KRASKE: Sly James overreaches
KC mayor rallies city in tough week, but doesn’t get it quite right
KC mayor rallies city in tough week, but doesn’t get it quite right
Kansas City’s ambitious streetcar plans hit a potential speed bump Thursday with the filing of a lawsuit by two downtown property owners.
We’ve been hearing it and feeling it for years: Kansas City is emerging as a vibrant place for the arts and culture. …
The current gun debate is bitter in part because, for the first time in at least a generation, gun-control advocates are beginning …
Now that downtown Kansas City is getting a streetcar line, Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders is ready to double down his political …
In the wake of Barack Obama’s historic election as president four years ago, commentators and newspaper editorials trumpeted a new optimism that the nation had turned the corner on race relations.
Even as the Obama administration unveiled plans for tighter gun control, state legislators began pre-emptive action to counteract any coming regulations.
Kansas City government would boost street resurfacing, youth activities and overall communication with citizens under the budget recommendation Tuesday from City Manager Troy Schulte to Mayor Sly James.
Joe Reardon’s announcement Wednesday that he would not seek a third term as mayor and chief executive of Wyandotte County — issued …
In his 24-year career in Congress, Kit Bond helped Kansas City time and again. Now as Kansas City’s new federal lobbyist, it’s …
“This thing has been a bucking bronco ride.” — Todd Akin
Blue Cross and Blue Shield is committed to wellness incentives and has designed a new program that’s more verifiable, a company official …
Newsweek, putting out a year-end list as magazines are wont to do, included Kansas City Mayor Sly James on its list of …
Not a tough call
After two decades of false starts and failures, Kansas City finally has voter-approved funding to get on track with fixed-rail transit. Downtown …
Customers have long described Water Services as among Kansas City’s most dysfunctional municipal departments. But a consultant said Tuesday the organization is finally starting to act more like a professional utility.
A jamboree of urban experts, including more than a dozen U.S. mayors, rolled into Kansas City on Monday to discuss “The New …
Ballots in Kansas City’s mail-in streetcar tax election aren’t due until Dec. 11, but already more than half the 697 eligible downtown …
Kansas City Mayor Sly James and Unified Government Mayor Joe Reardon will join other community leaders today to celebrate completion of the bi-state Freedom Trail. The trail is part of the larger Riverfront Heritage Trail, which runs along …
The event seemed straightforward enough: Kansas City would pay to bring in world-famous boxer Floyd Mayweather to counsel youths about healthy living. …
Freedom Inc., one of Kansas City’s best-known political clubs, used the city’s copyrighted logo without permission in an election tabloid distributed last week, according to city attorneys. The logo appears in the tabloid, at the center of a …
As downtown Kansas City prepares for an election to help pay for a $100 million streetcar system, supporters say the proposal isn’t …
Kansas City voters should support a November ballot measure that gives St. Louis local control over its police department, St. Louis Mayor …
Kansas City residents will start to see the results of their vote approving a new park tax as early as this weekend. Park officials announced Tuesday that two more community centers will now be open on Sundays. A …
On Wednesday, Kansas City Mayor Sly James, wearing a bow tie, a blue hard hat and an orange safety vest, climbed into …
Now that voters have approved a new half-cent sales tax, Kansas City officials want residents to see progress — and soon. The sales tax will be dedicated to the city’s parks and community centers. But it will also …
Mayor Sly James of Kansas City has sent a letter to Mayor Francis Slay of St. Louis supporting the statewide ballot measure …
Kansas City residents feel better about their city with Mayor Sly James in office than they did in the previous administration, according to the latest satisfaction scores.
A new streetcar district board headed by Mayor Sly James decided Wednesday that the best way to attract voters who are focused …
Kansas City should replace its complicated, unfair business license fee with a rate structure that removes much of the favorable treatment given to select businesses. That was the final recommendation Monday from a citizens commission that spent this …
Brownback wins again, Kinder wins (but loses)
Kansas City voters on Tuesday heeded City Hall’s appeal for more money and overwhelmingly approved a half-cent sales tax increase to bolster …
As much as Kansas City businesses like to complain about taxes, there’s one tax more maligned than the rest.
City has two questions on Aug. 7 ballot
Kansas City’s streetcar plan got the green light Wednesday, as downtown voters approved a special taxing district to help fund the project. …
For years, Kansas City residents have clamored for better streets, parks and community centers.
Kansas City has reached a settlement that requires millions of dollars in city improvements to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, …
Gov. Jay Nixon signed legislation Monday authorizing Kansas City to establish a land bank to deal with vacant and abandoned properties.
