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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.

Well, as we have learned over the last year in Clay County the political scene is often a strange one. Apparently, I now have an anonymous citizen journalist. I received the below article on 1/1/2011 from an email signed Clay County Minuteman Paul Revere. I have no clue who this is. This post will ruffle some feathers in the Clay County Courthouse, and could potentially make me a target of some of the players involved. I would like to offer to those mentioned in the below post A CHANCE TO RESPOND TO ANY ACCUSATION that has been stated. Feel free to email me at claycomopolitics@gmail.com I’ll post any response you wish to give.

This is not intended to be a personal attack, I don’t know what is true or what is not. I’m simply putting it out there. It has been my experience over the last 6 months that there is cause for concern in Clay County and some of the accusations below could potentially have validity, I would love to be proven wrong.

Wake up Clay County! There’s a new queen in town and you put her there.  Pam Mason was sworn in the last week of December to the office of Clay County Presiding Commissioner in the most political swearing in ceremony in the history of Clay County.  Mason has a reputation of demanding that those around her bow down and kiss her ring.  Her agenda will be driven by revenge and the desire to punish anyone who has ever dared to tell her no.

2011 will start off very interesting for Clay County political junkies.  It will be interesting to watch as Mason and Eastern Commissioner Katee Porter hold their noses long enough to use each other for some things that both of them want.  Porter is the only current Clay County elected official that has nothing to lose and will not be susceptible to  the bullying and manipulating that Mason is so good at.  Commissioner Porter will use Mason while attempting to further her agenda of what she thinks is best for Clay County and Commissioner Mason will use Porter in an attempt to even the score for past perceived wrongs.

Pam Mason lost the elected office of County Clerk four years ago to Tom Brandom, after having held the office for 12 years.  Losing to Brandom devastated Mason since he had sued her personally, along with a few others and Clay County taxpayers a few years earlier in a legal matter.  He was awarded quite a large settlement in 2003.  Mason has a long history with Clay County and current County employees.

Mason’s agenda as Presiding Commissioner will be driven by her “hit list” of Clay County employees who she hopes will soon be searching for jobs.  Topping that list are County Administrator Alexa Barton, Commission Secretary Ruth Bocchino, County Clerk Accounts Payable Clerk Diane Phillips, IT employee Diane Clifton and Parks Director Charlie Barr.  Each of these individuals has at one time stood up to Pam Mason or Mason’s husband.  It won’t stop with County employees.  Chambers of Commerce, Boards and Commissions, outside agencies and members of other governments within Clay County will not be immune.  Beware if Pam Mason ever asked you to do something and you did not comply.

Queen Mason’s royal Court is growing by the day.  The closest members are County Sheriff Bob Boydston and County Assessor Cathy Rinehart who worked hard to get Mason elected, also included are her husband, former County Auditor Vic Hurlbert, and former County Public Administrator Beverly Sue Ryan.  The rest of the Clay County elected officials have circled around in one way or another or will soon, not wanting to rock the boat too much.  It is common knowledge in County politics that Mason and her husband, Hurlbert, are always recruiting individuals they believe can be controlled and manipulated to run for County offices.  If they come across an elected official that cannot easily be bullied, they will sign their recruit up for that office and spend time and money trying to ensure their guy wins.

Many meetings have been occurring and much planning and coercing has been done in preparation of the early months of 2011.  Here is a glimpse into the near future of how Clay County will be run. The second week of November a lunch meeting occurred between newly elected Clay County Recorder of Deeds Jay Lawson and the Chief Deputy of the Recorder of Deeds’ office to discuss matters concerning that office.  Curiously enough, also at that meeting were newly elected Clay County Presiding Commissioner Pam Mason, County Assessor Cathy Rinehart and unsuccessful Democrat primary County Clerk candidate Sherry Duffett.  One of the topics of conversation during that meeting was the Recorder’s Preservation Fund.  This is a fund that is held in the County Treasury, but how the funds are spent are under the sole discretion of the County Recorder of Deeds for use in his office.  A few hundred thousand dollars each year are spent without the approval of the County Commission per state law.  Why would the County’s Presiding Commissioner be so interested in this money, since she has no control over it?  I can only speculate at this time, but it would seem that Mason’s husband, former Clay County Auditor Vic Hurlbert needs a job to be close to his wife in Clay County.  The perfect solution may just be for Recorder Lawson to hire Mr. Hurlbert to work in the Recorder’s office using the money from the Recorder’s Preservation fund to pay him.  Time will soon tell if the speculation is correct.

