Saturday, March 25, 2017

The TKC Saturday Night Playlist: Amid Prez Trump Deceit, Let's Not Forget So Many Kansas City Broken Political Promises



For a moment, let's consider political "lies" and the cruel treachery from elected officials that hits closer to home than most voters would dare imagine.

Because Americans love reality TV slap fighting and cheap entertainment from otherwise unsavory people, Donald Trump won the Presidency in a historic upset that destroyed perceptions of mainstream media conventional wisdom but reinforced the age-old adage that voter turnout is key. The converse of the Trump win is that African-Americans, Latinos and more militant advocates of the left abandoned Hillary Clinton and her brand of corporate politics. Nevertheless, governing has proved harder than campaigning and the Trump blitzkrieg has stalled while fickle supporters clearly don't have the temperament to stay engaged in the Byzantine legislative process specifically designed to discourage newbies. Meanwhile, the soap opera in D.C. has kept most Kansas City residents distracted from local duplicity and the litany of broken promises.

Again, it's easy to watch good-looking pundits rage on cable news about the trickery of Prez Trump and the conversation mistakenly seems more important than all of the urban decay and misplaced priorities espoused by local politicos.

Here's a quick Prez Trump round-up for context . . .

Wiretapping claims of the current Administration against Prez Obama have caused a great deal of public embarrassment:

Time: President Trump's Claim That Obama Wiretapped Him Basically Died This Week

Similarly, Trump supporters are coming to terms with the fact that a massive Border Wall between the U.S. and Mexico is nothing more than a Spring Break fantasy and another empty campaign promise . . . In addition to the fact that expecting Mexicans to pickup the check shows an incredible level of naivete regarding real life:

Quartz: Mexicans won't pay to build Trump's wall—they'll get paid

Meanwhile, the wall seems like more of an eminent domain crackdown on Texas landowners and, sadly, the smaller and scaled down wall still won't solve a great many problems associated with illegal immigration.

Finally, the TrumpCare defeat elicits typical allegations of Beltway double dealing and the long awaited establishment Republican double-cross of Prez Trump:

Raw Story: GOP feels betrayed by White House: Trump's 'heart was not in the healthcare battle'

Nevertheless . . .

THE DRAMA OF PREZ TRUMP'S INEVITABLE DECLINE TRAGICALLY SIDETRACKS KANSAS CITY VOTERS FROM SO MANY BROKEN POLITICAL PROMISES IN THEIR OWN BACKYARD!!!

Here's a quick list of local fibs with songs to accompany for our playlist for tonight . . .

KCPD CHIEF FORTÉ CLAIMED HOT-SPOT POLICING, FIGHTING BLIGHT AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH WOULD HELP CURB KANSAS CITY CRIME BUT THE LOCAL MURDER COUNT INCREASED DURING HIS TENURE!!!



A tragic aspect of the legacy of the outgoing Chief of Police . . .

FBI report: Kansas City one of 7 cities responsible for national rise in violent crime

Another longstanding gripe . . .

KANSAS CITY POLITICOS PROMISED A PRO-TEAM AT THE SPRINT CENTER BUT INSTEAD FILLED THE PLACE WITH B-LIST CONCERTS!!!



A line worth remembering: "Kansas City knows this story well. A decade ago, city officials sold the Sprint Center to voters as the first move in landing an NHL or National Basketball Association team, neither of which has or will materialize."

Finally, a tragic melody and the real life legacy of Kansas City's signature sound . . .

AFTER MORE THAN 100 MILLION BUCKS INVESTED NEAR 18TH AND VINE, THERE'S NO SUSTAINABLE BIZ MODEL AMID DEMANDS FOR MORE MONEY!!!



Here's How Kansas City Spent $100 Million At 18th And Vine Since 1990

Like it or not, keeping track of so may misrepresentations from local politicos is just as important as criticism of Prez Trump not only because these efforts hit local pocketbooks directly but also given an upcoming vote asking Kansas City residents to double down these endeavors despite a legacy of municipal duplicity.

As always, thanks for reading this week and have a safe and fun Saturday Night.

Immigration Crackdown Fear Thwarts Today's Kansas City Public Schools Forum???

Amid the current era of divisive discourse and public distrust . . . Asking the undocumented to show-up for weekend classes probably isn't a wise move . . . Still, the KCPS made a bold statement with a public showdown against La Migra and this effort once again demonstrates that they're heart is in the right place when it comes to the reactionary aim to start deporting children. Checkit:

KCPS hosts workshop to teach undocumented students about immigration rights

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City Public Schools has designated its schools as safe havens, so undocumented students and their families can go to school and feel safe. Occupancy in the Whittier Elementary School auditorium is 425 but only a handful of people attended the immigration workshop on Saturday morning.

