Clay Chastain

Election 2014
7:00 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Both Sides Abandon Kansas City Sales Tax Ballot Questions

There have been no ads promoting the taxes and no campaign opposing them, but there are two questions going before Kansas City, Missouri, voters on Nov. 4.

So why are they on the ballot? Questions 1 and 2 are the legacy of a transit activist and a 3-year court battle. The 1/4-cent and 1/8-cent sales taxes are the ruins of Clay Chastain's successful 2011 light rail initiative petition drive.

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Government
12:32 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Kansas City Council Sidesteps Chastain Lawsuit Threat, Reaffirms Ballot Language

Legal maneuvering continued Thursday over a court order to put a Clay Chastain light rail proposal on the Kansas City ballot. The city still appeared to stay a step ahead of the perennial activist.

After the Kansas City Council voted to put the two sales taxes Clay Chastain proposed to pay for his light rail initiative on the ballot with no mention of the plan or light rail, Chastain threatened to sue charging that the council failed to give the public the required 24 hours notice of their final vote.

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Government
8:43 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Chastain Rail Plan To Voters With No Mention Of Light Rail

Clay Chastain's latest light rail proposals will go to the voters in November as the Missouri Supreme Court ordered, but not in a form voters would easily recognize.

The city council is taking advantage of a loophole in the court order that allows them not to mention a plan or even “light rail.” Instead, one tax initiative is listed as for “capital improvements” and the other for “public transportation.”

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Transit
5:03 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Clay Chastain Asks Judge To Put His Light-Rail Plan On The Ballot

Transit activist Clay Chastain talks to reporters at the Jackson County Courthouse. A judge is considering the fate of Chastain's petition to put a light-rail plan before vote.
Credit Elle Moxley / KCUR

Transit advocate Clay Chastain got his day in court Thursday, but it's still unclear if his plan to build a light-rail system will go before voters.

For three years, Chastain has been locked in a battle with city officials who say the 3/8-cent sales tax increase he's proposed isn't enough to pay for light-rail. The Missouri Supreme Court weighed in earlier this year, ruling that even if voters approved the plan, the city wouldn't have to build it.

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Transit
7:36 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Judge To Review Challenged Light-Rail Ballot Initiative This Week

Clay Chastain, a former Kansas City resident, has taken the city to court after his 2011 plan for light rail never made it on the ballot.
Credit Video frame courtesy of TV-9

Kansas City transit advocate Clay Chastain is in town this week to promote his light-rail proposal ahead of hearing that could put the issue before voters.

Chastain, a former Kansas City resident who now lives in Virginia, has for years pressured the city to build an interconnected transit system with a hub at Union Station. His idea has a lot of moving parts – light rail line to the airport, commuter rail to the southeast and streetcars to the Kansas City Zoo. And in 2011, he gathered enough signatures to put a 3/8-cent sales tax on the ballot to help pay for it.

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Headlines
8:18 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

Andy Reed signs his contract as Kansas City Chiefs head coach.
Kansas City Chiefs photo

Liberty Memorial got a new designation for the nation’s World War I centennial. And a new era began for the Kansas City Chiefs. Those and other top stories of the week on the Saturday News Review.

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Government
11:53 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Chastain Presents 'Ultimatum'

Activist Clay Chastain, shown two years ago when he announced he would again be collecting signatures for a transit ballot initiative.
Video frame courtesy of TV-9

Clay Chastain is threatening another Kansas City petition drive: this time one for a recall election.

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KCUR News
3:23 pm
Thu January 13, 2011

Chastain Run is Nixed: Undeterred

Kansas City, Mo. – The man who continues to goad Kansas City leadership toward a light rail system maintains he IS a viable candidate for mayor, despite the City Attorney's opinion he cannot run in the general election as a write-in.

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