By the narrowest possible margin, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld virtually all of the Affordable Care Act, the health care …
Streetcar plan hits another pothole
Councilman Scott Wagner says he has heard from several Northeast-area constituents who report serious sidewalk tripping hazards from sweet gum trees planted …
Despite losing out on a crucial $25 million federal grant, Kansas City Mayor Sly James and other city officials vowed Tuesday to …
Fewer than 500 people could determine whether Kansas City establishes a special downtown streetcar taxing district.
There are neighborhoods in Rep. Gail McCann Beatty’s district where nearly every block has a dozen or more vacant properties.
Kansas City Mayor Sly James is backing off his proposal for a property tax increase for infrastructure but still wants to pursue a half-cent sales tax increase for parks. James said Wednesday that he was changing his proposal …
Kansas City leaders are promising the city’s most violent criminals a long hot summer
Says Brunner, Steelman and Akin make John Ashcroft “look like a liberal”
Mayor Sly James thinks now is the right time to ask residents for tax increases for infrastructure, but first he’ll have to convince a skeptical City Council.
Kansas City Mayor Sly James today will introduce proposals that will try to persuade voters to approve tax increases to fix the city’s crumbling infrastructure.
Vice President Joe Biden met privately with about two dozen Kansas City area supporters Monday to raise money for Democrats and President …
When Sly James became Kansas City mayor a year ago, he didn’t exactly have a hard act to follow.
Kansas City’s firefighters union on Thursday ratified a three-year agreement with the city that factors in a $7.6 million cut to the Fire Department but strives to avoid layoffs.
The endangered Kansas City school board resolved Wednesday that it is willing to change its shape
The state would be able to replace the school board of the unaccredited Kansas City district with a new governing structure as soon as this year under a bill that won near unanimous approval Thursday in the Missouri …
Commission on Ethics Reform schedules public hearing
Mayors insist they cooperate more than compete
In an attempt to save itself, the Kansas City school board is considering giving the mayor an advisory role and seeking a new law to elect all its members at large. The board will be debating a plan …
Mayor Sly James on Monday celebrated a renewed spirit of optimism and said Kansas City has become a positive “part of the …
It took nearly 50 years, but Kansas City is finally planting the seeds for massive growth in the Northland. For months the …
An immense effort seeks to fulfill what Mayor Sly James calls Kansas City’s greatest mission: Getting all children reading at grade level …
Group abstains on mayor’s $1 billion infrastructure plan
Sly James will speak from Bartle Ballroom
Moody’s and Standard and Poor’s affirm KC’s ratings
The Kansas City Council will vote today on a measure that would enhance Fire Chief Smokey Dyer’s retirement. Dyer, who could not …
Horsley: City awaits other rating agency reports
In a deal that Kansas City officials hope will be replicated by other lenders, Bank of America on Tuesday promised to donate …
Kansas City officials are moving full speed ahead to bring streetcars downtown, but some downtown property owners are waving a big, yellow …
Horsley: Missouri American Water makes play for Kansas City Water Department
Today, parents, like the Kansas City school district itself, find themselves still standing, no less uncomfortable — no longer in a storm …
The Missouri House could take a stand against business poaching from Kansas and one blogger wishes the Kansas City Fire Department and Police Department’s budgets were determined by their performance.
A blogger wants to make a distinction in how Gov. Scott Walker and Gov. Jay Nixon are using foreclosure funds and Missouri House Speaker Steve Tilley speaks out against raising casino entrance fees.
Horsley: KC doesn’t have sufficient people or tax base
The blogosphere reacts to Mayor James’ budget proposals and Kansas university officials are against a conceal and carry bill that’s advancing in the Kansas House.
City Manager Troy Schulte has recommended cutting 105 firefighters, saying that Kansas City has far fewer fires now and can save $7.5 …
Horsley: Lots of strikes and spares as Council bonds at bowling
Horsley: City Council tests bowling prowess
Missouri education officials would be able to intervene in failing school districts immediately instead of having to wait two years under a bill being considered by lawmakers. If passed, the legislation could result in the school board of …
HANCOCK: Bill takes away two-year waiting period for state intervention in failing school districts.
Two candidates for the Kansas City school board were disqualified Monday, meaning three out of the four races in April will now …
Horsley: Kansas City officials want a streetcar proposal to move to the fast track
Mayor Sly James continues to raise money for his 2015 election campaign.
With the future of its elected school board under fire, Kansas City mustered a scant slate of candidates at the filing deadline …
For the first time in many years, Kansas City’s firefighters could feel the heat of layoffs under a $1.3 billion budget proposal …
Mayor Sly James went to Washington this week to lobby top federal officials for streetcars and won early support from a key …
Tuesday was the first day that neighboring school district offices opened after Kansas City’s loss of accreditation took effect Jan. 1. Meanwhile, …
A majority of Kansas City Council members sponsored a resolution Thursday to derail a citizens initiative against a new weapons plant in south Kansas City.
