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Recount wanted in Kansas City mayor recall effort

Tuesday, June 2, 2009 | 3:47 p.m. CDT

KANSAS CITY — An effort to oust Mayor Mark Funkhouser has hit another snag: City officials aren't sure whether a recount can be allowed in a failed petition drive for a recall election.

Election authorities determined Saturday that the petition drive was 129 short of the required 16,950 signatures.

Harris Wilder, spokesman for the recall petitioners, has sent a letter to City Clerk Vickie Thompson calling for a recount, arguing that it was too close not to re-count.

An aide to the mayor, Mark Siettmann, has questioned if a recall is even allowed. That's because the city charter does not include a process for challenging the results.

Thompson said Tuesday that she has not yet decided what to do.

Funkhouser has been criticized heavily since taking office in May 2007. Much of the controversy centered on the role his wife, Gloria Squitiro, played in his administration. She volunteered nearly full time at his office and came under fire for her brash personality and control of the mayor's agenda.

Funkhouser was also criticized after he unknowingly, he said, appointed a member of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, an anti-illegal immigration group, to the city parks board.

The move upset some national civil rights groups and led them to pull their conventions from the city of nearly 450,000.

Supporters of the recall submitted 20,811 signatures. The Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners said 20 percent of them were rejected, including 2,403 for not being registered voters, 1,376 people who lived outside the city and 124 others who had a wrong address.

There were also blank lines or signatures that were crossed out or duplicated.

Shelley McThomas, Democratic director at the city election board, said election officials tried to give the benefit to the voter on subjective issues, such as a signature that didn't appear to match one on file.


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Dave F June 2, 2009 | 4:22 p.m.

No matter what the majority of Americans do, President Obama is going to--TRY--and force through another Amnesty? It will allow millions illegal aliens to get government benefits, that they have never paid into? It also means millions more anticipating this path to citizenship are going to be rushing the border, day-in, day out. In addition it has mammoth consequences on our already sinking school performance, and paying for even more free health care for anybody who doesn't have papers. Illegal immigration ruined the British Medical System as it will eventually do here. It means having to share your Social Security with millions of foreign nationals. America taxpayers will have to entertain millions more impoverished family members admitted under the CHAIN MIGRATION ACT. These unfortunates will bring their sick, handicapped to the doorsteps of our hospitals, for medical services, not even our own poor can receive, without an affidavit of later payment. Countless Americans have been assaulted over the phone, by aggressive debt collectors wanting payment, while illegal aliens get medical services for free.

If we allow another AMNESTY, the consequence on our way of life is financially unthinkable. advocacy organizations have eyes and ears in Washington, to watch and listen for any secret committees, to deceive the American people on immigration reform. Pay attention--because as a taxpayer, it will have a massive impact on you and your family, even more than it does today. It will cause inestimable damage to Senior citizens pensions and SS checks, as it has already caused in the--Sanctuary State of California, with New York close behind. Not signed into law, but former President Bush had secretly negotiated a totalization with Mexico over Social Security. Already the California illegal immigration occupancy, has had a massive effect on it's withering budget. Our jails are overloaded, our schools crammed to capacity and at least 80 hospitals had to close in the once Golden state, from uninsured foreign nationals. This downturn in city and county budgets has been spreading like a virus across the country, will never reverse until we rid our land of indigent people who live of US taxpayers. Not enough room for the facts, so go to NUMBERSUS, JUDICIAL WATCH. This is just the beginning brought to us by corruption in the administration--HOW WILL IT END. JUST ONE WORD--OVERPOPULATION--and a shortage energy and water for future generations.

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