Friday, January 25, 2019
TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! KANSAS CITY CONSIDERS WINNERS AND LOSERS AFTER MLK RENAME FIGHT ON THE PASEO!!!
Following a year of contentious debate that put Kansas City in the national spotlight, council finally made a decision and approved a name change on The Paseo Blvd in order to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In the aftermath, as media captured cheering politicos and faith leaders crowding the council chamber and flexing for the cameras . . . The struggle was clearly political and had very little to do with civil rights.
To wit . . .
CELEBRATE THE WINNERS & LOSERS OF THE KANSAS CITY MLK RENAME FIGHT!!!
The only thing left is the crying given that the decision is final there won't be any legal fight or petition to challenge the sketchy effort because no lawyer or voter in their right mind would sign up to oppose tribute to MLK and subsequently face universal rebuke.
Accordingly, here's how it works out the morning after . . .
Councilman Quinton Lucas
It's his legislation that ultimately passed. Supporters threatened a public vote but ultimately backed down because of the lack of a funding mechanism. After an embarrassing DUI bust the Council Dude sought to rally his base of supporters in the 3rd District and made the rename effort the crowning achievement of his tenure. This power play will distinguish him from his competition and places the young Councilman as the Mayoral front runner within the inner city.
The former Mayor and Kansas City Rep. in Congress was the architect of this effort and his advocacy emboldened and inspired supporters of the cause. It's not his biggest victory but certainly part of his record that has secured hearts, minds and votes among constituents who send him back to D.C. one election after the next.
MLK Family And Estate
The MLK fam is in for A HUGE PAYDAY FROM KANSAS CITY and our blog community broke this fact of life story FIRST. Now all that's left is some transcription of the deets and the inevitable newspaper fake news attempting to downplay the fee. Fact is, MLK is a powerful brand that KC will be forced to buy into . . . Year after year.
And now a bit of salt with this morning serving . . .
Mayoral Candidate Quinton Lucas
Again, the Revs promised a vote but in the end a rush and sketchy ordinance drafted by Councilman Quinton Lucas was pushed through amid a contentious vote. What's worse is that the funding mechanism, as always, will be largely hidden from voters.
Accordingly . . .
THE GREATEST LEGISLATIVE ACHIEVEMENT OF COUNCILMAN QUINTON LUCAS SHOWS US THAT HE'S MORE THAN WILLING TO BYPASS VOTERS AND HIDE FUNDING AND GENERAL FUND COSTS WITHIN BYZANTINE ORDINANCES!!!
More important than Internet trolls and racist overtures against the rename . . .
This legislative move offers a preview of Mayor Quinton Lucas and his tactics that will fight for special interests and COMPLETELY OVERLOOK the important requirements of direct Democracy that serve to gain broader consensus.
Translation: He'll lose as many if not more votes for mayor than what he'll pick up for this victory.
Over the past year they've piled up one great editorial after the next but still didn't manage to move the dial. To be fair, they provided a valuable service to their readers and the community by taking up opposition against MLK Blvd on The Paseo. Sadly, as the newspaper moves to a patron model and away from advertiser support, this ruckus threatens to limit their reach beyond the confines of the fun clique of urban core gentrification enthusiasts.
Council Lady Alissia Canady
More than anybody else she put herself out on a limb in her NO VOTE against the MLK rename. Sadly her principled stance might only convince the closest City Hall watchers whilst most plebs and voters simply obey talking points and orders from neighborhood leaders. Council Lady Canady rightfully brought up legal concerns and her problem with the lack of consensus around the project. She didn't oppose the MLK rename but is one of the very few people who simply wanted a more regulated process that didn't skip any steps to reach the end goal. Nevertheless, her vote is unlikely to win over MLK critics who are already voting for Clay Chastain . . . And she obviously made enemies among residents of her district and throughout the urban core in the aftermath of this debate.
And so . . .
The Paseo now passes into history as Kansas City will soon establish MLK Blvd which is guaranteed to act as yet another racial dividing line and demarcation point tragically enforced by KCMO's African-American leadership upon their own people.
You decide . . .