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Nixon Pushes for Missouri Capitol Remodeling
December 15, 2014

Missouri Capitol

AP) – Gov. Jay Nixon is backing a bonding package to pay for repairs to Missouri’s century-old Capitol building and other government and university facilities.
Nixon got a firsthand look at some of the needed repairs Monday. He walked through the mud underneath the Capitol’s driveway and used his fingers to snap off one of the many skinny stalactites that have formed from water leaks.
Earlier this year, the Legislature passed a measure authorizing up to $600 million of bonds for repairs or renovations at state facilities and college campuses. But little has been done with that, because not many specific projects were included in a separate budget bill passed by lawmakers.
Nixon wants lawmakers to approve a bonding project list during the 2015 session.

Governor Sam Brownback’s Allotment Letter
December 9, 2014

http://budget.ks.gov/files/FY2015/Allotment_Letters_Plan–12-09-2014.pdf

Lincoln Prep Protesters Honored At Urban League Luncheon
December 5, 2014

12 Lincoln Prep Students’s Silent Ferguson Protest November 20.

-The 12 Lincoln Prep High School students who had a silent Ferguson protest in front of Governor Jay Nixon are receiving an award.
The 12 received the first-ever, Spirit of Activism ‘ award. The presentation was made during the Urban League’s annual luncheon Thursday.
Urban league Board member Tiffany Williams noted that the students were acting in the same spirit of the young people who were the foot soldiers for the civil rights demonstrations in the 1950s and 1960.
Noted attorney Benjamin Crump, who represents the family of Michael brown in Ferguson, Mo, also praised the students.
He was receiving one of the major awards at the luncheon along with Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forte.
The 12 students silently stood up and put their hands over their heads in a ‘don’t shoot’ style that has been seen frequently in the Ferguson protests. They did not disrupt the Governor’s speech, but he admitted he saw them.
The protests took place on November 20. Nixon was at the school to congratulate them for winning a national award for academic excellence.
Administrators ordered the protesting students out of the auditorium within seconds after the protest started
That was the day after Nixon had activated some units of the Missouri National Guard in preparation for the Michael Brown grand jury announcement that came the next week.
Later, a protester said the demonstration was their reaction to the police and state brutality for which they held the Governor responsible.
The 12 were scheduled to have a 4-hour Saturday detention this coming weekend. One of the protesters, however says the punishment has been “postponed”.
The American Civil Liberties Union has threatened to sue the school if the students are punished for what the ACLU believes is their 1st Amendment right to express themselves.

Chastain Back Collecting Signatures for 2015 Mayor’s Bid
November 28, 2014

Transit activist Clay Chastain collecting voter signatures in Brookside Friday.

Light rail activist Clay Chastain says he thinks incumbent Mayor Sly James is vulnerable and he can beat him.

Chastain is back in Kansas City. He also back his the Brookside neighborhood, doing what he has done for years: collecting signatures on a petition.

Chastain says he needs about a thousand valid voter signatures to get on the ballot and is confident he can do that, probably within days.

Chastain says he’ll campaign against incumbent Mayor Sly James, saying he has not accomplished much.

He also says James doesn’t deserve re-election after interfering with his petition to raise taxes for a mass transit network.

The measure–which neither the city, nor Chastain supported in the end–was defeated at the polls in November.

The light frail activist says he looks forward to the campaign.

He told one voter, “I’m going shake things up, the things that need shaking.”

Friday a couple of people did double takes when they say him collecting signatures outside of a grocery store.

He told the story of one women says he can’t run for mayor because he doesn’t live in Kansas City anymore. Chastain says he told he has dual residency, both here and in Virginia where he now lives most of the time.

One man who signed his petition, Dominick Demono says he was unsure Chastain had a shot at winning the election, but he didn’t mind signing to get him on the ballot.

Another voter, Mindy brown says she supports Mayor James and would not sign Chastain’s petition.

“I know him,” she laughed, “he’s a mess”

Filing for the Mayor’s office and other city council posts starts on December 9.

Because of a change in the City’s charter, the primary and general elections have been moved.

The primary will be on April 7, 2015.

The general election for Kansas City is June 23, 2015.

Nixon Visits Guard Troops St. Louis Thursday
November 28, 2014

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