Kansas City journalists politely ignored some of the biggest news in Missouri and the tragic fact that Mayor Q's recent trip to Jefferson City at the outset of the latest Missouri legislative session was an unmitigated disaster according to insiders.
The mayor was unwelcomed by the GOP super majority and his team didn't do a great job of rallying support from Democratic Party colleagues.
Don't worry . . . It gets worse . . .
The visit had exceptionally dire consequences for Kansas City finances.
Here's the upshot . . .
COMING SOON!!! ANOTHER LAWSUIT OVER KANSAS CITY POLICE FUNDING!!! THIS TIME MAYOR Q WILL FIGHT THE MISSOURI GOP OVER BUDGET CALCULATIONS!!!
Remember that insiders warned us about this last year.
Now . . .
The funding fight is moving into high gear.
A refresher from this week's headlines for those who missed it . . .
Senate Joint Resolution 38, a companion piece of legislation, would fix that by bringing the proposed change to the ballot this year.
“What it would simply ask voters is whether or not they think the legislature should have the ability to require minimum funding by municipalities for police departments to keep cities from defunding the police,” MO State Sen. Luetkemeyer said.
Luetkemeyer said the bill could clear the judiciary committee in the next week and then would head to the full Senate.
Now here's what local reporting didn't mention . . .
ALREADY MAYOR Q'S TEAM PROMISES LEGAL ACTION AGAINST ANY MISSOURI POLICE FUNDING MANDATES!!!
However . . .
The only problem with that is: Mayor Q already lost his first funding fight against police last year.
Moreover . . .
If funding questions go to the ballot . . . Mayor Q doesn't stand a chance in a statewide election wherein every Show-Me State right wing voter can "back the badge" at zero cost.
Here's an update from insiders:
"Mayor Quinton Lucas backed himself into a corner against KCPD.
He's getting horrible advice and the lawsuit threats aren't helping him. His current political crisis is simply a result of his arrogance.
He doesn't seem to believe that his political opponents also know the law. More importantly, they're ready to make their case to voters. We'll hear a lot of complaining about "local control" but most voters in Kansas City aren't really enthusiastic about that option. The Mayor's fight against police leadership has seen one mistake after another and he doesn't seem to be learning from his failures . . ."
And so . .
After nearly a year of unproductive fighting with police and a subsequent spike in violence, we're at the outset of yet another legal battle over "defunding police" while Kansas City's crime crisis persists.
Developing . . .