There are other people that are owed jobs to payback loyalty and political favors to Mason and Hurlbert.  Watch to see which elected officials are used to place these individuals.  Cherie Warren was Hurlbert’s loyal Chief Deputy during his tenure as Clay County Auditor.  She resigned shortly after Sheila Ernzen was appointed by Governor Nixon when Hurlbert resigned to avoid being thrown out of office by a Special Prosecutor.   Warren’s resignation was due to one of her co-workers ratting her out about a county owned laptop that wasn’t reported to the CPA firm that the County Commission hired to do an audit of the office when Hurlbert left.  Warren was a loyal supporter of Hurlbert, going so far as to secretly record conversations with the County Counselor and other County employees for Hurlbert.  She worked hard to run the office in his absence, but her knowledge of real world accounting theory and practice wasn’t enough to be able to prepare the County’s financial statements, prepare the schedules needed for audits or reconcile the County’s general ledger.

When Warren resigned, Hurlbert called his friend and political ally Platte County Auditor, Siobhann Williams.  Williams hired Warren, at first part-time and then when able, Warren was hired full time.  Williams, a CPA, lost her re-election bid to an individual who knows nothing about accounting in November and may need a job come January 3.

You can look for Cherie Warren to arrive to work January 3 to begin work as the chief deputy auditor for newly elected auditor William James Norris.  Maybe she learned enough working in the Platte County Auditor’s office to help Norris limp through the next four years.  Warren will want to be paid for her service to Norris, so look for someone in the County Auditor’s office to be terminated soon.  The plan was to terminate the part-time employee, but that will lead to some hefty lawsuits for Norris and Clay County taxpayers if that is done.  It will be interesting to see how Hurlbert and Mason work around that.  Hurlbert already got a long-time auditor’s office employee of 30 years to retire two years early to open some salary budget dollars for Warren, but Warren wants more.

The next question is will Williams also be hired by Norris.  It’s possible, but more likely that Hurlbert and Mason will talk the County Commission into creating a new Finance Director position or something similar for Williams with the sole duty of financial reporting.  It is definitely needed at this time in light of the lack of experience and knowledge of newly elected Auditor Norris.

There are others that will be given sweet rewards for their loyalty and favors as well and every elected officeholder will be used to help dole out those rewards.  With Mason and Hurlbert the question is never, “What have you done for me?”, the question is rather, “What have you done for me LATELY?”  It’s time for Clay County to wake up and pay attention to who they have elected into their local government, I’m sounding the alarm and it’s up to you whether or not you push the snooze button.

Clay County Minuteman Paul Revere

Wake up Clay County! There’s a new queen in town and you put her there.  Pam Mason was sworn in the last week of December to the office of Clay County Presiding Commissioner in the most political swearing in ceremony in the history of Clay County.  Mason has a reputation of demanding that those around her bow down and kiss her ring.  Her agenda will be driven by revenge and the desire to punish anyone who has ever dared to tell her no.

Pam Mason is a lot of things, but there are two things she is not.  She is not patient, and she is not a team player.  2011 will start off very interesting for Clay County political junkies.  It will be interesting to watch as Mason and Eastern Commissioner Katee Porter hold their noses long enough to use each other for some things that both of them want.  Porter is the only current Clay County elected official that has nothing to lose and will not be susceptible to  the bullying and manipulating that Mason is so good at.  Commissioner Porter will use Mason while attempting to further her agenda of what she thinks is best for Clay County and Commissioner Mason will use Porter in an attempt to even the score for past perceived wrongs.

Pam Mason lost the elected office of County Clerk four years ago to Tom Brandom, after having held the office for 12 years.  Losing to Brandom devastated Mason since he had sued her personally, along with a few others and Clay County taxpayers a few years earlier in a legal matter.  He was awarded quite a large settlement in 2003.  Mason has a long history with Clay County and current County employees.

Mason’s agenda as Presiding Commissioner will be driven by her “hit list” of Clay County employees who she hopes will soon be searching for jobs.  Topping that list are County Administrator Alexa Barton, Commission Secretary Ruth Bocchino, County Clerk Accounts Payable Clerk Diane Phillips, IT employee Diane Clifton and Parks Director Charlie Barr.  Each of these individuals has at one time stood up to Pam Mason or Mason’s husband.  It won’t stop with County employees.  Chambers of Commerce, Boards and Commissions, outside agencies and members of other governments within Clay County will not be immune.  Beware if Pam Mason ever asked you to do something and you did not comply.

