The panel will analyze the results of Tuesday’s local elections with emphasis on the medical research tax and the Clay County Constitution battle. Also this week: The National Socialist Movement, the largest neo-Nazi group in the United States, is planning a rally in downtown Kansas City this weekend. The City Council and many other groups are expressing outrage and there is concern that the gathering might prompt violence. The date of the event coincides with the anniversary of Kristallnacht, a tragic date in modern Jewish history. Many wonder how a group like the Nazis can exist, let alone stage rallies. Is this simply a freedom of speech issue?
A new study by the Mid-America Regional Council suggests that people of color get a disproportionately small share of the region’s equity vis-a-vis education, income, employment and infrastructure. Gwen Grant, quoted in a news story, says business, government and social service leaders must bring “collective advocacy” to bear to resolve these problems. What does “Collective Advocacy” mean?
The Washington Post reports that the Koch Brothers are taking an interest in Kansas City’s bid to host the 2016 GOP convention. Presumably, the Kochs may put their money and clout behind the local effort. Both Democrats and Republicans are endorsing the local drive to attract the event, citing its many potential benefits. The Koch brothers are controversial and their conservative political views are often criticized by some Ruckus panelists and the Kansas City Star editorial board. Do Koch critics think the convention committee should reject the Koch’s support, if offered? With Chris Christie winning big in New Jersey and Ken Cuccinelli narrowly losing, what does the future hold for the GOP?