Enjoy Kansas City Anti-Violence Theater

The Kansas City murder spike continues despite a public discourse that's mostly focused on development. Meanwhile advocates against the local spate of killing seem to be growing more frustrated with the public's dismissal of this horrific body count. A glimpse of a bit of local art and a publicity stunt on the topic:

Empty casket displayed at Linwood & Troost as part of anti-violence efforts

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Community activists and church leaders used a unique prop Saturday with the hopes of leaving a powerful message with those who drove by Troost and Linwood. It wasn't a funeral or a burial, but volunteers rolled out an empty casket near the busy intersection.

CELEBRATE: OUR KICK-ASS TKC BLOG COMMUNITY FORCED KANSAS CITY GO BOND CAMPAIGN SIDEWALK PROMISE DAMAGE CONTROL FROM CITY HALL!!!

Here's a funny bit of "journalism" reaction to our much powerful reporting. A couple of days ago we called out the REALITY of sidewalk promises from the GO BOND CAMPAIGN and their proposed blank check . . . The response is an update about NON-BINDING LEGISLATION from the newspaper ...

The juxtaposition . . . Our blog community can quote CHAPTER AND VERSE FROM THE MUNI-CODE and common KCMO practice when it comes to fixing neighborhood sidewalks which never seems to happen and usually falls to homeowners . . . Meanwhile, City Hall politicos offer only a measly resolution AFTER the upcoming election. You decide . . .
KC council members aim to answer bonds question on sidewalks: Whose gets fixed first?

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! PANIC HITS DOWNTOWN CONVENTION HOTEL SUPPORTERS AMID VOTER PUSH BACK, SPRINGTIME GROUNDBREAKING DEADLINE AND SKETCHY FINANCING!!!



City Hall wants all conversation about the proposed Downtown Convention Hotel on lock down as the deadline for an April 4th GO BOND vote approaches. The convoluted hotel deal is one of the many corporate welfare examples which remind voters about the screwed up priorities of City Hall.

Thanks to our KICK-ASS TKC BLOG COMMUNITY, here's what we know . . .

THE FINANCING FOR THE DOWNTOWN KANSAS CITY CONVENTION HOTEL REMAINS SKETCHY AND MORE VIABLE ALTERNATIVES HAVE EMERGED!!!

The bad news for developers gets even worse given that it's now come time to start planning that "groundbreaking" promised for Spring.

To wit . . .

ANYBODY CAN DIG A HOLE . . . FEAR KANSAS CITY DOWNTOWN CONVENTION HOTEL FAKE NEWS GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY AS PRIVATE INVESTMENT IN THIS PROJECT HAS FAILED TO LIVE UP TO EXPECTATIONS AND CITY HALL INSIDERS EXPECT YET ANOTHER REQUEST FOR MORE TAXPAYER CASH!!!

Again, all talk about the ponzi scheme that is Downtown Kansas City development is being put on hold until elected officials at 12th and Oak can get their hands on the GO BOND BLANK CHECK up for approval on April 4th . . . If the campaign proves successful, residents can look forward to an even more crowded pipeline of taxpayer subsidized speculative projects.

Developing . . .

Kansas City Royale Inn Demolition Music Clip



City Hall video offers some political conversation and then KICK-ASS LOCAL DRONE FOOTAGE of Kansas City's favorite no-tell motel blighting the dust.

Kansas Art Community Thrives Despite Proposed Prez Trump Budget Crackdown

Think piece and a worthwhile NYT piece for more thoughtful readers who don't want to spend their lives repeating talking points devised by somebody else. Checkit:

Can the Arts Thrive Without Washington? A Kansas Town Says Yes

President Trump's call last week to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts prompted panic and outrage in major cities and other parts of America where public funds have sustained generations of artists. But in some ways, Mr. Trump is following a path laid in 2011 by Gov.

Missouri AG Hawley Fights Against Government Environmental Rules & Regs

Credit where it's due . . . The Pitch had a much better write-up on this topic at the outset of the month:

Pitch: Josh Hawley mines a lie for the coal industry

And here's the newspaper attempting to make an even more pronounced partisan talking point:

Missouri's attorney general sues Trump to help Trump

Attorney General Josh Hawley has a plan for helping President Donald Trump. He's going to sue him. A lot. It was a pledge Hawley, a Republican from Columbia, made the centerpiece of his successful campaign last year when he vowed to go to court any time he felt the federal government overstepped its authority.

Deadly Kansas City I-70 Crash Saturday

Huge wreck today amid rain and crowded streets. Here's a comprehensive aftermath report:

Crash on I-70 kills one; another crash involves 5 vehicles

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Two serious crashes, one resulting in a person killed, occurred late Saturday morning around the same time. As the rain came down and the pavement was wet, the crash on I-70 at Blue Ridge Cutoff, ended the life of one person. It happened in the westbound lanes of I-70.

