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Clay Chastain: The Big Bad City's undignified "Answer" to Clay's petition-related lawsuit, is government at its worst! Inb
"The Big Bad City" played games with a valid petition signed and submitted to it by 3,000 Kansas City registered voters; played games with the Committee of Petitioners that represented those 3,000 voters; and is now playing games with the United States District Court. Clay and the Committee (Pro se) will soon file their response asking the court to pull the fleece off the Big Bad City and order it to place the people's petition on the ballot.
In yesterday's infamous federal court filing (US District Court Case No. 4:20-cv-694 RK), The Big Bad City's Attorney, Galen Beaufort, tries to bamboozle the court with alleged technical violations by the Committee (did not file a meaningless something in a "timely manner", etc), but never once offered the court a valid legal reason why it has refused to place on the ballot (for 652 days) a petition deemed "sufficient" by its own City Clerk, Marilyn Sanders!!!
When The Big Bad City selectively ignores petitions, is our right to petition manipulated?
When The Big Bad City emphasizes technicalities over the intent of a petition, is our right to petition eviscerated?
When The Big Bad City judges petitions - rather than let voters judge them - is our right to petition meaningless?
My aim is to protect free speech in Kansas City and get voter approval of this petition which represents the greatest job-creating, City-improving and infrastructure-rebuilding project in our City's history.
Clay Chastain, leading member of the Committee of Petitioners
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