Tonight we share a quick update that might seem frivolous but offers a "teachable moment" regarding the value of political promises in Kansas City.
THE NHL PREPS FOR EXPANSION TEAMS WITHOUT ANY KANSAS CITY MENTION!!!
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The NHL Seattle expansion team is making progress toward the announcement of its name, logo and colors. "Some have speculated it's a long time off. It's not," NHL Seattle CEO Tod Leiweke said Thursday. "Vegas did it a year out. We'll do it well in advance of that."
Accordingly . . .
This is important because over a decade ago Kansas City invested $300 MILLION and hiked taxes assuring the public with the empty promise that KC would soon earn either an NHL or NBA team. The pledge has been quickly forgotten as the soon-to-be-renamed Sprint Center turned into a B-list concert venue for fading stars on their way up or out.
Regarding the consequences of politicos failing to keep their word in Kansas City: Old school political consultant Steve Glorioso devised the political trickery and now he's pushing up daisies. Before his death he was just as influential as ever and a mayor supporter of the ascendancy of current Mayor Quinton Lucas. Former Mayor Kay Barnes championed the effort and she's lauded as the architect of the so-called "Downtown Renaissance" without any challenges as to the cost of her efforts - The reality is that Former Mayor Kay remains one of the most popular leaders in KC and come election time she's celebrated as LOCAL ROYALTY among the political class.
Still, Kansas City NHL hockey remains an unfulfilled commitment and only a vague reference for tax fighters and clueless suburban interlopers on random Internets message boards.
And so, amid the ongoing pandemic, continued American protest against police and a campaign season dedicated to widespread avarice inspired by two grumpy old men . . . We take a moment to consider promises still on ice with this playlist.
As always, thanks for reading this week and have a safe and fun Saturday night.