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🗳️ Get a sneak peek at the polls
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And if you look to the right, you’ll see City Hall. | Photo by @kansascityinphotos
Picture this: intrepid City Editors Maddie + Dayten freezing their butts off downtown, chatting with locals about the Crossroads ballpark proposal. Hey, it’s not always a glamorous job.

Folks were more than happy to tell us their opinions ahead of the upcoming special election. Royals this, Chiefs that, but what about the other measures that made it to the ballot?

It’s not just sales tax

Along with the highly publicized stadium sales tax extension, some KCMO schoolboard seats are up for grabs. Check out the Jackson County Election Board’s sample ballot for an official sneak peek of what you’ll see day-of.

Here’s the shortlist:
  • Director elections for Hickman Mills, Grandview, Center, Lee’s Summit + Independence School Districts
  • Special School Bond Election for Consolidated School District No. 4 (Grandview)
  • And of course, the stadium sales tax question
Be sure to read that last measure thoroughly — Editor Maddie will fully admit to needing someone else to explain the official language.

Voting “Yes” means replacing a countywide 3/8-cent capital improvements sales tax with the much-discussed 3/8-cent parks sales tax. Voting “No” means the current sales tax would run its course with no plan for extension.

How to cast your vote

Sorry to any metro dwellers who’ve gotten swept up in the stadium discourse, but this election is just for Jackson County residents.

Voters can check their registration and polling location ahead of time. Have more burning election questions? Consult the Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners website.
Wednesday, March 27
  • Kansas City Mavericks vs. Iowa Heartlanders | Wednesday, March 27 | 7:05 p.m. | Cable Dahmer Arena, 19100 E. Valley View Pkwy., Independence, MO | $21-$52 | Watch the Kelly Cup playoffs-bound Mavericks take on the Iowa Heartlanders.
  • Happy Hour | Wednesday, March 27 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | Lifted Spirits Distillery, 1734 Cherry St., KCMO | $5 | Join like-minded entrepreneurs to discuss how purpose-driven business can serve your community.
Thursday, March 28
  • Birds, Birding, and the Biodiversity Crisis | Thursday, March 28 | 7-8 p.m. | Linda Hall Library, 5109 Cherry St., Kansas City, MO | Free | Ornithologist David Allen Sibley will discuss the incredible “superpowers” of birds, as well as the biodiversity crisis impacting bird populations.
  • Pottery Pub | Thursday, March 28 | 6-9 p.m. | Vine Street Brewing Co., 2010 Vine St., Ste. 2A, KCMO | $50-$65 | Create your own one-of-a-kind ceramic piece while enjoying the laid-back atmosphere and tasty drinks.
Friday, March 29
  • Friday Night Smash | Friday, March 29 | 8-11 p.m. | SERV, 9051 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS | $10 | Sip, snack, and socialize with friends at this 21+ pickleball party.
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News Notes
  • CPKC Stadium is on a roll with another win on the world stage. The newly minted women’s sports facility will host The Women’s Cup this summer, alongside Racing Louisville FC’s Lynn Family Stadium. Exact dates are TBA.
  • We already told you about Boulevardia’s music lineup — but just as important, the summer festival announced the lineup for its food + drink component, Taps & Tastes. It’s not just beer on the menu this year: local distillers like Tom’s Town and J. Rieger will serve up spirits at this year’s event.
  • The Pretty Posy Boutique is now Pretty Posy Books & Gift. The Overland Park shop took the leap from selling clothes to selling books with a focus on women and children, and is now open with a new name at its old location, 7842 Santa Fe Dr. (Johnson County Post)
  • United Airlines will resume nonstop service from KCI to its East Coast hub in Newark on Sunday, March 31. After suspending service in December, flights will depart twice daily on weekdays and once daily over the weekend. (Kansas City Business Journal)
  • Westport’s Chingu will release Chingu Soju, the first ever Midwest-distilled soju, on Tuesday, April 2. Distilled in partnership with Mean Mule, this first run will be limited to 15-20 cases — but you can try it in the restaurant for a limited time. (Kansas City Magazine)
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Last week we asked “Thoughts on keeping fowl in the front yard?” and here’s what you said:


I asked an AI generator to create a scene with Chiefs-loving chickens... and it sure delivered. | Photo by DALL·E 3, OpenAI

Our readers bawked it out in the polls, and now it’s time to read the chicken scratch on the walls.

Turns out, our loyal subscribers are more likely to reach for cartons when making their morning omelets. A majority of readers, 68%, chose either “Knock yourself out, but I’m good with grocery store eggs” or “Neighborhood chickens are a nuisance.”

Does that ruffle your feathers? You might be part of the 32% of subscribers who clucked “Chicken-keeping enthusiast right here!”

For any folk still not sure how they feel about feathered fowl in their neighborhood, check our backyard chicken guide for local zoning and permit information.
The Buy
New denim on Nordstrom Rack. We’re seeing great finds in women’s jeans from Joe’s, Good American, and Lucky Brand, all perfect for a spring refresh.
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It seems like my stop at KCtoday’s coffee shop bracket winner Café Corazón was a serendipitous event, as a self-proclaimed bunny parent.

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Maddie’s Café Corazón rec? A cafe bombon, all the way. | Photo by KCtoday

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