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I originally started this blog to keep tabs on my local politicians. It was my hope to shed some light on local politics and educate people (the traditional role of the press!!!). I never monetized the site. I never wanted it to look like I was profiting off of this. I wanted it to appear as it has always, a concerned citizen who is passionate about changing government for the better. As I have become more educated on local politics, I have come to realize how very few “good guys” there are. Most politicians and people involved in politics are exactly what we think they are, power hungry and unprincipled. It is about them, nothing else.

I have known for some time that Ryan Silvey was friendly towards Vic Hurlbert. Believe me I have been warned enough about him by certain players inside of Clay County politics. I have always defended Ryan and even promoted his political career here on the blog. He has been helpful and respectful to me in the past. Unfortunately, I can defend and support Ryan no more.

Why, you may ask? Well, there is this video (please go and watch it, if you have a YouTube account please click the dislike button):


Yes, that is his endorsement of Vic Hurlbert for state representative. He actually said that “Vic understands the importance of limited, efficient, transparent government.” Oh, so that’s why he left Clay County government in disgrace! Ryan, please, let me see the dictionary you are using, because I don’t think those terms mean what you think they do.

You have to give Mr. Hurlbert credit, he’s running a great campaign, but as always in politics, things are not what they appear. He is hard at work trying to purchase this house seat. According to his July 2012 report filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission, Hurlbert has loaned his campaign $78,800.00.  As if that isn’t bad enough, he did it through a series of mostly $4,900.00 loans which fall just short of the $5,000.00 threshold that triggers mandatory reporting within 48 hours of receiving the loan.  This allows Hurlbert to hide his self funding loans until the end of the reporting period (TRANSPARENCY!!!!).  Desperate to win this seat, Hurlbert is funding his own campaign as the voting public has failed to support him through contributions. To date, he has received only two contributions from the public.  As if this attempt to buy a state rep seat isn’t bad enough, this isn’t Hurlbert’s first election purchase.  Hurlbert bought the Clay County Presiding Commissioner seat for his wife Pam Mason, the formerly defeated County Clerk by “loaning” her over $101,200.00 which has now been “forgiven” according to reports filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission.

Until Americans figure out that politics is not about the guy (or gal) from your party winning, politics does not change, this country does not get better, and you give sanction to individuals that don’t put principles first. And at some point truly principled conservatives need to recognize that the problem does not lie in the other “team”; instead, it lies within the Republican party. The only way we change that is we stop supporting incumbents that have lost their way.

As of today, I encourage Republican voters in Clay County Missouri to NOT vote for Ryan Silvey in his Senate race versus Sandra Reeves. Don’t get me wrong, the answer is not to vote for the Democrat in this race. In Missouri we have the ability to write in a name or simply to fill in the write-in bubble and leave it blank. This is what I will be doing in both the primary and general election ballot.

I received this through email yesterday and wanted to post it. Right to Work should have been presented to Gov. Nixon last year. When you look at the Republican majorities there are only two possible conclusions why it didn’t happen; there are union-label Republicans in Missouri that need primaried, or there are Republicans who lack a spine. It would be nice to see it happen this year.

Here are some fun Right to Work statistics I came across the other day.

  • The nine states with the greatest 2000-2010 gains in their college-educated adult populations all protect the Right to Work. 
  • The 22 current Right to Work states have gained 25 US House seats since 1990. 
I received the following from my good friend, Paul Hamby. Please call your House Rep and Senator that you want Right-to-Work passed and pass this along.

“Jobs Jobs Jobs”  We hear that battle cry every time the legislature convenes.

There is one change in Missouri that can lead to more jobs, but the legislature refuses to pass it.

Right To Work.  

The simple concept that you should not be forced to join a union as a condition of employment.

Next Tuesday, Right To Work bills will get a hearing in the Missouri Senate.  Please send in testimony or show up and testify if you can.  The Missouri Senate has 3 bills filed so far.  Senator Purgason’s bill is the best one.

