Monday, July 25, 2016

TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! KANSAS CITY POLICE CONVERGE NEAR TOY TRAIN STREETCAR LINE AMID SPATE OF DOWNTOWN GUNFIRE!!!



The morning after our blog community offers us FIRST LOOK AND FAIR WARNING of more violence along the embattled toy train streetcar line.

Here's the word . . .

"Please caution your readers to be careful when thinking about riding the streetcar. At around 10 pm last night I heard 5 or 6 shots and 5 minutes later there where dozens of police cars at East 6th Street and Grand Blvd. The site of this shooting is less than a hundred yards from the trolley track."

The image is EXCLUSIVE to our blog community but the testimony is backed up by mainstream media reports this morning, strangely without mention of proximity to Kansas City's latest and greatest streetcar effort:

One person was injured in a shooting near a liquor store in Kansas City, Missouri, late Sunday night.

One person injured, multiple vehicles hit with bullets after shooting

And so . . .

TKC TOLD YOU SO!!! KANSAS CITY GUNFIRE NOW CONFRONTS LATE NIGHT TRAVELERS ON THE TOY TRAIN STREETCAR LINE DESPITE MSM ATTEMPTS TO DOWNPLAY THE DANGER!!!



You decide but don't say you haven't been warned about the reality of public transit life amid this Kansas City Bloody Summer of 2016 . . .

SHOCK!!! REPORT: KANSAS COPS UNDER FIRE FROM HIGHWAY STALKERS?!?!

Disturbing news from Kansas City media as law enforcement on the Sunflower State side of the State Line offer testimony of highway gunfire from unidentified suspects. This one is important to the public at large in terms of scant vehicle description and a glimpse of heightened tensions among local law enforcement amid tense times. Take a look: Two Kansas police officers from different departments report being shot at

Even More KCK Gunfire Overnight

The quotient of violence continues to rise across the State Line as two police officers have been killed this year and the murder rate continues to spike. Checkit: One person seriously hurt after shooting in KCK

Fear Golden Ghetto Gunfire Stalker

One of many reports of shooting last night . . . But this residential shooting ruckus reminds us that Summer bullet time has also moved to the suburbs. Checkit: Overland Park police searching for clues after man leaving IHOP reports hearing gunshots from car following him

TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! SHOW-ME INTERCEPTED POLLING DATA FROM MO SCOUT REVEALING BIGGER LEAD FOR KANSAS CITY REP. JOHN RIZZO IN MISSOURI STATE SENATE RUN!!!



We've got our filthy hands on EXCLUSIVE poling data from the Missouri Scout in their polling data of Missouri State Senate District 11 . . .

Look closely . . .

REP. JOHN RIZZO MOVES TOWARD AN EVEN BIGGER LEAD IN HIS MISSOURI STATE SENATE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY!!!

He's closer to 30 points ahead of his closest challenger rather than just the more conservative 25 point lead the Missouri Times reported last week.

Takeaway . . . Hillary is actually hurting some of the Democrats who have aligned their campaign with her while more mainstream centrists like Rep. Rizzo are serving as a viable alternative for working class voters frustrated with the current leadership of the national level of the Democratic party.

Developing . . .

Will Kansas City Chiefs Suck This Season???

Honest question with this acknowledgment that their only playoff victory in a generation came against another team that didn't really belong in the competition and ALSO wasn't very impressive. You decide: Which players can Chiefs turn to for offensive boost?

Say Goodbye To Wade Davis

The Kansas City royals pitcher is drawing interest as the home team and its former glory continue to fall apart this season despite high hopes. Take a look: Kansas City Royals: Wade Davis drawing trade interest

Cheerleader Hottie Tours Kansas City



If only all the tourists were as hot as Lindsey Brooks Bell . . . Maybe the imaginary 24 million KCMO guests per year number would be more desirable and not just an excuse to extort more cash from taxpayers.

Anyhoo . . . In her latest clip this self-described Vlogger | Cheerleader | Mermaid | Hammock Enthusiast | promotes Kansas City . . . Which is the day job of this hottie amid the new Internets promo economy.

More in a bit . . .

Growing Season In Kansas City Urban Core!!!

Farming the inner city for something besides loose copper is the subject of this optimistic report wherein the middle-class hope to blight their lawns in somewhat creative ways. Take a look: What Are The Benefits Of Urban Agriculture In Kansas City?

