Monday, June 25, 2018

SHOCK!!! KANDER CONFIRMS AND 4TH DISTRICT COUNCIL JOLIE JUSTUS CALLS IT QUITS ON KANSAS CITY MAYORAL RUN!!!



Already, Jason Kander has done Kansas City a great service by limiting the field of contenders and getting people to refocus on neighborhoods.

Take a look:

KCUR: Jason Kander Confirms Run For Kansas City Mayor, Justus Out

Deets:

After news of Kander's announcement broke, City Councilwoman Jolie Justus said she will withdraw from the mayoral race. Instead, she said she will focus on defending her 4th District Council seat and will support Kander for mayor.

"I am excited about this path right now because I know that it puts Kansas City first," Justus said.

You decide . . .

Senator McCaskill Chokes & Cracks Rib

Close call for the Missouri political lady as critics like the metaphor but riks getting too unsavory if they delight in her misfortune. Take a look:

Claire McCaskill's rib broken by Heimlich from fellow senator

By David Weigel, (c) 2018, The Washington Post Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., told constituents over the weekend that she'd suffered a cracked rib when a colleague saved her from choking at a Democratic caucus luncheon. On Friday, as she made the rounds at an NAACP dinner in Missouri, McCaskill said that she would not be hugging people who came up to her, after Sen.

Fed Court Rejects Kansas Voter Crackdown

Just a bit of Democracy news in the Sunflower State and the tactics of SecState Kobach overturned . . .

Federal court ruling makes it easier to register to vote in Kansas

WICHITA - More than 25,000 Kansans whose voter registration applications had been listed as incomplete for lack of proof-of-citizenship documents are being fully added to the voting rolls after a federal court decision last week finding that the requirement was unconstitutional. U.S.

Back To The Kansas City Monday Grind



AND WE'RE BACK!!!

The Summer is soggy so far but as thing head up we focus on what's important. For now, that includes the big booty of one of the most audacious performers influencing the popular culture i.e. your kids . . .

Yahoo: Nicki Minaj flashes her booty in racy BET Awards performance

Hollywood Life: Nicki Minaj Twerks & Flashes Her Butt In Sexy BET Awards Performance

Daily Star: Nicki Minaj twerks her infamous booty for eye-watering new music video

Closer to home, these news links are worth a look for the mid-morning . . .

Latest Kansas City Teachable Moment

UMKC Partnership To Prepare Urban Principals Is 'Missing Piece' From Teacher To Leader

Asha Moore just finished her ninth year teaching. She loves being an educator, but she isn't returning to the classroom in the fall. Instead, she'll be taking over the dean of students job at the Academy for Integrated Arts, a Kansas City charter school focused on the arts.


Inner Suburban Nasty Talk

Profanity-laced graffiti on playground slide shocks parents, kids

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. - Profanity-laced graffiti lined one of the blue slides at Railroad Park in Blue Springs Sunday afternoon. The bad words caught the eye of 11-year-old Kaden Thomas. "I was running around playing tag with my siblings and I just found some words on the slide that aren't kid-friendly," said Kaden Thomas.


Golden Ghetto Redux

Lake Olathe Park to receive $15 million renovation

Johnson County will soon have more outdoor activities for the entire family. Lake Olathe Park is the largest park in Olathe and will soon look very different, thanks to a $15 million renovation. Those visiting the park Monday will see large amounts of construction around the park and will hear blasting.


Kansas City Change Up

KC surgeons link four kidney donors with strangers in need

Doctors at Research Medical Center in Kansas City are celebrating the successful completion of an eight-person kidney transplant chain that they say saved four lives. "It took one anonymous donor to get the chain started, and then there were other individuals that matched up from all over the region," said Dr. Joe Cates, one of the surgeons.


Agenda Inside The Loop

Hot town! Buckle up for a rockin' week in Downtown

From the 8th annual Middle of the Map Fest on 10 urban stages to the 30th anniversary KKFI concert celebration at the Folly to a Red, White & Bluegrass party at Kauffman, Downtown will be rockin' all week long. Let's roll the highlight reel for the week ahead in arts and entertainment - Monday to Sunday, June 25-July 1.


Celebrate One Decent Song

Lee Greenwood, Dailey & Vincent to perform Sunday in Kansas City

Grammy award recipient Lee Greenwood and Grand Ole Opry members Dailey & Vincent will perform in Kansas City on Sunday. The two music acts join forces on July 1 for Red, White and Bluegrass, a celebration of country music, at the Kaufmann Center for Performing Arts. Tickets range from $39 to $69.


Home Team Admits The Obvious

Kansas City Royals: The Royals are in the Process of Rebuilding

All the fanbase has heard is how the Kansas City Royals are going through or should be going through, the rebuilding process. That's fine. It happens to every team in every sport at some point. However, the patients will wear thin very quickly.


Halsey - Strangers ft. Lauren Jauregui is the song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

Check The Kansas City Grown Up Podcast

Take a listen to one of the best new audio efforts in town that doesn't start every episode with the deplorable "hi guys" salutation and/or similar millennial pleasantries. This week, they talk travel and all things regarding local real life. Check it:

The Hump! Podcast Ep. 7: We Be Landing Soon | HeSaysSheSaysKC

The Hump! Podcast Ep. 7: We Be Landing Soon. The fellas talk independent travel with their first guest, Cathy Robinson - The Girl Who Goes. The travel blogger shares how going it alone has its advantages. Triple D? What do you call someone who cuts off people - jumping ahead rows - when exiting the plane?

