Wednesday, September 19, 2018
TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY ARTIST RACHEL McMEACHIN SHARES HEARTBREAKING TESTIMONY AFTER HER SON SUFFERED CRITICAL BULLET WOUNDS AMID CROSSROADS BAR SHOOTING!!!
Rachel McMeachin is one of the leading artistic forces in Kansas City and just moments ago she embarked on a very brave effort to share her perspective on a recent shooting in the Crossroads.
Accordingly . . .
KANSAS CITY ARTIST RACHEL McMEACHIN SHARES THE STORY OF HOW HER SON'S INVOLVEMENT IN THE CROSSROADS RHYTHM & BOOZE GUNFIRE ATTACK!!!
For those who don't know her work or don't follow the KC arts scene, Rachel McMeachin is a performer, a yoga teacher, founder of Voler (Volay) – Thieves of Flight - An aerial acrobatic troupe. And she's the founding host of Dr. Sketchy's Kansas City school of art.
TKC personal aside to provide more context: Of all the local celebs I've met, Ms. McMeachin is probably the nicest. TKC has an annoying habit of always introducing myself for the 1st time whenever I encounter anybody that I don't know really well . . . To date, she's the only person who ever reassured me politely that I had, in fact, met her several times previously . . . Whilst looking for a photo of her, I noticed that she's always smiling, very personable and usually in the company of her many friends - So, I found a TKC file photo from around 2014 - Other media, feel free to use with attribution.
Now, here's the most descriptive part of her perspective on the shooting . . .
"About the crime. Nathan, his friend Chris and his girlfriend were out at a bar he has been a regular of for 7 years. There was a man at the bar that made insulting and inappropriate comments to his girlfriend about how she looked and what she was wearing. Nathan punched the guy for his remarks. There was a scuffle and the fight was broken up. The bar kicked the guy out. A few min. later he came back (security let him back in the bar after he’d been kicked out just a few min. earlier) He had a gun and shot Nathan in the back as he was standing at the bar. One of the bullets passed thru him and into his friend Chris that was standing next to him. His girlfriend jumped on the shooter as he was aiming to shoot Nathan a third time as he was laying on the ground. She was nicked in the thumb by a bullet that was fired while she was struggling with him. He ran out of the bar to the car that was waiting for him (the woman he was with earlier was waiting as the get away driver).
"There has been an arrest. I have yet to follow up with the police so I don’t have any details other than he was positively identified in a line up by at least 3 people that were a witness to the event . . ."
Again, read her testimony in its entirety.
There's a great deal of info regarding the horrific injuries sustained and more insight into the bullet time aftermath.
What we can learn from this descriptive, powerful and forthright account is that Kansas City gunfire can target ANYONE and has the potential to impact lives beyond the immediate scope of a shooting.
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KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) - Police say two of their officers were assaulted by a suspect Wednesday morning and one of those officers was bitten. It happened before 9:30 a.m. in the 1200 block of N 10th Street.
BUZZARD BEACH BRAWL FEATURES 'NAZI' STOMPED BY SOCIAL JUSTICE BARFLIES!!! IS WESTPORT NOW THE NEW POLITICAL BATTLEGROUND OF KANSAS CITY?!?!
One of the many weekend brawls in Westport is making social media wave thanks to political chatter.
Remember last month the bar made national news for a nasty exchange:
'Racist' Missouri security guard fired after allegedly ordering 'Trayvon Martini' from bar
And so . . .
The latest Westport bar fight features an alleged "Nazi" battling several local crusaders for civil rights during late night hours and apparently as any security presence was otherwise occupied.
Watch for the hilarious narration and the street fighter lady who beating down people on both sides of the dispute for some strange reason. Meanwhile, credit to social media for reminding us that drunken Kansas City club life is probably best avoided.
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One of the reasons we maintain this blog is that we believe every story has MANY SIDES and MSM doesn't have time, interest or curiosity to take a look at the myriad of issues on controversial topics . . .
Moreover, we value the ALTERNATIVE perspective more than anything else . . .
This week's example: The Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners rescinded an award it had given to a pair of officers involved in the killing of Ryan Stokes as he was leaving the Power & Light District five years ago.
Now . . .
The board had their say.
Activists have been challenging the narrative from authorities since day one.
However . . .
