Friday, April 10, 2020
Kansas City Weekly Power Rankings
Even amid the lockdown, the political game persists in Kansas City and here's a glimpse at this week's most effective leaders.
Take a look:
Jackson County Exec Frank White
We reported this one FIRST but the news resonated across the metro shortly thereafter: Jackson County Executive Frank White Jr. issued a statement regarding race and ethnicity being included in Kansas City, Missouri's COVID-19 data, stating that those facts will “enhance the racial divide in our county and city.”
It was a bold declaration and spoke directly to his constituency as the politics of coronavirus, predictably, fall upon demographic lines.
Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II
Congressman Cleaver was early to endorse Veep Biden for Prez and this week that gamble paid off when Bernie dropped out of the contest.
The virus has politics shifting quickly as NY Guv Cuomo now has more momentum and Democratic Party support behind him.
But for now, a key alliance with establishment Democratic Party leaders has the former Mayor of Kansas City and longtime Congressman moving toward the apex of power inside the Beltway.
Clay County Commish Jerry Nolte
The sordid GOP politicos of the Kansas City Northland are shifting and even his adversaries realize that Commish Jerry Nolte will soon run a major courthouse across the bridge. As social media chatter and a few well-placed leaked stories continue to target outgoing politicos, opponents of the Commish seem strangely confident that "the new boss" might soon confront his share of grief.
And so . . .
This list has been compiled according to scientific TKC polling and market research data and it's a weekly comprehensive guide to local powerful people, trends and our times.