Kansas City Faith Blogger Advocates For Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Important perspective about the essential divide betwixt politics and organized religion. Take a look:

Methodists should not discipline Jeff Sessions: 6-25-18

You may have read last week that after Attorney General Jeff Sessions misused the 13th chapter of the New Testament book of Romans to justify the Trump administration policy of separating children from their families at the U.S. southern border,...

Kansas City Swing Endures

A testament to local hipsters and their power to reinvigorate Kansas City jazz culture without the help of taxpayer subsidy. Take a look at this bloggy gem that would've otherwise gone unnoticed . . .

Pagin' the Devil: The L.A. Swing Barons and Vine Street Rumble at Californos

I feared that my decision to attend an indoor recital on a glorious Saturday afternoon to hear two bands that specialize in vintage Kansas City jazz was a mistake. My reservations were immediately dispelled when I entered the ballroom at Californos for a free concert by the L.A.




Sunday, June 24, 2018

KANSAS CITY'S FAVORITE SUMMER GAME: FIREWORKS OR GUNSHOTS?!?



It's that time of year once again, wherein locals celebrate liberty in the U.S. by blowing up a small piece of it.

There are many guides available about where fireworks are available and legal in the Kansas City metro . . . But here's a hint, enforcement in KCMO is nearly impossible and always arbitrary. Meanwhile, the denizens of the urban core are accustomed to spending an OBSCENE amount of cash LITERALLY going up in smoke as part of our patriotic heritage which understands that always obeying the rules is for suckers.

Accordingly . . .

IT'S TIME FOR KANSAS CITY'S FAVORITE SUMMERTIME TRADITION!!! CASUALLY ASKING A LOVED ONE: IS THAT SOUND FIREWORKS OR GUNSHOTS?!?!

Playing this game helps keep families safe, away from windows and realistic about local life.

Meanwhile, we can expect more saccharine public service announcements from police & politicos as we approach the 4th.

Hopefully, we'll have more for the morning update . . . STAY TUNED!!!

Celebrate The Kansas City ReStore



ReStoreKC is the fundraising and environmental arm of Habitat for Humanity KC. They sell donated new & used building materials & furniture to the public . . . The funds are used to help build homes in KC communities . . .

Here's more info about how to shop & volunteer:

Here's a nice explainer movie . . .



Learn more . . .

TKC MUST SEE!!! KANSAS CITY MAYOR SLY JAMES JOINS PROTESTERS ON THE PLAZA AMID DEBATE OVER FAMILY SEPARATION VS. ILLEGAL IMMIGRAITON CRACKDOWN!!!



Kansas City's top politico sides with human rights advocates on the Country Club Plaza today.

Checkit:

Money line quote from the rally -- USMC Vet Sly James, “None of us put on the uniform to see people stopped at our border... These are children being separated from their families... It is immoral..."

The "Rally To Protect Families" earned impressive turnout.

Meanwhile, the Prez seems to be adding fuel to the fire . . .

Trump: 'We cannot allow all of these people to invade our country'

Check the links:

KMBC: Hundreds gather for immigration protest on the Plaza

KCUR: Hundreds Rally In Kansas City To 'Protect Immigrant Families,' Many Protesting For First Time

KSHB: Hundreds gathered at J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain on Sunday to protest the separation of undocumented immigrant children and their families at the border.

You decide . . .

KANSAS CITY ROYALS CRISIS OF CONSCIENCE: SHOULD THE HOME TEAM RECRUIT CONVICTED CHILD MOLESTER???



Earlier in the season the Kansas City Royals took heat for conducting an anti-pron seminar . . . Now as their fortunes fade and the team returns to their losing ways, they're hoping to rebound withe the help of a player that the rest of the league has rejected.

Checkit:

"Luke Heimlich, 22, is a pitcher for Oregon State University's baseball team. It was revealed in 2017 that he pleaded guilty to molesting niece when he was 15. Heimlich wasn't selected by any team during the MLB draft earlier this month. He was considered a high-round pick last year until his arrest was revealed Kansas City Royals are now considering whether to sign him to a contract. Heimlich maintains his innocence, saying he pleaded guilty to avoid messy trial . . ."

And so we ask our blog community about forgiveness and America's pastime . . .

SHOULD THE KANSAS CITY ROYALS SIGN UP A DUDE GUILTY OF CHILD MOLESTATION?!?!

Check the links:

Daily Mail: Kansas City Royals considering signing college pitcher who pleaded guilty to molesting his six-year-old niece

Royals Review: Royals reportedly considering signing convicted child molester Luke Heimlich

Fox News: Kansas City Royals signal interest in star college pitcher convicted of child sex abuse

You decide. . .

Kansas City Sunday Semi Crash

Quick look traffic news today and a scary scene on local streets. Checkit:

Semi truck falls 50 feet off of I-670, I-70 in KCK

Emergency crews are on scene after a semi-truck went off an overpass on Interstate 670 and Interstate 70 in KCK. The truck, which was heading eastbound, fell approximately 40 to 50 feet after going over the barricade. A witness told KCTV5 the driver was alert. The truck appears to have been carrying lettuce and celery.

