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I received this from Jim Murray a little bit ago. Please make sure you get out and vote tomorrow.

Many people in Clay County have come to know me through politics, I am not a politician nor do I have any intentions of becoming one.

I am a business operator in Clay County, I am a private investigator and therefore naturally curious when things do not make sense,

Constitution Government is a hot topic and tomorrow we can all have our voices heard.

I have a number of concerns regarding our current County Commissioners and the form of government hat we have now, I believe that we have to take the steps necessary to reshape the government in Clay County,

As an investigator I have learned quite a lot about how we are currently governed.

We have a Commission made up of three people, Presiding Commissioner Pam Mason, Luanne Ridgeway and Gene Owen.

Any two votes are enough to pass resolutions.

I have learned that these three Commissioners take full advantage of this by rewarding their supporters with jobs and contracts, here are a few cases in point that I have documentation in my possession to back up what I say:

Luanne Ridgeway brought a young lady named Nicole Brown from Cole County to Clay County and installed her as the Community Relations Coordinator for Clay County and put her on the payroll at $45,000.00 per year. Did we have one of these before?

Miss Brown just happens to be the daughter of a State Representative friend of Luanne’s and she was also the campaign manager for former Missouri Speaker Rod Jetton. He is no longer in office after pleading guilty to assaulting a lady (the charges were reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor.)

Gene Owen  has a friend who owns a company named Garry and Associates, This friend was awarded a county contract that pays them $95,000.00 per year to do the same exact job that was previously being done for $ 38,500.00 per year.

Pam Mason has a friend and campaign donor named Julie Welch, when the Commissioners decided to accept bids for an outside auditor they accepted five bids. The lowest bid was submitted by Cochran, Head, Vick and Company for $ 59,750.00 however the contract was awarded to Meara, Welch, Browne to the tune of $95,000.00

I don’t want to put it all on the Commissioners. I also learned that County Collector Lydia McEvoy took three people to Alaska to look at some software and spent over ten thousand taxpayer dollars to do it. When I am looking at software the vendor comes to me.

I also came into possession of an email when Mrs. McEvoy requested that a ten thousand dollar check be prepared to the firm of Husch Blackwell with regards to challenging the proposed Clay County Constitution (her words). She went so far as to request that the recipient of the email Barbara O’reilly correspond with her through her gmail account to prevent this information from being subject to the Sunshine Law.

The Commissioners and their supporters have spent tens of thousands of our dollars trying to stop this Constitution. They say your vote won’t count. No Marriage License Can Be Issued. County Employees won’t be paid. Schools will close. Jails will close. The sky will fall. They are afraid of losing their jobs, salaries, and most importantly, power.

They seek revenge against those of us who stand up to them, They wanted our former Sheriff re-elected and when that didn’t happen they retaliated by cutting the Sheriff’s Department budget to the tune of $450,000.00, placing the safety and well being of all of us at risk.

I could go on forever but you get the idea, the very corruption that they say will take place if the Constitution passes has been going on for at least the last eleven months. I didn’t make any of this up. I have it in black and white.

Tomorrow, November 5th, please join me in starting a new beginning in Clay County  government by voting Yes for the constitutional government.


Jim Murray

Private Investigator

Star Investigations LLC

License Number 2010017202

KS License D-5256




It’s election time again!

Make sure you take a peek at the ballot before you go. You can download a copy by clicking this link: Clay County General Election Candidates.

Liberty School Board

Select two for 3 year term

For those that have read my blog for some time, you know that I have been a big fan of Scott Connor. Mr. Connor is one of the good guys who ran for office for the right reasons. I have always found him willing to listen to anybody of any political stripe. He is a principled conservative. I believe that his leadership is a great asset to the Liberty School Board, and he definitely deserves to be reelected.

M. Andrew Roffman appears to be a qualified candidate. I did some searching on the Missouri Ethics Commission website to see where he has been involved politically. I found an odd PAC that he donated to in October 2012. The name is hilarious (Conservatives for Professional Law Enforcement) and is typical Vic Hurlbert, et. al.  It appears to be something that was set up so “Republicans” like Vic Hurlbert and his pals could donate money to Bob Boydston’s campaign. A total of $4,271 given to the campaign was distributed to a printer called Almar Printing. I can’t prove that this was for Boydston, but the odds are good. A total of $200 was donated by Roffman in October of 2012. Also, he donated to Gov. Nixon in 2008.

Mr. Roffman does not have a campaign website, so the information is scarce. His interview with the Tribune and his performance at the candidates forum were both positive.

I was not impressed with either of the other two candidates at the board forum a while back.

Kansas City Questions

Question 1-Kansas City Health Tax

“Shall the City of Kansas City, Missouri be authorized to renew the current tax levy of 22 cents per $100.00 assessed valuation dedicated to ambulance services, emergency medical services, hospital and public health purposes for a period of nine years with the additional revenues to continue to be distributed as follows: the revenue derived from 3 ½ cents of the levy to ambulance services, the revenue derived from 3 ½ cents of the levy to non-for-profit  neighborhood health centers, and the revenue derived from 15 cents of the levy to Truman Medical Center?”

I will be voting no. The campaign fliers for this have been incredibly annoying and insulting. I’m tired of paying for people’s health care. There is another way to finance ambulances.

Question 2

Shall the City of Kansas City, Missouri be authorized to remove all existing exemptions from payment of the existing convention and tourism tax on transient guests, except the exemption held by the United States government, and to collect the existing tax of seven and one-half percent of the amount of sales or charges for all sleeping rooms paid by the transient guests of hotels, motels and tourist courts situated within the city, except for persons on United States government official business, in order to provide additional funds for the promotion of convention and visitor business and neighborhood tourism and support of city owned convention and entertainment facilities?

I will be voting yes. This weird exemption needs to go.

Question 3

“Shall the City of Kansas City adopt an ordinance proposed by a committee of petitioners to prohibit the City from entering into, facilitating or giving permission for any future contracts whereby the City directly financially involved in facilities that produce or procure components for, assemble, or refurbish nuclear weapons, except for outside infrastructure improvements customarily provided by cities and governmental services ordinarily provided to citizens, and also barring any future funding or subsidizing such facility through taxes, bonds, loans, tax credits, credit or any other financial scheme or mechanism?  The definition of such facility excludes providers of goods and services which were not produced for the purpose of nuclear weapons components production but which may be purchased by such a facility as a consumer.”

I will be voting no. Even the liberals get this is a bad idea.