OUR TKC BLOG COMMUNITY REACHED OUT TO POLICE WITH EXPERIENCE ON LOCAL STREETS TO GET THEIR TAKE ON THE CONTROVERSIAL TOPIC!!!
In the aftermath of the decision our sources said that the move was a bit of "a slap in the face and dredging up an old issue."
Here's the word that offers even more insight:
"The officers were contacted and willingly let the awards go, but no one is happy about it. At the end of the day, we want community peace and this has been a 5 year struggle. It’s a sad story all the way around."
This is important because COMMUNITY OUTREACH IN KANSAS CITY GOES BOTH WAYS. It's not only important for police to know how residents feel but it's also equally vital for the neighborhoods to know where cops are coming from . . . Hopefully, this post provides a glimpse of police worker sentiment that media won't neglect next time around.
Developing . . .
Here's the round-up:
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Former County Executive Mike Sanders will being sentenced Wednesday for conspiracy to commit wire fraud related to inappropriate use of campaign donations. Investigators say Sanders funneled money back to himself in a scheme in which his chief of staff, Calvin Williford, also pleaded guilty to in January.
Hide Transcript Show Transcript WEBVTT REPORTER: IT IS NOT JUST THE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE, BUT THE AMOUNT OF INTERSTATE TRAFFIC THAT MAKES KANSAS CITY A PRIME DRUG SPOT. WE GOT A RARE LOOK AT HOW IT ALL ENDS UP HERE. >> THIS IS WHAT WE CALL A BODY CARRY.
By Paul Thompson Northeast News Bobbi Jo Reed is glowing. She's standing in front of a microphone, before a large crowd, in a spacious room inside the new headquarters of Healing House, the Historic Northeast-based substance abuse recovery organization whose expansion plans are just getting started.
With respect to OITNB, here's much more relevant local drama on crime topics that deserve note . . .
Kansas City #MeToo Oversight
Members of the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault are monitoring developments in Washington with the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. After thousands of pages of documents were examined and days of hearings, Sen.
Double Trouble In JoCo
OLATHE, KS (KCTV) -- A pair of Johnson County murder suspects will appear in court on Wednesday. Vincenzo Lucasta, 49, of Paola, KS, is charged with first-degree murder after David Paterno, 57, was stabbed outside his Shawnee home. It happened in the 21900 block of W. 51st Place.
Metro Midweek Flipout
OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) - Kansas Highway Patrol troopers arrested a woman Wednesday morning after a chase crossed state lines before ending in a crash. The chase started before 8 a.m. when a woman in a black sedan fled from police near 31st Street and Roanoke Parkway in Kansas City, MO.
Kansas Question Amid Crisis
In the wake of rape charge filed in an attack on a 13-year-old girl in the office of a foster care contractor, Kansas lawmakers said Tuesday they'll investigate what went wrong. One legislator said state officials and the contractor responsible for watching over the alleged victim will face tough questions later this month.
Dust Mask Bandit Strikes In The Stix
CASS COUNTY, MO (KCTV) -- The FBI Kansas City Field Office is looking for a suspect accused of holding up the Adrian Bank in Cass County. The robbery happened Tuesday at 11:20 a.m. at 302 SW Outer Road in Archie, MO. The suspect entered the bank and demanded money, then fled the scene on foot heading south.
Metro Biz Deal Gone Bad
Kansas City investors sue Overland Park investment group over 'zero risk' deal that went awry - Kansas City Business Journal
A "zero risk" deal that went awry has spurred 10 Kansas City-area investors to sue the Overland Park investment group that recommended the investment, The Kansas City Star reports. Their collective investment totals $2.5 million in Florida-based 1st Global Capital, which advertised itself as a merchant lender that advanced short-term cash to small businesses.
Gone But Not Forgotten
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Pure hell and heartbreak-is how Desirea Ferris's family puts it. The same pain is shared by the many people who came to a vigil held by Ferris's family. They chose the Jackson County Courthouse as the location to demand accountability from those who work inside the building.
More Deets On Latest KCMO Shooting
Kansas City police are investigating a shooting Tuesday evening that left a man hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. Police were called at 6:16 p.m. to 37th Street and South Benton Avenue on a reported shooting. Officers found the victim outside a home in that area. Investigators discovered dozens of shell casings.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Uptown Shoppes at 36th Street and Broadway Avenue could soon be transformed into a mixed-use development. Currently, there are several empty storefronts with only a handful of tenants occupying the space long-term and a few others, including Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill's reelection campaign, renting space on a short-term basis.