GOLF CART KILLS KANSAS CITY LADY!!!

A note about about Summer leisure danger and local tragedy. Take a look:

Kansas City woman dies after golf cart went down embankment in Camden county

A Kansas City woman died Saturday afternoon after driving a golf cart in Camden County, according to online Missouri State Highway Patrol reports.

Is BRT Better For Kansas City?!?!

Reader suggested link from our blog community. One of our best & brightest said: "They are claiming development numbers that rival Kansas City's streetcar numbers but no rails have to be planted in the street or overhead wires like the dumbass streetcar. And they have a Tom Selleck look-a-like engineer being interviewed!"

Here's word about bus stop development and a line that also claims to have generated millions. Read more:

RTA plans 'rebranding' of two HealthLine bus stations in University Circle as 'Museum Stops'

CLEVELAND, Ohio - The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority plans to host a gathering at 1 p.m. today to announce the "rebranding" of two HealthLine bus rapid transit stations near cultural attractions in University Circle as "The Museum Stop." An RTA announcement states that "colorful artwork and depictions of area museums are included in the new designs that embellish the stations."

TKC BREAKING NEWS SUNDAY SPECIAL!!! KANSAS CITY STREETCAR CHEERLEADER MATT STAUB LAUNCHES 4TH IN-DISTRICT CITY COUNCIL CAMPAIGN!!!



A leading local rail transit advocate embarks upon on a collision course with the strongest critics of the toy train as Kansas City council contests ramp up.

To wit . . .

FIRST ON TKC!!! KANSAS CITY TOY TRAIN STREETCAR ADVOCATE MATT STAUB IS RUNNING FOR CITY COUNCIL IN THE 4TH DISTRICT!!!

 The Missouri Ethics Commission reveals that he registered his campaign this June.

For quite some time this blog clowned "Staubio" and his advocacy if only because he seemed far too passionate about the potential for a smallish line to "transform" all of Kansas City.



However, we met him a couple of years ago and he's actually a nice enough guy who even answered a few TKC questions.

Nevertheless . . .

DON'T EXPECT TAX FIGHTERS AND FIERCE STREETCAR CRITICS TO BE FORGIVING AS HIS CANDIDACY IS A VERY REAL REFERENDUM ON TOY TRAIN EXPANSION!!!

To be fair, if he wins . . . The toy train would have one of its staunchest proponents on the Council.



A few things to consider:

- Now it's personal. Public niceties aside, Mr. Staub has engaged in fierce social media battles with critics. He gives up even more rights to privacy as a political contender and already longtime enemies have targeted him with attacks on his public record and personal life.

- The sordid topic of coin will come into play - There have always been valid questions regarding streetcar supporters earning consulting cash connected to their advocacy . . . As a political candidate, opponents plan to exploit this longstanding controversy.

- The 4th District is much bigger than the streetcar line - Crime, homelessness, gentrification and small business conflicts with City Hall are all top issues among residents of embattled neighborhoods . . . The streetcar isn't the panacea to so many Midtown problems and the 4th District might see Mr. Staub as a one-issue candidate who doesn't understand the community outside of the smallish Main Street rail line.

Still, there's hope here . . . With his candidacy, Matt Staub has now opened himself to questions that most streetcar advocates actively avoid.

As the silly season progresses, locals can look forward to answers regarding streetcar criticism that have been downplayed by way of millions upon millions of dollars worth of taxpayer subsidized propaganda.

Developing . . .

KANSAS CITY FAITH SCRIBE CONFRONTS SHARIAH LAW FEAR!!!



The sordid topic of religious freedom and U.S. public policy often confuses partisans from both sides and right now we want to direct our blog community to EXCEPTIONAL reporting which attempts to clarify and myth-bust common misconceptions.

Checkit:

Bill Tammeus: Court Experience Exposes Anti-Islam Sham

Premise:

"In 2012, Kansas passed a law forbidding courts in the state from making any ruling based on foreign law.

"Critics widely — and accurately — viewed it as the product of a campaign by anti-Islam bigots who were hyperventilating about Shari’a, sometimes called Islamic canonical law. Those bigots spread the alarm that Shari’a would replace American law and turn the nation into an Islamist theocracy."

Money quote when Mr. Tammeus asks a legal expert about the value of anti-Sharia laws . . .

“None. . . If there’s any conflict between Shari’a and U.S. law, then the court will not enforce Islamic law. Instead it would use U.S. law. It has to (because of the “Supremacy Clause” of the U.S. Constitution). The criticism of ‘creeping Shari’a’ to overthrow the U.S. Constitutional system is Islamophobic and is factually and legally unfounded. If a court did that it would be overruled and go all the way to the Supreme Court.”

Read the whole story.

You decide . . .

Selling Kansas City Smart Sewer Hype

Here's trade mag tech talk celebration regarding the decaying Kansas City underground labyrinth of pipes which still demand BILLIONS worth of repair by EPA mandate . . . Checkit:

The Rise of the Intelligent Sewer

By 2010, Kansas City's underground infrastructure was faced with a challenge. Its sewer systems were outdated-the 1,060 miles of pipe in the combined sewer system dated back to 1857, which, to put in perspective, is four years prior to the start of the Civil War.

