Sunday newsflash . . .
KANSAS CITY STAR BACKS MAYOR Q'S LATEST LAWSUIT & LESS CASH FOR KANSAS CITY POLICE IN THE MIDST OF THE HISTORIC 2022 DEADLY CRIME WAVE!!!
So far KCMO has recorded 105 homicides in 2022 which outpaces last year's rate of killing; the second highest in local history.
Accordingly . . .
The yes vote on Missouri Amendment 4 is a slam dunk because it provides a way for voters across the state to clap back at the progressive antics of a bigger, better city than so many small burgs that only sell walnut bowls near the highway.
Of course the newspaper brings out all of the familiar arguments . . .
The only real highlight is that they admit Mayor Q's lawsuits against the police have been clumsy.
Here's what seems to be their main point . . .
"That this is even a question in 2022 is an insult to voters here, and a historical anomaly that makes Kansas City uniquely micromanaged among Missouri cities. Since 1939, a state law has left administration of the Kansas City Police Department to a board of police commissioners, with the city’s mayor the only local official on the five-member board. The other four are appointed by the governor and are impervious to local control.
"That patronizing arrangement is long overdue for a rethink. How can anyone defend a system based on the absurd premise that a governor, any governor, is best-positioned to name leaders of an agency so vital to local quality of life as a city police department? The leadership of the police department should answer to local officials, who in turn answer to local voters. It really is that simple.Sadly, though, that question is not on the ballot this November. Instead, state lawmakers are asking voters to amend the Missouri Constitution to impose a unique unfunded mandate on Kansas City."
Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com link . . .
OPINION AND COMMENTARY The Republican-led Missouri legislature is asking voters across the state to allow it to dictate how much Kansas City spends on its police force over the next three years. Voters should say absolutely not, and vote no on Missouri Amendment 4 on the Nov. 8 ballot.