It seems that the COVID pandemic erased Kansas City's memory of a property tax crisis that still threatens to force many people out of their homes.
And now, as Jackson County Executive Frank White gears up his reelection campaign, he's eager to take on Republican rivals in Jefferson City.
Today's noteworthy stand that has already divided the Legislature . . .
Jackson County wants to sign onto the joint lawsuit filed by St. Louis City and County that challenges a new Missouri rule restricting how local and state police can enforce federal gun laws.
“As we speak, there are attorneys in our County Counselor's Office who are finalizing motions to request to be able to enter that lawsuit,” said Caleb Clifford, chief of staff for County Executive Frank White Jr.
This comes the same day the County Legislature approved a resolution supporting the plan to join the lawsuit. That resolution was approved by a vote of 5-3 . . .
“The county executive thought that it was important for us to show that this was supported not just by the executive himself, but it was also supported by the legislature, who was also voted in by the community,” Clifford said.
Actually, the move didn't have total support.
Notice that local Democratic Party leader and Legislative Chair Dan Tarwater opposed the effort along with Republican Legislators Theresa Galvin and Jeannie Lauer.
Real talk . . .
The gun rights issue is mostly theoretical given that Missouri po-po is never going to fight the feds over guns. However, on paper the gesture has driven some progressives INSANE by reminding them that they live in the gun-lovin' Midwest.
Speaking of symbolism . . .
Let's not forget that Jackson County Exec Frank White wanted to tear down the Andrew Jackson Statue in front of the courthouse and he was SHUT DOWN by his Legislature and the voters.
Today Exec White earns a bit of a victory nonetheless by way of a permanent tag for clarification.
To be fair, TKC thinks this might be a good and practical idea if only to discourage vandals from COSTING TAXPAYERS THOUSANDS and ritually defacing the monument.
Symbolism might be important given that vandals aren't prosecuted for targeting the tribute to the former slaver and Native-American killer.
Check more explanation . . .
A plaque was added to provide context to the statue, and acknowledge that Jackson was a slave owner and also supported the Indian Removal Act that forced Native Americans from their homes so that white settlers could live on the land.
The plaque reads in part, “This statue of Jackson reminds us we are on a path that, in the immortal words of Martin Luther King, Jr., bends towards justice. In turn, we must acknowledge past injustices to help us create a greater nation built upon humane policies to light our way and the way of humanity everywhere.”
For the record, the only healing will come when this town finally renames the whole county after Bo Jackson and replaced the statue with an iconic tribute to the dude's historic two-sport greateness . . .
BO JACKSON COUNTY!!!
Remember that we stole this idea from a better writer and now claim it as our own.
Check more info on both topics as we dare former a former Council Dude to come out of retirement and start the toughest and potentially ugliest local Democratic Primary battle of all time . . .
Jackson County wants to sign onto the joint lawsuit filed by St. Louis City and County that challenges a new Missouri rule restricting how local and state police can enforce federal gun laws. The law, called the Second Amendment Preservation Act, imposes a $50,000 fine on any state or local official who enforces a federal gun law that's not already a law in the Show-Me State.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - City workers added a plaque to the Andrew Jackson statue that stands outside the Jackson County Courthouse in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. The plaque was added to provide context to the statue, and acknowledge that Jackson was a slave owner and also supported the Indian Removal Act that forced Native Americans from their homes so that white settlers could live on the land.
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