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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.

Below is the February 4th edition of Clay County House Representative Bob Nance’s Capitol Report.

February 4, 2010

On the 100th Anniversary of the Boys Scouts of America

“I think the character that you learn in Scouting—working together, being honest with each other, being close knit … and depending on one another, on our camping trips and doing things—all these things build character in a young man that he takes with him into adulthood and makes him a much better citizen. And that’s why Scouting to me has always been an organization I’ve always wanted to help. I think it’s one of the best youth organizations that we … have in this country.”

James A. Lovell Jr., Mission Astronaut, Apollo 13

Better Bridges and Roads:

MoDOT has named the bridge replacements and repairs for the District for 2010.

The westbound bridge over 69 Highway in Excelsior springs is scheduled for completion by November 30th.

The bridge over Fishing River in Ray County on Highway 10 is scheduled for November 30th completion.

The smaller bridge on Clay County “N” highway will be closed from July 29th through November 21st for replacement.

The bridge over Tryst Falls on 92 Highway will be closed April 1st until May 25th.

In 2010, 18 miles of Highway 13 will be resurfaced from the Caldwell County Line to highway 10 in Richmond.

Highway C from Highway D to Elmira will receive a “chip and seal”.

Route O will receive an overlay between May and September.

Route A will have three bridges “Design Build” this year.

A bridge at K highway and 13 Highway is also scheduled and a bridge on Route E near the Caldwell County Line.

State Budget:

Budget Chairman Allen Icet responded to questions on the budget recently.

“Many believed we had seen the worst of the economic downturn and that this year would be better— but they were wrong. Unfortunately, this year we face a grim economy and one far worse than last year during the budget crisis.” The Senate, House, and Governor must work responsibly with Missouri’s tax dollars as this year’s budget is crafted.

At the Capitol

HB 1521, which is a “Silver Alert” for seniors, was forwarded to Senior Citizen Advocacy Committee.

HB 1544 was passed out of the House on Tuesday. The bill extends the state’s eligibility to receive federal extended unemployment benefit money to provide unemployed individuals compensation beyond the current unemployment benefit period that ended December 5, 2009. The state will not incur any costs of the extension of benefits.

Marti Cowherd visited the Capitol representing the Ray County Family Practice on Tuesday. Justin Mohn of Excelsior Springs is working as an Intern for Senator Jolie Justus. He is in his junior year at the University of Missouri.

In the District:

Congratulations to the Lawson and Orrick School Districts on being recognized by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Central Regional Professional Development Center as 2009 Distinction in Performance Award Recipients.

In Your Service,

Bob Nance

There are two Capitol Reports below from Representative Bob Nance MO-36 below. The first is from September 16th. In it Mr. Nance shares a letter from Gov. Jay “E. Coli” Nixon about the financial health of the state of Missouri (nothing is mentioned about the health of the Lake of the Ozarks). It’s nice to know that we live in a state that is fiscally conservative and believes in balancing the budget. It’s kind of funny too, you know, Missouri has strong majorities in the House and Senate of Republicans. Nice to know that there is some responsibility out there in government. Could the state of Missouri offer a training seminar to Mr. Obama and all the fools in WADC?

September 16, 2009


“It was with great sadness that I learned of the death of former State Representative Norwood Creason. Norwood was a unique individual and a good friend. He was dedicated to serving the people of this district. I will miss visiting with him at the many functions he still attended. Missouri has lost a great statesman.”

I would like to share a letter that I received from the Governor as follows:

“I have some excellent news to share with you about the financial health of our state. Last Friday, Fitch Ratings of New York affirmed Missouri’s AAA credit rating – the strongest possible rating – on our general obligation bonds. Missouri is one of only seven states, and the only state in the Midwest, to have earned AAA status from all three rating agencies.

Even so, as anyone who has had to cut the family budget can attest, it hasn’t been easy. We’ve had to discipline ourselves and re-emphasize our priorities. We’ve put off spending on things we wanted so we can afford the things we need, like economic development, health care and education.

We have had to make some tough decisions, but at the end of the day, we did what was necessary. If we had not stuck to our principles of conservative financial management and made the tough decisions in the early phases of this national and international financial crisis, Wall Street’s rating agencies now might be cutting our ratings, not affirming them. Neither the impact nor the success of our actions can be overstated.

Unfortunately, the economic challenges aren’t over, which means more belt tightening, fiscal discipline and continued focus on priorities. As we look toward the next budget year, it will be essential to preserve Missouri’s AAA bond rating. I look forward to working together to this end, as a responsible steward of Missouri’s future.”

Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon


In your service

Bob Nance

The next Capitol Report is from September 30th. This one talks about the veto session in the House that was held. Old “E. Coli” Nixon had a really happy veto pen this year, vetoing some 22 bills this year. What’s funny is that he vetoed some bills that had strong bipartisan support. The Democrats expressed their willingness to reach across the aisle during the veto session by voting on a completely party line vote on the override on HB 44. I get the reasoning for not challenging Nixon’s vetoes, if this was 1950 or something, but I am sick and tired of politics as usual in this country. I am sorry but the Republicans were too nice here. They should have challenged all 22 bills and forced the Democrats to play party politics on every single issue. You know they would have done it if the roles had been reversed.


“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”

Abraham Lincoln

Veto Session

A veto override didn’t materialize on any of the bills vetoed by the Governor. The only bill brought up and voted on by the House was HB 544. It passed in regular session with 144 votes but only received 86 on a party line vote Wednesday the 16th. The bill would have established the Joint Committee on Recovery Accountability and Transparency to coordinate and conduct oversight of moneys received by the state and any political subdivision from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, commonly known as the federal economic stimulus act, to help prevent fraud, waste, and abuse.

I had the opportunity to tour the Ameren U.E Calloway Nuclear Plant during Veto Session. One of the officials giving us the tour and educational information was Rick Eastman who worked for Ameren in Excelsior Springs for two and a half years. I can attest that security is very good. (see picture above)

If you are keeping up with state politics, you have probably read of a State Representative and Senator resigning this past month after a FBI probe. There is a possibility that a third Representative may resign over accepting money for a favor. This marks about eight officials in the General Assembly that have resigned or wavered under bad circumstances in my five years of public service. I want to assure you that this is only eight of the nearly 300 that have served, but it is still unacceptable. Controlling the budget might be difficult, but keeping yourself on the straight and narrow should be easy. In a recent caucus meeting, leadership made it very clear that they wouldn’t stand by anyone that couldn’t follow the rules. Both parties fear the consequences when their members break laws and violate ethics standards.

In the District

On Tuesday, the 22nd I visited the David Salyer farm between Higginsville and Richmond to learn about new concepts in cattle feeding and the use of all ethanol products and derivatives.

On Thursday, I attended the Insurance Coalition Conference on the potential changes in the coming year.

Last Friday, Representative Dwight Scharnhoarst and I spoke at a forum on Autism at the Elms Hotel. The event was sponsored by the Missouri Association for Family & Community Education. We thank Mary Martens and the Richmond MAFCE for the invitation.

The Resource/Health Fair for Ray County Seniors, their caregivers and others will be held on October 13, 2009, at the United Christian Presbyterian Church in Richmond. Registration starts at 3:30 and the event runs from 4-7 pm. It is sponsored by the Ray County Senior Services Board. For questions, email:

In your service

Bob Nance