TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! FREEDOM, INC. EARNS ANOTHER URBAN CORE KANSAS CITY ELECTION SWEEP AND LEADS WINNING MIDTERM PRIMARY!!!
This latest Kansas City election marks another IMPRESSIVE VICTORY for Freedom, Inc. against corporate and civic elite opponents.
To wit . . .
ONCE AGAIN, FREEDOM, INC. PROVED TO BE THE DOMINANT POLITICAL FORCE WITHIN KANSAS CITY'S URBAN CORE AND LAST NIGHT THEIR CANDIDATES EARNED A CLEAN SWEEP AT THE POLLS!!!
Freedom, Inc. featured candidates Frank White, Alfred Jordan and India Williams all won last night giving the group's top line ticket a PERFECT record in addition to their stand against TDD expansion.
(Note: India Williams won by 17 and is subject to recount but as of now, she still holds the lead)
This victory is impressive for a lot of reasons but first and foremost because of one factor . . .
FREEDOM, INC EARNED AN EPIC ELECTION NIGHT VICTORY DESPITE DIRECT CONFRONTATION AND OUTCRY FROM THE KANSAS CITY STAR!!!
The Star tried to play racial politics with the group and came up losing BADLY.
A Freedom, Inc. insider tells our blog community . . .
"Once again, we were proven correct, the Streetcar TDD was nothing more than a Tax Discrimination District and our community along with the rest of Midtown obviously agreed by a significant margin."
This is really worth calling out because it's clear the editorial board @ The Star has a vendetta against Freedom, Inc. and attempted a very cynical last minute strike against the group.
Columnist Steve Paul seems to reflect the arrogant Dead Tree Media attitude against Freedom, Inc. when he wrote that the group was "marginalized" . . .
IN THE AFTERMATH OF A HUGE ELECTION NIGHT VICTORY IT'S CLEAR THAT IT WAS ONLY THE KANSAS CITY STAR ATTEMPTING TO MARGINALIZE THE URBAN CORE POLITICAL GROUP THAT HAS EARNED A HALF CENTURY LEGACY IN THE COMMUNITY!!!
And this is one of our biggest problems with The Star. Rather than simply report, The Star seemingly wants to dictate the discourse of the communities they cover. Whether we're talking Conservatives or the urban core, the method is the same . . . The Kansas City Star attempts to control the conversation instead of letting people speak for themselves. In both their editorial and ensuing reporting, over the years The Star seemingly attempts to dismiss or diminish any group with which it disagrees rather than accurately convey the reality of the local discourse.
Last night, The Star was completely unsuccessful in attempting to mold Kansas City urban core politics to the will and worldview of the Dead Tree Media editorial board. Like some kind of blogger, they just couldn't see that the election night story simply wasn't about them.
Now, let's drill down further into the details of how this election impacted the urban core as we notice the influence of Freedom, Inc. is significant at the grassroots level as well.
FREEDOM, INC. EARNED AN OVERWHELMING VICTORY WITH THEIR COMMITTEE ENDORSEMENTS AS WELL LAST NIGHT!!! OUSTING MO HOUSE REP. BONNAYE MIMS IN PRELIMINARY RETURNS SEEMS TO BE A POINT OF PRIDE FOR THE GROUP!!!
Now, this vote is close . . . India Williams won by only 17 votes and this will go into a recount . . . However, insiders note that Ms. Williams put forth an amazing effort and Freedom, Inc. insiders revile the politics of Rep. Mims who they say "betrayed" the group. Some folks are counting this one as a loss for Councilman John Sharp as well.
Let's really get into the deets now . . .
THANKFULLY, BRANDON ELLINGTON WON EASILY!!!
No one can deny Rep. Ellington has a solid commitment to his community and he's one of the best elected officials Kansas City has to offer.
Also, the City Workhouse Castle is fun but nothing's gonna come of it no matter how much Daniel Edward's tries to pitch it . . .
Interestingly . . . The "We The People" effort to challenge Freedom, Inc. for committee spots fell flat last night and East side leaders are taking notice.
Now, Rep. Ellington was part of that movement and that's why he wasn't on the Freedom, Inc. endorsement list . . . Like it or not, in the KCMO Democratic committee member contest, there's just no getting around the fact that the urban core political gambit to challenge Freedom, Inc. was unsuccessful.