Kansas City Dead Tree Media Column Decries Minority Traffic Stop Discrimination

Meanwhile our Libertarian pals would complain that all forms of traffic stopping are a bit of violation . . . Especially checkpoints . . . Still, here's a bit of culture war fodder to start the morning. Checkit: Traffic stops of minorities should concern more police

The Kansas City Fringe Fest Challenge

A nice note from Tracy dares us to witness a standout production among the mostly self-indulgent Fringe Fest . . . We won't decline immediately but it's probably not on high on our 'to-do' list. Take a look: KcmoPost.com

Paula And Kansas City Monday Morning



Paula Labaredas and her international hotness ALMOST kick-off our efforts from Monday as we review some of these Kansas City mainstream media links for the morning. Checkit:

More Deets On Ride-Share Chatter
KCMO.gov " Have your say on the Safe Ride ordinance
Notes From The Kansas City Weekend
Drake shined Saturday night at the Sprint Center
Kansas City Morning Burning Sensation
Downed power lines catch two KCMO homes on fire
Suburban Kansas City BBQ Still Overrated
Arthur Bryant's Voted Fifth Best Ribs In America
Local Brave Lady
Woman runs into burning building in Kansas City to warn residents
Soccer Winning Interlude
Sporting Kansas City vs. Seattle Sounders FC - Football Match Report - July 24, 2016 - ESPN
Downtown Love In Spite Of More Violence
WTF?! Variety is the spice of the Downtown scene this week
And this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Scenes From Kansas City Sunday Night



Just a few more images and stories to consider as we slouch toward the work week . . . As Nintendo makes about $9 BILLION from millennials local and across the world chasing imaginary digital images in a modern day tribute to the legacy of Don Quixote.

First up, the Kansas City Royals fall below .500 and get just a bit further from the glory of LAST YEAR along with the very real possibility that it could be another 30 years until the next championship season  . . .

Royals offense struggles in 2-1 loss to Texas

And then . . .



Things look even more bleak for the next generation . . .

Police unable to locate 3-year-old boy's parents

Finally . . .



Despite it all the Kansas City seems to be passing the time in creative ways on this Fringe Fest Week . . .

Man chugs beer after climbing the FOX 4 broadcast tower

And so . . .

Tonight we take a pause to consider the news and a great many other topics on this Sunday night. Hopefully, more BREAKING EXCLUSIVE NEWS, discussion, debate, discourse and all kinds of good stuff for the morning update . . . STAY TUNED!!!

TKC SUNDAY QUESTION: ARE NEWSPAPER ENDORSEMENTS RELEVANT??? SHOW-ME KANSAS CITY CANDIDATES ON THE RISE DESPITE DEAD TREE MEDIA REBUKE!!!



Amid an ongoing decline of newspaper influence, during this election cycle The Kansas City Star reveals not only that they're out of touch with the politics of this town's neighborhoods but also that they're simply promoting a small clique within the local Democratic Party structure that has more in common with just resigned and disgraced leader Debbie Wasserman Schultz than anyone would care to realize.

And so . . .

OUR TKC BLOG COMMUNITY OFFERS AN IMPORTANT LOOK AT THREE CANDIDATES WHOSE EFFORTS EXEMPLIFY THE WANING INFLUENCE OF THE NEWSPAPER ON KANSAS CITY ELECTIONS!!!

Again, a reminder that OUR TKC BLOG COMMUNITY DOES NOT ENDORSE CANDIDATES we simply share info, opinions and some of the most captivating, newsworthy perspectives in the Greater KCMO Metro Area . . . In fact, a media endorsement is simply an outdated relic of machine politics which gave birth to the short-lived dominance of the daily paper as part of the American political lexicon. That time has past and right now we simply offer a look at candidates who might not need need the newspaper.

Here's the word . . .

Rising Star Manny Abarca Has Been Working Tirelessly Throughout District 19


It's really a shame that the Star has taken the side of a school board quitter over an upstart candidate who has spent the past few months out in the heat talking to just about every voter who will listen about his efforts to earn more resources for District 19. One look at Manny's campaign should reveal a broad coalition across Northeast and anyone can see that he's really the future of urban core politics in Missouri and one of the best and brightest newcomers to Kansas City's Democracy.

MO House Rep. John Rizzo Increases His Lead Despite Newspaper Bias


The newspaper is once again showing their age and maybe a bit of ethnic bias toward one of the emerging leaders of Missouri politics - Rep. John Rizzo. The newspaper is seemingly bowing to Conservative media prejudices and the long forgotten vitriol of a close election that was decided years ago . . . The hack newsies at the Star helped propagate vicious attacks using old school stereotypes against Rep. Rizzo that weren't at all accurate and didn't hold true after he earned one resounding reelection victory after the next . . . But let's forget politics and simply look at data and facts . . . REP. RIZZO IS LEADING HIS RACE BY MORE THAN 25 POINTS AND RISING!!!

