Posts Tagged ‘Clay County Commission’

WARNING: There are some mature photos in this post.

So, I wanted to put this on the blog here because I believed it need to be in the digital record. I just didn’t want to bother the readers of The Northland News with it. I’m so worn out with the childishness and immaturity of things in our political process and things I’ve seen here at the County level since 2008. Plus, the readers of The Northland News don’t have the background that many of you do.

I recently reported on the Clay County Taxes being lowered on The Northland News. I was informed by Assistant County Administrator Nicole Brown that they didn’t need to vote, and it looks like that she was inaccurate on that statement. I have not had the time to ask her about the reason for the second vote.

Strangely, the second vote was taken at the Shoal Creek Golf Course this Tuesday night. I was down covering the North Kansas City City Council and wasn’t able to make it to the impromptu meeting. Here’s a link to the new levies.

It certainly doesn’t look good, but I’m holding out judgement until I find out why.

I got an email that was sent through our contact form on The Northland News yesterday from “J Snyder.” I should have been more aware because looking at the email now it was not a full name. The email address seemed awkward as well.


HopesFuture email 1


From: J Snyder <>
Subject: Clay County Commission – Tax Levy

Message Body:
Mr Palmer,
You generally report on the County Commission’s meetings, I was wondering if you had a report from their special session to reset the tax levy? I believe it occurred last night (10/20/15) in Shoal Creek.
Seems like they were trying to sneak a meeting in with no one noticing. Did anyone even attend?

So, thinking it was a legitimate note, I responded. Then the response came this morning from none other than… Rusty Wallace.

Defenses went up immediately… Rusty Wallace… Really???

Here’s my email response and then “Rusty’s” response.

HopesFuture email 2



I was aware of the meeting. I wasn’t able to attend it because I was at the NKC Council and was not able to have anyone else attend for me. Based upon the agenda they just approved the levy, but I’m going to be asking some questions about the meeting at the next Commission meeting because I was told that they didn’t need to vote on it. Thanks for the note!


Mr Palmer,
Thank you for your response. I wish I were able to attend the meeting last night too.
I believe that last night’s meeting is contradictory with proper procedure for scheduling Special Sessions. I’m sure I read somewhere that 4 or 5 days notice is required, 24 hours notice only applies to event attendance notification. If the commission somehow voted to suspend the rules in order to host this Special Session I suppose they could pull it off but even that seems a stretch?!
I’d be interested to know the language they used to adopt this levy. The first levy they passed was done so resolutely, in consideration of the county’s solvency that I was interested to know how they could accept a lesser percentage. Didn’t they do the math? Don’t they know how money they need? Are we losing money with the lower levy or did they do the math poorly the first time around? Does their math now match what the governor’s office has mandated for them to collect?
I find these all to be very interesting questions.
Thank you for listening to my ramblings.
J Snyder

A lot of people don’t realize this, but if you create a Facebook account with an email that becomes a searchable item on Facebook. Try it sometime, type in an email in the top search bar and see what happens. So, everyone meet our friend Rusty Wallace. Note, I did edit out a mutual friend of “Rusty’s.” Many times people indiscriminately friend on Facebook. I don’t want the individual caught up in this. It’s not fair to him.

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Now this is where this takes a turn into crazy land. As you can see above, the email properly links this account to the email given. Rusty, or whoever Rusty is, apparently has created a fake Facebook profile for two reasons. 1) Not being who they are. 2) Soft-core pornography.

Rusty Wallace 2

Rusty Wallace 3

I had to laugh at this one. Who does Rusty follow? Two models and me. In case the local media news source thing doesn’t work out maybe I have a modeling career to consider?

Rusty Wallace 4

Update 10/23/15:

Say it ain’t so, Rusty! You had such love, such respect, such profound affinity for the ladies whatever will they do without you Liking their page.

Rusty Wallace 5

And…and…you no longer follow my updates! Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

As a note, I intentionally never responded to his last email to see what would happen and I got this around lunch today.

HopesFuture email 3

No, I had no intention of embarrassing you “Rusty.” I simply intended to expose into the record someone pretending to be someone they weren’t. I swear I’ve seen behavior like this somewhere before… Huh… Probably no connection.

Farewell, Rusty! Best of luck as you slither off into the “anonymity” of the Internet.

One of the people I greatly respect in Clay County Politics is Sheriff Paul Vescovo. He is a man of honor and integrity. I appreciate his willingness to speak up in this primary election. As he says, it is unusual for a Sheriff to involve himself in a Commissioner race like this. Frankly, I’m sick and tired of usual. 

Providing law enforcement to protect you and your family is not a political issue — it’s not Republican, Democrat, or even an Independent issue.  It’s a basic government function that we rightfully expect from our elected leaders.  

It shouldn’t ever become a political weapon, but unfortunately, our current Presiding Commissioner, Pam Mason, has decided to cut the Clay County law enforcement budget because of a political squabble against me. I cannot understand why she is willing to jeopardize the safety of Clay County citizens just because she dislikes and disagrees with me.