Queen Mason’s royal Court is growing by the day.  The closest members are County Sheriff Bob Boydston and County Assessor Cathy Rinehart who worked hard to get Mason elected, also included are her husband, former County Auditor Vic Hurlbert, former County Public Administrator Beverly Sue Ryan, State Representative Ryan Silvey and State Senator Luann Ridgeway.  The rest of the Clay County elected officials have circled around in one way or another or will soon, not wanting to rock the boat too much.  It is common knowledge in County politics that Mason and her husband, Hurlbert, are always recruiting individuals they believe can be controlled and manipulated to run for County offices.  If they come across an elected official that cannot easily be bullied, they will sign their recruit up for that office and spend time and money trying to ensure their guy wins.

Many meetings have been occurring and much planning and coercing has been done in preparation of the early months of 2011.  Here is a glimpse into the near future of how Clay County will be run. The second week of November a lunch meeting occurred between newly elected Clay County Recorder of Deeds Jay Lawson and the Chief Deputy of the Recorder of Deeds’ office to discuss matters concerning that office.  Curiously enough, also at that meeting were newly elected Clay County Presiding Commissioner Pam Mason, County Assessor Cathy Rinehart and unsuccessful Democrat primary County Clerk candidate Sherry Duffett.  One of the topics of conversation during that meeting was the Recorder’s Preservation Fund.  This is a fund that is held in the County Treasury, but how the funds are spent are under the sole discretion of the County Recorder of Deeds for use in his office.  A few hundred thousand dollars each year are spent without the approval of the County Commission per state law.  Why would the County’s Presiding Commissioner be so interested in this money, since she has no control over it?  I can only speculate at this time, but it would seem that Mason’s husband, former Clay County Auditor Vic Hurlbert needs a job to be close to his wife in Clay County.  The perfect solution may just be for Recorder Lawson to hire Mr. Hurlbert to work in the Recorder’s office using the money from the Recorder’s Preservation fund to pay him.  Time will soon tell if the speculation is correct.

There are other people that are owed jobs to payback loyalty and political favors to Mason and Hurlbert.  Watch to see which elected officials are used to place these individuals.  Cherie Warren was Hurlbert’s loyal Chief Deputy during his tenure as Clay County Auditor.  She resigned shortly after Sheila Ernzen was appointed by Governor Nixon when Hurlbert resigned to avoid being thrown out of office by a Special Prosecutor.   Warren’s resignation was due to one of her co-workers ratting her out about a county owned laptop that wasn’t reported to the CPA firm that the County Commission hired to do an audit of the office when Hurlbert left.  Warren was a loyal supporter of Hurlbert, going so far as to secretly record conversations with the County Counselor and other County employees for Hurlbert.  She worked hard to run the office in his absence, but her knowledge of real world accounting theory and practice wasn’t enough to be able to prepare the County’s financial statements, prepare the schedules needed for audits or reconcile the County’s general ledger.

When Warren resigned, Hurlbert called his friend and political ally Platte County Auditor, Siobhann Williams.  Williams hired Warren, at first part-time and then when able, Warren was hired full time.  Williams, a CPA, lost her re-election bid to an individual who knows nothing about accounting in November and may need a job come January 3.

You can look for Cherie Warren to arrive to work January 3 to begin work as the chief deputy auditor for newly elected auditor William James Norris.  Maybe she learned enough working in the Platte County Auditor’s office to help Norris limp through the next four years.  Warren will want to be paid for her service to Norris, so look for someone in the County Auditor’s office to be terminated soon.  The plan was to terminate the part-time employee, but that will lead to some hefty lawsuits for Norris and Clay County taxpayers if that is done.  It will be interesting to see how Hurlbert and Mason work around that.  Hurlbert already got a long-time auditor’s office employee of 30 years to retire two years early to open some salary budget dollars for Warren, but Warren wants more.

The next question is will Williams also be hired by Norris.  It’s possible, but more likely that Hurlbert and Mason will talk the County Commission into creating a new Finance Director position or something similar for Williams with the sole duty of financial reporting.  It is definitely needed at this time in light of the lack of experience and knowledge of newly elected Auditor Norris.

There are others that will be given sweet rewards for their loyalty and favors as well and every elected officeholder will be used to help dole out those rewards.  With Mason and Hurlbert the question is never, “What have you done for me?”, the question is rather, “What have you done for me LATELY?”  It’s time for Clay County to wake up and pay attention to who they have elected into their local government, I’m sounding the alarm and it’s up to you whether or not you push the snooze button.