But as the vote has neared, efforts to derail it have ramped up. Over the weekend, a flier was distributed to Roeland Park residents (copy below) alleging that the ordinance is "poorly constructed, does not provide for due process and is fiscally irresponsible." The group distributing the flier goes by the Orwellian name RP Residents for Non-Discrimination. They're anonymous, too - always a strong indication that a group is proud of what it's doing.
A workshop set up to discuss the ordinance, held on Tuesday evening, ended up lasting four hours. It was eventually agreed that the vote would need to be pushed back even further.
What are you doing? Don't look over there!
Today, Rupert Murdoch's libtard rag The Wall Street Journal joined the fray, piling on Brownie. From the report:
Two years ago, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback laid out an aggressive program of tax cuts to turn this slow-growing state into a Texas-like economic powerhouse - and serve as a model for Republican leaders in other states.
So far, the results are serving as more of a warning than a beacon. Employment growth is below the national average, while Kansas faces plunging revenue, dwindling reserves and a rare debt downgrade.
Since then, the tenant, her sister and another former tenant have filed actions against Sanell in Jackson County. Those lawsuits are ongoing. In the meantime, the other victims - the tattoo artists and piercers who lost or forfeited their jobs because their boss is an alleged peeping tom - have been scrambling for work.
Last month, gift shop Twisted Sister (1617 W. 39th Street) closed after 14 years. That presented its next-door neighbor, Exile Tattoo, with an opportunity to expand its operations - and for some former Freaks employees to step in and get back to work.
In 2012, the Federal Trade Commission filed suit against Tucker and AMG Services, alleging that the company threatened consumers over the phone while trying to collect debts. The two parties reached a partial settlement this past July.
Last week, Tucker - and by extension the entire online payday-lending industry - got bonked again. A U.S. District Judge ruled in favor of the FTC, affirming that AMG Services is within the reach of FTC enforcement actions, and that the commission has "the authority to bring suit against Indian Tribes, arms of Indian Tribes, and employees and contractors of arms of Indian Tribes." Money quote from the FTC's press release on the ruling:
"This ruling makes it crystal clear that the FTC's consumer protection laws apply to businesses that are affiliated with tribes," said Jessica Rich, Director of the agency's Bureau of Consumer Protection. "It's a strong signal to deceptive payday lenders that their days of hiding behind a tribal affiliation are over."
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