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Kay Barnes Wants a Third Term

This past summer, the Kansas City, Missouri, City Council begged voters to ease term limits. The August 8 ballot contained two choices: Give a council member up to three terms, or repeal term limits completely. If either of the measures passed, council members in their second terms would have been able to run again in 2007. That included Mayor Kay Barnes, who said she had no intention of running for a third term, even if she could. Before the election, though, we started hearing something else: If voters rolled back term limits, Barnes -- citing the overwhelming will of the people -- would announce that she'd changed her mind and would, in fact, seek a third term. We knew the initiatives would go down like a KCK pit bull, but it was entertaining to imagine Queen Kay standing on the steps of City Hall, a giant silver corsage beaming from her shoulder and Blue Angels flying overhead in honor of her grandiose announcement. The thing is, it wasn't so hard to picture.

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