TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! CELEBRATE EXTREMELY RARE KANSAS CITY VOTER VICTORY TONIGHT!!!
Good news really isn't our idea of important blogging but here's something worth mentioning because a voter victory is a rare moment that almost never happens in Kansas City.
GIVE CREDIT TO THE FRIENDS OF KCI FOR AN IMPORTANT KANSAS CITY CITIZEN INITIATIVE PETITION VICTORY THAT'S CAUSING MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL TO EAT CROW!!!
Moreover . . .
DAN COFFEY DESERVES A LOT OF RESPECT FROM VOTERS FOR STICKING TO HIS GUNS DESPITE A GREAT DEAL OF CRITICISM AND ATTACKS FROM THE CIVIC ELITE AND LOCAL POLITICOS!!!
Let's not forget that Dan was even thrown out of Kansas City meeting simply for asking questions and because power brokers knew that he was critical of so much talk about KCI airport schemes without any regard for voters.
Even worse . . .
We should also not forget . . .
Kansas City Mayor Sly James made an unprecedented move and came out to call the airport petition a waste of time.
But persistence, hard work and simple dedication to local Democracy won out today.
A KC Insider makes it plain:
"They really tried every trick in the book against Dan. They criticised him, they tried to make him into a joke, disregarded him and really came out with some nasty attacks against him but in the end it was Dan and the Friends of KCI who had the voters on their side and it's something that the Mayor and the City Council had to acknowledge."
More often than not Kansas City Democracy is done completely behind closed doors with little input from the public. Today, because of the Friends of KCI and Dan Coffey . . . Kansas City voters will get a chance to vote on the airport when the time comes and DESPITE the best efforts of so many local power brokers.
NBC Action News: "Voters to have a say in future of KCI"
Newspaper: "KC Council approves accord between airlines and airport officials"
KC Biz Journal: "Council sends KCI plan to voters"