Again, the newspaper is simply operating out of spite as they refuse to acknowledge the work of Rep. Rizzo when it comes to saving Missouri Democrats from outright extinction in some rural areas and among more Conservative/Centrist denizens of the Democratic Party.

Derron Black Has Been Talking To His Community Daily About Equal Representation And Productive Alliances


A few of you have sent us notes on this one and it's about time we mentioned it again . . . Most Kansas City residents remember Derron Black as the guy who interrupted a speech from Mayor Sly out of frustration with his policies. He's now in a District 23 contest with incumbent Rep. Randy Dunn.

Recently, Mr. Black has been one of the most prolific proponents of Bernie Sanders in Kansas City and made inroads into other local social justice efforts.

Moreover . . .

Check social media and voters will notice: Derron Black has been talking to EVERYBODY about his election efforts. With no campaign infrastructure and simply a shoe-leather election effort, Mr. Black is a part of of just about everybody's social media feed and from a street level perspective, the solid work of Derron Black could upset his opponent.

It'll be interesting to see if Mr. Dunn's alliance with Councilman Jermaine Reed and his (Mayor Sly influenced?) bow tie fashion forward somewhat elitist but undoubtedly proficient style of leadership will resonate amid harsher times on the East side. 

And so . . . What we've seen in this primary election cycle is a departure from newspaper coverage or even significance in neighborhood and even large local races as many politicos are moving back to talking directly with voters rather than enduring the stubborn bias of the declining daily newspaper.

You decide . . .

Kansas City Prof. William Black Explains Hillary Double Cross For Wall Street: Where Is Sen. Kaine On Economic Reforms???

Great link suggestions from our blog community . . . UMKC's foremost economic expert Professor William Black offers an approachable but still expert analysis of what the new VEEP picks means to the financial world . . . Which is the only opinion that really matters:

UMKC Prof. William Black: "What’s especially noteworthy is that Hillary Clinton and Kaine are carrying Wall Street’s water while the Republican Party is repudiating some of these policies. The Republican Party platform (cynically) calls for reinstating Glass-Steagall, and Donald Trump has called for the defeat of TPP in an equally cynical fashion."

Read more: Hillary-Kaine: Back to the Center

What's The Current State Of Kansas City Community Relations With Police??? Westside Lawman Answers!!!

Here's an insightful take on police relationships in Kansas City from a veteran law enforcement official who works in a part of town with a diverse community from ranging from hobos to hipsters, corporate types and all matter of denizens in between.

Checkit: One Kansas City Police Officer's Take On Police-Community Relations In KC

Kansas City Enjoys EPIC Quality Of Life???

In 2014 marketers learned that Clickbait doesn't really work and leaves potential customers angry about being mislead even BuzzFeed is changing their strategy and working on more traditional modes of advertising. And so, here's a relic of a simpler time before VisitKC was confronted with the fact that they couldn't buy all the coverage they needed. Checkit: Quality of life in Kansas City, Missouri - Teleport Cities

Behati Kansas City Sunday



Behati Prinsloo was one of our favorite underwear angels but now she ruined her body and leaves only a legacy of angelic hotness for us to remember on this Sunday along with this glimpse at all the Kansas City mainstream media links for right now amid this steamy weekend . . .

Kansas City Firefighters Endure
Heat, humidity complicate work at scene of KC house fire
New York News Down Cowtown Memory Lane
Kansas City sex slayer kept detailed diary of torture, murder
Deets On Kansas City Light Rail Fight
Clay Chastain's light rail plan appears headed for November ballot
Gorgeous And Generous Kansas City Blogger Shanely Shares Free Swag
Late Summer Style - Plus a Giveaway | Out to Eat
Royals Break With The Past
Johnny Cueto feels slighted Royals didn't invite him to White House
And this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

TKC SUNDAY SPECIAL!!! UPSTART COUNCIL LADY JOLIE JUSTUS FOR MAYOR CAMPAIGN OPPOSED BY KANSAS CITY INSIDERS!!!



Amid this divisive 2016 Trump Vs. Hillary election cycle it seems that Kansas City is already looking toward the future and confronting the current City Hall power vacuum and no clear cut front-runner for the Mayor's race.

Yes, 2019 seems far away but Kansas City elections are often decided before a single ballot is ever cast and the race for mayor really started at the outset of this Summer when Council Dude Scott Taylor started his campaign.

Even better and our EXCLUSIVE for the day . . .