Seriously, somebody needs to get Rep. Ellington together with Freedom, Inc. and make the peace.
But again, let's not get off track . . .
THE TAKEAWAY FROM LAST NIGHT'S MIDTERM PRIMARY IS THAT FREEDOM, INC. NOW UNDENIABLY DOMINATES THE URBAN CORE POLITICS OF KANSAS CITY!!!
The Streetcar TDD Expansion followed the same script as the Jackson County Translational Tax . . . The other side had more cash and resources but still couldn't compete with the influence of this group who now enjoys ANOTHER EPIC VICTORY over Kansas City corporate competitors.
NOW LET'S LOOK AT SOME OF THE OTHER ELECTION NIGHT WINNERS AND LOSERS!!!
Mr. Peanut Proves Victorious Again
He put Frank White on the Legislature and killed the toy train without really digging that deep into his checkbook. In his golden years, there's no denying this KCMO's most important political denizen still has the Midas touch.
El Bryan Wins His Social Media Slap-fight With Toy Train Streetcar Cheerleaders
El Bryan has been the main opponent of the Kansas City social media transit intelligentsia who are mostly comprised of paid consultants tweeting propaganda nonstop throughout the day. Bryan Stalder's tireless devotion to fact checking this crew has really been a public service for those who might mistakenly believe that gaming the Internets represents real community support.
Patrick Tuohey And The Show-Me Institute Proved That Winning Boring Policy Debates Really Does Matter To Kansas City Voters
From a policy standpoint there really wasn't any streetcar advocate who could stand up to the research of The Show-Me Institute crew. This non-profit think tank made their opposition look like propagandists and shills . . . Which is pretty accurate anyhoo . . . They also provided a ton of data that was the product of study and not just public relations talking points dreamed up by Global Prairie.
By God, Bill Nigro Was Right!!!
Credit where it's due . . . Westport impresario Bill Nigro was one of the first Midtown KC business dudes to call out the tragic streetcar extension and he was proven correct last night. While Mr. Nigro and TKC might disagree about hip-hop . . . There's no denying the guy really has the best interests of Westport at heart.
Don't Get It Twisted . . . Dan Coffey Is Really A Pretty Cool Guy And A Dedicated Political Activist
Dan Coffey has been a successful advocate against KCI Airport destruction and now this toy train nonsense . . . Some of his e-mails might make his opposition bristle, but make no mistake . . . Mr. Coffey is also a dedicated enthusiast of our cowtown Democracy who hopes to improve local life (and keep taxes low) for ALL residents of Kansas City.
The People Of Brookside . . .
Before anybody else, residents of our favorite enclave knew this Toy Train extension nonsense was a bad deal.
Now . . .
LET'S LOOK AT THE LOSERS OF LAST NIGHT'S KANSAS CITY TOY TRAIN STREETCAR REJECTION!!!
Mayor Sly's Kansas City Support Is Quickly Fading
One thing is clear from last night . . .
KANSAS CITY MAYOR SLY JAMES DOESN'T HAVE A STRONG BASE OF SUPPORT EAST OF TROOST!!!
The Mayor's corporate agenda and hipster/social media/dancing style have alienated voters in the urban core who weren't willing to accept the Mayor's toy train tax increase argument on faith.
Council Lady Cindy Circo Just Looked Silly Pushing The Streetcar
Never has it been so obvious that a lady politico simply didn't know what she was talking about then WHENEVER Kansas City's nail tech Cinderella started talking transit . . . Sexy Cindy isn't a leader, she's a secretary taking orders for the corporate ruling class and her pitch really just reflected her lack of insight, respect or consideration for her constituency.
Kansas City Amateur Urban Planning Hipsters And The Creative Class
Last time around these creeps pretended to be "activists" in order to rig an election and then took consulting contracts IN THE AFTERMATH . . . This time . . . A real vote demonstrated absolutely no support for the pipe dreams of these Kansas City hipsters who are neither creative nor do they have very much class.
Everybody Hates Councilman Russ Johnson
More than anyone in Kansas City, Council Dude Russ Johnson lost last night and voters simply rejected his grandiose eco-devo toy train bright idea. Councilman Johnson is Kansas City's biggest loser because he seems to think that he's smarter than everybody else and even now doesn't realize that Kansas City voters know better.
Developing . . .