Kansas City Call Recommends a YES Vote on Prop A!

Kansas City Call Recommends a YES Vote on Prop A!

“We are recommending a YES vote on Proposition A. It is a statewide ballot issue that affects one city, St. Louis. Proposition A seeks to return control of the police department back to the city of St. Louis. The outcome will affect, eventually, the Kansas City department, too.

Local control of both police departments is long overdue. If voters approve local control for St. Louis, Kansas City should follow.”

– Kansas City Call editorial, November 2, 2012

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St. Louis American endorses a YES vote on Proposition A!

St. Louis American endorses a YES vote on Proposition A!

Posted: Thursday, November 1, 2012 12:00 am

We know that some local control advocates who have for many years fought and failed to change St. Louis city’s Civil War-era form of police governance are campaigning against Proposition A, a statewide ballot initiative that would dissolve the current Board of Police Commissioners appointed by the governor and effectively put the police department under the control of the mayor. We agree that these activists should be offended that Rex Sinquefield, who funded the initiative, crafted it with the mayor …

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Newspapers across Missouri encourage a YES vote on Proposition A, the Local Control Initiative.

Newspapers across Missouri encourage a YES vote on Proposition A, the Local Control Initiative.

The following newspapers support a YES vote on Proposition A:

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: 

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Kansas City Star:

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Columbia Daily Tribune: 

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Southeast Missourian: 

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Springfield News-Leader: 

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St. Louis Labor Tribune

Kansas City Labor Beacon

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Post-Dispatch Editorial: Yes on Prop A. At long last, city can control police department

Post-Dispatch Editorial: Yes on Prop A. At long last, city can control police department

10 hours ago  •  By the Editorial Board

That the city of St. Louis should control its own police department never should have been an issue. But for 151 years — ever since Confederate sympathizers in Jefferson City seized control over fears that pro-Union forces in St. Louis would control an arsenal of weapons — the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department has been a creature of state government.

City taxpayers pay the department’s bills, which account for a third of all city tax revenue. But the governor appoints four of the five …

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Labor-Management Council of Greater Kansas City urges Missourians to vote Yes on Propositions A

Labor-Management Council of Greater Kansas City urges Missourians to vote Yes on Propositions A

The Labor-Management Council of Greater Kansas City urges Missourians to vote Yes on Propositions A and B and No on Constitutional Amendment 3 on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Proposition B would generate funding for education and health care needs through an increase in the cigarette tax.  ”Proposition B is a win-win.  Increasing the cigarette tax will bring much needed funds to Missouri students while helping to decrease smoking rates, saving lives and money” noted Bob Jacobi, LMC executive director.  ”The funds generated by Proposition B will …

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KMOX’s Michael Kelley and John Hancock discuss why it’s so important to vote YES on Prop A!

KMOX’s Michael Kelley and John Hancock discuss why it’s so important to vote YES on Prop A!

Take a few moments to hear why it’s so important to vote YES on Prop A on November 6th. Thanks to Hancock and Kelley on KMOX for the interview!

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Local control issue will be on Nov. ballot

Local control issue will be on Nov. ballot

By Ken York The Daily Record kyork@lebanondailyrecord.com

The Civil War has been over for a while, but St. Louis still doesn’t control its police department.

It was 1861 when the Confederate-leaning state of Missouri wrested away control of the St. Louis police. Thereafter, a board of civilians appointed by the governor except for one member, the St. Louis mayor, took control of the police.

The feeling in 1861 was that the police force was the only quasi-military force in the St. Louis area. Having it under the control of …

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Southeast Missourian encourages a YES vote on Proposition A!

Southeast Missourian encourages a YES vote on Proposition A!

Proposition A

Local control for the City of St. Louis police

Currently a board of police commissioners is appointed by the governor to run the police department; this would give the city control over the operation, and could result in significant savings to the state and local governments.

Our view: Yes. In principle, local control is preferred.

Found online at: http://www.semissourian.com/story/1906031.html

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Columbia Daily Tribune Encourages a YES Vote on Prop A!

Columbia Daily Tribune Encourages a YES Vote on Prop A!

Prop A: Vote ‘Yes’

By HENRY J. WATERS III

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Most voters hereabouts will not know what to think about Proposition A, the proposed state constitutional amendment on the Nov. 6 ballot that would end a century and a half of governance for police departments in St. Louis and Kansas City by a state board.

State control was established amid political turmoil after the Civil War.

Through the years, federal judges have criticized lackluster state oversight of the St. Louis Police Department. Even from this distance, it seems to …

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Pacific Mayor and Board of Aldermen Unanimously Endorse Prop A!

Pacific Mayor and Board of Aldermen Unanimously Endorse Prop A!