Tuesday, July 08, 2014

TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! SHOCK!!! MISSOURI SECRETARY OF STATE JASON KANDER ENDORSES JACKSON COUNTY CONTENDER SHERWOOD SMITH!!!



FIRST ON TKC . . . A real political SHOCKER for close watchers of Kansas City and Missouri politics . . .

IN A RARE POLITICAL MOVE . . . MISSOURI SECRETARY OF STATE ENDORSES JACKSON COUNTY CANDIDATE SHERWOOD SMITH!!!

This one is surprising because SOS Kander is known for staying above the fray of local political battles.

But Insiders tell us this pick has a lot to do with SOS Kander's ongoing quest to clean up local politics . . . And maybe a bit of long standing beef with a few denizens of the courthouse.

Check the note:

SECRETARY OF STATE JASON KANDER ENDORSES SHERWOOD SMITH

Jackson County native cites Smith’s support for accountable and ethical government, campaign finance limits

Kansas City, MO – Today, Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander announced his endorsement of Fire Fighter Captain Sherwood Smith in the August 5th Jackson County Primary Election, joining Attorney General Chris Koster and U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill in supporting Smith.

“Jackson County’s importance to the rest of Missouri cannot be overstated, which is why statewide officials, myself included, are taking this County race seriously,” said Secretary of State Kander, who previously represented Kansas City in the Missouri House of Representatives. “I proudly endorse Sherwood Smith, a public servant who has risked his life for the public’s safety and has devoted his career to fighting for working families.”

“Sherwood Smith’s commitment to open and honest government, county campaign finance limits, and an economic agenda aimed first and foremost at combating poverty and inequality shows how clearly he understands the importance of making government work for working people. That’s why he has my strong endorsement and support,” Kander added.


“In this county, we so regularly bemoan low turnout in elections and a deficit of civic engagement, but we too rarely ask why,” said Smith. “Voter apathy and frustration are understandable when government is not willing to stand up for economic equality and opportunity, living wages, or crime prevention in the face of yet another blood drenched, violent summer.”

“Let me be real. I spent a career as an advocate for workers’ rights and living wages fighting to make government listen to us,” said Smith. “I’ve seen it first hand: more money in politics is more problems in government, which is why I will strongly pursue campaign finance limits for all levels of County Government. If we want a government that is responsive to the needs of working people first, then we need to rid ourselves of the corrupting influence of unlimited cash in our campaigns, and shed the shroud of secrecy under which parochial self-interests dominate our county politics.”

“As I have spent time everyday talking to families on their doorsteps about this election, to them, our government feels far away,” noted Smith. “We need to show them again that this is their government, and that their government can be their sword and their shield, fighting and protecting. If these families give me the chance to serve them on the Legislature, as I have served our city for the last 23 years, I will fight tirelessly to restore that faith in our government that they have long lost.”

Smith is one of two Democrats running in the August 5th primary election for the Jackson County Legislature, First District At-Large. The First District At-Large seat was previously held by Theresa Garza Ruiz, who also endorsed Smith after she decided not to seek reelection. Secretary of State Kander joins Garza Ruiz, Attorney General Chris Koster, the Committee for County Progress, and a host of other elected officials and community leaders, including U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, in endorsing Smith.

As Jackson County Legislator, Sherwood will fight for economic dignity and ensure that our tax dollars promote local businesses and fair labor practices. Sherwood will promote an economic agenda aimed at helping workers by promoting and attracting long-term jobs with higher wages. Sherwood will do the fiscally smart work of stopping unnecessary corporate tax breaks and handouts, making sure that county incentives work for all of us, not just for some of us. Detailed information about Sherwood’s campaign and background can be found at http://

www.sherwoodforjacksoncounty.com.
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22 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Think about this on the state level TKC. This one is a HUGE victory for Smith because it opens up Missouri fundraising for Sherwood across the state. Kind of like a big welcome sign for donors.

Anonymous said...

They all lie

Anonymous said...

This all about getting firefighter contributions in the future. Frank White wins.

Anonymous said...

What are Kander's views on unsolicited bulk e-mail?

Anonymous said...

Go
FRank White...
Beat Sherwhines ass

Frank is only on for the people...all the people not just a few insiders and special interest groups.

Anonymous said...

I was talking with John JH OBrien from the AIEBC about this very issue coming out of City Hall and then I saw your article...

“Complaint maintains Mayor and selected Councilpersons conspired with Burns and McDonnell to use $685,000 of taxpayer funds for electioneering. The new complaint contains exhibits and articles to enforce CFRG’s position.”

He had mentioned that one year into his term, President Barack Obama used the occasion of his State of the Union address to issue a warning. The Supreme Court had just opened the "floodgates for special interests — including foreign corporations — to spend without limit in our elections." He was speaking about the ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, in which the Court struck down nearly a century of law, granting corporations vast new leeway to influence the outcome of elections.