KANSAS CITY HOMICIDE SUSPECT STILL AT LARGE AFTER WEEKEND MURDER!!!

More info on a recent slaughter as police look to locals to help find a man wanted in connection with the gunfire dispute. Take a look:

Police identify man killed Saturday near 28th and Kensington, suspect remains at large

The Kansas City Police Department has released the identity of a man killed in a shooting inside a home Saturday evening. That incident happened around 5:45 p.m. near 28th and Kensington. Officers were called to the area to investigate a shooting. When they arrived, they found 30-year-old Michael Hooker shot to death inside a home.

TKC MUST SEE!!! KANSAS CITY OLD SCHOOL PARK PLACE HOTEL DEMOLITION!!!



Here's a bit of local history imploded and a reminder that the hotel game is risky as Kansas City taxpayers are forced to sink even more cash into Downtown lodging . . .

Take a look:



You decide . . .

Show-Me NextGen Born Opioid Addicted

A local drug crisis targeting nearly every social strata is worsening . . . Here's new soul-crushing data:

New research shows more Missouri babies could be facing opioid withdrawal than reported

ST. LOUIS - A new report found that more than 3,700 pregnant women and new mothers were hospitalized in Missouri for opioid abuse in the past two years. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the Missouri Hospital Association research indicates that the number of babies born suffering withdrawal symptoms could be underreported.

Kansas Politicos Focus On Migrant Youngsters

Amid education and human rights debate . . . Here's a look at a local immigration legal move underway that's being downplayed but could prove important for Midterm season. Read more:

Democratic lawmakers coordinating lawyers to represent migrant children at The Villages

A team of Kansas lawyers say they will represent migrant children detained at The Villages in Topeka. House Minority Leader Rep. Jim Ward (D-Wichita) announced he, along with U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom, are coordinating a team of attorneys in a news release Saturday. The Villages Inc.

Kansas City Mayor Sly James On World Refugee Day: Every Person On This Earth Has Dignity And Is Deserving Of Our Respect



Quick glimpse at Kansas City Mayor Sly James talking to a local gathering of recent arrivals and immigration advocates this week.

Take a look:



News report:

KCTV5: More than 250 people gather at World Refugee Day event

"Refugees from 14 different countries celebrated culture and freedom during a World Refugee Day celebration in Kansas City. Hundreds of people from different cultures gathered inside the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences for the event. Some said what's happening at the U.S.-Mexico border is heartbreaking."

More:

PRW: Kansas City University Student Describes his Refugee Experience

You decide . . .

KCK Schools Endure Leadership Change Up

Big change for schools scross the State Line: "Employees and patrons of Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools are awaiting the coming week with trepidation. Many expect the board of education to vote Tuesday night on a superintendent to replace Cynthia Lane, who is retiring on June 30." Read more: The search for a new KCK schools superintendent may be about to take a bizarre swerve

Kansas Guv Smacks Down SecState Kobach

Legal skillz or the lack thereof proved a main talking point for the GOP battle royale . . . Read more:

Analysis: Colyer drops nice-guy act, hammers Kobach at Salina debate

SALINA - For four months, Gov. Jeff Colyer played nice.On Saturday, he unleashed a mean torrent of criticism against his chief rival for the GOP nomination for governor, asking how Secretary of State Kris Kobach can lecture people about spending when he costs taxpayers so much money for his failures in court.Kobach pushed back during the 90-minute debate among Republican candidates, saying he was the only one who won't back down in the face of widespread criticism of conservative ideas.

The Kansas City Sunday News Stand



Quick look at real life for a power couple:

Peeps: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Chow Down on Popeyes 'Fresh Off The Plane' From Paris Fashion Week

Closer to home, a Sunday news roundup:

Kansas City Confrontation Resolved

Man arrested without incident after hours-long standoff with police

Kansas City, Mo. - - Tactical officers from the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department were able to bring a safe ending to an hours-long standoff Saturday morning. The incident began about 9 a.m. when a man came out of a house near East 40th Street and Woodland Avenue.


KCMO Hotel Boom This Morning

COMING AT 8:00am: Eyesore hotel comes down with big boom

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- An eyesore hotel is coming down in Kansas City, Missouri. The former Park Place Hotel north of I-435 & Front Street was built in 1974 as one of the Metro's premier hotels. It fell into disrepair into the 2000's before abruptly closing in 2016.


Law Man Talks Tragedy

Retired WyCo Sheriff Chief Deputy reflects on fallen deputies

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - The loss of Wyandotte County Deputies Patrick Rohrer and Theresa "TK" King are ones that retired Chief Deputy Rick Whitby can't bear. "I miss them. I'll miss them for a while - a long time," Whitby said tearfully.


Fake KC Amber Alert Aftermath

15-year-old found safe after Amber Alert issued

The 15-year-old reported missing in an Amber Alert has been found safe, say authorities. Kansas City police were able to locate the teen, Brajaean Sledge, who was uninjured and is now talking to detectives. Police are still looking for the 18-year-old Anthony King who is a person of interest in several crimes including the shooting of Brajaean Sledge's grandfather Thursday night.


