Wednesday, March 29, 2017

NO GO BOND DEBATE!!! KANSAS CITY MAYOR SLY AND THE FAMILY: NO STONES!!!



One again Mayor Sly James and his supporters have disgraced Kansas City Democracy and turned their back on the local discourse in order to push forward an agenda without participating in a reasonable discussion.

To wit . . .

MAYOR SLY HAS BEEN CAUGHT DUCKING A DEBATE ON THE UPCOMING GO BOND VOTE AS THE APRIL 4TH ELECTION APPROACHES!!!

Here's the word from our favorite number crunchers who are actually much nicer and far more reasonable than TKC as the behind the scenes word is that Mayor Sly James refused to share the stage with organizer Patrick Tuohey . . .

Show-ME: "We were disappointed to learn that Mayor Sly James has turned down an offer to debate the Go bonds issue with us. Nick Haines had extended the invitation for his KCPT program Week in Review. This is an important issue worthy of public debate.

"Kansas City voters are being asked to consider borrowing $800 million dollars by issuing bonds backed by an increase in property taxes that will last 40 years. The campaign in favor of the proposal has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from some of the biggest corporations and special interests in Kansas City. The Mayor and members of the City Council have spoken at town hall meetings and on radio and television. And yet serious questions remain . . . The public only benefits from a government that is transparent and accessible. We reiterate our invitation to the Mayor. "

Read the whole thing . . .

Reality . . .

SHAME ON MAYOR SLY JAMES FOR REFUSING TO PARTICIPATE IN KANSAS CITY DEMOCRACY WHEN NEARLY A BILLION BUCKS IS ON THE LINE!!!

Just for clarification, this proposed discussion is about as formal as any debate could get: A public TV moderator and a think tank dude who wears a suit pose very little threat to a trained litigator with years of experience.

The refusal to debate isn't really about the political differences betwixt Mayor Sly vs. The Show-Me Institute but rather a blatant sign of disrespect against voters. 

Think about it this way . . . If Mayor Sly won't engage with organized opposition, what are the chances that he'll answer the questions of everyday residents when it comes to spending their money?

You decide . . .

29 Comments:

Anonymous said...

I think you're also being too nice here TKC.

Say what you mean:

The Mayor CHICKENED OUT!

Problem solved said...

If the Mayor won't debate, then he doesn't deserve the votes.

Greedo said...

Really quite a shame here. The Mayor had a chance to really rise to the occasion and make his case to voters in a heavily moderated forum that would have suited his style and personality. On public TV there would have been no angry or loud discussion that got out of control, just a reasonable exchange of ideas, in that context, Mayor James would have done well.

He's letting his ego get in his way here, I think he missed an opportunity.

Anonymous said...

No stones indeed. Thought the Mayor was tougher than that.

astonished said...

Sly is a Fraidy Cat.
Send him to the pet shelter for the night.

Bryan M. Stalder, Esq. said...

He thinks polling data supports GO Bonds passing so he doesn't want to elevate Show Me's status. What's frustrating is the city is once again counting on voter apathy and energized millennials with no empathy or long term vision to rubber stamp his agenda. There's a reason why they asking for $800M when the supermajority threshold is only 58%. Freedom Inc, Urban Summit, and Show Me are just a few organizations that oppose this proposal, but we don't need to hear their excuses. Mayor Sly supports it so you should too or else you're a CAVEman who hates Kansas City. I'm really looking forward to the next mayoral election.

Tracy Thomas said...

Glorioso plans to run Sly's campaign for congress in 2 years.

(After all, Pat Gray is dead. And Jeff Roe flamed out by destroying Ted Cruz's campaign in Iowa, by phoning voters and falsely telling them Ben Carson had dropped out of the race. Trump would have won except for that, so it led Trump to attack and take Cruz out of the race early. buhbye Jeff Roe. You dead.)

So Glorioso splashed smiling Sly on $859,000 of happy talk brochures, which crowded the mailboxes of just the frequent voters. No way is he going to allow dissent or debate.