COWTOWN INSIDERS AND AT LEAST A FEW CITY COUNCIL DENIZENS ARE COMMITTED TO THWARTING THE FLEDGLING MOVEMENT TO MAKE JOLIE JUSTUS THE FIRST KANSAS CITY LGBT MAYOR!!!

Here's the word . . .

"Hillary and Jolie, that's the rallying cry. The Midtown set are using 2016 to test the waters for (council lady) Jolie and the 'progressive' effort to make Kansas City's 1st gay mayor is an obsession for these folks. I don't care about your politics but I will say that we can't let this happen at any cost. Jolie has been a disappointment as a member of council and her term following up Sly would be one of the biggest disasters Kansas City has ever seen."

As tough talk and hard feelings increase among the city council and local insiders and our previous reporting confirms the Council Lady Joliie's love for Hillary . . .

Still . . . Like it or not this is the closest thing we've got to a grassroots political movement in Kansas City as the LGBT community, their allies and some of the top Democratic Party denizens see this former State Senator and 4th District Council lady as the next step in the "progressive" future of this town.

You decide . . .

Tech Trouble: Monster Cell Towers Threaten Golden Ghetto Good Life



Quick warning from a Johnson County resident about the proliferation of ugly tech accessories to service the ruling class . . .

"A monster cell tower is about to be erected to service mission hills and fairway.....63rd and mission road by fire station."



Developing . . .

JACKSON COUNTY DEMOCRATS CONTEND KAINE CONNECTION EXCITES KANSAS CITY VOTERS AND COULD WIN MISSOURI!!!



Not sure if Missouri is a swing state or if Hillary is exciting the locals but that's the premise of this latest presser. You decide:

THE LATEST FROM JACKSON COUNTY DEMOCRATS . . .

Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton announced to supporters that she has decided on US Senator from Virginia Tim Kaine as her running mate for the November election. Kaine, a former Governor and Lt. Governor, sits on multiple critical Senate committees including Armed Services, Budget and Foreign Relations. As a Senator, he has been a strong voice for addressing climate change, sensible gun laws and advancing health care policy.

Kaine has major local ties to Jackson County as he graduated from Rockhurst High School in south Kansas City and then went to the University of Missouri as an undergraduate. Just four years ago, Kaine was the featured speaker at the annual Truman Gala benefiting the Jackson County Democratic Committee. Missouri's US Senator and former Jackson County resident Claire McCaskill quickly voiced her support in a Tweet with the famous "M I Z" call. Much of Kaine's family still resides in the area.

With the extreme unfavorable rating for Republican nominee Donald Trump, Missouri appears to again be a swing state for the 2016 election. Having one of our own on the ticket will only excite local voters and create more volunteers who want to do their part to ensure the Clinton/Kaine team wins come November. As the excitement builds, the JCDC will work with volunteers across the region to support our nominees.
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Developing . . .

Kansas Voters Dislike Choices But Lean Toward Trump And Republicans Anyhoo

Down ballot Rock Chalk voters still remain decidedly Red State loyalists . . . More importantly stopping Hillary has united the party not the Reality TV Show host . . .

"Trump currently leads Clinton in Kansas, 44-27 percent, with 16 percent still undecided. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson is drawing support from 7 percent of likely voters, while 6 percent said they intend to vote for someone else."

Read more: Kansas voters dissatisfied with presidential candidates, Gov. Brownback and Legislature

Show-Me Continued Democratic Party In-Fighting Against Hillary Hegemony?!?!

In the wake of more info on tragic Democratic Party tactics to sabotage anyone who didn't go along with the party line . . . Here's a reminder that Kansas City was far more excited about Bernie than Hillary . . .

"Clinton barely vanquished Sanders in the Missouri primary, winning by only about 1,500 votes out of almost 620,000 cast. She goes into the convention with just one Missouri delegate more than Sanders, 36 to 35 . . . Several Missouri Democrats headed for Philly this week said they believe they will be able to avoid the kind of division the nation saw from Cleveland last week."

Read more: As convention approaches, Missouri Democrats hope the worst of the in-fighting is behind them

The Kansas City Weekly City Hall Report



More Ride-share public testimony info, a pitch from the Mayor's X-mas Tree fund and NTDF hype in celebration of the Fringe Fest. This latest hype guide from City Hall attempts to provide more public info while still celebrating the agenda of the current administration.

More in a bit . . .