This is a very serious election and it's being taken seriously by Big Business as well, so much so that Burns & McDonnell, Parsons & Associates, Black & Veach and TranSystem has partnered with Council person Cindy Circo, who is also a part time employee of KCP&L and her PAC to better promote candidates running for office in 2015, by way of a “Council Candidate Preparation” class.

John was uncomfortable about speaking out on these people because along with KCP&L they had all but put his organization out of business, but he did say “I personally don't know if by definition of "regulatory capture" this sort of election preparation falls into that category but I have to say it seems to me to be awful close (Regulatory capture which is a form of political corruption that occurs when a regulatory agency, created to act in the public interest, instead advances the commercial or special concerns of interest groups that dominate the industry or sector it is charged with regulating. Regulatory capture is a form of government failure; it creates an opening for firms to behave in ways injurious to the public (e.g., producing negative externalities). The agencies are called "captured agencies".
John also shared this link with me http://www.opensecrets.org/races/

Anonymous said...

It's about IAFF cash, nothing more.

Rev. Twitch Withers said...

When firefighters are your town's biggest political influence... I'd venture to say you town isn't reaching for the stars.

Anonymous said...

The IAFF's recent slap fight with the mayor has them scared. They think they need Sherwood to hold on to their power, and are willing to offer up lot's of campaign cash.

Anonymous said...

Why is Jason (and Claire) for that matter getting involved in a County race? Because Frank White isn't one of them, and the "Establishment" is scared. Vote Frank White.

Anonymous said...

I agree with 9:44 people have no idea that just under the HB1 program pushed by the city educated workers lost 390 jobs and high school educated students lost 1542 jobs, the City of KCMO is in the top 25 along with Cerner and Black & Veach that utilize this program to obtain skilled and unskilled workers, the EB5 program that the City Council promotes heavily including Scott Wagner who makes more than just few trips to China with his entourage to prmote the program. the EB5 program is meant to take your jobs ..The EB-5 Visa Program is an increasingly popular measure that has been steadily attracting foreign investors for the promise of a green card. The EB-5 Visa, first instituted in 1990, is centered on the premise that for an investment of $500,000-$1 million in the American economy, including the creation of 10 full-time jobs, a foreign national can obtain a green card.
People need to start paying attention, its all fun, games and a big fucking joke to you all but its your city, your livelihood that you are joking about thats going down the tubes here, just take a moment and think about this BLACK & VEACH and BURNS & MCDONNELL and CINDY CIRCO .. a fucking nail tech are interviewing prospective candidates to see who they will and will not finance? as citizens we should be tearing the very foundations of their buildings down around them along with the Mayor and City Council offices

Anonymous said...

http://www.renewoureconomy.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/pnae_h1b.pdf

http://www.visasquare.com/visa-greencard/report/city-of-kansas-city-missouri-587131.html

Anonymous said...

The H-1B program allows employers to temporarily hire workers in specialty occupations. The government issues up to 85,000 H-1B visas to businesses every year, and recipients can stay up to six years. Although no one tracks exactly how many H-1B holders are in the U.S., experts estimate there are at least 600,000 at any one time. Skilled guest workers can also come in on other types of visas.

An immigration bill passed in the U.S. Senate last year would have increased the number of annually available H-1B visas to 180,000 while raising fees and increasing oversight, although language was removed that would have required all companies to consider qualified U.S. workers before foreign workers are hired.

You girl Claire and your hero emanuel voted for that

Anonymous said...

Well. Why should anyone care other than shitty hall and courthouse employees?

It's like Tony's going for the gumment Cafeteria audience! What? 300 readers?

Anonymous said...

So what we have here is a shitload of nobodies endorsing a shitload of nobodies?

Anonymous said...

Just tell everyone to vote for Frank White. He will only owe the voters.

Anonymous said...

Why should we care about this?

Anonymous said...

Kander lost my vote from now on...Clairobamabelle lost it long ago.

Anonymous said...

I almost cannot believe that there are people naive (or just plain stupid) enough to believe that Frank White will be beholden to no one...who do you think is throwing his fundraisers??? Sheriff Mike Sharp...who lacks integrity. Jean Baker...who thinks a prosecutor's job is to be a social worker (and a poor one at that). Dennie Waits...county legislator extraordinaire, who uses his position to strong-arm plea bargain for his criminal defendants. And Ken McClain who buys political favor throughout the county and state. Scary group of puppeteers in my book...

Anonymous said...

Sherwood like to get 10% of the vote cum August 5th.

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Anonymous said...

It is good to see a list of all of the democrats who put some knee time in with Sherwood Smith.