Commissioner Mason fully-funded our previous Sheriff, but as soon as I was elected in 2012 she immediately began slashing the law enforcement budget.  Honestly, I do disagree with Commissioner Mason on several issues, but I don’t let our disagreements affect the service I provide to all Clay Counties citizens. Elected officials often disagree on issues but that should NEVER negatively affect the citizens they represent.

Unfortunately, that is exactly what Commissioner Mason has done to the people of Clay County. She cut more than $500,000 from the law enforcement budget after I was elected Sheriff.

While simultaneously cutting the law enforcement budget, Commissioner Pam Mason secretly gave massive pay increases to her political friends. The Assistant County Administrator received more than a 30% pay hike – raising him from $72,000 to more than $94,000 in only a few months! County contractual expenses increased for her political friends – costing the county hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional expenses.

I normally would never get involved in a primary election, but this year the stakes are high and the safety of all our citizens is at stake. Commissioner Mason is up for re-election and our former State Representative, Jerry Nolte, is running against her.

Jerry Nolte served honorably in the Missouri House for 8 years, is a long-time Clay County small business owner and is a lifelong resident of the Northland, along with his wife of 34 years and three children. During his time in the Missouri House, Jerry was a leader for local job growth, protecting innocent human life, defending our 2nd amendment rights and fully funding public safety as Chair of the House Committee on Public Safety Appropriations.

Here are a few of his major accomplishments for our area:

Jerry sponsored and led the charge to pass the Missouri Manufacturing Jobs Act that saved nearly 6,000 Clay County jobs and brought more than 1,000 additional jobs to the Northland

Jerry was rated pro-life by the Missouri Right to Life, Missourians United for Life for his unwavering defense of the unborn

Jerry helped pass legislation that ended the double taxation on Social Security and Veterans

Jerry received the National Rifle Association’s “A” rating and endorsement in every election

Jerry successfully worked with Missouri Sheriffs and Prosecutors to strengthen laws against dangerous drugs like K2 and K3 and pass mandatory sentencing requirements for pedophiles

It’s because of this record on issues that matter to you and me, that I support Jerry.

While Jerry has an outstanding legislative track record I’m extremely excited about the positive solutions he has planned for Clay County as Presiding Commissioner.

Jerry stands for positive change in Clay County. This is an opportunity to leave the old ways of corruption and political fighting in county government behind. He will support:

Jerry supports full funding for public safety and cares about the men and women of Clay County law enforcement.

Jerry will open the doors of county government to transparency and accountability.

Jerry is a professional who will bring commonsense leadership to Clay county government.

Jerry Nolte as our Presiding Commissioner will build consensus not controversy and stop the million-dollar lawsuits our taxpayers have been forced to pay over the last several years.

Thank you for reading this lengthy letter. I know it’s unusual for a county Sheriff to become involved in a Commissioner race, but the stakes are too high for me to stand by. I hope you’ll join me at the polls, Tuesday, August 5th to vote for Jerry Nolte for Presiding Commissioner.

For a better Clay County,

Sheriff Paul Vescovo

P.S.   Don’t forget to Vote, Tuesday, August 5th in the Republican primary for Jerry Nolte for Presiding Commissioner. The men and women of law enforcement need your support to end Commission Mason’s political squabble that is harming the safety of all our citizens.

Someone told me I should check out the Reelect Pam Mason Facebook page because our dear Presiding Commissioner was grumpy about “negative” ads from the Jerry Nolte campaign.


Oh, that’s funny. No, I mean hilarious, to be exact. Here try this one on:


You see this was Ms. Mason’s general opponent way back in 2010. This was used in a TV ad. It was an unfair attack. I don’t agree with Ed Quick’s politics, but I’ll defend him on this one. This was a youthful indiscretion (I can’t remember exactly, but it was something like 25 years ago or more) and it had nothing to do with the Ed Quick of 2010. You might call it negative campaigning.

Oh, then there is this one from Ms. Mason’s current husband, the mighty “Amorous” Vic “Alan” Hurlbert‘s State Representative run against Noel Shull in 2012. That’s like EONS ago. Right?


You want to talk about negative! Generally speaking, I don’t know about you, but when you use a provable lie against your opponent, I think, just maybe….well, OK, probably…or…almost certainly you could call this negative campaigning.

But, hey, at least they used good grammar. You know what? I think she might have something here:

Pam Mason for Presiding Commissioner:  Fiscal Discipline*, Stellar Grammarian

*Just ignore that dwindling county reserve fund.

Oh, one more thing, it’s about the whole grammar thing. Apparently, grammar doesn’t apply on Facebook posts, just campaign mailers. Shall we review, class?

“Well, my opponent went negative today after telling people he would be positive. Sad. What is funny is that his mailer had many grammatical errors.”

Sad is an adjective. This is not a complete thought, and there is no implied subject in this situation. So, without further ado, the correct Facebook post if the Mason campaign would like to update it.

“Well, my opponent went negative today after telling people he would be positive. That is sad. What is funny is that his mailer had many grammatical errors.”

(It’s okay, I don’t hold this against Ms. Mason. I’m not voting based on grammar. We all make grammar errors every so often. I’ve made them, too. Sometimes, I even catch them after I publish Facebook and blog posts.)