Candice And Kansas City Sunday



Quick peek at all the Kansas City mainstream media links right now as Candice provides inspiration. Checkit:

Kansas City Urban Core Cleanup
Community volunteers, CORO KC combine to clean up Northeast
Roundup Of Tribute After Tragedy
Chief, family bid tearful farewell to beloved police captain
Help Find This Meth Town Lady
Silver alert issued for missing Independence woman, 78
Local Legal Eagle Sendoff
Legendary trial Lawyer Lantz Welch, known for big verdicts and Weatherby Lake castle, has died
Kansas City Pitching Harsh Times
Soria struggles again as Rangers beat Royals
And this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Kansas City Saturday Night Playlist!!! Pokémon GO On The Plaza, Politics & Club Life Clips!!!



Tonight, to finish our posting day we wanted to share just a few clips that offer a glimpse of local life . . .

First up . . .

CHECK THIS UPDATE FROM CITIZEN MEDIA WHO CAPTURED PIKACHU ON CAMERA AMONG THE MILLENNIAL DENIZENS CHASING IMAGINARY DIGITAL CHARACTERS!!!

Here's the word . . .

"We haven't seen anything like Pokemon Go since Occupy. Large groups of people out in the streets having fun well into the night. It's multi racial, all ages, all religions. There is a zombie march effect in play here by the way people are looking at the ground as they walk. 7/11 on State Line had it's shelves emptied with a dozen people standing around cooling off and charging their phones. The game has Poke Spots where you score points at the various landmarks around Kansas City. The bronze woman by the ATM at the parking garage is an amazing piece of photographic work of a landmark. Pokemon is certain to keep the attention of game enthusiast for a good while to come!"

Now check the clip:



Next up . . .

ONE OF THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST OF OUR BLOG COMMUNITY WANTED TO SHARE THIS KICK-ASS POLITICAL TUNE!!!

I Think My Dog's a Democrat Music Video Bryan Lewis - Hilarious or should we say "Hillaryous"C



Finally . . . It's Saturday night and so we celebrate the booty shaking hip-hop good life in local clubs, even if it's just in theory . . .



Once again, and as always, thanks for reading this week and have a safe and fun Saturday night.

TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! KANSAS CITY METRO PO-PO ROAD RAGE OVER BAD DRIVING ETIQUETTE OF COLLEAGUE AMID FUNERAL PROCESSION FOR CAPT. MELTON!!!



Here's an important share from our blog community which features KANSAS CITY BEHIND THE SCENES LAW ENFORCEMENT SCUTTLEBUTT and some of the discourse during a tragic occasion.

We're posting this as a BLIND ITEM because we know the funerals are tough and everybody grieves in their own way . . . But it also deserves mention because it reminds us that POLICE ARE REAL PEOPLE who have their differences, disagreements and drama just like everybody else.

Here's the word . . . 

"Today, leaving the funeral for KCK Captain Melton in Leavenworth at the military cemetery, A LOCAL POLICE OFFICAL apparently couldn't wait to process out of the cemetery with the literally hundreds of other police vehicles. He decided to drive through the cemetery grass in his police car past the other police vehicles. Had this just been a normal grassy area I get it. It was not. This is a United States government and military cemetery where thousands of our veterans, some of whom died in battle are buried.

I hate to even call him LAW ENFORCEMENT because he doesn't deserve the title, much less the badge. Several people and officers saw this and were disgusted . . ."

Now . . .



We absolutely understand the outrage here from the KICK-ASS TKC TIPSTERS and a couple of others on the issue of conduct at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery where Capt. Melton was put to rest . . . But let's also not forget that this is a time of grief and stress for the law enforcement community across the nation so we reserve judgement and, again, simply to remind folks that debate is part of the cycle of life . . .

You decide . . .

COMING SOON!!! KANSAS CITY DESIGN HOTTIES EXPLAIN THE TRAGIC BRANDING OF THE DOWNTOWN TOY TRAIN STREETCAR!!!



Interesting opportunity this week for the marketing denizens of our blog community . . .

TAKE A PEEK AT THE TOP TOY TRAIN STREETCAR CHEERLEADERS EXPLAIN THEIR PRICEY PROMO WORK!!!

Here's a look at their logo goodness:



All that for the low, low price of $80K and counting . . .

"The branding was developed by Kansas City firm Willoughby Design Inc. as part of its $80,000 contract for branding and design. President Megan Stephens and Senior Design Director Nicole Satterwhite said the streetcar image is derived from the universal symbol for light rail and will be modified in playful ways to promote happenings and events along the streetcar line. They also developed a "love Kansas City streetcar" design that they hope will be used on T-shirts, bags and buttons, among other things.

Most of us think their work looks like a smoker . . .