TKC EXCLUSIVE AND BREAKING NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY QUESTION 3 SUPPORTERS DISTANCE THEMSELVES FROM MAYOR SLY AMID LAST DAYS OF GO BOND CAMPAIGN!!!



Here's a campaign move that' we've been talking about for about week and actually serves as a break from the junk mail that's clogging everyone's mailbox.

Two wit . . .

THE KANSAS CITY PET PROJECTS LOOKS TO DISTANCE ITSELF FROM THE DIVISIVE GO BOND CAMPAIGN AND MAYOR SLY A SLEW OF ANIMAL FRIENDLY EVENTS!!!

This one was put on blast earlier this week via social media:

KC Pet Project will hold a public rally for Question 3 at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the J.C. Nichols Foundation on the Country Club Plaza.

Question 3 supporters haven't been happy with the junk mail focused campaign and look to step out from Mayor Sly's shadow.

Here is the KC Pet Project Campaign site with Sly and Troy pushed to the side of the frame . . .

Raisethewoofkc.org

Money line:

"Frankly, I don't care if Question 1 or 2 pass and I'd rather they didn't. But Kansas City really needs this animal shelter and there are a lot of people who have worked really hard for it. We're raising our own money for a separate campaign in the week leading up to the election and don't want (Mayor) Sly to be a part of it even though he and Troy keep trying to strong-arm us."

Junk mail might not be the best way to accomplish this aim and a doggie protest will grab the attention of a few TV cameras with cute puppies.

What's more important is the question of effectiveness of local pet lover campaign efforts . . .

WILL CUTE DOGGIES AND ARGUMENTS FOR A NEW ANIMAL SHELTER CONVINCE VOTERS TO SUPPORT FOR KANSAS CITY QUESTION 3???

You decide . . .

The Kansas City Weekly Power Rankings



As we slouch toward the next Kansas City vote . . . Here's a glimpse of enduring hottie model Jodie Marsh strength and a peek at some of the top players displaying their influence. Take a look:

Kansas City's Anchor Man Gold Standard


A longtime hero of TKC, Phil Witt is one of the most trustworthy people in all of Kansas City when it comes to the news and he ends his career with a legacy of objective, straight forward and community-based reporting. Best of all, he stays winning and goes out at the top of his game rather than hanging on to local media glory as he looks to the next phase of his life and more family time.

Heather Hall Talks Police Money


She fought hard to find funds for police amid a salary crisis. Council Lady Heather Hall was ultimately unsuccessful but this Northland lady focusing on support for law enforcement amid KCMO politics that's mostly focused on development sets a brave example for all local elected officials.

Urban Core Development Debate Rages


Supporters of the Central City Economic Development Initiative are taking their fight to City Hall and calling out opposition on all fronts, including Council lady Alissia Canady. This tax effort is the upstart effort of the April 4th vote and could surprise local political denizens with in the final days leading up to the election.

KCPS Confronts La Migra


A groundbreaking resolution earns citywide acclaim from progressives and offers a glimpse of local resistance toward the immigration crackdown goals of Prez Trump's Administration.

Clay County GOP Targets KCMO Council


In the aftermath of the Missouri GOP Trump tidal wave . . . Local Republicans making a bold power move now have their sights set on Council spots in Kansas City Proper and they're starting by targeting Council Dude Dan Fowler.



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.

FEAR KCPD COVERAGE GAPS AND RESPONSE TIME SLOW DOWN!!!

While Mayor and a majority of the City Council didn't want to provide more cash for police . . . The strategy of "doing more with less" seems to be backfiring. Take a look:

KCMO police numbers dropping, response times rising even for violent crimes

The number of KC police officers on the street is dropping while the department's budget and response times to calls are rising. Daily assignment sheets for police officers exclusively obtained by 41 Action News show coverage gaps all over the city.

Kansas City Entrepreneurial Update

Highlights of a startup report that's worth a peek as the local biz community struggles to help new companies emerge. Checkit:

KCSourceLink releases fourth annual We Create KC report - Silicon Prairie News

On Friday, KCSourceLink released their fourth annual We Create KC report on the state of Kansas City entrepreneurship. Since 2013, We Create KC has been a useful report in tracking Kansas City's progress in the region's mission to nurture entrepreneurship and economic growth. KCSourceLink is a network of over 240 business-building resources that in 2016...

Kansas City State House Political Talk

This Missouri political chat skews a bit more Conservative and offers a better perspective on all things related to the Jeff City GOP hegemony. Checkit:

TWMP in Kansas City: The session so far, and will the Senate pass ethics reform?

On Sunday's episode of This Week in Missouri Politics in Kansas City, host Scott Faughn welcomes a full half-hour opinion maker panel of Fred Dreiling, the principal of Fred Dreiling, LLC; Independence Mayor Eileen Weir; Travis Smith, the vice president of Axiom Strategies; and Rep. Dan Houx, R-Warrensburg.

