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President Obama Brings His Message Of ‘Opportunity For All’ To Kansas City

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 By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer

President Barack Obama arrived to the chants of “We love you!” “We love you!” on Wednesday, morning July 30, at the Uptown theater before a crowd of about 1,000 supporters.
The president was in town to highlight the growth in the economy and have dinner with four people who had written him over over time highlighting many of their triumphs and talking about issues which affected them and their families.

 

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Can A Streetcar Be The Economic Engine Needed In The Urban Core?

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By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer

On Tuesday, Aug. 5, voters will decide on one of the most debated questions on the ballot. That question will be whether the City can establish  a Transportation Development District which will ultimately lead to the funding of additional streetcar routes including one route that travel east and west on Linwood from Main street to Prospect.
Question A will read in part: “Shall a transportation development district, to be known as the “Kansas City Urban Rail Transportation Development District” (the “District”), be organized in that part of Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri generally bounded by the Missouri River on the north, State Line Road on the west, Interstate 435 on the east (but including an area east of Interstate 435 to incorporate Kauffman and Arrowhead Stadiums) and approximately 51 st Street on the southwest and Gregory Boulevard on the southeast (but the specific legal description below will control), for the purpose of developing the transportation project (the Project”) operating with the boundaries of, or serving and benefiting, the proposed District and consisting of the two subprojects described below, each of which subprojects are approved, and to have the power to fund the proposed Project upon separate voter approval by any or all of the following methods in any combination, each of which are, subject to approval at one or more future elections, approved as potential funding methods?”

 

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Polls Open At 6 a.m. And Close At 7 p.m. Several Issues, Candidates And Constitutional Questions To Be Decided Tuesday, August 5

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By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer

On Tuesday, Aug. 5, Kansas City and Jackson County voters will decide on several candidates for Congress, Missouri House of Representatives, the Jackson County legislature, Democratic and Republican committee seats and several Missouri Constitutional amendments as well as a fire and safety tax extension and a City issue  concerning the creation of a tax district.
One of the most important issues for this election has to be voter turnout.
Data obtained by THE CALL reveals that in the larger Freedom, Inc.,  wards 10-11 versus the core Freedom, Inc., wards 6-8 in the November 2010 election, 26,221 ballots were cast for Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II.
However, in 2012, a presidential election year there were 49,989 ballots cast for Rep. Cleaver, which is a difference of 23,768 votes between the Primary election and the General election.

 

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