Thursday, May 24, 2007

Political Day

I'm not a particularly well-connected person, and I'm certainly not a significant campaign donor, but yesterday was a day full of local politicians. In one day, I saw Mark Funkhouser, Theresa Garza (twice), Ed Ford, Bill Skaggs, John Sharp, Cindy Circo (twice), Jolie Justus, Paul Levota, Jason Holsman, Jan Marcason, Cathy Jolly, Beth Low, Jenee Lowe, Mike Talboy, and John Burnett.

The point is that Kansas City is a remarkably open town, and the politicians do a good job of getting out and seeing people. If you get involved in local groups, you'll get your opportunities to interact with the local politicians.

(Alright, this post may be a little lame, but I felt like I needed to post something that wasn't about McCaskill . . .)

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Blogger les said...

Whoa. May I touch you?

5/24/2007 9:32 AM  
Anonymous mainstream said...

What were the circumstances surrounding this amazing confluence of elected-person encounters?

5/24/2007 10:03 AM  
Anonymous mbg said...

Yeah, but...speaking of Claire, perhaps pickets should be set up at some of the veterans' health centers she's visiting. Seems a bit nervy after the way she voted.

5/24/2007 12:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You missed one that I can think of Dan.

5/24/2007 5:32 PM  
Blogger Spyder said...

So Dan did you get to talk Theresa Garza (1/3 of the Axis of Enchilada)? Actually she & you had been at my 50th. She may have even drank some of your homebrew there. Of course Mike Talboy is one of the thirds. And Chris Moreno, who also was at the party, is the other third.

5/24/2007 7:17 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Les, big fella - we've showered together, so I suppose you can touch me, too.

Mainstream - I was at a breakfast meeting with several of them, and then at the CCP End of Session party with the others.

Anonymous - who did I miss? I worried about starting the list, but thought I had them.

Spyder - I got to talk to Theresa at both events - and met her mother at the evening event. She's a neat person. And yes, we discussed our mutual appreciation of you and your husband . . .

5/24/2007 7:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Were there any other city council members there yesterday?

5/24/2007 10:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many city council members did you run into that day?

5/25/2007 2:48 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

Hah - I forgot my favorite one! I had typed Beth Gottstein second on the list, but then decided to go roughly chronologically.

Has anyone else noticed what a great job she's doing - asking the questions that need to be asked and politely but firmly doing what's best for the city?

5/25/2007 6:40 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

BTW, to clarify my kind comments on Beth, I was referring to this from the Star -

" 2. City Council member Beth Gottstein brought up a good point: She wants a full accounting of what CIMO has done while managing construction of the new Northland police academy.
The police board is so upset over CIMO's work that it has requested its financial auditor to look into what happened to $443,000 that, at one point, disappeared from the academy's account.

Gottstein pressed further, though, and said she also wanted a full accounting of how CIMO has handled other projects.

Excellent and timely question. Barnes and City Manager Wayne Cauthen were longtime defenders of CIMO, saying it has speeded up the city's construction of hundreds of millions of dollars worth of capital improvements."

5/25/2007 9:05 AM  
Anonymous mainstream said...

OK, Dan, I'm going to either be an asset (emphasis on the second syllable) or your biggest pain on your blog.

They shut down the buzz blog a few minutes ago, so this is where I'm gonna have to vent from now on.


5/25/2007 12:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Do you have a link to the Star article? I don't see it in:

5/26/2007 7:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No link to the Star article?

5/29/2007 10:52 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Sorry, Anonymous - the article was on that infernal Prime Buzz. Another Gottstein supporter had emailed it to me.

5/30/2007 6:03 AM  

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