Bubba A Bust???

KC Royals: Eric Cole stays hot for Arkansas in College World Series

When it comes to the Kansas City Royals ' 2018 draft picks, most fans are zeroed in on the two Florida pitchers who the Royals took with their first two picks. While both deserve praise for sure, the Royals have another player participating in the College World Series and his name is Eric Cole.


"Gates Swing Open" by Al Green is the song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

Saturday, June 23, 2018

TKC SATURDAY NIGHT PLAYLIST!!! CULTURE WAR DOESN'T WORK IN KANSAS CITY MEXICAN RESTAURANTS!!!



Once again the American discourse has reached an all-time low as progressives & Conservatives attempt to ruin Mexican food for everybody.

Recent examples:

ABC: Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen heckled at Mexican restaurant over immigration

Splinter: Virginia Restaurant 86es Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Her Family

New Yorker: The Absurdity of Trump Officials Eating at Mexican Restaurants During an Immigration Crisis

Now, all of this assumes that a great many Latino restaurant owners are highly engaged in politics and at the forefront of the current fight over immigration.



Because TKC knows more than a few local Latino restaurant owners and despite their sometime questionable hiring practices, the reality is that: Just like everybody else, Latinos don't vote and aren't overly concerned with immigration drama weaponized by partisans in order to manipulate voters as midterm elections approach.

Proof:

Huff Post: Latino Millennials Have The Power, So Why Don’t They Use It?

LA Times: 'No offense, but I never vote.' Stunning apathy in the heart of California's Trump resistance

Daily Beast: Why the Latino Vote Didn’t Save America

For those us who understand Democracy beyond talking points stereotypes misrepresented as cultural trends . . . The reality is that MOST people from every demographic background DON'T VOTE in much the same way that First Lady Melania Trump's "I Really Don't Care" jacket was most likely just some rich lady acting out and angry that she was forced to engage in a losing battle in the first place.



Just to make it local . . .



Legendary KC Restaurant owner Manny Lopez never endorsed political candidates. Sure, he hosted a slew of political events in order to drum up biz and had a great many (mostly contradictory) opinions but realized that taking sides whilst trying to sling tacos was a losing proposition. His leadership on this front still guides most mainstream local Mexican restaurants today despite progressive efforts to start a foodie crusade or condescending Conservative attempts to recruit tokens. 

Let's get even more real . . .

The most cherished Mexican restaurant in the United States is Taco Bell according to recent surveys.

Accordingly, the Mexican food drama regarding immigration rhetoric is really nothing more than a litany of, ironically, fake news attempting to interrupt TV watchers from stuffing their face for just a brief moment . . . Which is a totally UNAmerican proposition.

And all of this inspires our playlist full of our favorite immigration tunes tonight . . .



As always, thanks for reading this week and have a safe and fun Saturday night.

KANSAS CITY 2018 HOMICIDE #54: MAN GUNNED DOWN INSIDE HOME SATURDAY!!!

Homicides are down from record lows but slowly creeping upward at the start of Summer. Here's news of one more weekend killing:

1 killed in shooting at 28th, Kensington

One person was fatally shot on Saturday evening in the area of 28th and Kensington. Police are investigating after one adult black male was shot inside a residence and declared deceased by paramedics at about 5:40 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Police are looking for one black male suspect that left the house after the shooting.

Pro-Gun Nuge Campaigns For Kobach

Follow-up on a classic rocker and right-wing firebrand talking with Kansas Republicans tonight. Take a look:

Ted Nugent campaigns with KS Gov candidate Kris Kobach

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- With a little over a month before the Kansas Republican gubernatorial primary, Kris Kobach added star power to his candidacy with the endorsement of rocker Ted Nugent. The pair appeared together Saturday at a rally and fundraiser at the Lenexa Community Center.

TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! COUNCILMAN QUINTON LUCAS OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCES KANSAS CITY MAYORAL RUN!!!



He has served as one of the most impressive and qualified candidates the 3rd District in Kansas City has ever seen and today he ends speculation about his political future.

To wit . . .

FIRST ON TKC, COUNCILMAN QUINTON LUCAS LAUNCHES HIS KANSAS CITY MAYORAL BID!!!

Even better . . .

HERE'S THE QUINTON LUCAS CAMPAIGN VIDEO SEEN FIRST ON TKC!!!

Take a look:



A statement he offered today in front of a packed house at an urban core health food store . . .

"The things I’ve done haven’t been flashy. I don’t have a lot of followers on Twitter. I haven’t had a photo shoot or a party lately. I don’t know how to do a podcast. I’m not famous or wealthy, but what I am is a child of this community. I’m someone who recognizes why City Hall matters to each and every one of us. I recognize how that job opportunity that we help create can change a life for a family, in our own community. I recognize how the choices we make each day—from my work to create more accountability on city contracts to my work to help people, particularly senior citizens, afford minor home repair so that they can stay in their homes and our communities—have a profound impact in all Kansas City neighborhoods."

Here's even more perspective from the councilman about what he has accomplished in KCMO so far . . .

