Wednesday, August 09, 2017
TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! AFTER CRUSHING DEFEAT CLAY CHASTAIN VOWS TO FIGHT 'FRAUDULENT' KANSAS CITY ELECTION!!!
The latest salvo from the transit advocate who is not giving up his crusade any time soon . . .
Here is his latest presser . . .
Clay Chastain: Fraudulent KCMO election
Clay Chastain is not done quite yet. Tomorrow Chastain will file a lawsuit against the crooked City for deliberately placing fraudulent misleading ballot language (Ballot Question #2) before voters that did not reflect the intent or substance of his valid petition submitted to the City by the people. Chastain will also ask the court to nullify the election results for Ballot Question #2 and order the City to re-submit to voters, at the next regularly scheduled election, Chastain’s rapid rail / electric bus / bikeway petition proposal in its original form.
Because the crooked City deliberately placed before voters a vague, misleading and poorly worded ballot measure, Ballot Question #2 never had a chance.
Why would the majority of Kansas City voters…
(1) Approve a rail-based transit measure that did not even inform them where the rail lines would run?
(2) Approve a citywide expansion of an archaic operating streetcar system that runs in traffic?
Indeed, they did not.
And as one might expect, Kansas City voters did not want to give the dishonest-acting City a blank check to expand, in whatever direction the City chose, an archaic operating rail system.
No doubt, many voters were totally confused by the City’s deliberately vague and poorly-worded ballot language that did not reconcile with, nor represent the substance of, Chastain’s original petition proposal that 2,500 voters mandated be placed before citywide voters.
Since the election was fairly close, one can reasonably conclude that Ballot Question #2 would have had a good chance to be approved by voters had Chastain’s more detailed, more sensible rail system been described to voters as it appeared in its original form on the face of the petition.
For sure, Clay Chastain, the petitioners and the Kansas City voting community deserve to know the answer to that question.
The City placed before voters (against Chastain's official protest) ambiguous, fraudulent and manipulative ballot language that did not even represent the intent or substance of Chastain's transit proposal as follows...
The City told voters that Chastain's petition proposal would extend the City's downtown streetcar system (and how it operates slowly in traffic) in several unidentified directions. The petition proposal 2,500 Kansas City voters mandated be placed before citywide voters called for... "transforming the streetcar system" into a rapid citywide rail system and operating it along 4 very specific routes (with very specific stops) inside transit greenways that would separate the rail cars from traffic. That is not the plan the City’s ballot language described to Kansas City voters.
Mayor Sly James and the City pulled the same dirty trick against Chastain involving his 2014 light rail petition proposal when they also placed before voters fraudulent ballot language (that did not even include the words "light rail"!) in order to turn off, mislead, and manipulate voters into rejecting Chastain's light rail ballot measure.
Democracy and improving the City’s public transportation infrastructure is on the line in Kansas City, and I will not give up on either of those two coinciding moral causes until the people are allowed to vote on my vision, in its original petition form, without interference from the underhanded-acting City.
So if the corrupt-acting Sly James and City think Chastain's era of activism is now Gone with the Wind, I advise them to wet their fingers, stick them up in the wind and then go check tomorrow's court filing.
And if Mayor Sly James and the City continue trying to pick a fight with Clay Chastain those bullies will do so to their legal and political detriment.
Clay Chastain...still fighting to improve Kansas City and protect the people's democratic petition process.