school crowd: There Stands the Glass
Posted by Tony at 5/26/2015 05:05:00 AM
Buskers are better known and hobos with musical talent and recently Kansas City celebrated a convention of these lovable scamps in the City Market.
Take a look:
These Kansas City musicians singing for their supper is an important bit of inspiration as everybody else drags themselves back to work today.
More in a bit . . .
Posted by Tony at 5/26/2015 04:45:00 AM
Right now we're dedicating this blog post to Kansas City Memorial Day 2015 and any recollections our blog community wants to share.
MSM is mostly featuring militaristic messages that make good fodder in between commercial breaks. Tribute to the military is important and appropriate today but we're just not sure what the Pentagon is paying for and who is charging . . .
Meanwhile, Memorial Day in KCMO has always been more than cheerleading. We'll start the reminiscing:
- TKC remembers old school Kansas City neighborhoods wherein people gathered outside whenever an ambulance answered a call on the street not only to gawk but also out of concern. Nowadays most people just cower in fear or tweet the deets to friends.
- Remember when voters were still allowed to publicly ask questions of their elected representatives in Kansas City without a heavily moderated format???
- Think back to when Kansas City old school police uniforms were brown and the fire engines were neon yellow and this town wasn't afraid to buck the entire nation and, in fact, took that stance as a point of pride.
- As younger KCMO denizen, TKC walked nearly every day down Broadway & Main from Catholic school to my Grandma's house in Westport. That's where this blogger's love of Kansas City started but the same solo Midtown journey for a grade school "scholar" would no longer be possible or safe in that crime/drug-ridden corridor.
- TKC remembers a vibrant, contentious and active local Kansas City Democracy wherein ballots and voting booths were packed with contenders and special interests. Now suburbanite lawyers and corporations dominate and have chased away most neighborhood and community interests.
Accordingly . . .
NOW ITS YOUR TURN . . . FEEL FREE TO REMINISCE ABOUT KANSAS CITY FOR MEMORIAL DAY 2015!!!
Hopefully, we'll have more later . . . STAY TUNED!!!
Posted by Tony at 5/25/2015 06:30:00 PM
Here's a reminder that local Democracy isn't working and Kansas City politicos are openly rejecting fair wage activists with double speak and cheap legislative tricks.
To wit . . .
MAYOR SLY AND CITY COUNCIL REJECT KANSAS CITY FAIR WAGE FIGHTERS AND KILL THEIR PETITION!!!
Take a look:
AP Via KSHB: Kansas City not putting minimum wage hike on August ballot
Now the reality of this move is that any hope of circumventing Missouri law is now lost. Also, the delay until after the election is a gambit to hope that fair wage fighters will forget this betrayal the next time these politicos contemplate running for reelection.
Moreover . . .
The lesson about all of this is simple: Mayor and City Council talk a great deal about support for the working poor and improving life for low income families but when it comes to a decision directly under their control and simply putting an initiative on the ballot, they side with the biz community and and their donors in order to circumvent simply letting the public have their say. Moreover, they KNOW that any subsequent work on minimum wage will be circumvented by the Missouri General Assembly and they'll have effectively dodged the blame with a rhetorical tactic despite the initial knife in the back. Sadly, most fair wage fighters aren't sophisticated enough to explain these tactics to their constituency.
So the lie continues . . . It's not that our TKC agrees or disagrees with a KCMO minimum wage increase, what needs to be understood is the outright, duplicitous and cynical tactics employed by Mayor and City Council.
Developing . . .
Posted by Tony at 5/25/2015 05:05:00 PM
The legacy of Kansas City Jazz endures and there are some rather dedicated devotees to the ancient form of art still struggling to keep it alive . . . But for the most part it remains a niche market of dedicated enthusiasts and not the music that defines this town - Which is hip-hop and or adult contemporary. kcjazzlark
Posted by Tony at 5/25/2015 04:57:00 PM
14-1 blowout today as working-class fans get to remember the bad times: Yankees Rough Up the Royals With a Big First Inning
Posted by Tony at 5/25/2015 04:53:00 PM
Just a few Kansas City mainstream media links that reminds us TKC is the greatest resource for local information in Kansas City . . . Check it:
Kansas City Tribute
KC observes Memorial Day at National WWI site
Kansas City History Continues To Disappear
Roof partially collapses at a KC church, previously known as 'Cowtown Ballroom'
Local Tragedy Compounded
Injuries reported in KC ambulance crash
Posted by Tony at 5/25/2015 04:45:00 PM
REMEMBER that for more than a century the illustrious and iconic Kansas City Club was an institution which spoke to the strength of this town's community and heritage. Now they're closing down due to lack of membership and a financial inability to support themselves.
THANKS TO THE MOST AWESOME TKC TIPSTERS FOR THIS FIRST & EXCLUSIVE LOOK AT A MEMO REVEALING THE ICONIC KANSAS CITY CLUB CLOSING DOWN AND DECLARING BANKRUPTCY!!!
As always, KICK-ASS TKC TIPSTERS breaking important news always get the FIRST WORD . . .
"TKC, this note this was sent on May 25th, two days after the club officially closed. Also of note is the choice of chapter 7 bankruptcy over reorganization; this is after two past presidents of the club attempted to buy the club out as an LLC to utilize tax credits (hint: they’re looking for a bargain sale, good luck finding the listing). Further, as a current (and fourth generation) club member I went down this evening to attempt to secure some of my property I keep on premise (a nice liquor collection and some dirty gym shorts) only to find the doors all bolted and the front door with a chain and padlock. Yet another Kansas City scam in the works."
Now, say what you want about the usefulness of this kind of club BUT there's no denying that it represents part of Kansas City's heritage (Like it or not) . . . And neither the promise of the Downtown toy trains streetcar nor the convention hotel could save this institution.