Kansas City police handcuffed Mayor Sly Jamesâ€™ adult son after he allegedly caused a disturbance and refused to pay his bill at a Power & Light District restaurant early Saturday.
A majority of Kansas City council members sponsored a resolution today to derail a citizensâ€™ initiative against a new weapons plant in south Kansas City.
Mayor Sly James has cleaned house at the Tax Increment Financing Commission, appointing all new members to represent the city and returning Ron Yaffe as chairman.
The man who oversees Kansas Cityâ€™s snow removal, trash collection and street resurfacing functions is retiring, effective Aug. 31.
Kansas City Mayor Sly James fulfilled a campaign pledge Wednesday, announcing the formation of the blue-ribbon Commission on Municipal Revenue.
Taxpayers spent more than $10,000 to send city and county officials to baseballâ€™s All-Star Game in Phoenix, according to preliminary estimates, and the final bill could eventually double.
Missouriâ€™s legislative leaders announced Wednesday theyâ€™ve agreed to a sweeping package of job-creation initiatives â€” including one aimed at giving Kansas City …
With this weekâ€™s heat wave expected to extend at least through Saturday, Kansas City is opening its community centers as heat shelters.
The circus and monster trucks have already found a new home at the Sprint Center, and now the rodeo is also riding out of Kemper Arena.
Clay Chastainâ€™s petition drive is falling short of the signatures needed to put another light-rail plan on the ballot.
Bar owners, hoteliers, souvenir sellers â€” and City Hall officials â€” are starting to noticeably fidget as the player lockout in the National Football League inches closer to threatening the upcoming season.
In his first appointments to a significant development agency, Mayor Sly James of Kansas City on Friday named five members to the Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority.
When Sly James was running for Kansas City mayor, he told residents he wanted to serve up an agenda focused on ethics …
Kansas City Mayor Sly James announced his new appointees Monday to the Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners, one of the cityâ€™s most influential volunteer boards.
Kansas City officials say they have come up with a compromise in the prolonged debate over city pensions for former MAST employees.
WASHINGTON | Mayor Sly James of Kansas City has been in office only about two months, but he already was at the White House on Monday, championing the cause of cities.
Opponents of a Country Club Plaza office rezoning hit their petition drive goal with several thousand valid signatures to spare, so they …
A Kansas City Council committee rejected a proposal Wednesday to convert a new weapons plant into a green technology facility, but the entire matter may result in a citywide vote.
Professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek announced Wednesday that he will donate the world-class skate features from this weekendâ€™s Sprint Center competition to the skate park in Penn Valley Park.
Professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek announced today that he will donate the world-class skate features from this weekendâ€™s Sprint Center competition to the skate park in Penn Valley Park.
Raising fees and taxes isnâ€™t an easy sell in these economic times, but Kansas Cityâ€™s park board members hope voters will support an additional fee for parks.
Watch out, Missouri.
Small businesses in Kansas City have complained for years about bureaucratic hassles and regulations at City Hall.
Kansas City residents have long complained about tall weeds, leaky water mains and crumbling streets.
The city of Kansas City has converted the remaining bonds for the downtown Power & Light District from their original variable-rate interest to a 4.69 percent fixed rate.
In a sign that things have changed at City Hall, a new council and mayor on Thursday formed a united front on their first major task: picking a city manager.
Kansas City Municipal Court officials say they are adding days to the Housing Court schedule now that the longtime housing judge has retired.
The Kansas City Council unanimously voted today to officially name Troy Schulte as city manager with a two-year employment contract.
Wyandotte County got the big party, but Kansas City, Mo., will be getting in on the Google hook-up.
JEFFERSON CITY | The Missouri General Assembly began its 2011 session with dozens of new members and a fresh commitment to economic development but adjourned with the same old result.
A push to give St. Louis local control of its police department collapsed Friday, moving Missourians closer than ever to a vote on police governance there â€” and in Kansas City.
Kansas City Parks and Recreation Commissioner Aggie Stackhaus announced today that she has resigned from the parks board.
In his first remarks since taking office on a cross-border business incentive war thatâ€™s gained national attention, Mayor Sly James said Wednesday the city would no longer â€œsit on the sidelinesâ€ and watch Kansas poach its businesses.
Aggie Stackhaus announced Monday that she has resigned from the Kansas City Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners.
