Posts Tagged ‘Cathy Rinehart’

“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” is how the saying goes. This saying is especially true right now in Clay County. They give contracts to their friends; like Meara Welch Brown and Garry & Associates. They give jobs to their friends; like Matt Thompson and Blake Scott. This County Commission has even created brand new positions for their friends.

In May 2013, Dale McCaslin was hired as the assistant director at the Clay County Airport. The newly created job paid $52,000 per year plus benefits. There was no job description for the job at the time he was hired and when he left the position at the end of 2013, after the situation was made public, the position was not refilled.

Dale McCaslin is the husband of former Clay County Treasurer, Carol McCaslin.

Carol McCaslin has been a long time, very close friend of Pam Mason. They take long lunches together, spend hours in meetings together, shop together, and plan their campaigns together.

McCaslin lost her bid for re-election in 2012 to Republican Ted Graves. Since leaving the Treasurer’s office, she has worked part time for Cathy Rinehart, the Clay County Assessor and in May of 2013, the County Commission hired Dale McCaslin into a newly created position at the Clay County Airport. Now she has filed as a Republican for County Auditor and her husband, and Dale McCaslin has filed as a Democrat.

I am certain that it took quite a bit of pressure from Pam Mason to get the McCaslins to file for County Auditor, but when you owe Pam Mason and Gene Owen so much, it is hard to say no. It is even more difficult to say no when you need a job.

Carol McCaslin, flipped parties to file as a Republican. I have spent a fair amount of time with Carol McCaslin over the past few years and she holds no ideological views that are consistent with the Republican party platform. I don’t know much about Dale McCaslin because politics have never really been his thing. When he has attended a political function, it has only been to support his wife.

The citizens of this county deserve some one in the auditor’s office that will work for them, not be a rubber stamp for the county commission. We need a voice that is able to say no when it is necessary. It is important that the County Auditor be independent and not owe anything to any other elected official. Both of the McCaslins are indebted to the County Commission and the County Assessor.

They both are bad liars.

Vic Hurlbert is showing his true colors with last minute mailers that present easily disprovable outright lies about his opponent Noel Shull. I present to you one of Mr. Hulbert’s most recent mailers.

This stems from the problem with Mr. Shull’s Midwest Democracy Survey. Hurlbert cites an image of survey results from the Midwest Democracy Project on May 14, 2012, they are posted on his website.

Here is a screen shot of it in case Vic tries to take it down.

Unfortunately, what Vic is not doing is telling you the truth. Here is what happened. The incredibly talented folks down at the falling Star originally posted the wrong survey responses for Shull. Unfortunately, they didn’t catch it in time and Mr. Hurlbert printed the original survey responses they posted. This is what you see above. This is why Hurlbert has tried to call Mr. Shull a flip-flopper on his Twitter feed. The current survey results don’t even mention voter id. Neither do Mr. Hurlbert‘s nor Mr. Shull‘s individual survey responses.

Here is a current screen shot of the race comparison from Midwest Democracy Project.

Does Vic Hurlbert have the decency to tell you the truth? No, of course not. Character is not a word in his vocabulary.

Need proof Mr. Hurlbert is lying?

From the falling Star Wednesday August 1st.

From Mr. Shull’s Facebook Page, posted June 16th.

And from his website.

Another mailer that Mr. Hurlbert sent out continues to perpetuate this outright lie.

Oh, so let me get this straight? It is bad for Mr. Shull to support Ed Quick who is a Democrat, but it is okay for Vic Hurlbert and Pam Mason to endorse a Democrat (Cathy Rinehart) who cost the county over a million dollars in sexual harassment lawsuits.

I want you to think long and hard about this. Do you really want Vic Hurlbert in Jefferson City making decisions about your government (schools, roads, social services, etc.) when he will so blatantly lie to the people of his own party?

Noel Shull supports voter photo id. Vic Hurlbert is a liar. Make your choice accordingly.

Well, Missouri Legislators are back in session. Odds are good this is not a good thing, but we’ll keep our fingers crossed. I received this update from my state representative, T.J. Berry. I thought I would put it up. I especially enjoyed his response to Clay County Assessor Cathy Rinehart’s letter that you should have received with your property tax assessment list. It seems Ms. Rinehart is busy trying to save the folks some money. That’s good when you consider all the money the sexual harassment law suits cost us a few years back. She’s apparently older and wiser this year, she has dumped the proposal to assess vehicles by weight. I guess she’s trying to focus her energies. For the record, I don’t support her idea to allow assessors to choose which assessment guide they use. NADA is the most accurate and well recognized source for automobile values in the country. Furthermore, as Representative Berry states below, we don’t need a different set of standards from one county to the next. It seems to me Ms. Rinehart is trying to look conservative and suck up to the voters. Don’t fall for it, she needs to go.

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and I wish you the best in the New Year.

Session

Missouri legislative session begins each year at noon on the first Wednesday after the first Monday in January. We will be in session through the second week in May.

Redistricting

The newly drawn redistricting maps were completed in early December. There has been a drastic change across the state. The 35th district has been split by our Appellate Court Judges into the new 12th and 38th House Districts. I now reside in the new 38th District. Redistricting lines will not take effect until the election of 2012. I will continue to represent the 35th District for twelve more months.

The Smithville area of Clay County has been added to the 12th Senatorial District. The district now includes over 183,000 people and all of Ray, Caldwell, Clinton, Andrew, Holt, Atchison, DeKalb, Nodaway, Gentry, Harrison, Worth, and Davies Counties.

Links to the new maps are below; Please take a look to see which of the new districts you live in.

State Senate: New Senate Districts

State House: New House Districts 

Personal Property Tax 

Everyone should have recently received a letter from the Clay county assessor’s office dealing with vehicle property tax assessment. This is the second year the Assessor has requested the ability to use either the Kelly Blue Book or NADA value. It is important to use the same standard across the state’s 114 counties. The Assessor would like to make this decision at the discretion of their office. I have a reluctance to grant politicians the ability to manipulate tax revenues during election cycles. I would welcome your input on this matter.

Bill Information

If you would like to track legislation you may log on to www.house.mo.gov and select “Bill Information” and then select “Bill Tracking”. You may search by topic or bill number. If you want to track the bills that I have either sponsored or co-sponsored, just enter my last name and you will be able to look at each of those also.

Capitol Reports

If you know anyone who would be interested in receiving this Capitol Report, they can click the “Capitol Report Signup” button on my member home page at www.house.mo.gov and enter the appropriate information to receive the Capitol Report. As always if you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact my office at (573) 751 – 2238 or by email at TJ.Berry@house.mo.gov.

Until our next update, I am in your service.