KANSAS CITY'S STRONGEST THIS YEAR!!! TKC POWER RANKINGS FOR 2012!!!
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CHECK OUT THE TKC OFFICIAL POWER RANKINGS FOR 2012!!!
Now, there might be some names that didn't rank and for that we apologize . . . Admittedly and with no malice we realize that there are folks who we really admire who aren't on this list but in the final analysis . . .
FOR THE YEAR OF 2012 . . . THESE ARE KANSAS CITY'S MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE AND TRENDS!!!
Jason Kander is Kansas City's most beloved elected official and this town's favorite son. Missouri Secretary Of State-Elect won a close race but overcame overwhelming GOP odds thanks to so much love sent his way along with an expert political strategy that spoke to the better angels of this State.
MAYOR SLY JAMES
Mayor Sly is the King Of Kansas City. He raised taxes at least three times this year with a smile and very little explanation. His re-election is almost assured and that's a very powerful position.
Behind the scenes, this Kansas City Democratic Party leader and now corporate power broker helped to determine nearly every primary election and now works to steer corporate money that controls local politics.
His connections go all the way to the White House and nobody in this town speaks with more gravitas than Kansas City's Congressman Cleaver.
COUNCIL DUDE RUSS JOHNSON
The architect of the Toy Train is the strongest municipal voice of Kansas City's long suffering Northland.
STATE SENATOR VICTOR CALLAHAN
Eastern Jack doesn't have a stronger advocate than Victor Callahan. Only the very brave have taken on this power broker and survived the political fallout. Even better, this town spent most of the year wondering about his next move . . . And when Mr. Callahan finally announces what it is he'll do with his HUGE bankroll and formidable political skill . . . All of the metro will take notice.
JACKSON COUNTY EXECUTIVE MIKE SANDERS
The County Executive now leads the Missouri Democratic Party and has survived more than a bit of criticism that might prove stronger than the so-called "curse of three terms" which now confronts him.
Kansas City's media referee and this town's GOLD STANDARD when it comes to reporting media news.
A digital news gathering resource for all of Kansas City and one of the most knowledgeable people TKC knows.
Your friend on Twitter and mine . . . Also, living proof that nice guys finish first.
One of the strongest local ladies in TV news. Ms. Dubill combines a great deal of expertise as an anchor with a zeal for community journalism.
Without question, the strongest force for journalism in Kansas City's Northland. Most news stories usually start, in some way, with Mr. Foley and his community news investigation.
Our favorite community paper that provides the pulse of Kansas City's most diverse neighborhood.
Mark Alford is the The Mayor of Knobtown. One of our brightest morning anchors and a KC media survivor in every sense of the word.
Now behind the scenes, digital content editor DeAnn makes the news interesting and has the investigative chops to bring life and vital information to any TV news story she touches.
Nothing less than A Kansas City News Legend. No TV reporter is more influential and Mr. Mahoney's reporting determines political and cultural reality for most people in this city.
The voice of Kansas City's urban core. An advocate and one of the most informed journalists in the metro area.
Tess Koppelman is our favorite news storyteller and her feature reporting not only won an Emmy this year but also provided a great deal of insight into local life.
THE KANSAS CITY TOY TRAIN STREETCAR
A rigged election, more empty promises and money burned for the sake of attracting tourists and condo dwellers that might never come this way. This is the strongest story of Kansas City politics at work.
KANSAS CITY'S HORRIFICALLY HIGH MURDER RATE
This should be at the top of the list but 2nd place is where Kansas City's powerfully high homicide number resides. So many local murders influence the course of Kansas City more than any other stat but sadly it's a topic that most of us would like to avoid considering in any comprehensive way.
MORE KANSAS CITY TAXES AND SPENDING
KC's bond rating took a hit and there's only more reckless spending in this town's future.
Hope and change and tech marked the strongest story in KC this year.
THE MISSING $15K
Where's the money? Nobody seems to know but if the facts are ever revealed . . . This paltry amount could prove earth shattering for this town's power structure.
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.