In one of the most cynical votes Kansas City has ever witnessed, Mayor Quinton Lucas and his council coalition have approved the widespread disenfranchisement of suburban voters by way of an unprecedented horizontal turnaround of Northland council voting districts.
More to the point . . .
MAYOR Q'S VENDETTA AGAINST THE NORTHLAND IS COMPLETE WITH A COUNCIL DISTRICT TURNABOUT THAT THREATENS TO DECIMATE THE POLITICAL STRUCTURE IN THE FASTEST GROWING SECTION OF KANSAS CITY!!!
Here's a more generic description of what went down today
stolen quoted from a newspaper that was complicit in the voter smack down . . .
The Kansas City City Council voted Thursday to move forward with a map recommended by the Kansas City Redistricting Commission and the Special Committee for Legal Review, which draws a horizontal line through the Northland.
The four Northland council members — Heather Hall, Kevin O’Neill, Teresa Loar, and Dan Fowler — voiced strong opposition to the proposal prior to Thursday’s 3 p.m. council meeting. All voted Thursday in favor of an attempt to amend the map to maintain the vertical divide, but lost in a 7-6 vote.
The final vote on the map recommended by the commission passed 9-4, with all Northland council members opposing. This decision drastically changes the makeups of District 1 and District 2, which will now be divided at Barry Road.
Here's how bad this was . . .
To their credit, council members Andrea Bough and Eric Bunch initially disagreed with the Northland political pay back.
Council member Brandon Ellington had a chance to stand up to the voter disenfranchisement but he passed. Northland reps promise to remember the decision and his betrayal.
Fun fact . . .
Trusted insiders remind us that Mayor Q actually earned a surprising bit of support from the Northland in his bid for Mayor. Their reward for taking a chance on the politico is one of the worst examples of gerrymandering in Kansas City political history.
Northland Council Lady Teresa Loar shares her perspective in no uncertain terms . . .
"What the Mayor has done is nothing less than divide Kansas City in two."
Even more context . . .
"He basically told the Northland to sit down and shut up. We haven't seen this level of division in our city for years. This is the worst kind of political attack because it targets our residents, neighborhoods and communities."
A note about the future of Kansas City . . .
"Right now the Northland has 38% of Kansas City's population and only 4 council members. The census proves that we're growing faster than any other place inside city limits. So it makes no sense to completely upend these longstanding districts. No other part of KCMO would tolerate this kind of attack."
Behind the scenes . . .
The political move threatens to incite more support for a growing movement from some Northland leaders to leave Kansas City, MO altogether.
Demands for de-annexation shouldn't be taken lightly given the upcoming GOP red wave and a hostile relationship betwixt Jeff City's Republican Super Majority vs. Mayor Q.
Now . . . Brazen gerrymandering that many believe is a block against Republican progress across the bridge could have implications for the local political landscape moving forward.
Developing . . .