The aftermath of last night’s election continues to unfold and this EPIC RESPONSE from tax fighter and local blogger Tracy Thomas offers a no-holds-barred summary of behind the scenes Kansas City concerns and MSM newspaper chatter.
BECAUSE KANSAS CITY GO BONDS HAD NO ORGANIZED OPPOSITION . . . THE KANSAS CITY STAR NOW TARGETS TRACY!!!
Here’s the sitch from a Kansas City fave regarding her election involvement in her own words sent our way in a few separate e-mails. . . Checkit . . .
Kansas City Blogger Tracy Thomas Takes On Kansas City Star & Co.
The STAR editorial board is criticizing me for talking about a legitimate fear, that if/when the trolley is extended down to the Plaza, that “armed hoodrats will ride the trolley down to the Plaza.”
Which they will.
And the Star, in yet another (upcoming) UNSIGNED snipe attack, an unsigned editorial, thinks I was racist, in giving voice to a widely held and rational fear. The Plaza hasn’t been safe for years, including five years back when Mayor Sly James jumped into the shrubbery at the Cheesecake Factory, to avoid gunfire. He hasn’t been back.
Recently, (the Star’s Dave Helling) asked for my quotes:
I take issue with being inferred as a racist. I clearly am not. Youth who shoot guns on the Plaza are hoodrats, period. Regardless of race. How dare you!!! The Star never reported the race of the hoodrats shooting up Winsteads the night KU lost going to the Final Four. And neither did I imply it was any particular race or creed. Any kid using a gun for self-expression is a hoodrat in my book.
The STAR Editorial Board and Steve Glorioso are “bad WINNERS!” Always trying to suppress dissent.
(They) wag righteous fingers at anyone, including me, a refugee from the crime-ridden city, who calls out their poor solutions that transfer wealth to the rich on the backs of the poor. And in this case, I DO make an exception and cite that the rich tax-exempt investors who financed the 123GOBonds and the rich investors who will buy those bonds at inflated interest rates–now THOSE are all gonna be white men!
If the STAR news staff and editorial board had accurately reported the facts–and the rift between the City Manager and Sly James, and the truth that this was 40 years, not 20–and $100 a year, not $8, with no mandated projects whatsoever, the public would not have fallen for this grossly misrepresented bond election.
The facts are:
Of course, WELL BEFORE my ad agency bought airtime and well before I cut the radioKMBZ and 106.5 The Wolf, I DID confirm, in advance, with Glenda Elliott, Reporting Analyst with Missouri Ethics Commission, as well as covering my bases with the KANSAS Ethics Commission (Donna Williams)
as well as the Joco Election Board (Cheryl Roederer)–that
a. Missouri does not control the actions of citizens from Kansas paying out of their pockets personally
b. Especially to just “educate and inform” regarding an election in Missouri (no advocacy Yes/No)
c. This airtime was not placed by a PAC.
d. Nor was it placed by a resident of Missouri.
e. Phillip Klein lives in Leawood. I, a crime refugee from midtown KCMO since 1992, live in Shawnee.
I can’t believe Helling tried to set me up to give a bad quote!!!
He said, “I knew the answer. I checked yesterday. I just wanted to know if YOU knew what you did was legal.”
Jesus. I knew the police could lie to folks they are investigating.
But now the press too????
I sign my work.
So should the STAR Editorial Board
You decide . . .