"With a heavy heart," the owner of Le Monde Bakery has closed his North Kansas City business after nearly 20 years. It's a career that has included 4 million baguettes, 2.5 million pastries, 400,000 cups of coffee and 12,000 gallons of chicken curry - and "more 16 hour days than I can count," owner Jef Dover wrote on Le Monde's Facebook page.
On the tragic topic of a NEXTGEN icon who struggled with drug abuse like a growing number of Americans from every demographic . . .
Page Six: Mac Miller absence from Emmys’ in memoriam sparks outrage
TMZ: Mac Miller Dead at 26 ... Apparent Overdose
New Yorker: The Tragic Death of Mac Miller, a Musician Who Never Stopped Evolving
The local angle . . .
"Evan Jackson, Kansas City artist, creating a mural of the passing musician Mac Miller in the heart of the city."
Take a look:
You decide . . .
Related and a break down of the all-tied-up election contest so far:
CBS News: Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill battles to keep Senate seat
Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill got personal in a recent ad, talking about something that she's never addressed in a political spot before: cancer - specifically, her own diagnosis. "Two years ago, I beat breast cancer," the two-term Democrat says to camera. "Like thousands of other women in Missouri, I don't talk about it much."
Nevertheless, this post deconstructs the Congressman's commercials and seems to react against implied racism:
"This is Trump’s America, and (Rep.) Kevin Yoder’s Johnson County."
Read more and you decide:
Let's take Kevin Yoder's campaign mailer to heart: If we all truly knew our neighbors, we would be people not so easily manipulated; people not so ready to fear the dark skin, or the head covering; and people with a lot more courage to call B.S.
"Even if voters go for it, many doctors won’t be ready to offer medical pot to patients in part because few get trained on its use . . ."
It's late summer, and the drone of insects is a sound that Lonnie Kessler has come to dread. A similar chirping means he's minutes away from another seizure. "It sounds like a thousand crickets all at once in my head. And so that really alerts me this is going to happen right now," Kessler said.
26-year-old Selena Gomez inspires our morning news cycle workout right now . . .
Saw1st: Selena Gomez in Puma’s Defy x SG Collection 2018 Photoshoot
Elle: Selena Breaks Her Silence
Pw: Latinos are more likely to believe in the American dream, but most say it is hard to achieve
Closer to home, these news links are kicking off our news day:
Kansas City Storage Switcheroo
A run-down, shuttered Northland eyesore receiving a new purpose. Three different hotel chains, most recently Howard Johnson, have tried to make a profit with the 11-story building off I-29, near Tiffany Springs Parkway. The dilapidated structure was sold last November and will be converted into a U-Haul storage facility.
Politicos Talk Care For Troops
The VA Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri, has made a few changes after receiving a letter from U.S. representatives from Missouri and Kansas that detailed veterans' concerns about the quality of care. Republican U.S. Reps. Vicky Hartzler of Missouri and Kevin Yoder of Kansas, as well as Democratic U.S.
Wheelchair Lady Confronts Alleged Contraband Consequences
KANSAS CITY, MO (AP) -- A 37-year-old Kansas City woman who helped smuggle contraband into the Jackson County jail will serve four months of home confinement as part of her probation. Janikkia Lashay Carter was sentenced Tuesday in Kansas City for participating in a conspiracy to smuggle cellphones and other prohibited items into the jail.
Kansas City Security Redux
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City will place a new, watchful eye on private security companies. The move follows a recent FOX4 Problem Solvers investigation about just who's carrying guns on the job. Businesses like the ones in Westport employ private security companies, and when officers aren't trained or aren't in compliance with the law, it puts everyday citizens in danger.
Taking One For The Team
Patrick Mahomes not letting the Chiefs' defense ruin a good thing | ESPN If this is the way it's going to be, the Chiefs appear to be equipped to handle it. New starting quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who had six touchdown passes on Sunday to go with his four against the Chargers, is more advanced at this early stage of his career than the Chiefs had dared to hope.