Kansas City Mayor Sly James on Tuesday named Danny Rotert, veteran communications director for U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, as his new mayoral communications director.
Sly James, formally sworn into office Monday as Kansas Cityâ€™s 56th mayor, vowed to create a more efficient, ethical and unified city.
Sly James officially became Kansas Cityâ€™s mayor when he was sworn in Sunday in a short ceremony at City Hall.
Mayor-elect Sly James named two veteran City Hall employees to his staff Friday.
Backers of a proposed convention hotel for downtown Kansas City are considering revisions they say could shave up to $60 million from its previously estimated $350 million price tag.
Kansas City Mayor-elect Sly James has named two community leaders to serve in key positions on his staff after he takes office Sunday.
A bittersweet attitude surrounds for Mayor Mark Funkhouser’s departure, as some of his former supporters reflect on the past four years.
In his successful campaign for Kansas City mayor, political newcomer Sly James raised nearly $940,000 in contributions, according to the final financial disclosure reports for the 2011 election.
Kansas City Mayor-elect Sly James on Friday named Councilwoman Cindy Circo as mayor pro tem â€” the person who stands in when the mayor is absent.
This definitely will be a new Kansas City Council â€“ or so was the pledge today.
Q & A â€¦ with myself.
The mood across the country has turned decidedly anti-tax, but you wouldn’t know it in Missouri’s two largest cities.Local voters overwhelmingly agreed to renew earnings taxes in St. Louis and Kansas…
The victory of the earnings tax vote ends a year-long battle over the 1 percent tax that the city began collecting in the early 1960s. It has become the cityâ€™s single biggest revenue source, providing more than $200 …
Kansas City voters are about to head to the polls for a third time in just six weeks.
Two cities, two tales â€” two days before Tuesdayâ€™s vote.
Kansas City Mayor-elect Sly James on Tuesday announced a transition team that will examine city government and recommend board appointments and staff.
Before the first question was even asked, Kansas Cityâ€™s mayor-elect, Sly James, wanted to make a point.
A Kansas City Council committee on Wednesday endorsed a $1.2 billion budget that allows the city to limp along without employee raises or much change in basic services.
Sly James is Kansas City’s new mayor.
Kansas City voters elected Sly James as their new mayor Tuesday, choosing a political newcomer who pledged to restore confidence in City Hall.
If youâ€™re expecting Sly James to become Kansas Cityâ€™s razzle-dazzle mayor, think again.
Today, Kansas City voters will choose their next mayor: Mike Burke or Sly James.
Kansas City will elect a new mayor Tuesday.
Polls last week showed that a big bubble of Kansas Citians aren’t sure who they’ll vote for for mayor. Almost a quarter of voters in a Wilson Research Strategies survey conducted for political consultant Jeff Roe said they …
Mayoral candidate Mike Burke said Friday that he wasnâ€™t involved in the Kansas City Port Authorityâ€™s recent decision to re-engage the law firm where he works as its acting general counsel.
Kansas Cityâ€™s two mayoral candidates engaged in good-natured sparring Wednesday even as pollsters say the race is a dead heat with less than a week before Tuesdayâ€™s election.
Kansas Cityâ€™s mayorâ€™s race features two well-respected attorneys who genuinely like each other and have similar positions on some issues.
Sly James has a financial advantage heading into the final week of Kansas Cityâ€™s mayorâ€™s race, but Mike Burke is not far behind, according to campaign disclosures released Monday.
Sly James has a financial advantage heading into the final week of Kansas Cityâ€™s mayorâ€™s race but Mike Burke is not far behind, according to campaign disclosures released today.
The college student wanted to know: Is this race for Kansas City mayor a big deal?
Kansas Cityâ€™s next mayor will be a lawyer.
Kansas Cityâ€™s two mayoral candidates pressed Tuesday to highlight key differences as the March 22 election draws closer.
Donâ€™t misread the man who would be mayor.
Headed to a restaurant after church, Sly James and his wife stopped by their Hyde Park house to pick up their daughter.
Each dressed in a red tie and a crisp navy suit, the two candidates for Kansas City mayor made one thing clear on Tuesday: Theyâ€™re a lot alike.
Both candidates were equally overjoyed.
A Kansas City election potpourri:
Kansas City is picking sides all over again.
A group has formed to oppose extending Kansas Cityâ€™s 1 percent earnings tax.
There is no rest, it seems, for mayoral candidates.
Burke and James both viewed as progressive, can-do
Kansas City voters took the stunning step Tuesday night of rejecting incumbent Mayor Mark Funkhouserâ€™s bid for re-election.
Call this the battle of the happy warriors.
Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser has become the first incumbent since the 1920s to lose a primary election.The loss Tuesday for the first-term mayor puts an end to a four-year tenure marked by…
Now that Mayor Mark Funkhouser’s bid for re-election has been rejected, the race is on between Mike Burke and Sly James.
Sly James and Mike Burke won the Kansas City mayoral primary in a field of six candidates.
Today weâ€™ll move one step closer to knowing who Kansas Cityâ€™s next mayor will be. Weâ€™ll definitely find out who it wonâ€™t be.
Today weâ€™ll move one step closer to knowing the next mayor for Kansas City.
Kansas Cityâ€™s primary election ballot Tuesday is stacked with intriguing races.
What makes the great ones great?
OK, Kansas City, you got what you wanted: A mayoral campaign with high-quality candidates who are holding â€” for the most part â€” a civil, issues-oriented debate over important questions facing the city.
It was clear Thursday night that election day in the Kansas City mayoral race was drawing close, as some candidates sharpened their attacks.
It was clear this evening that election day in the Kansas Cityâ€™s mayor race is drawing close, as some candidates sharpened their attacks.
Kansas City mayoral candidate Charlie Wheeler announced Wednesday that he was dropping out of the race and throwing his support behind rival candidate Mike Burke.
Thousands of vacant homes pock the cityâ€™s core. Citizen satisfaction scores remain dismal.
This yearâ€™s mayorâ€™s race features Mark Funkhouser, the incumbent seeking his second term, and six challengers â€” a high number of candidates for a race without an open seat.
Kansas City mayoral candidate Sly James has raised the most money but Deb Hermann has more cash on hand in the final days before the Feb. 22 mayoral primary.
Economic development in Kansas City â€” or the lack thereof â€” has been a big issue in the coming mayoral election.
Job creation, small-business growth and crime were key topics dominating Tuesday eveningâ€™s debate among Kansas Cityâ€™s seven mayoral candidates.
What can the next mayor do about violent crime and homicides?
At a forum, most mayoral candidates oppose increasing property levies and trash charges.
A bumper crop of candidates is taking on Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser in the Feb. 22 primary.
As the Kansas City mayorâ€™s race shifts into high gear, the bumper crop of candidates argues about almost everything, but agrees on one point.
Two contenders aiming to unseat Mayor Mark Funkhouser in the Feb. 22 mayoral primary â€” Deb Hermann and Sly James â€” have six-figure war chests.
Six weeks to go before Kansas Cityâ€™s mayoral primary. Time to get serious.
The fourth annual urban summit was held Saturday to continue an ongoing dialogue on how to address issues that affect families and neighborhoods in the inner city.
Kansas City mayoral candidate Jim Rowlandâ€™s recent endorsement from Freedom Inc. is a shocker on so many levels.
Kansas Cityâ€™s mayoral race â€” already a bit chippy â€” turned to trash talk this week over an unlikely subject: the playoff-bound Chiefs.
Freedom Inc. is backing Jim Rowland in the crowded Kansas City mayorâ€™s race.
Freedom Inc. is backing Jim Rowland in the crowded Kansas City mayorâ€™s race.
Maybe it was the degree of candor that caught me off guard.
Troy Schulte has been leaving his mark as Kansas Cityâ€™s â€œacting city manager.â€
The Kansas City mayor’s race is heating up and promises to be a doozy. It’s drawing large crowds at forums and screenings, with a parade of seven challengers, so far, taking on first-term Mayor Mark Funkhouser.
Spend two hours listening to four candidates for Kansas City mayor, and you walk away with one unmistakable impression:
The Citizens Association, a Kansas City political club, voted Thursday night to endorse former City Councilman Mike Burke for Kansas City mayor.
Current mayor Mark Funkhouser didnâ€™t make the first cut for endorsement by a non-partisan political group.
Kansas City mayor Mark Funkhouser announces his bid for reelection
Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser formally kicked off his re-election campaign Tuesday, flanked by signs bearing his slogan: â€œYour money, your voice, your mayor.â€
Two Kansas City Council members called Thursday for improvements to the cityâ€™s ethics rules, including guarding against potential conflicts of interest.
The rules for Kansas Cityâ€™s ethics commission may need to be changed, a member said Tuesday, after learning from The Kansas City Star that two members helped raise money for a mayoral candidate.
JEFFERSON CITY | Leonard â€œJonasâ€ Hughes IV, a Missouri state representative and Kansas City mayoral candidate, owes nearly $1,300 in delinquent taxes, records show.
JEFFERSON CITY | Leonard â€œJonasâ€ Hughes IV, a Missouri state representative and a Kansas City mayoral candidate, owes nearly $1,300 in delinquent taxes, records show.