The City Council is presumably going to ask voters to approve new taxes to finance extensive expansions of the yet unfinished starter line. Some folks think this is too soon and too ambitious. Others say speed is essential because of possible federal funding timelines.
It’s expected that at least three charter revisions will be on the Kansas City April ballot. One involves changing election dates. Another gives the mayor authority to fire the city manager without council approval. The third deals with changing the council structure to all in-district seats.
The U.S. Election Assistance Commission rejects Kansas Secretary of State Kobach’s plan to require proof of citizenship before registering to vote. Kobach will now test the plan in federal court. Critics say requiring “heightened proof of citizenship” really reduces the number of eligible citizens who register. Kobach notes his only motive is to ensure that those who vote do so legitimately.
Unexpectedly, a “scandal” involving lane closures on the George Washington bridge and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has become a major news topic. Christie says he played no part in what was described as “payback” to NJ mayors who refused to back his re-election bid or support projects he promoted.