The Kansas City Saturday Link Stretch



Target celebrates women with stretchmarks and skips Photoshop in their latest bikini adverts and offer an equally unfiltered reaction to some of the top Kansas City mainstream media links right now . . .

Latest Local Deadly Crash Report

1 dead in crash on I-35 near Lone Elm Road

Ross Ferguson/KMBC SOURCE: Ross Ferguson/KMBC A woman died early Saturday in a crash on I-35 in Olathe, Kansas. The wreck was reported at 2 a.m. in the southbound lanes of the highway near Lone Elm Road, authorities said. Investigators said a car was traveling south and rear-ended a tractor-trailer on the shoulder of the highway.


Kansas City Crash Aftermath

Person wanted for murder taken into custody after police chase in KCMO

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A suspect wanted for murder and another person were taken into custody after a police chase Friday afternoon. KC police said officers saw a person wanted for murder out of Independence. Police attempted to do a car check and the suspect sped off.

Big Bucks For Missouri Urban Core
KC clergy group helps leverage $1.8 billion for low-income neighborhood investments in KC and St. Louis
Kansas City Vet Struggle Is REAL

Local benefit for veterans with PTSD goes on, despite organizer taking own life

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A benefit Friday night to help veterans in their fight against PTSD and depression was missing its organizer. Benjamin Kelley, 40, died by suicide March 1. "This boot here belongs to my best friend Benjamin Kelly," Damien Gunn said on stage at a packed No. 9 Saloon.

Rebuilding The Golden Ghetto

Crews work to repair homes after Overland Park apartment fire

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Days after a massive fire damaged more than two-dozen homes in Overland Park, victims continue to recover. On Friday, a repair crew worked to remove the smell of smoke from homes impacted by the fire.

Kansas City Off-Season Update

2017 NFL Draft: Running Back Wish List for Kansas City Chiefs

It was a bittersweet moment (mostly bitter) when the KC Chiefs made the decision to release Jamaal Charles this offseason. The only reason it was somewhat sweet was because it was the right decision to cut the former Texas Longhorn and move on.


Holding On To Kansas City Glory Days

How the Royals could keep Eric Hosmer...if they wanted to

Making cents of the dollars

The song of the day is "You're Welcome" and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

Saturday Kansas City Bad News Collection



Jordan Carver smiling in top form makes these somewhat depressing local links a bit easier to handle. Take a look:

Kansas City Creeper Suspect Report: 27-year-old charged with sexually exploiting 16-year-old, possessing child porn

Desperately Seeking Tech Emergency Update: Jackson County officials mulling 911 options

Local TrumpCare FAIL Fallout: Kansas City doctor reacts to withdrawn health care reform bill

Developing . . .

Weekly Kansas City Propaganda Report



Important to watch if only because this regularly updated Channel 2 presents a vision of how City Hall "progress" for public view.

Take a look:



You decide . . .

WTF: Kansas City Sweet 16 Bans Spurs?!?!

Quick look at Downtown Kansas City crowd control for the basketball festivities this week and a step backward for this town attempting to break po'dunk image. Checkit:

Sorry, pardners: No spurs allowed at Kansas City's Sweet 16 games

The list of things you can't bring into Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., for the NCAA tournament's Midwest Regional is pretty standard. No guns, knives, fireworks, backpacks, etc. But in the off chance that you plan to arrive at the game on horseback, tournament officials are asking that you please remove your spurs before entering the stadium.

Kansas City Economy Stays Winning?!?!

Raw data is just a bit encouraging but basically shows that the suburbs still responsible for most of the population and economic growth in Kansas City despite so much hype about the Downtown economic renaissance. Checkit:

KC's Population Growth Suggests Strong Economy

The most recent population estimates show that the Kansas City MSA is picking up the pace population-wise. The 14-county metro population now stands at 2,104,509. This is an increase of 90,774 since 2010. To give you some scale for that growth, we've essentially added the population of another Lee's Summit over the past six years....

Celebrate Best Of Kansas City Brunch

Fun and somewhat informative local link offers a comprehensive guide to some of the better brunch items in town for this Saturday morning. Take a look and be nice to mom/lady friend . . . Take a look:

Food Critics: The Best Brunch Dishes In Kansas City In 2017

Brunch can take on many different forms. There's the all-you-can-eat buffet, complete with waffle and omelet stations. And don't forget the boozy brunch - quite possibly the only time of the week where one could have a drink in the morning without feeling too guilty.

Kansas City Newspaper Conversation



Take a look at the world according to legacy media which offers more than a few unique insights, a lot of knowledge and opinion regarding a great deal of topics already covered by social media.

Description:

"Nick Haines, Eric Wesson, Barbara Shelly, Dave Helling and Steve Kraske discuss the implications of the recent retirement announcement by Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forte, the potential for Gov. Brownback leaving for a Trump appointment in Rome, the debates in the Missouri legislature over right to work, charter schools and minimum wage and the local impact of Trump's budget."

