TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! TKC SATURDAY NIGHT PLAYLIST!!! KANSAS CITY'S JASON KANDER CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF MISSOURI VOTER ID CONTROVERSY!!!
Voter ID laws have sparked controversy throughout the nation during this election cycle. In the Missouri Secretary Of State election the topic has created tension not only between our political parties but also among rural vs. urban voters.
For some, showing a driver's license in order to vote isn't really a big deal while other denizens of the urban core realize that this nation has a history of imposing limits on minority voting and Voter ID laws seem targeted at communities that have been historically disenfranchised.
Also, it has been scientifically proven that Voter ID confuses old people.
To wit . . .
TKC TIPSTERS TELL US: THERE'S A GREAT DEAL OF CONCERN THAT MISSOURI SECRETARY OF STATE CANDIDATE JASON KANDER IS FLIP-FLOPPING ON VOTER ID AND THAT HIS POSITION DOESN'T MATCH UP WITH THE SHOW-ME STATE DEMOCRATIC PARTY LINE!!!
Meanwhile, it's worth noting that most moderate to centrist Democrats think Mr. Kander's statements sounds reasonable and fair.
Here's the deal . . .
When it comes to legislation, in the House, Mo Rep. Jason Kander is on the record standing against Voter ID. In fact, earlier in the year Rep. Kander fought off a bit of GOP smear tactics which claimed he supported Shane Schoeller's silly Voter ID initiative that didn't go far.
Check Rep. Kander's VERY FORTHRIGHT statement regarding Schoeller's misguided effort according to ballotopedia:
"Among critics who fear that House Bill 2109 would disenfranchise servicemen fighting overseas, Kander, an Afghanistan veteran, challenged his potential general election opponent's law aimed at curbing voter-fraud, stating, "At a time when we should be making it easier for military men and women abroad to vote, Speaker Schoeller's bill would make it next to impossible.""
However . . . Look at statement from Rep. Kander regarding Voter Id just this week that seems a bit more moderate and does not correspond to outright Democratic Party Voter ID opposition . . .
"I have always supported a sensible photo i.d. requirement that doesn't disenfranchise eligible Missourians . . . I don't believe it's necessary to put unnecessary roadblocks in the way of voters and their right to vote, but if you look at states like Idaho, which, Idaho, not exactly a liberal stronghold, and it's a place where they've developed a program that, if you don't have your photo i.d., they have a photo i.d. law, but if you don't have a photo i.d. you sign a sworn affidavit, under penalty of perjury, and you cast a regular ballot, instead of a provisional ballot. So, if you lie about being who you claim to be, you can go to jail. I think that's a pretty strong deterrent, doesn't disenfranchise eligible voters, and I've always supported something like that. What's been proposed in Missouri is extreme and unfair. That said, I don't think this is the issue that is most important to Missourians right now."
So, he has lightened up a bit and that's expected in a Red State. But wait there's more . . .
Here's NEWS before ANYBODY ELSE IN THE STATE READS IT . . .
TKC TIPSTERS WARN THAT REP. JASON KANDER MIGHT JUST CREATE HIS OWN VOTER ID ALTERNATIVE MODELED ON THE IDAHO LAWS HE'S TOUTING WHICH ATTEMPTS TO PLEASE EVERYBODY BUT DOESN'T MAKE ANYBODY HAPPY!!!
There's a precedent for this . . . Remember Missouri Ethics legislation from not so long ago that was championed by Rep. Kander???
Well, it the long run that legislation didn't hold up but what it did do is make a great many hardline Democrats REALLY MAD about an interruption to the way they did business.
On the topic of VOTER ID . . . KICK-ASS TKC TIPSTERS warning of Rep. Kander's move tell us:
"I hope you understand the serious consequences of his decision on minority voting down the road; he's selling it out for his own success."
Now, it's important to understand that Rep. Kander is down in the polls by a significant margin despite some astounding fundraising success.
To some, warning of this IMPENDING VOTER ID PIECEMEAL ATTEMPT signals a very reasoned effort to address the issue without taking away anyone's rights. However, hardline Kansas City Democrats are strongly opposed to ANY effort that even vaguely resembles Voter ID - which they regard as a boogeyman issue invented by GOP to work against minority voting rights.
Once again, it seems that Missouri House Rep. Jason Kander is stuck in the middle between extreme positions in both parties during his Secretary Of State Bid.
And all this has inspired tonight's playlist . . .
As always, thank you for reading this week and have a safe and fun weekend.