Bridge Across Troost
Hide Transcript Show Transcript WEBVTT DOWN UNTIL NAGLER MEMBER -- LATE NOVEMBER. FOR HUNDREDS OF CHILDREN'S SERVED BY OPERATION BREAKTHROUGH AREA --. HALEY: AN EARLY EDUCATION CENTER IS EXPANDING. KELLY ECKERMAN WAS THERE FOR THE OPENING. THERE IS A LOT OF SIBLING BEHIND THIS. >> THIS WAS A LONG TIME COMING.
Kansas City Down 99 Games
PITTSBURGH - Pinch-hitter Ryan Lavarnway drove in the winning run with a single in the 11th inning, Jameson Taillon struck out a career-high 11 and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Kansas City Royals 2-1 on Tuesday night. It was just the second at-bat of the season for the 30-year-old Lavarnway, the Pirates' fourth-string catcher.
Brett Eldredge - "Love Someone" is the song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .
As many of us know -- and regret -- faith communities in America have sometimes been the promoters of racism, perhaps starting with their support of slavery and, later, their cooperation with Jim Crow laws and other methods of maintaining...
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
For the late night let's take a quick look at KCMO urban core reality and life before the streetcar extension makes its big move up the street.
To wit . . .
EVENING TEMPERS FLARE IN MIDTOWN KANSAS CITY AND RESULT IN A DOUBLE STABBING NEAR ST. LUKE'S HOSPITAL!!!
Take a look:
KMBC: Kansas City police are investigating a double stabbing that happened Tuesday evening. Police were called to the 4400 block of Broadway Boulevard around 7:45 p.m.
Like it or not, this slice of life provides a bit of context regarding talk of gun violence and should remind us that danger lurks throughout Kansas City and even close to where locals look for life-saving care.
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JOURNALISM!!! TKC IS THE FIRST AND AWESOME KANSAS CITY NEWS-ISH SOURCE TO ALLOW COMMENTS ON STORMY'S PREZ TRUMP PENIS REPORT!!!
Really surprised that local media attempts to keep their readers stupid and ignores what might be the defining moment in the political discourse.
DO YOU THINK THE KANSAS CITY PUNDITS WILL TALK ABOUT PRESIDENTIAL PENIS ON ALL OF THE WEEKLY ROUND-UP SHOWS?!?! WOULD REALLY LIKE TO KNOW WHAT MARY O'HALLORAN THINKS ABOUT THIS ONE!!!
Anyhoo . . . The point here might be that Prez Trump is proven correct in this instance when he talks about the "FAKE NEWS" and the decline of American journalism.
The reality is that news has always been a nasty game and this latest episode drags the entire nation in the mud with a pr0n star . . .
Check the links . . .
Jezebel: Report - President Has Mushroom Dick
Daily Beast: Trump’s Penis Looks Like Toad From Mario Kart, Says Stormy Daniels
Peeps: Stormy Daniels' New Tell-All Details Alleged Tryst with Trump: 'Least Impressive Sex I Ever Had'
CNN: Stormy Daniels shares XXX-rated details of her alleged affair with Trump in new book
New York Mag: Why We Love Thinking About How the President’s Penis Looks Like Toad From Mario
You decide . . .
An important recenT fashion statement Via Instagram from Kansas City's former Mayor & current Congressman on stage at a recent Congressional Black Caucus Foundation gala:
RepCleaver: I'm with @kaepernick7 and @nike
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A shooting Tuesday evening has left one person with critical injuries. Police responded to the shooting just after 6 p.m. at 38th and S. Benton, just east of Prospect Ave, on reports of multiple gunshots being heard.
The Jackson County Prosecutor's Office has announced charges against a man in the September 8 murder of Gary Starr in the 18th and Vine District. Brandon D. Jones, 23, faces charges of murder first degree and armed criminal action. Jones is not currently in custody.
Kansas City man charged with murder in August shooting
New Items On Arrowhead Menu So Football Fanboys Can Gorge Away Sadness Amid Annual Kansas City Chiefs Implosion
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- On Sunday, Arrowhead Stadium guests can find a new play book in the form of tasty menu items you can order this season. And, there is something for everyone, including vegan options. "A couple of the featured items that I'm really excited about, number one is our street corn nachos.
JEFFERSON CITY * A state appeals court has put an ethics reform package back on the November ballot. The Missouri Western District Court of Appeals ruled that the so-called "Clean Missouri" initiative can stay on the ballot pending future court decisions.