Take a look:



You decide . . .

Friday, March 24, 2017

TKC TOLD YOU SO!!! PREZ TRUMP KILLED CORRUPT KANSAS CITY TOY TRAIN STREETCAR PART DEUX!!!



Thankfully, government checks and balances are working against another corrupt Kansas City's vote that attempts to ram through the toy train streetcar by way of mail-in ballots and citywide voter suppression.

Take a look:

Show-Me: Can the Kansas City Streetcar Expansion Be Built Even If It Wins?

Here's the math from some of our favorite number crunches:

"The language from the court ruling allowing the new transportation development district (TDD) throws another wrench in streetcar advocates’ plans: no taxes or assessments can be collected from within the district until enough external funding—in this case federal funds—are available. The Trump administration has made the availability of federal funds highly unlikely. Congress could seek to continue federal New Starts funding, according to Rich Sampson of the Community Transportation Association of America, but it will be an uphill climb. And even if streetcar funding is provided by Congress, the administration may choose not to spend it."

Translation and posted just to ruin the Friday night of so many streetcar consultants, fanboys and acolytes . . .

DISGRACEFUL STREETCAR TDD EXTENSION ADVOCATES ARE THREATENED BY A FULL STOP TO FEDERAL FUNDING OF THEIR SKETCHY SCHEME!!!

More importantly, the Streetcar is really a legacy of the Prez Obama Administration and GOP tidal wave of 2016 effectively ended public support of the former Prez and his policies.

Finally, credit where it's due . . . This time around, while Clay Chastain's plan is also dependent on Federal cash, he has a better funding mechanism overall and isn't afraid to put his efforts in front of the entire KCMO voting public.

And so, falling ridership numbers and increasingly angry and defensive streetcar "advocacy" signals a failed local transit experiment based on tax breaks, subverting local Democracy and hype rather than real world success.

You decide . . .

Show-Me New Republican Leadership Summit: Missouri Gov. Greitens Meets With Prez Trump This Weekend

Non-traditional politicos get together over the weekend and possibly celebrate their upset victories . . .

Missouri Gov. Greitens to meet with Trump in Washington over the weekend

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens will visit Washington this weekend to talk policy with federal officials, including President Donald Trump. Greitens' spokesman, Parker Briden, said in an email Friday that the governor will meet with the president and Trump's nominee for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, to talk about Missouri's policy priorities.

La Migra Backs Down After KCPS Resolution

Today's lesson in resistance . . . Here's the aftermath of defiant resistance to proposed immigration crackdowns by the board of Kansas City Public Schools. Take a look:

ICE responds to KC district's policy prohibiting immigration enforcement at schools

The Kansas City Friday After Work Look



Mariah Lee Bevacqua and her casual Friday hotness brings us to our final link compilation for Friday and a quick peek at the most important local links at this point in the news cycle. Checkit:

Kansas City Looks For Bus Money

Prospect MAX Moving Forward, But Federal Funding In Flux

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) describes the Metro Area Express, or MAX, as "light rail on rubber tires." The city's bus rapid transit launched in 2005, and serves residential and commercial corridors along Main Street and Troost Avenue.

Inner-City Runaround

Police pursuit ends in crash in East KC

A police chase ended with a crash on the eastern side of Kansas City on Friday afternoon. Police were chasing a homicide suspect when the chase ended in the area of Peery and Fuller, which is a block north and west of 12th and Bennington.

On The Lookout For This Dude

Attempted murder suspect wanted by FBI may be in KC

Attempted murder suspect wanted by FBI may be in KC Frank Junior Sanchez, 26, is wanted out of Jefferson County, Colorado for his alleged involvement in the attempted murder of a man in February in Littleton The Federal Bureau of Investigation is asking you to keep an eye out for a wanted attempted murder suspect who could be in the Kansas City area.

Cleaning Up Trashy Kansas City Legacy

Kansas City's Waste Management Works to turn around predecessor's rubbish reputation

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Her bright safety jacket isn't the only thing that stands out for Julie Moore. "The pay is good, the benefits are good, and I thought it would be a good opportunity for me," said Moore, a Waste Management driver.

More Local Anti-Crime Chatter

Violence Free KC Committee says violence is a public health issue in KC

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Violence Free KC Committee is continuing its efforts to show how violence is a public health issue in the city. "If you live in a home or you live in an area where you're constantly witnessing violence, that violence, you take that in, and then you spread it from person to person to person," said Denesha Snell, Public Information Officer for the Kansas City Health Department.

Sports Newsies Doubt Kansas City Again

Best reason to watch: Royals' last chance?

Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.