Without further ado, here is the bankruptcy notice of The Kansas City Club . . .
FW: Club Announcement
Dear Kansas City Club Member,
As you are aware, The Kansas City Club has struggled financially for a number of years. Over the past decade several capable Members and your elected Boards of Directors have dedicated countless hours of personal time and very often personal funds to propping up the Club until such time that the membership numbers and Club usage could sustain itself. As was reported at last year’s Annual Membership Meeting, the Club has operated at a loss for most of the months in recent history.
Your Board recently contracted with Gib Kerr, respected downtown real estate agent, to quietly shop the building in hopes that a good offer would allow us to meet financial commitments and leave enough funds to purchase or lease a more modest and less expensive Clubhouse. Unfortunately, the sale of a building such as ours takes time and our financial obligations are mounting quickly.
We currently have a growing and aging Accounts Payable. In addition, we are responsible for increasing employee pension obligations as well as a bank note and two personal loans by members. Despite months and years of creative problem solving, loans and financial gifts, our cash flow situation has become untenable. On Wednesday, May 20, at the advice of financial and legal counsel, your Board made the following decisions:
* Cease all Clubhouse Operations effective 11:59 pm, Saturday, May 23rd, 2015.
* Increase marketing efforts on the building to source prospective buyers and use funds to pay off our mounting debt.
* Retain Legal Counsel and file Chapter 7 Bankruptcy.
It is with heavy hearts that this decision is communicated. You are no doubt aware of the challenges facing all Clubs, especially City Clubs, across the country. In fact, less than 18% of the City Clubs active in the 1980’s continue to operate today.
Our deep gratitude goes out to our Club Management Team and Staff who have worked so diligently over the past several months on our Members’ and Club’s behalf. We are committed to meeting payroll and bank obligations. We will retain very limited staff to fulfill banquet obligations and assist in the details of closing down the corporation.
Watch for correspondence in the coming weeks regarding building access to obtain personal items you may have stored at the Club as well as information on liquidation of physical assets which might be of interest to members.
Your 2015 Board of Directors
Posted by Tony at 5/25/2015 03:45:00 AM
A cry for help that went unheard now brings to mind painful memories for locals and the realization that a great many more soldiers and in need of help over an ongoing desert crusade and a war that the Iraqis are now losing. One year later, mom of veteran killed by Kansas City police volunteering at VA Medical Center
Posted by Tony at 5/25/2015 03:33:00 AM
Check another "build it and they will come" pipe dream paid for by higher prices for consumers and taxpayers hoping to undercut big oil kingpins who hope to extend their reign another 100 years or at least until most of the earth's surface is below sea level thanks to global climate change. Check it: Kansas City bids to become EV mecca
Posted by Tony at 5/25/2015 03:30:00 AM
Like it or not, Kansas City protest continues as these activists invoke the memory of one of the most controversial Civil Rights Movement leaders in their ongoing struggle against police brutality.
Take a look:
Claim Malcolm X Day Kansas City 2015
"On Tuesday, May 19th, Kansas Citians answered the national call to stand in solidarity with other cities around the country to CLAIM Malcolm X Day. People came together to uplift the name of Malcolm X, who died fighting for the liberation of Black people and all oppressed people. The lives of women killed at the hands of police were also centered.
"To all who came out and listened, marched, and stood in solidarity, as we lifted up the name of Malcolm X and sought to reaffirm our commitment to the liberation of Black people and all oppressed peoples, Thank You. - One Struggle KC"
#CMXDKC #CMXD #SayHerName
"See more pics from the day at http://on.fb.me/1SvgcEL"
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Posted by Tony at 5/25/2015 03:08:00 AM
Kansas City newsman legend and local blogger Bill Tammeus brings us words of inspiration on this day: "it's time for people of faith to speak out more clearly about the need to conduct our national affairs in ways that don't produce so many veterans of wars." Read on . . . A Memorial Day to speak out: 5-25-15
Posted by Tony at 5/25/2015 03:03:00 AM
Just a reminder to remember to mark your calenders into order to attend this alt. geek fest. Check it: Jake's Take On: The 2015 Kansas City Comic Con (Preview)
Posted by Tony at 5/25/2015 03:01:00 AM
We'll never forget that Pamela Anderson is one of the hotties who has defined the modern era. Accordingly, here's a quick compilation in her honor and to start this Monday . . .
Soggy Kansas City Fireworks Last Night
America's fallen heroes honored at Celebration at the Station
Another Local Politico Cheerleading Report
Joe Robertson: Charlie Shields, next state school board president, had Kansas City's back
Kansas City Remembers The Fallen
Vietnam veterans seek names of fallen friends on replica Memorial Wall
Posted by Tony at 5/25/2015 02:02:00 AM
Here's the most interesting part about the fight betwixt Council Dude Jim Glover vs. Katy Shields . . . On a personal level, we hear they don't really like each other.
Still, the contest is close and here's the narrative that's playing out . . .
Council Dude Glover is the development guy. Sadly, he's really the only elected official at City Hall who can point to a longstanding legacy of jobs he has directly helped to create for low-income neighborhoods. The downside of this legacy is that all of the negative sentiments about the toy train, hotel and new airport will be thrust upon him.
Katy Shields is being sold as a reformer. She has done solid work with neighborhood groups and we think her new role as Kansas City's feminist champion for election season is a captivating rhetorical tactic.
So the contest is betwixt developers vs. neighborhoods, a Mayor Sly vote vs. a Local 42 loyalist and men vs. women.
On the flip side of this argument is the fact that both of these politicos have been working in local politics for nearly half a century and have spent their entire careers playing the KCMO election game . . . So, in the end, the choice might be nothing more than picking different side of same coin.
You decide . . .