The 2008 election is now roughly a week away. Although early voting has been going on for awhile, we thought we'd go ahead and publish our endorsements on some of the issues and campaigns facing the Kansas City area.
NO - The mayor is asking voters in Kansas City and North Kansas City to approve a measure that would create a new light rail starter line in the KC metro. The new sales taxes would help fund the plan that relies on nearly $1 billion in federal funding. Of course, the mayor and the city council all argued the city would not be capable of receiving that federal funding when it came to Clay Chastain's light rail plan approved by voters in 2006. To compound the issue the light rail starter line doesn't even go to any major venues that would encourage ridership.
Yes - Johnson Countians are going to be asked if they want to elect their own judges or rely on a benevolent commission to continue to do so behind closed doors. Proponents of the initiative argue that holding elections and letting the people decide introduces politics into the selection process of judges. It's telling sign of where the politics really resides when the proponents campaign is funded entirely by trial lawyers.
Johnson County Research Triangle:
Yes - It's unfortunate that this issue was placed on the ballot just a few short months after Johnson Countians were asked to pass an unending sales tax to fund a new jail, because this new sales tax will create a new medical research education hub that will likely bring lots of high paying new jobs to the area. With Sprint ready to fall at any moment, the area could use all they high paying jobs it can get.
MO Prop A:
No - This prop has nothing to do with education and everything to do with gambling. Gambling has been legal for over 15 years in MO. Since that time casinos have gone back to voters every couple years to remove yet another regulation. Now they want to remove the one rule that limits losses so they can attract a few high rollers. They say Missourians will be rewarded with $100 million dollars in funds for education. What they don't say is that to generate that much money the casinos need to see a nearly 40% growth in annual gambling losses.
MO English Only Amendment:
Yes - Missourians are being asked if they should amend the state's constitution to require government business to be conducted in English. Seeing as 99.99% of the state's citizens speak English, there is no valid reason not to ensure that government business remains conducted in a language that the people of Missouri can understand.
Graves/Barnes - Graves
Nixon/Hulshof - Nixon
Howe/Guinn - Howe
Roberts/Slatery - Roberts
Moore/Jordan - No endorsement
Boyda/Jenkins - Jenkins
The big one:
McCain-Palin/Obama-Biden - McCain-Palin