And actually, if anybody can really explain how the won and kept this contract . . . That MIGHT be worth the price of admission.

You decide . . .

FX July Luncheon - Branding the RideKC Streetcar

Deets:

"Come hear Willoughby Design’s President Megan Stephens and Creative Director Nicole Satterwhite describe the process of branding not just a streetcar, but a regional transportation system. Get the inside scoop on the KC Streetcar names that were considered but discarded, and learn why the timing of this new/old mode of transportation is spot-on for Kansas City’s renaissance. "

More info . . .

Ticket price includes lunch from Waldo Pizza, including salad and soft drinks.

Join us:
Friday, July 29th
11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Check-in & networking begin at 11:30 a.m.
Presentation begins at Noon.
Lunch served at Noon.

Location:
Bloch Executive Hall at UMKC
The Bloch School and Entrepreneur Hall of Fame
5108 Cherry St., Kansas City, MO 64110

Cost: $20 Members, $20 Associate Members, $35 Nonmembers
Cost includes presentation, meal, beverage, tax and tip.

RSVP by 11 p.m., Wednesday, July 27, 2016.

Anyone is welcome to attend at the appropriate rate. Nonmembers who register at the member rate will be asked to pay the remainder/difference upon arrival.

Space is limited. To ensure your spot, RSVP NO LATER than the deadline. Due to venue requirements and advance ordering, we regret to inform you that cancellations made with less than 24 hours’ notice cannot be refunded.
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KANSAS CITY ACTIVIST HOPES TO 'END WHITE SILENCE' ABOUT FIGHTING RACISM!!!

This feel good report features local middle-class indulging their guilt and hoping to lead the mostly unproductive conversation about the sordid subject of race while the rest of broke-ass Kansas City from every demographic simply struggles to make a living. Check it: Activist Group Urges White People In Kansas City To 'Show Up'

PARTY DISTRICT WORSENS: KANSAS CITY DOUBLE SHOOTING IN WESTPORT!!!

Here's the most comprehensive roundup of more Midtown Kansas City violence as an embattled entertainment district faces growing violence and gunfire amid the BLOODY SUMMER OF 2016. Checkit:2 wounded in Westport shooting, police say

TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! KANSAS CITY DEMOCRATIC PARTY POLITICOS COMPLAIN: JACKSON COUNTY EXECUTIVE FRANK WHITE ISN'T A TEAM PLAYER!!!



As we slouch toward the August primary and then onto the toughest part of election season, there's just a bit of Democratic Party infighting regarding support from a Kansas City baseball legend turned politico.

To wit . . .

CHECK THIS EXCLUSIVE KANSAS CITY POLITICAL INSIDER TESTIMONY RAGING AGAINST COUNTY EXECUTIVE FRANK WHITE FOR HIS LACK OF DEMOCRATIC PARTY SUPPORT!!!

The deets confirm previous reporting that Truman Days/Gala had a tough time this year and here's one perspective on the drama.

Take a look at just a bit of political hateration of Exec Frank White by way of his newfound colleagues:

Insiders rage against Frank White's selfish fundraising . . .



"It makes no sense that a politician with no opponent would be shaking down the local labor community for campaign cash when so many Democrats are desperately trying to raise enough money to be competitive in November. Every dollar he raises today he doesn't really need, and would otherwise go to candidates looking to win in November. It is an act of extreme selfishness by a politician who is only looking out for himself, and clearly isn't invested in anyone or anything else on he ballot (including, by the way, the county car tax that he helped put on the ballot).

"Historically, the County Executive is the titular head of the Democratic Party in the KC area and, until Frank, has always worked hard to help other candidates and the party be successful. The first eyebrow raising moment was when Frank refused to HELP MUCH AT ALL with this year's annual Truman Days, the preeminent Democratic political event in this region. Since before the Kennedy administration, this event was always bankrolled by the executive for the benefit of the local party and politicians. This is a grim harbinger of what may be to come in local Democratic politics as, for the first time in history, one of this area's premier political offices is now occupied by someone who is only focused on themselves and that leaves a clear and historic vacuum of power."

You decide . . .

LIVESTREAM: Thousands Turnout For KCK Police Capt. Robert Melton Funeral

Concluding a week of mainstream media non-stop coverage with a notable silence from local chattering class pundits. Take a peek: Public to offer last respects for Kansas City, KS police Captain Robert Melton on Saturday

Golden Ghetto Mission Gateway Gurus Tout Silly Luxury Apartments Above Walmart

Linked to this overrated community blog simply because it offers a bit of proof that our suburban politicos and developers are just clueless as their urban core counterparts concocting taxpayer subsidized schemes that are doomed to FAIL. Here's the roundup written with even less pizazz than a Steve Vockrodt think piece . . . If that's possible: Latest Mission Gateway plan heads to planning commission Monday, now with apartments above Walmart

VIOLENT CARJACKING SPREE CONFRONTS MIDTOWN KANSAS CITY!!!