Hearing schedule:

Committee: General Laws, Senator Jane Cunningham, Chairman
Date:  Tuesday, January 17
Time:  after 3:00 PM
Room:  SCR 1


SB 547 – Purgason
Bars employers from requiring employees to engage in or cease engaging in certain labor practices.

Here are 5 reasons why I support Right to Work;

H/T to Greg Johns for providing this research

1.  Household Income Higher in Right-to-Work States — $4,258 Higher = Right-to-Work “for more”.

A recent study by Dr. Barry Poulson, past president of the North American Economics and Finance Association, professor of economics at the University of Colorado, compared household incomes in133 metropolitan areas in Right to Work states with those of 158 metropolitan areas in non-Right to Work states.

Among other results, he found that the average real income for households in Right to Work state metro areas, when all else was equal, was $4,258 more than non-Right to Work state metro areas.

2.  Jobs and People are moving out of Missouri.

According to research done by the National Institute for Labor Relations Research, Missouri’s manufacturing GDP has decreased by 12.9% from 2000 to 2009, while right to work states have had an average of 14.7% of growth.

Another fact union bosses fails to address is the net out-migration of nearly FIVE MILLION people from forced-unionism states to Right to Work states over the 2000-2009 period.

That is, nearly five million more people moved out of forced-unionism states than moved into them.  If living standards were really superior in forced-unionism states, would this have happened?  The net migration of nearly five million people over 9.25 years is confirmed by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The net out-migration of young people from forced-unionism states consists disproportionately of young adults and their children.  That’s why, from 1998 to 2008, the number of people aged 25-34 increased by 16.0% in Right to Work states, but fell by 0.6% in forced unionism states.  (Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Statistical Abstract, 2010 edition, Table 16:  1999 edition, Table 33.

3.  Missouri already has Right-to-Work protection for all city, county, and state public employees. 

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics -2010Union Membership in Missouri  – February 4, 2011

Total Missouri Work Force = 2,469,000

Represented by Unions = 274,000 – 11.1%

Total Missouri Work Force broke down “Private” & “Public” by %

Private Employees represented by unions = 174,000 – 7%

Public Employees represented by unions = 100,000 – 4%

37% to 40% of all union workers in Missouri are working under the protection of a RIGHT-TO-WORK LAW right now.  Most of these are Public Employees.

Private Employees do not have the protection of a RIGHT-TO-WORK LAW and are being forced to join a union or lose their jobs. The Private Workforce should have the same rights as the Public Workforce — the protection of a Right to Work law.                                                                                

4.  Major Polls show union members favor Right-to-Work laws –

and union members also want to know how their union dues are being spent.

Major Polls asking union members only.

Roper Poll — Are you in favor of Right to Work laws or are you opposed to Right to Work laws?

Union Members – Favor (58%)  Oppose (26%)

Opinion Research Poll — Are you in favor of Right to Work laws or are you opposed to Right to Work laws?

           Union Members – Favor (59%)  Oppose (29%) 

Frank Luntz Poll Oct, 2010 — Please tell me whether you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree or strongly disagree with the following statement: “Workers should have the right to decide whether to join a union.  They should never be forced or coerced to join or pay dues to a union as a condition of employment.”

Union Members — Net Agree (80%)  Net Disagree (14%)  Really Don’t Care  (6%)

Frank Luntz Poll Oct, 2010 — Please tell me whether you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree or strongly disagree with the following statement: “Union workers should have the right to know how their dues money is being spent.  The Department of Labor should disclose union spending on the Internet to ensure accountability.”

Union Members — Net Agree (89%)  Net Disagree (6%)  Really Don’t Care  (5%)

5.  Right-to-Work gives the Unions back to the Union Members.

Compulsory unionism gives union bosses more power over the membership.  They don’t have to worry about whether the union is being run to suit the members, because the members can’t withdraw without losing their jobs.

With compulsory unionism it’s easier for union bosses to “keep the membership in line,” and they are guaranteed that the dollars from dues and “special” assessments will keep rolling in.  They ignore the desires of involuntary members.

