With former Prez Trump safely removed from the White House and social media feeds, local "enthusiasm" for Democracy suffered a dramatic decline if last night's election returns are any indication of voter commitment.
Local journalists are content to gloss over the vote . . . However, many TKC readers contend that the paltry numbers deserve a bit more consideration.
Here's a very simple formula for how KC metro pollsters calculated the voter turnout drop-off of about 83% . . .
In the 2020 November vote: Jackson, Platte, Clay & KCMO election boards boasted around 60% turnout. Last night those very same election authorities reported anywhere from 8 to 10 percent of registered voters casting a ballot.
Reality check: Most polling places were horrific ghost towns and we'd dare to guess that the majority of people occupying the territory were paid for their participation.
Accordingly . . .
CHECK KANSAS CITY SPECIAL ELECTION WINNERS AND LOSERS DESPITE MOST RESIDENTS IGNORING THE VOTE!!!
As always, we're open to more suggestions but most locals simply aren't curious about the behind the scenes moves that will dictate the future for city hall coffers and local schools.
Dr. Cokethea Hill & Blaque Spark Radical Kansas City School Board Change
Dr. Hill is the architect of one of the most successful school board power plays we've seen in more than a decade. Her ticket earned a surprising sweep and now she's the leader in the upcoming contest to replace termed-out 5th District Councilman Lee Barnes.
Mayor Q Declares E-Tax Victory An Endorsement Of His Administration
Without acknowledging that there was no organized opposition to the tax . . . Today the mayor proudly visited with local media in order to champion his agenda and continued social justice reforms that take quite an EPIC chunk out of KCMO's largest single revenue source.
Election Dark Money Rules Kansas City
School board voting was powered by nonprofit groups who are not required to disclose their funding sources. The "dark money" paid for a nearly endless supply of social media messages and helped with mobilization efforts. The perfectly legal strategy is often lamented when right-wing conservatives use the tactic. HOWEVER, local media ignored progressives and urban communities now utilizing this formerly controversial strategy.
School Board Member Manny Abarca, Latino Students And Families Destined To Suffer Under Rule Of Blaque
Mr. Abarca won an uncontested election this week but his volunteer school board career will be seriously hampered by new election power players. Already his political opponents have visited his home without invitation in order to "discuss" political disagreements — Complaints and concern about threatening behavior voiced by Mr. Abarca were universally denounced as racist by local activists from throughout Kansas City.
Make no mistake, Blaque will make Mr. Abarca pay for his opposition and the growing population of Latino students in Kansas City Public Schools will suffer the same fate.
Kansas City E-Tax Renewal Reveals Hatred Of Johnson County Commuters
The campaign rhetoric pitted the urban core against the suburbs. Some of our readers contend: KC wants JoCo to pay the bills. Overall this isn't such a ridiculous position given that local stadiums are packed with our Golden Ghetto neighbors despite urban subsidy. Still, the idea of "regionalism" has always been a sham and the E-tax vote elucidates worsening metro economic rivalry.
EPIC $282K Salary Bump For Dr. Mark Bedell Lost Votes & Will Cost Him His Job
Don't get it twisted, we give a great deal of credit to the activists from Blaque for their upstart campaign. They wisely exploited an egregious salary spike for the superintendent. Word of the EPIC payout inspired voters from a vast cross-section of Kansas City to reconsider support of pro-public leaders and question the glacial pace of full accreditation.
Dr. Bedell will be out of a job soon.
Leadership switcheroos and political intrigue are just the beginning of the changes coming to Kansas City Public Schools.
Meanwhile . . .
KCMO abandoning Democracy and overlooking crucial decisions doesn't bode well for the future of this cowtown and the destiny of the electorate at the outset of the Biden Presidency.
Developing . . .