TKC EXCLUSIVE ELECTION AFTERMATH: KANSAS CITY ABYSMAL APRIL LOW TURNOUT VOTE WINNERS AND LOSERS!!!
The latest election in Kansas City pretty much proves that Kansas City Proper has given up on Democracy.
Fun fact that deserves to be at the top of this post . . .
VOTER TURNOUT IN KANSAS CITY RANKED BELOW 10% THROUGHOUT THE METRO AND THE KANSAS CITY ELECTION BOARD REPORTS ONLY A PALTRY 7.89% OF REGISTERED VOTERS BOTHERED TO SHOW UP TO THE POLLS!!!
One more . . .
SERIOUSLY . . . LESS THAN 10% OF THE ELECTORATE MAKING A $500 MILLION COMMITMENT ISN'T DEMOCRACY . . . IT'S A BROKEN AND PRETTY MUCH RIGGED SYSTEM THAT ISN'T WORKING!!!
Nevertheless . . .
NOW WE MUST NAME THE WINNERS AND LOSERS OF THE HOT MESS LOW TURNOUT APRIL ELECTION!!!
Let's make this quick and dirty . . .
Kansas City Mayor "Tax And Spend" Sly James
Kansas City Mayor Sly James could be the most successful proponent of more local taxes and borrowing in the modern era. This recent $500 MILLION Water Bond victory marks the latest of more than half a dozen times the Mayor has asked the local electorate for more cash. So far, he has yet to face rejection thanks to impressive strategy, low turnout votes like this one and his charisma . . . Or whatever you want to call all of the smiling he does in public.
The Upcoming Toy Train Streetcar Ask
Kansas City taking on $500 Million worth of debt with almost no questions bodes well for the toy train streetcar and all of the vague promises of economic development that have been railroaded through City Hall.
Freedom, Inc. Rings The Victory Bell
Last night this historic PAC did nothing less than WIN BACK their influence on the Kansas City Public School Board . . . Pundits often declare the demise of this group but this election reveals their staying power and a promise of interesting times ahead on the School Board.
Terry Riley Consulting Coup
Credit where it's due . . . Behind the scenes, Kansas City Insiders tell us that Terry Riley's consulting group did the heavy lifting on the upset victory won by Melissa Robinson over incumbent Joe Jackson.
Steve Glorioso Stays Winning
Mr. Glorioso is a mainstay of Kansas City politics and this time around he expertly handled a flood of negative sentiment amid a water bond ask and proved why he has a political history in Kansas City that runs deep.
Kansas City Engineering Firms Secure Their Grand Designs On Local Democracy
Engineering firms run Kansas City . . . Like it or not, and I'm not going to apologize for this one:
Mayor Sly James belongs to Burns and Mac.
Now that I think about it . . . I doubt I'll get much debate on that sentiment.
Meth Town Lady Boom Boom Weir And Her Homeboy Exec Mike Sanders
A low key win in this town's favorite crystal distribution point reminds us that the County Exec still knows what's shaking and he squeezed his candidate through without too much resistance. Get a grip, we all know Mike Sanders still has a good handle on everything bouncing around Eastern Jack.
Airick West And His KCPS Reform Efforts
The reform movement of Airick L. West is now part of Kansas City education history. Also, Superintendent Green is now on borrowed time. Amid rape reports and repurposing fail . . . So-called KCPS progress has all but evaporated.
Kansas City Anti-Tax Fighters
Defeating a Jackson County tax last time out emboldened this crew along with throwing the streetcar off-track in Brookside . . . But last night reality struck for Kansas City tax fighters and without intense organization and a hefty bankroll from some rich guy - The rage of Kansas City low-tax enthusiasts simply doesn't resonate with voters trained to cast their ballots at the command of special interest groups and unions.
Kansas City Charter
The aftermath of last night's election makes the charter more vague, less powerful and basically a floor mat for Mayor Sly and the City Council.
Dead Tree Media Neighborhood Coverage
KC Star endorsements didn't win the day and seemed less important this time out . . . Even worse, most of the Dead Tree Media content for this election was editorial and not reporting.
Low Voter Turnout Dying Local Democracy
This one is worth repeating . . .
VOTER TURNOUT FAR BELOW 10% REVEALS THAT KANSAS CITY DEMOCRACY IS BROKEN!!!
This town simply doesn't care about voting thanks to a Mayor who has substituted social media and pressers for community engagement.
The only bright side here is that victory in this Kansas City election revealed a low threshold required to influence local politics and maybe an opportunity to oppose the status quo which certainly doesn't seem to be holding the interest of the electorate.
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