One problem tho--Dave Helling's infamous revealing signed editorial. Where he got the City Manager to admit the nine brochures are full of disinformation!!! 40 years not 20. $100 a year not $8. First two years are $3 million out of $800 million? The City Manager is fighting with Sly and his clown college. Sly is not the Decider. Nor a debater.

Back in the day, when Bartle Hall was on the ballot, and the polls were very tight, Charlie Wheeler went out and talked with everyone but a phone pole. He fought for what he wanted. He didn't hide.

This refusal to debate is the clearest indication yet that this 123GO Bond issue is in BIG trouble!!!! Secret polls tell no lies. These 3 packages are worse than the Ryan Health Care Bill! If the mayor could cancel the vote, I bet he would.

Anonymous said...

The Mayor choosing not to debate does not look good. On the other hand, dealing with Patrick Tuohey is akin to getting involved with Satan, so it's a tough call.

Anonymous said...

Why would he bother debating that two-bit shill? It'd be a walkover versus that Jersey carpetbagger.

Anonymous said...

When you have hundreds of thousands of dollars to spend you ignore your opponents. Most of the time it works since your opponents don't have the luxury of funding their campaigns with future looting.

Anonymous said...

What a complete and total coward. Mayor Bullhorn, isn't there an ambulance to chase somewhere?

Anonymous said...

Vote is rigged, money is already spent.

Craig White said...

Freedom Inc, Urban Summit are the same folks. Nobody belongs to these drifters organzations.

Anonymous said...

Piece of shit would have been confronted with facts instead of lies.

Anonymous said...

Bad, overconfident, shortsighted decision. With enough time to make a difference and the issue in doubt, a clueless mayor hands ammunition to the opposition.

Super Dave said...

You know there is no way in hell Sly is going to sit down and debate anything he can't control the questions on.

He knows he would be caught in one lie right after another and dig himself into a hole he would never ever be able to escape from.

Bob said...

4:11 is dead on right. There is a moneyed and well organized campaign in favor of the issue and no moneyed or organized campaign against it. By agreeing to debate, James would just be giving the antis a platform, and they might just use it to kick his tail in a debate forum. The last thing he wants is for voters to hear all the reasons why it's a bad idea.

Anonymous said...

Voting NO!. For sure.

Anonymous said...

Good on the twice elected Mayor of KCMO for not giving the time of day to this charlatan.

Anonymous said...

You mean a charlatan like Mayor Bullhorn, who after two terms of dismal failure and spiking crime wants a blank check? :)

Ladies Who Lunch said...

The 1-2-3- God Damn! brochures are free campaign slicks for Sly James. He is sticking it to us right now. His political life is dead but Glorioso will milk him anyway. They deserve each other.

Do we trust him? Hell no!
BTW Touhey is an ass paid to lick GOP dick.

Anonymous said...

This election is "in the bag" for the Mayor and his supporters. It's bought and paid for. After all, how will we, the people, know what the actual vote was?

Anonymous said...

It's a shame what unsuspecting Whites don't know. You're right, these organizations don't represent and should not be seen as the voice of urban Blacks. However, I agree that the Go Bond issue should be strenuously opposed and defeated.

Greedo said...

Don't be so skeptical. It is not yet decided and I think voters could surprise us.

Anonymous said...

I was the person who put some of your posted tax rate numbers from the earlier post. Of course the mayor doesnt want to debate. You cant sell something for a buck the find out the real cost is a buck sixty. This plan will fall on the people who have nice homes etc. We have seen tax increases water roof and rising cost of just about everything.
Sorry im taxed out. If this passes ff off kc im moving to the lake of the oz

Anonymous said...

Sorry. Water cost through the roof

Anonymous said...

2:58: If the mayor thought it would be a walkover, he'd bite in a New York minute. The mayor is afraid he'd have his ass handed to him, trolley boy. And better from Jersey than Coffeyville.

Anonymous said...

Says the Hillary Clinton supporter @6:22. In the bag... Lol

Anonymous said...

Sly is chicken _ _ _ _. He can't argue he can only yell and intimidate and Touey was waiting for him to slip up. I think it is all over. Anyone want to buy a used bullhorn.