We've noted a worthwhile local newsletter in the past but a recent post offers a valuable perspective regarding municipal politics and the big picture going into midterm elections.
Here's the premise . . .
"The failure of the 3 recall efforts to gather at most 13,700 signatures and at least 2,673 in a city of 500,000 plus people demonstrates no such “conservative revolt” exists in Kansas City and that most people are relatively unbothered by both potential police budget changes and commonsense public health measures.
"Gathering signatures is hard.
"But if there was this widespread conservative anger within Kansas City’s 316 square miles then you’d think they could get 14,000 people to sign up.
"I mean non-Kansas City resident and abrasive “transit” advocate, Clay Chastain, has been able to do it in the past.
"It is surprising, though, considering the organizing prowess that conservative movements have and continue to possess in exerting an outsized influence on local, state, and federal politics."
There's some great insights in this e-mail blast along with an apt description of council dude Bunch as a "bike riding, hippie council person."
However . . .
Before our progressive friends get too confident about the death of conservatism in Kansas City . . .
Let's not forget this is the same town that voted to against the MLK Blvd 1st draft in order conserve/preserve The Paseo.
Even more interestingly . . .
Jackson County decided to KEEP THE ANDREW JACKSON STATUE AT THE COURTHOUSE and tag it with a plaque rather than submit to progressive protesters.
And so . . .
While we agree that a "conservative revolt" might be oversold . . . There is no denying the uptick in Kansas City voter frustration that many right-wing pundits & activists have been able to successfully exploit.
Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com news link . . .
Taking KC Back, a fiercely pro-police group, failed for the second time to force a recall election on Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas and at large city council people minus Teresa Loar. The group needed 13,700 but came up at least 2,000 short and probably more if the signatures had been reviewed.