The parade of names began last month with the news that state Sen. Barbara Bollier, a moderate Republican from Mission Hills, was endorsing Democrat Laura Kelly for governor. Then on Sept. 4 came the announcement that former two-term Kansas Gov. Bill Graves, a Republican, was backing Kelly.
TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY GIRLS PREP ACADEMY APPROVED BY MISSOURI AND EXPECTED TO SERVE MOSTLY BLACK & LATINA STUDENTS!!!
Important education news for Kansas City urban core breaking FIRST here on TKC . . .
THE MISSOURI BOARD OF EDUCATION APPROVES THE KANSAS CITY GIRLS PREP ACADEMY AND A NEW HOPE FOR EDUCATION IN THE URBAN CORE!!!
Reactionaries might hate on this one but it's really one of the best developments we've seen in years in order to better serve young lady students and their parents and offer them a better chances at success.
Here's the official word . . .
MISSOURI BOARD OF EDUCATION APPROVES NEW KANSAS CITY CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOL FOR GIRLS
JEFFERSON CITY— Kansas City’s first all-girls charter school won unanimous approval today from the Missouri Board of Education, its final regulatory hurdle. “Today’s State Board decision gives families in Kansas City a new educational option for their daughters,” said Roger Dorson, interim commissioner of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. “Kansas City Girls Preparatory Academy has an exciting opportunity to help Missouri ensure that all students graduate ready to succeed.”
KCGPA will open in an as yet-to-be-announced location in northeast Kansas City in August, 2019. To start, it will enroll 100 fifth grade girls, add one new grade per year, eventually growing to a 5th - 8th grade middle school, and a 9th - 12th grade high school. They expect that nearly three-quarters of their students will be African American or Hispanic. “We are appreciative of the confidence shown in our model and our leadership,” said Tom Krebs, the chief executive officer of the new school. “It is our goal to provide all of our young women access to a broad range of high-quality educational opportunities from early learning into post-high school engagement.”
Charter schools cannot open in Missouri without a state-authorized sponsor and approval from the Missouri Board of Education. KCGPA is being sponsored by the Missouri Charter Public School Commission, which was established in 2012 by the Missouri General Assembly. It is an independent commission appointed by the governor with the authority to sponsor high quality charter public schools, and hold them accountable. “The commission will play two roles in the new school. We will provide oversight to ensure parents that their girls are getting a quality education, and we will provide technical assistance to the governing board and leadership of the school to help them achieve that goal,” said Robbyn Wahby, executive director of the MCPSC.
The leadership of the new school will also get and has already gotten expert assistance from the Missouri Charter Public School Association, which was created for just that purpose. “It is our mission to help improve student achievement in Missouri through the charter school model,” said Dr. Doug Thaman, executive director of the Association.”We were delighted to guide and support KCGPA and are confident they will provide students with an excellent education.”
Read the presser in its entirety.
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Push back against the fast food giant hit local streets hard today . . .
The story resonates across the pond as well . . .
BBC: McDonald's workers strike over sexual harassment policy
The local report . . .
KCTV5: Kansas City area McDonald’s workers are taking a stand Tuesday and walking out to confront the fast food giant’s failure to respond to sexual harassment claims.
Developing . . .
You decide . . .
Breaking News Kansas City, MO - The Kansas City Streetcar Authority (KCSA) announced it logged its five-millionth ride this past weekend. The KC Streetcar has been in operation for two and a half years, and according to the KCSA, the streetcars have travelled 305,128 miles on its route, with a daily ridership average of 5,806.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- You have a chance to hear about the progress on a new terminal at KCI straight from the project leaders. Beginning Tuesday, the Edgemoor team will host seven open houses this month. Organizers want to use the open houses to update the public about the project, answer questions and receive feedback.
We note this important hottie on the rise with just a bit of health news for the afternoon . . .
HT: Rachel Cook Is Amazing
KMBC: Police - Man rubbed produce on bare behind, then put it back on store shelf
MetroUK: Fruitarian couple say their diet of nothing but fruit means they don’t have to brush their teeth
Closer to home, we're checking these news links right now . . .
Kansas City Foodie Pix Debut
The food hall concept is gaining popularity in Kansas City, and one of the first to open is Parlor KC inside Kansas City's East Crossroads. With a grand opening Friday at 1707 Locust St., Parlor KC will feature seven concepts, ranging from Korean cuisine to comfort food.