Kansas City Movie Man Tribute

KC FilmFest, And What's Showing In Independent, Foreign And Documentary Film

It's an exciting year for the Kansas City FilmFest. We preview the high-profile guests coming to town, the inclusion of the Dog Film Festival and the top Midwest films of the year like Then, 's indie, foreign and documentary film critics explore movies now showing in the metro area including Wilson, The Last Word, Song To Song, The Lure, The Sense Of An Ending, Kedi, Get Out and I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore.

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

KANSAS CITY CONGRESSMAN CLEAVER CELEBRATES TRUMPCARE DEFEAT!!!



A bold statement from the top ranking politico in Kansas City . . .

Congressman Cleaver Pleased to Hear TrumpCare Bill Pulled

Congressman Cleaver would have voted “No” on TrumpCare

(Washington, D.C.) - Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II was pleased to hear the recent announcement that Speaker Paul Ryan pulled H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act of 2017, or TrumpCare.

“The bill would have provided less health care coverage, fewer protections and higher costs for millions of Americans,” said Congressman Cleaver.

This bill would have provided $900 billion in tax cuts to the rich while leaving millions of working families with higher costs and less coverage. It cut $1 trillion from Medicare and Medicaid combined, and would have taken 3 years off of the life of the Medicare Trust Fund to pay for tax cuts to high earners, insurance companies, and insurance executives.

“TrumpCare rips health care away from 24 million Americans – and in Missouri over 69,400 people will lose coverage. This bill will actually make America ache again. This legislation would have devastating consequences for the health of American families and the health of the American economy. TrumpCare would destroy 1.8 million jobs nationwide in 2022,” said Congressman Cleaver.

The bill would have resulted in millions of children, individuals with disabilities, seniors and low-income adults losing health coverage. It would have driven up costs for older Americans by allowing insurers to charge them five times what they would charge younger enrollees. The bill also failed to protect the 129 million Americans with pre-existing health conditions.

TrumpCare would have been particularly detrimental to rural Americans and rural hospitals. Rural areas have 6.6% higher premiums than the national average because insurance pools tend to be smaller - raising costs. The switch from income-based tax credits to age-based tax credits would hit rural areas harder because geographic and demographic factors aren’t accounted for. Rural families already pay higher premiums and the tax credits offered under Trumpcare would only partially offset these costs – leaving rural Americans with limited options at higher prices.
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TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! KANSAS CITY INSIDERS FEAR PROTESTS AGAINST POLICE WILL WORSEN WITHOUT CHIEF FORTÉ!!!



While Kansas City's top cop was mired in controversy during the last months of his tenure, one of his greatest accomplishments might have been preventing social justice riots and massive demonstrations amid the aftermath of Ferguson, Missouri mayhem and the rise of the "Black Lives Matter" movement.

A clever combination of community outreach, intelligence gathering and massive arrests thwarted protesters in Kansas City from really gaining traction among the populace of the urban core.

The Wall Street Journal credited the Chief's strategy in a glowing report that was picked up by news outlets and social media influences across the nation . . .

Kansas City Chief Builds Bridges to Black Residents: "Outreach by city’s first African-American police chief may be why it has avoided protests that erupted elsewhere"

Accordingly . . .

INSIDERS WARN THAT FEAR OF MORE STRIDENT PROTESTS AGAINST KANSAS CITY POLICE WILL GUIDE THE SELECTION OF A NEW CHIEF!!!

Apropos of this fact of life . . .

TKC EXCLUSIVE: KANSAS CITY SOCIAL JUSTICE GROUPS ARE GEARING UP TO VOICE THEIR CONCERNS ABOUT THE SELECTION OF THE NEXT KCPD CHIEF!!!

Faith communities, fair wage fighters, local political leaders and even a few anarchists have recently asked about the start of the selection process and how they can best exert influence.

Like it or not, the process is inherently political and, as usual, there's already a Kansas City fight to garner more power.

Developing . . .

Jackson County Prisoners Relocated And Blamed For Missouri Prison Riot

Prison industrial complex blame game calls out the local criminal class for their ability to make life worse, even under harsh circumstances . . .

Johnson County, Missouri, Jail Removes Jackson County Prisoners Following 'Near Riot'

Prisoners from Jackson County have been removed from the Johnson County Jail in Missouri following an outbreak of violence in the facility on Thursday evening. The "near riot conditions" described in a press release from the Johnson County Sheriff's Office reportedly started with a disturbance in the male dormitories followed by an escape attempt and a fire.

Kansas City Question 5 Weed Downside???

Brief spin on upcoming Kansas City marijuana reform vote that's expected to in a landslide . . . Pleading guilty to possessing a controlled substance doesn't look good on a permanent record for all the jobs that stoners aren't going to get anyhoo . . .

KC voters to decide on lighter penalties for pot, with a catch

Kansas City voters could decide next month to lower marijuana possession fines to $25 from $500 and eliminate jail time, but city officials warn the move could hit low-income defendants with unintended consequences. Nearly 70 percent of those charged in city court were black, according to a Star analysis of court data.