Quinton Lucas: "Early on in my term, I stood with our public safety folks, in the police and fire departments to ensure their compensation was competitive, not just with other public safety workers in our area, but nationally, to ensure that they invested in Kansas City long-term and to ensure we were investing in them and their families long term. And I stand with our city employees today for better compensation for those who work in our sewers, or hear complaints about abusive landlords, or those helping address the basic services you our taxpayers expect us to fix each day.

"More recently, the desire to “do” showed up when we were talking yet again about Downtown development and I saw that the City had no definition of affordable housing, so it was claiming that $1,600 or $1,800 per month units fit the description. After learning that, I introduced - and got passed unanimously - a law that lowered the amount at which we can define affordable housing and directs city staff to develop a formula that directs incentives to projects that support people and families—working class families—who are most in need . . ."

Here's the official word for an elected official who has garnered support and enthusiasm from voters throughout Kansas City and across the metro . . .

QUINTON LUCAS ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR MAYOR

KANSAS CITY, MO, June 23, 2018 - Quinton Lucas, Kansas City Councilman, today announced his candidacy for Mayor of Kansas City. Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Lucas went from experiencing homelessness as a child to attending an Ivy League law school and becoming one of the youngest tenure-track law professors in the United States. As the only candidate who has
demonstrated strong representation of all neighborhoods in Kansas City, Lucas will continue to champion quality housing, job growth, government accountability, and public safety.

Lucas was raised by a single mother and two older sisters in Kansas City’s urban core. Despite experiencing homelessness as a child and moving frequently, Lucas worked to obtain academic scholarships to high school, college, and ultimately law school at Cornell University. After graduating, Lucas turned down job offers at large law firms in New York City and Washington, DC to return home to Kansas City. Since then, he has been an accomplished business lawyer and professor at the University of Kansas. A proud teacher, Lucas also volunteers extensively in the community at area prisons and schools. Although he never met his own father, Lucas regularly mentors young men and women – often in the very neighborhoods where he grew up – to help young people recognize and achieve their potential.

Lucas was elected citywide in 2015 and has since been a leading voice on the Council, working with local businesses to drive private investment and job growth in our city, while also leading efforts to secure quality housing opportunities exist in all Kansas City neighborhoods.

Lucas led a landmark reform of the City’s tax incentive policy, helping to return public dollars to schools and libraries in all parts of Kansas City. Lucas has also personally visited with education leaders and citizens from all 15 public school districts in the city’s boundaries. He works each day to make certain the city delivers the basic services taxpayers expect, provides competitive wages to all our municipal employees, and operates in a fair, equitable, and transparent manner on all projects big and small. Lucas has set the standard for open communication by local elected officials and is known for his accessibility and candor on social media.

“Some run to be something; I am running to do something. In the same I way have worked hard each day to build a brighter future for Kansas City , I will ensure we have continued growth and progress. I will make sure that all Kansas City neighborhoods yield the benefits of our city's strength. That means increasing affordable housing options, improving public safety, and ensuring continual transparency and accountability from our city’s government,” said Lucas.

The campaign will host a free community kickoff celebration on Saturday, June 23rd on 3000 Troost Ave. at the locally-owned Ruby Jean’s Juicery (3000 Troost Ave. Kansas City, MO 64109) from 5:00-7:00pm. More information about the campaign can be found at LucasForKC.com.
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You decide . . . 

Another Kansas City Saturday News Collection



Biz continues this weekend unabated . . .

Fox News: Stormy Daniels is launching lingerie line for 'professional women' and 'moms'

News links closer to home . . .

Read Meat For TKC Readers

Most Expensive Steaks in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City is plenty of things, including a cow town. As such, we should be good at steaks. One of the city's most historic names in steakhouses, the Golden Ox, is set to re-open Friday. On the menu will be a $68 rib eye steak.


Deadly Meth Town Afternoon

Man fatally shot at gas station near 23rd, Ralston, Independence police say

Independence police are investigating a fatal shooting Saturday afternoon at a gas station near 23rd Street and Ralston Avenue. Police said they were called about 2 p.m. to the FavTrip convenience store. Authorities said when officers arrived, they found a dead man in the parking lot.


Stranger Danger Across The Bridge

Police in Northland investigating attempted abduction

Police in the Northland are investigating an attempted child abduction. It happened in the Brooke Ridge subdivision at about 10:30 on Saturday morning. According to police, a 14-year-old girl was going for a run when a man came up and grabbed her from behind.


Family Time Warm Fuzzies

Watch the moment 2 women meet newly-discovered half-sister in KC

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Three women chose Kansas City as the prime sport for a very special weekend. Today, two of the women met their half-sister for the first time ever. Cindy, Lorie and Missy discovered they were family after using two DNA history websites. After two confirmations, Cindy and Missy discovered their half-sister, Lorie.


Kansas City Glory Days Fading Fast

Kansas City Royals: Is Mike Moustakas the next to go?

In his twelfth year as a part of the Kansas City Royals organization, it looks like Mike Moustakas may be leaving. He was the second overall pick in the 2007 draft, and he has been with the Royals since.


And this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! ROASTING KANSAS CITY BOULEVARD BREWING COMPANY 'BOU LOU' TECH N9NE BEER COLLABO!!!