This tragic note is making its way around local social media circles and it describes a terrifying and increasingly frequent violent encounter in this Kansas City corridor . . .

"I was jumped on 39th Street and Wyandotte, I was held down at gunpoint and two men stole my backpack, car and phone. The vehicle is a 2016 Kia Forte that is black with a silver stripe. there is an upside down 39th street sticker next to the rear plates as well. If you see this car please call the police."

Some of the messages surrounding this bit of online testimony suggest that there's a gang dedicated to Midtown car crime and thieves have reportedly become emboldened over the past few months.

Developing . . .

TKC MUST SEE!!! KANSAS CITY STAR VIDEO PROMO PLEA TOUTS 'MEDIA COMPANY' IDENTITY TO MARKETERS!!!



The daily newspaper is tweaking it's brand in this clip that has only garnered about a dozen views according to Youtube stats but still seems quite hopeful.

The newspaper is now selling themselves as a "media company" and their schmaltzy view of Kansas City is focused mostly on the Royals and dominates this call to action aimed at potential advertisers.

If we're just taking video here . . . The Star has a lot of catching up to do with Kansas City TV stations who have a head start and more staff dedicated to online movies along with potential partnership with brands that is still dominated by bigger brands like Youtube and Vimeo.

Related . . . Print Ad Declines: Newspaper, Magazine Revs Fall Again

You decide . . .

SUSPECTED KCK POLICE CAPT. KILLER PLACED ON SUICIDE WATCH!!!

More deets from the start of court proceedings yesterday . . .

"The end of the hearing, the suspect turned to his family at the back of the courtroom and mouthed "I love you." A man moved toward Lewis and responded: "I love you son. I love you." A Jail official said the suspect was placed on suicide watch after a mental health evaluation."

Read more . . .

20-year-old man charged in killing of KCK police captain on suicide watch

Kansas City Doggie Blasted Amid Break-In

A poor Kansas City pup is the latest victim of local violence as this doggie endured a gun blast from local crooks looking to steal. Checkit: Thief shoots dog during home burglary

LAW OF THE LAND: FEDS DEMAND KANSAS SAME-SEX MARRIAGE COMPLIANCE!!!

This ruling offers an important edit on the newest frontier in civil rights and instructs state officials to end their longtime tradition of resistance to changing times. You decide: Federal Judge Orders Kansas Agency To Comply With Same-Sex Marriage Law

The Kansas City Weekly Power Rankings!!!



Sarah Nicola Randall inspires this quick look at THE TOP LOCAL POWER PLAYERS AMID THIS HISTORIC WEEK IN KANSAS CITY as we continue an important tradition of creating the most enviable list in this cowtown.

Checkit:

KCK Police Chief Terry Ziegler Soldiered On Through Tragic Circumstances


All of the Kansas City metro was impressed with the candor and professionalism of this top ranking law enforcement official. KCK Chief Terry Ziegler and his department have suffered tremendous losses this year and the local leader did a commendable job in keeping the public informed about the relevant details of the latest tragedy.

Show-Me Rep. John Rizzo On The Road To The Missouri State Senate


Once again, legislative experience along with an IMPRESSIVE campaign effort push this Kansas City politico over the top. This week MO House Rep. John Rizzo Earned Support from Governor Nixon for his State Senate Run. Shortly thereafter, polling confirmed TKC FIRST NEWS and revealed that he leads his election contest by 25 points.

Kansas City Activist Alonzo Washington Talks Current Events In Rare Interview


Mr. Washington once again proved to be both a knowledgeable strident advocate against crime in his radio chat with @JaymeKMBZ this week that was CLEARLY the most interesting talk MSM had to offer.

Light Rail Transit Champion Chastain Wins City Hall Petition Fight Round One


This week Clay Chastain's light rail initiative was approved to go on the November ballot as the only man to win a citywide rail vote moved closer to making his plan a reality.

Kansas SecState Kobach Rides Trump Wave


More than any other local elected official . . . Secstate Kris Kobach has capitalized on Trump's rise to political prominence. Check this bittersweet recognition of a Sunflower State rising star as The Pitch desperately attempts to swagger-jack the style of our blog community: Democracy loses, but Kris Kobach stays winning

And so . . . This week the Presidential silly season officially kicked off and Kansas City proved to be just as embroiled in the culture war as any other spot on the map.