Right-to-Work will give the unions back to the union members.  If they have bad Business Agents that wouldn’t fight for their grievances – they can replace them.  If they have Shop Stewarts that aren’t doing their job – they can replace them.  Right-to-Work – lets the union members control and run their own unions.

The better way is for the union to do such a good job looking out for its members that the workers want to belong.  That means union members can have a real voice in union affairs.  And union bosses know that the union members don’t have to stay in and pay dues if they are not satisfied with the way things in the union are being run.

YES, Right-to-Work will give control of local unions back to the local union members.

When membership is voluntary, unions work better, are more democratic, and the union members will make sure their union is more effective for them.  If union members don’t like what their union agents are doing, they can fire them.

Greg Johns

Missourians for Right To Work

417-766-4001  History is pretty clear.  Right to Work states have more manufacturing plants built,  lower unemployment and higher average wages.   Those are the kind of changes Missouri needs.  Please help get this bill passed in the Senate and then we will take the battle to the Missouri house and Governor.  It’s time to make Missouri politicians keep their promise to create Jobs Jobs Jobs by passing Right To Work

Please contact your Missouri Senator.

List of Missouri State Senators here

Tell your senator to support SB547 and make Missouri a Right To Work state.

If you would like to work on organizing for this issue, please contact Greg Johns (contact details above)

Thank you to Senator Chuck Purgason for filing SB547 and thanks to Senate Pro Tem Rob Mayer for making Right To Work a legislative priority.

For Liberty,
Paul Hamby
Missouri Campaign for Liberty

p.s.  check the Missouri Senate Calendar before traveling to Jeff City.  Hearing schedules sometimes change.

p.p.s  Please fwd this message to your friends.

Have you seen the new house and district maps yet? If not here they are:

House Apportionment for Clay County

Senate Apportionment for Clay County

We now have six and about one-third house districts in Clay. District 8 comes south and grabs Lawson and stops just shy of Kearney. I’m not going to throw a fit about the reapportionment. The word is the whole process was a mess with many of the Democrats acting like really mature middle school students. So, the process was thrown to the judges and we ended up with this. The odds are good that any legal challenge won’t go anywhere, so we may have to just deal with it. The solution is simple; find good candidates and win.

House Districts:

District 12 (Smithville, and most of Kearney): The word is Smithville Police Chief Ken Wilson will be running for this new district.

District 15 (incl. Oakview, Oakwood Park, Oakwood, Oaks, Gladstone, and a weird dip south into North Kansas City near Briarcliff): Kevin Corlew has declared his candidacy on the Republican side.

District 16 (North of District 15, from the border of Clay/Platte County east to 35 North, almost South to 35/435 interchange, basically most of the northern part of Kansas City): This is my district. The rumor is Vic Hurlbert will be running for the House seat. Yep, that’s what I said. What was I saying about recruiting quality candidates? I wonder if Noel Shull is interested in running again? From what I remember he lives in the district. He ran against T.J. Berry last cycle. He has an excellent business background and would make a great candidate.

District 17 (SE of District 16, Randolph, Birmingham, Claycomo, Glenaire, and Part of Liberty): It appears this will be the district where Rep. Myron Neth will be running.

District 18 (South of Districts 15/16, Avondale and North Kansas City): So far I haven’t heard of anyone that is running.

District 38 (East of Districts 12/16/17, Southern part of Kearney, Excelsior Springs, Mosby, Prathersville, Missouri City, NE tip of Kansas City, and the rest of Liberty): This appears to be where Rep. T.J. Berry will be running.

Senate Districts:

District 17 (Smithville, Liberty, Kansas City (North), North Kansas City, southern border is the Missouri River, western border is Platte County): This is the district that Rep. Ryan Silvey lives in and he has already declared for a Senate seat.

District 12: (This is a monster; includes NE Clay, Ray, Clinton, Caldwell, Daviess, DeKalb, Andrew, Harrison, Gentry, Worth, Nodaway, Atchison, and Holt counties): Bob Nance has expressed interest in running for state Senate, this is where it would happen.