Free Kansas City Street Trees Will Ruin Homeowner Sidewalks For Years!!!

Here's info on how to help the environment and endanger the values of your home. Take a look:

Trees for KCMO - Bridging the Gap

In partnership with KC Parks and Recreation Department, Heartland Tree Alliance volunteers are planting FREE trees in your neighborhood! Trees will be planted along the street right-of-way, which is typically 10-15 feet from the street. There is no cost to you - except for water!

TKC MUST READ!!! FEAR UMKC KANGAROO COURT 'RAPE CULTURE' FIGHT!!!



More followup on Kansas City student controversy for Friday . . . Discord following an alleged sexual assault continues to rage at UMKC.

Administrators freely admit and have apologized for a flubbed first response to the preliminary reports of the attack. Ensuing protest might have been justified but now seems to have gone over the edge.

Brief aside . . . Yes, we previously noted the suspect in this case has been reported as an illegal alien by one news outlet and very few others. Somewhat related to the topic of immigration . . . Hardliners often remind activists for "the undocumented" that "we're a nation of laws" but apparently basic American freedoms like the right to due process aren't taught at UMKC. Example . . .

College Fix: Students demand right to ‘fire’ administrators who call rape claims ‘alleged’

Money line:

A proposal circulated by students at the meeting accused administrators of “victim-blaming.” They said by “routinely prefacing the word ‘rape’ with the word ‘alleged,’” Tyler’s email and “University News articles” had committed “invalidation of rape.”

Apparently, this is a reaction to some reportedly dangerous times at the city college . . .

A student leader claimed without evidence that “one in five women will be sexually assaulted” at UMKC.

Those are pretty bad odds and here's a quick take from our blog community . . .

"They want to fire college administrators and assume that those accused of rape are guilty until proven innocent. Talk about a kangaroo court!"

Exactly.

What's worse is that all of this culture war controversy over immigration, politically correct terminology and "rape culture" at a school that hasn't had a decent frat since the 1950s overlooks the very real issue of safety at the University located in the midst of Kansas City's increasingly violent and dangerous urban core. Sadly, the political chatter and struggle to gain administrative control trumps any real or helpful discussion about policy to improve security and better communicate the threat of crime on campus.

You decide . . .

TKC BLOG COMMUNITY TOLD YOU SO!!! WOOD-FRAMED CONSTRUCTION UNDER FIRE AFTER OVERLAND PARK INFERNO!!!



Because we listened to some KICK-ASS EXPERTS who read this blog . . .

THANKS TO OUR TKC BLOG COMMUNITY FOR BEING THE FIRST TO CALL OUT CONSTRUCTION ISSUES RELATED TO THE EPIC BLAZE IN OVERLAND PARK THIS WEEK!!!

A couple of days later, The newspaper follows our lead:

CityPlace blaze raises questions about wood-framed construction

You decide . . .

Golden Ghetto Serial Shoplifter Lady Guilty

Local slice of life followup offers a glimpse of desperate times in the suburbs and the new face of Johnson County crime. Checkit:

Overland Park woman convicted of stealing then selling clothing will spend 19 months behind bars

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - An Overland Park woman who pleaded guilty to theft in January learned her fate Friday for the crimes she committed in the Spring of 2015 and then again in November 2016. Kelli Jo Bauer, 47, was sentenced to 19 months in prison without probation.

FEAR OVERLAND PARK INFERNO PRICE TAG: AT LEAST 25 MILLION BUCKS!!!

Initial estimates offers a costly survey of cheap Johnson County housing. Take a look:

Overland Park fire damage could go as high as $25 million, city says

A fire at an Overland Park apartment building Monday that spread to more than two-dozen homes in an adjacent neighborhood could run as high as $25 million, city officials said Friday. Overland Park said damage at The Royale Apartments at CityPlace was estimated at $20 million.

The Kansas City Midday Sit Down



Bojana Krsmanović is the hottie of the moment in Serbia and on the pages of an enduring American lad mag as well. Also, here are more local news links we're checking for the midday. Take a peek:

Police Tech Crash Today

KCPD computer system down

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City, Missouri Police Department computer system is down Friday morning. Darin Snapp, Public Information Officer with KCPD, told 41 Action News that the outage also effects phone lines, but not 911. When 41 Action News tried to call dispatch operators around 5:15 a.m., the line continuously gave a busy tone.

Show-Me Ethics Slowness

Goodbye to all that? Missouri lawmakers dragging feet on lobbyist-gift ban

Free stuff from lobbyists - anything from free meals to concert and game tickets to trips abroad - are part of the perks of being a lawmaker. Such gifts, though, have been on the chopping block for a couple of years, with Missouri Republican legislative leaders and now Gov.