As always, this list has been compiled according to scientific TKC polling and market research data and it's a weekly comprehensive guide to local powerful people and trends in Kansas City.

Show-Me Sen. Claire McCaskill Campaign Circulating 'Never Trump' Pledge



Here's a unique Missouri bit of digital campaigning mostly focused on collecting data and campaign donation profiles on all the angry online pundits who don't recognize this as a sign-up to forever ruin their e-mail account . . . Checkit:

From Sen. Claire's Campaign Mail: "The whole world is listening"

You and I know Donald Trump is unfit to hold public office, but the whole world is still listening to his every word – especially during the convention this week. So we have to come together to condemn the outrageous comments he’s made, like using racism to “justify” attacks on a federal judge and saying women should be punished for seeking abortions. Is this 2016 or 1816?

This kind of discrimination isn’t coming from just anybody, Friend. Donald Trump is a major party’s nominee for President of the United States. Would he talk like this at international summits? Or to our troops as Commander in Chief?

I’m not interested in finding out. I’m doing everything I can to make sure Donald Trump never sets foot in the Oval Office. But I can’t stop him alone – will you stand with me against Trump?

Add your name to pledge that you’ll never vote for Donald Trump.



It’s still mind-boggling that Trump was even invited to the convention. He makes statements 10 times a day that should be disqualifying, but they only seem to gain him more points with the Republican Party.

Maybe the right wing doesn’t care how risky, reckless and wrong Trump is for America. But I most certainly do, and I know you do, too. So let’s say so, loud and clear:

Sign your name to take the pledge: I will never vote for Donald Trump.

Thank you,

Claire
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Jackson County Democrats Bash Trump And Promote Upcoming Hillary 'Positivity'



Locals share their view of the recent GOP extravaganza in this missive that looks forward to the upcoming Democratic National Convention and the crowning of Hillary Clinton.

We highlighted the most interesting passage.

Checkit:


Local Democratic Leaders React to Conclusion of RNC

As the Republican National Convention has now concluded, local Democrats are left questioning what this past week was about other than painting a dark, false picture of Republican’s view of America. Three days of bizarre occurrences ranging from votes being taken out of the hands of delegates and a plagiarized speech to a mock prosecution and suggestions that the Democratic nominee be executed concluded with a long, dark vision of the nation according to Donald Trump. Over the course of a speech running well over an hour, the Republican nominee listed a multitude of ways he feels citizens are under constant attack and victims of rampant lawlessness and danger. The only “solution” he managed to provide was that he and he alone is the only person who can solve every problem, real or imagined, our country faces and he will do it fast.

Jackson County Democratic Committee Chairman Tom Wyrsch watched Trump’s speech Thursday night and stated, “that had to be the most negative, nasty, and pessimistic acceptance speech in American history. What’s worse than listing problems that were misrepresented is that Trump couldn’t provide a single concrete plan he will work with should he be elected. ‘Believe me’ isn’t a plan.”

President Obama had similar thoughts this morning. "This idea that America is somehow on the verge of collapse, this vision of violence and chaos everywhere, doesn't really jibe with the experience of most people," Obama told reporters. Further, he added that we as voters don’t make good decisions when we act based on fears that don’t have basis in fact.

With the Democratic National Convention beginning next week, we can expect to see far more positivity and real-world solutions to the challenges facing America today from our nominee Secretary Hillary Clinton and a long list of prominent speakers. With the Vice President choice expected shortly, Democrats have reason to feel optimistic and proud as we inch closer to the November election. The American people prefer the party of inclusion, real plans for progress, and focusing on what unites us as opposed to fear mongering, divisiveness and empty promises.
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Candice And The Kansas City Saturday



Candice Swanepoel hotness begins our Saturday morning as we consider these local links among other things. Take a peek:

Celebrate The Kansas City Bubble
Housing Construction On the Rise in KC
More Deets Against Local Faker
Man charged with impersonating a police officer, showing a gun while pulling over a motorist on I-70
Internets Teaching Moment
KC Business Journal on Twitter
Kansas City Small Biz Attacked
Thieves ransack Kansas City barbershop, cutting away at their ability to do business
Kansas City Cop Killer Relative Reax
Gavin Long's stepfather: 'What in the hell happened?'
Local Tragedy Connection
Widow of fallen KCMO police officer remembers day of his funeral
Kansas City Weekend Progress
Duffy sharp as Royals clip Rangers, 3-1
And this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .