Best Sports Star

Kay Barnes

Kay Barnes' second term as mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, is playing out like an extended victory lap. Earlier this year, Barnes scored when voters approved a mammoth bond issue. Then, in August, Barnes triumphed again when citizens roaringly registered their endorsement of her long-in-the-works plan to build a new downtown arena. The city now dreams of major-league basketball and hockey teams and the return of Big 12 basketball championships. Barnes' political game plan skillfully turned the opposition -- rental-car companies, mainly -- into a foe as detestable as the Oakland Raiders. Maybe Dick Vermeil should hit her up for ideas to motivate his players.
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Previously in Best of Kansas City

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