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Data map: How did your neighbors vote in Kansas City, Missouri?

After a long and contentious midterm election, the election boards representing Kansas City voters have released their official election results for 2022. The results among Kansas City precincts offer a detailed look at the political landscape within the city, with clear political divisions visible on election maps within and across county lines. With another election…


Missouri legalized weed. What’s next?

Editor’s note: We have updated this story to reflect that St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones did not support Amendment 3. Missourians on Tuesday voted to legalize recreational marijuana use, create measures for equity in the state’s new distribution system and expunge some nonviolent marijuana offenses. By passing Amendment 3, they joined voters in Maryland to…

Missouri votes to increase KC’s police budget despite local voters’ wishes

The Kansas City Police Department will see a budget increase in spite of Kansas City voters’ wishes, following a statewide vote on Constitutional Amendment 4 on Nov. 8. Within the Kansas City Election Board’s jurisdiction — the part of Kansas City located in Jackson County — 61% of voters opposed the amendment, with all precincts…

This year’s election will introduce four new Clay County positions

After voters in Clay County approved a new county constitution in 2020, this year’s election will look a little different to voters. On Nov. 8, they will select at-large county commissioners for the first time in the county’s history, as well as an additional Clay County commissioner from each of two districts. Before the constitutional…

This ballot question would fund ‘deeply affordable housing’ in KC

Housing activists like Maya Neal have had their differences with city hall. But an afternoon in late October found Neal knocking on doors in south Kansas City in support of a ballot question sponsored by Mayor Quinton Lucas and the City Council. “I’m going around talking to neighbors about Question 2 on November’s ballot. It’s…

Trudy Busch Valentine teams up with downballot Democrats in an attempt to bolster party’s power statewide

In her long-shot bid to become Missouri’s next U.S. senator, Trudy Busch Valentine is leaning on other Democratic candidates around the state to connect with voters and generate enthusiasm. Along with a barrage of TV ads, her campaign says it is focusing on face-to-face, small events with local Democrats. In the Kansas City area, Busch…

Inside Clay County’s proposed $1.7 million tax cut

Commercial property owners in Clay County may soon see a tax cut if voters decide to roll back the property surtax by 10% on Nov. 8. This represents roughly $1.7 million total in tax revenue and it would make Clay County the first county in Missouri to reduce the surtax since 1985. This proposal has…

Changes to checks and balances: What these constitutional amendments could mean for Kansas

Kansans may have seen postcards in their mailbox, videos in their Facebook feed or commercials on television admonishing voters to support House Concurrent Resolution 5014, a proposed constitutional amendment listed on the November ballot as Constitutional Question 1.  But while the ads are long on platitudes, they’re short on specifics, leaving many Kansas voters to…

Here’s why all eyes are on the Jackson County executive race on Nov. 8

Over the past seven years, Jackson County has seen three different county executives. After then-County Executive Mike Sanders resigned at the end of 2015 — and went to prison in 2018 for corruption — Fred Arbanas served for one week as interim executive until Frank White  Jr. was appointed to the role in January 2016. Now,…

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