Kansas City's most celebrated adult beverage for the Summer of 2018 is undoubtedly Boulevard Brewery's "Bou Lou" - A collaboration with hometown rapper Tech N9ne and homage to a cocktail he mixes for friends, his entourage, weed carriers and assorted groupies.

The company bills it as "a badass wheat beer bursting with pineapple and coconut."

So far, mainstream beer reviewers haven't touched it and it has been served mostly as a promotional drink at the recent Boulevardia event where it reportedly "sold out" despite the fact that it was reportedly given away to VIPs, local service industry execs and fat blonde chicks . . . Which was probably a good business decision.

Nevertheless . . .

What's frustrating it that, like all corporate offerings in Kansas City - There is a dearth of local critical review and no coverage beyond promotional hype.

Seriously, newspaper headlines noted it was "perfect" and it seems like the local foodie and booze bloggers are simply ignoring the drink because they havne't received the appropriate "pay for play" consideration which power all local food scene journalism nowadays.

Accordingly, we invite our blog community to join us in this Saturday afternoon celebration of Caribbean booze served with a hefty helping of salt . . .

CELEBRATE THE TKC BOU LOU BLVD BREWERY ROAST OF THIS FAR TOO PRICEY AND SUGARY KANSAS CITY TECH N9NE HIP-HOP BEVERAGE!!!

First off . . .

The cost for this designer beverage is far too steep. The $15 16oz. 4-pack fee threatens price out hip-hop fans who won't be able to afford bullets given such an exorbitant fee for consumer-grade beer.

A few insights about taste . . .

One could say that Bou Lou is reminiscent of relaxing drink in a tropical paradise . . . But only if the the locale was Haiti during the rebellion massacre of 1804.

Bou Lou tastes like diabetes.

Young women should be advised that Bou Lou features an unparalleled blend of pineapple & coconut with a hint of citrus that's perfect for masking date rape drugs.   

Bou Lou might have been the second choice name given that "bad sugar" was already widely referenced within the urban core community. 

Bou Lou started the trade war with the Chinese. They refused to take any more . . . 

Rumor has it that Blvd wanted to send cold cases of Bou Lou to Puerto Rico as refreshment amid disaster relief and continued power outages . . . .  Instead, residents opted to keep the lights off and pretend like nobody was home.

In fairness, Bou Lou is much smoother than an insulin shot and only twice as expensive.

Of course we invite our blog community to taste our bitter tears and share any insights on this Kansas City Summer drink of 2018.

You decide . . .

DOWNTOWN REDUX SHOOTOUT!!! CROWN CENTER REMODEL OVERSHADOWED BY KANSAS CITY GUNFIRE CAR CRASH!!!

Hallmark has spent MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS of dollars reworking their signature location near Kansas City's Downtown . . . And last night it was the scene of a terrifying gun battle.

Read more:

Overnight shooting leads to crash near Crown Center

Someone was shot overnight, which caused them to crash their car near Crown Center. The incident happened around midnight, but the location of the shooting is unknown. In that shooting, a driver was shot. That caused them to leave the road and hit a pole at E.

Show-Me Kansas City GOP Celebrating Upcoming Sarah Palin Visit And Conservative Alternative To Missouri AG Hawley

Reality is that AG Hawley is a lackluster campaigner and every bit as elite as incumbent Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill and more thoughtful Republicans would rather support a veteran and political noob than yet another member of the D.C. establishment.

Read more:

Monetti Doubles Down in MO Senate Race, Has Sarah Palin Come to KC For Rally - The Sentinel

Not one to be easily deterred by the odds, Missouri U.S. Senate candidate Tony Monetti is going all in by staging a rally at the Power & Light District on Wednesday, June 27, featuring former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Amid Bitter Voter ID Fight Judge Gets Remedial On Kansas SecState Kobach

Boing Boing is one of the better blogs in the world and this screed offers an unfiltered and scathing consideration of the right-wing front runner in the race for Sunflower State Guv. Read more:

Judge orders Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to go back to law school

Kris Kobach (previously) is a racist shitbag who engineered Red State America's voter suppression campaign; he is also (predictably enough) the Kansas Secretary of State, in which capacity he has been representing his office in a lawsuit over his unconstitutional voter ID law. Kris Kobach is not only a shitty human being, he is an...

TKC EXCLUSIVE QUESTION: WILL MIDTOWN KANSAS CITY SUFFER NEXT TOY TRAIN STREETCAR CONSTRUCTION NIGHTMARE?!?



Business along Main Street Kansas City often endures, crime, infrastructure neglect and a constant stream of homeless vagrants hassling customers. The new threat of streetcar construction adds yet another concern for merchants along this embattled corridor.

Nevertheless, the impact of a recent vote earned optimistic coverage from a local trade mag . . .

KC Biz Journal: Streetcar rolls toward Midtown as businesses prepare for pain, progress

However, we shouldn't forget . . .

STREETCAR SUPPORTERS WERE EXCEPTIONALLY HOSTILE TOWARD ANY BIZ COMPLAINTS AGAINST TOY TRAIN CONSTRUCTION THREATENING BOYCOTTS AND SOCIAL MEDIA BACKLASH AGAINST ANYBODY WHO DARED TO SPEAK UP!!!

Local biz dude STRETCH was quickly silenced when streetcar supporters promised to SHUT HIM DOWN if he continued to speak out against the streetcar. Notice that he's mostly quiet on the topic nowadays . . .