Downtown KCMO Tax Break Rinse And Repeat Game Continues
History is full of examples of lousy timing. There's the Titanic and that iceberg. There's the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand that sparked World War I. And now there's a proposal from two developers to build a $63.5 million luxury hotel with the help of $20 million in tax subsidies.
This Old Kansas City Country Club Redux
The Nelson-Atkins Museum has a contract pending to sell the clubhouse building of the old Rockhill Tennis Club on the condition it become a single-family residence. The museum plans to turn the rest of the property into a sculpture park.
Slice Of Life Resurrectionc
Doctors revived a man who had been stabbed Monday night in the 2200 block of Birch Drive. No arrests have been announced.
Kansas City Middle-Class Pastime
Segment 1: Is housing really as affordable for Kansas Citians as we say it is? A new study finds housing in Kansas City isn't as affordable for low-income residents as we would like. We discuss the study, the recommendations for improvement presented to the city council and what is to come.
Show-Me Dip Suggestion
Alexis Webb Bechtold The nearly full moon is rusty orange, its brightness fading, and the only thing I can see looking out toward the Missouri River is a lap of waves and the occasional bounce of a flashlight or headlamp. It's 6 a.m.
Ramblin Man Roundup
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- After a career that has spanned more than 50 years, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band will hit the road for one last time on their final tour. Kasnas City is the second stop of the Travelin' Man tour on Nov. 24 at the Sprint Center.
And this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .
The American Civil Liberties Union in Kansas has filed a lawsuit against Johnson County Election Commissioner Ronnie Metsker, asking to see lists of provisional and advance mail ballots that were rejected. "We aren't asking to see who they voted for or any private information," said Lauren Bonds, the ACLU of Kansas' legal director.
INDEPENDENCE, MO (KCTV) -- Police are investigating a homicide after one person was found dead and another was hospitalized following a shooting early Tuesday morning. Officers were called about 4 a.m. to a residential complex in the 1100 block of Quail Creek Drive.
For Zach Lampley, a waiter at Nick and Jake's near the Country Club Plaza, getting an employee liquor permit was one of those time-sucking but unavoidable tasks, like getting a driver's license.
Right now we want to share the latest complaint from Kansas City's most prolific transit activist.
While he has neither turned in his signatures to qualify for office nor filed a campaign finance report or committee organization form with the Missouri Ethics Commission . . . The light rail crusader shares his opinion on the status quo in KCMO and provides some pertinent information about his battles with 12th & Oak. Checkit:
Press Release:Star & the elite are trying to shut Clay Chastain out of mayor's race
Kansas City's elite-oriented establishment and the Kansas City Star are afraid of what mayoral candidate Clay Chastain might say in a debate and what Clay might do if elected mayor.
They fear a Clay Chastain mayoral administration will be a radical departure from previous administrations because:
* Clay is a little guy, will be for the little guy and will not bend to the will of the agenda-oriented Star or the powerful in Kansas City.
* Clay will move to abolish TIF (an idea that has been abused for decades with one taxpayer hand out after the next for wealthy developers building elite playhouses in non-blighted areas of the city), and the unnecessary unaccountable Economic Development Corporation (EDC) that siphons off millions of taxpayer dollars every year.
* Clay will move to stop the streetcar expansion (which does not improve transit and is a con job being foisted upon the community without a citywide vote) in its obsolete tracks.
* Clay will move to end the secrecy at City Hall and the government's abuse of valid petitions from the people.
To counteract Clay's candidacy, the news side of the "paper for the people" has refused to even acknowledge Clay is running for mayor. And the elite, in the form of former councilman Ed Ford, did its part by refusing to invite Clay to the first mayoral debate in the northland.
Star editorial member Dave Helling, wrote this about Clay's mayoral candidacy on July 24, "(Don't get me started on Clay Chastain. He may not be eligible, and he can't win.)" Impressive Mr. "Know-it-all"... A Star editorial denounces the very candidate its news side refuses to even acknowledge is a candidate. The Star has also refused to inform citizens about Clay's August 17th, 2018 court victory (case # 1816-CV05605) against City Hall's desperate attempt to get Clay's defamation suit against the city (for falsely placing Clay on a "Watch List'" for dangerous people in retaliation for Clay's petition challenges) thrown out of court. The Star continues to cover for City Hall's abuses of power against Clay.