Nothing Changes In Kansas

Kansas unemployment rate stays mostly the same

The state's unemployment rate edged slightly lower in February, according to preliminary estimates Friday by the Kansas Department of Labor. The labor department said the February 2017 rate was 4 percent, compared with 4.1 percent in January and February 2016.

Kansas City Stormy Weather

Thunderstorms possible later today

Thunderstorms are likely to develop later today. There's a 60 percent chance of rain and storms Friday afternoon. The main threats will be hail, damaging winds and lightning. Nickel to quarter-size hail is possible with storms that develop. "The risk of severe weather is low, but it's there," KMBC meteorologist Nick Bender said.

Local Green Solution Redux

Nile Valley Aquaponics hopes to end food desert

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - In the Bible, floating along in the Nile Valley, was a little baby named Moses. On the corner of 29 th and Wabash in KCMO, floating along in a different Nile Valley, is food.

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

FINAL NOTE: JUSTICE FOR TONI ANDERSON MOVEMENT REJECTS ACCIDENTAL DEATH THEORY AND LAUNCHES EFFORT TO DEMAND POLICE VIDEO FOOTAGE!!!



Just as our blog community noted, Toni Anderson friends and family gathered to remember her life during a Wichita, Ks. memorial service. Loved ones carried a sparkling blue urn after a delay to return her body amid on ongoing investigation.

Roundup . . .

The sordid deets of Toni Anderson's tragic life as a stripper and party girl were not discussed however it was weird that her friends mentioned her love for "crystal magic" along with an affinity for the occult.

Again, the delayed services were nearly two weeks after her body was found in the Missouri River as police rolled back their initial "no foul play" pronouncements.

Super Dave shared some really great insights that confirmed a great deal of public skepticism regarding the evolving official story.

KCPD collected a MASSIVE amount of video surveillance of the area . . . We're talking EXABYTES worth of digital archived footage that nearly crashed their servers.

And this brings us to the latest update in the saga . . .

FRIENDS OF TONI ANDERSON DEMAND POLICE MAKE MORE VIDEO FOOTAGE FROM THE INVESTIGATION PUBLIC AND REJECT MAINSTREAM MEDIA REPORTS OF HER TRAGIC DEMISE!!!

Here's the word . . .

Justice for Toni Anderson

"KCPD thinks if they don't respond to us that we will just give up! WRONG!! Very early on in this case I made a promise to Toni. That I wouldn't rest until we got justice for her. Her parents may be OK with the whole accident theory that the KCPD has poisoned them with, but I'm not! & I know I'm not alone!

"To all the people who have messaged, commented, posted, asking what they can do to help; PLEASE fill this form out! We all have to ban together to let KCPD know that we will NOT rest until we get answers & justice for Toni"

Screen cap from a player in this drama . . .



Meanwhile, Kansas City copes with a homicide uptick that keeps climbing north whilst these activists hope a murder investigation won't grow cold.

Developing . . .

TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! NORTHLAND GOP TARGETS GO BONDS & COUNCIL DUDE DAN FOWLER'S FINANCIAL RECORD!!!



Quick follow-up on a story we broke earlier in the week . . .

Here's an excerpt from an e-mail circulating far and wide among Northland political denizens and graciously sent our way from TKC readers across the bridge . . .

The title and most of the text attempt to hit two Democratic Party birds with one stone . . .

CAN WE TRUST DAN FOWLER WITH $800 MILLION ?

Money line . . .

"Councilman Dan Fowler is the committee chair of the KCMO ethics committee and really hasn't done much while on the council other than vote for every TIF or developer handout. Now he's facing a strong Northland challenger so it's time to examine his record . . . While KCMO is asking for more of our money, how can we be sure that our increased property taxes won't be funneled to connected companies?"

The e-mail blast contains a great deal of gossip with some MO ETHICS documentation regarding Mr. Fowler's campaign and political allies . . . Two years before the election, it's interesting to see the GOP already working hard to claim more territory out north whilst expressing their discontent with the GO Bond campaign.

Developing . . .

Coming Soon: Kansas City Fair Wage Fighters Commemorate Dr. King Assassination And Collaborate With Black Lives Matter Movement



The fight for pay increases in Kansas City continues, here's a glimpse at more upcoming protest and an important collaboration.

Checkit:

"Stand Up KC will host a free community screening of At The River I Stand at the historic Gem Theater on April 4th at 7pm to commemorate the assassination and vision of Dr. King. We'll also remember the Memphis sanitation workers that were on strike for a union, a living wage, and an end racism on-the-job when Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis in 1968.

In an era of increasing division, bigotry, and violent hate, we come together to breath new life into Dr. King's vision of "Beloved Community" of black, white, and brown Americans organizing together as one people who share a common destiny..."

Meanwhile, the story behind this news tidbit has been underway in KCMO for at least a couple years but offers a glimpse of the mainstream media becoming aware of the rising protest culture:

WaPo: Black Lives Matter groups joining forces with wage activists

Developing . . .