Even worse, the denizens of the downtown restaurant scene confronted threats from politicos & their consultants after DOCUMENTATION THAT STREETCAR CONSTRUCTION CAUSED YEARS WORTH OF DAMAGE TO RESTAURANTS ALONG THE LINE . . .

Examples from the not-so-distant past . . .

Pitch: Main Street's most respected chefs wonder how they'll survive streetcar construction

TKC: Streetcar Restaurants Suffer Toy Train Construction Nightmare

Perspective . . .

Supporters of the streetcar claimed that new biz created by the transit route would more than make up for the loss in revenue during construction. Sadly, that was only a promise to restaurant owners while employees lower on the food chain like servers, bartenders and other wait staff never received compensation for lost income. Now that the "starter line" is complete service industry workers near the loop report that biz is pretty much back to normal but without the massive influx of new customers they were promised.

And so, with little acknowledgement of any biz hardship or inconvenience caused to residents & small bizz . . . KC threatens to repeat the cycle on a much bigger scale IF Federal funding comes through . . .

Developing . . .

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 'DR. FOOTBALL' JERSEY SHUT DOWN!!!

An opportunity to tout educational achievement is passed and casually dismissed by an often myopic league . . . Very much like the Kansas City O-Line during the late season . . .

NFL reportedly rejects Laurent Duvernay-Tardif's 'M.D.' jersey request

Come on, NFL. Kansas City Chiefs starting right guard and international hero Laurent Duvernay-Tardif made headlines back in mid-February when he requested that the league allow him to put M.D. on his game jersey. Duvernay-Tardif, 27, officially became a doctor this offseason when he graduated from medical school at McGill University in Montreal.

DEMAND FOR KCPD BODY CAMS INCREASES AFTER SPATE OF DEADLY KANSAS CITY OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTINGS!!!

MUST READ aftermath of recent fatal encounters with police puts a tech question back on the table for local authorities and politicos amid election season.

Take a look at the best write-up on the topic we've seen so far:

Police Shooting Prompts a Father's Call for Body Cameras in Kansas City, Mo.

(TNS) - Days after his only son was killed by police, Mark Draper tried to hold it together for his great-grandson. But his daughter caught him clenching his eyes shut, taking deep breaths. She knew his mind was elsewhere. "I'm not supposed to bury him.

KCTV5 Newsie El Cid Bails After Demoralizing 'Better Kansas City' Daytime TV Demotion

Special thanks to our AWESOME READER COMMUNITY for sending this link documenting a surprising exit at a beleaguered local station amid quite a few shift changes. Take a look:

Headed to San Antonio?

KCTV Anchor Alexis Del Cid is leaving the Meredith station after 6 years. Del Cid worked as the morning Anchor at KCTV before being demoted to the station's lifestyle show "Better Kansas City." Word is that Del Cid informed her bosses that she would be leaving the station when her contract came up and although she has not said where she is headed, we think we know.

Kansas City Saturday Link Stroll



Celeb inspiration four our weekend mid-morning . . .

Daily Mail: Dua Lipa leaves little to the imagination in VERY risqué thigh-split dress as she steps out . . .

Simiarly, and just for a change, here are more than a few nice links worth a peek for Saturday:

15K Expected For This Downtown Event
Maker Faire Kansas City
Urban Core Biz Winning

Boosted by Troost, Ruby Jean's pressing YMCA, grocery, Atlanta deals

It's Troost location will be a model for Ruby Jean's expansion, said Chris Goode, but the juicery's growth won't be limited to standalone, brick-and-mortar sites. "Ideally, the way we truly scale is our wholesale model," said Goode, founder of the health and fitness-focused Kansas City-born business .


Meth Town Teachable Moment

Volunteers help make Independence schools sine

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - Volunteers picked up paint brushes, shovels and rakes to help beautify five Independence schools during the annual Project Shine Saturday morning. The annual event began with the annexation of six schools from Kansas City to the Independence School District ten years ago.


Kansas City Growth Industry

Bearded Bros

Mike Lockhart and Lance Twidwell Amber Dawkins Beards first went out of fashion with World War One. Gas masks wouldn't seal over them, so the order came down to shave them all off. This coupled with the popularization of the safety razor led to hairless faces becoming the norm for generations.


Home Team Breaks Losing Streak

Herrera robs HR, triples in run as Royals beat Astros 1-0

HOUSTON - (AP) -- In the midst of a difficult season, the Kansas City Royals got a needed spark Friday night from one of their newest additions. Rookie Rosell Herrera kept the game scoreless with a home-run robbery in the eighth inning and hit an RBI triple in the ninth, and struggling Kansas City beat the Houston Astros 1-0.


OneRepublic - Start Again ft. Logic is the song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .

Kansas City Woman Stabbed Dude To Death And Was Taken Into Custody Wearing Blood-Soaked Clothes: She's Likely To Return To Local Streets In Less Than 10 Years

Aftermath of a brutal crime amid domestic drama as research indicates that "courts are more lenient on female defendants in general. They are less likely to incarcerate women and tend to give women shorter sentences than men."

Local example: Woman sentenced to 23 years in prison for 2016 murder