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In addition to the special contracts that have been awarded to the County Commissioners’ friends, Clay County taxpayers have additionally spent more than $331,000 on jobs for the friends and political contributors of this County Commission.  The sheriff could have hired 9 additional deputies or the Highway Department could have asphalted 4 additional miles of county roads each year with that money.  Instead of spending taxpayer money on public safety or county roads and bridges, Commissioners are spending public money to pay back their friends.


The County Commission created four brand new positions in 2013 specifically for friends and political contributors. These four positions that are being paid for by Clay County taxpayers have annual salaries totaling more than $151,000 plus benefits.

The Assistant Director at the county airport position that was created for political contributor and former County Treasurer’s (Carol McCaslin) husband, Dale McCaslin, had an annual salary of $52,000 plus benefits.

The Special Assistant to the County Commission position that was created political contributor and friend of the Commission, Steve Hemphill, had an annual salary of $36,500 plus benefits.

The Special Projects Coordinator position that was created for friend of the Commission, Heather Hall, had an annual salary of $36,400 plus benefits

The Assistant Purchasing Agent position that was created for friend of the Commission, Beth Brantley, had a part time annual salary of $27,050 plus benefits


Clay County taxpayers have paid more than $115,000 in termination agreements and settlement agreements with long time County employees that were fired so that they could be replaced by friends of the Commission.

The Assistant County Administrator was fired and paid a termination agreement costing Clay County taxpayers $60,917. He was replaced by friend of the Commission Steve Wright. His salary annual salary is $94,700 plus benefits.

The Commission’s Secretary was fired and paid a lawsuit settlement agreement costing Clay County taxpayers $50,000. She was replaced by friend of the Commission Pam Cone. Her annual salary is $37,752 plus benefits.

One of the purchasing staff employees was fired and paid a termination agreement costing Clay County taxpayers $4,386.  She was replaced by friend of the Commission Stacey Nickerson. Her annual salary is $31,096 plus benefits.

There are also long term employees that were fired and not paid a termination agreement or settlement agreement, but that is costing Clay County taxpayers because the salaries of the friends of the Commissioners are more than the employees that were replaced.


The County’s former county counselor team was replaced in 2013. The attorneys that made up the County’s 2013 legal team cost the citizens of Clay County an additional $65,000 in annual salaries than the County’s previous legal team. Political contributor Matt Thompson ($75,000 salary), political contributor Tim Flook ($55,000 salary) and friend of the Commission Don Norris ($60,0000 salary) all receive more than the three county counselors they replaced that each made an annual salary of $41,640.  This doesn’t include the money that has been spent out of the General fund and other special revenue funds on additional, special legal counsel.

On Sunday 3/25 I attended “Blacks, Republicans, and Race” at William Jewel College. The event was presented by William Jewell College and The Clay County African American Legacy.

Attending the event was Mr. Kevin Williams, producer of a new documentary called Fear of a Black Republican. Mr. Williams screened about 30 minutes of his movie for the attendees. It is very thought provoking. I definitely think this is a film you should be aware of. Here is the trailer:

Growing up I would have probably considered myself a “Republican.”  While I attended the Clay County Caucus as a Republican, on Sunday I woke up and declared it a new day and returned to my Independent status. One of the many reasons I refuse to give money to the Republican party and consider myself a Republican is it continues to refuse to focus on the urban vote. If Republicans were to shave off 10% of the minority vote in this country then Democrats would have a huge problem on their hands!

After the film, there was a panel discussion that featured the Honorable Carson Ross, Mayor of Blue Springs, Missouri; Kevin Williams; Bev Randles, former Shook, Hardy, and Bacon attorney, and North Kansas City Republican who is currently managing the gubernatorial campaign for her husband, Bill Randles; and Tim Flook, an attorney, former Missouri State Representative and William Jewell College graduate.

I am going to post several videos below from the event. Overall, I was  impressed, and I am pleased that this happened in our county. It was great to see Rep. Jerry Nolte was able to show up. I was incredibly disappointed in the showing by the Clay County Republican Central Committee and other Clay County Republicans at the event. One of the things that was pointed out in the movie was how little attention the Republican party pays to the minority vote, accurate assessment.

This is Kevin Williams giving an introduction to his film:

One of the most interesting things that I took from the parts of the film that were screened was a better understanding of how the black vote shifted from Republicans to Democrats. For those of you that know your history, you should know that the Republican party was the party of black Americans for many years after the Civil War. Williams takes a small jaunt through political history to explain. There were several factors in the mid-20th century, but the event that caused the final shift to the almost uniform voting for Democrats was President Richard Nixon. (I often struggle with who was the worst President of the 20th century, there are so many options, but I could settle for Nixon if I had to.) Nixon refused to call Coretta Scott King after Dr. King had been imprisoned in 1960 in a Georgia jail. Nixon’s reason was that he was worried about alienating Southern voters. Instead, Kennedy called King and then capitalized on this politically. His campaign printed up a little pamphlet that discussed the problems Dr. King was facing. Because of Nixon’s foolishness Kennedy was elected. A few years later the racist President Lyndon B. Johnson would use the the Civil Rights Act as a political football, and the rest, we can say, is history.


Update 7/18/2012: As of today, I am no longer supporting Ryan Silvey for any political office.

I received notification today from Rep. Ryan Silvey, he’s in for Missouri State Senate 2012.

Due to redistricting I am unsure at this point what this Senatorial district he is running for will look like on a map. I am also unsure if Rep. Silvey will have a primary opponent, depending how things fall with redistricting, we could possibly see Rep. Jerry Nolte jump in to the fray. On the Democrat side the possible opponents include current Clay County Assessor Cathy Rinehart…..hold on I have to stop laughing so I can focus…..almost there….. Ok, the other possibility is Bill Skaggs.

You know if Skaggs is the Democrat candidate and Rep. Silvey the Republican candidate we could just invite them to duke it out in the ring, rumor has it that Bill Skaggs has a mean right hook. It may be the only chance Democrats have at this seat, then again if you check out Rep. Silvey’s Twitter feed he’s a big MMA (Mixed Martial Arts, if you don’t know) fan, so it could be interesting.

Sorry, but I can’t resist this. We interrupt this blog post for a special presentation of “When Bill Skaggs Attacks!!!!.”

Anyways, on to the serious side of this. Here is Rep. Silvey’s press release. I wish him all the best. If this one turns into a primary fight in the Republican party between the above mentioned candidates I will not endorse this race publicly come primary time because I have respect for both Mr. Silvey and Mr. Nolte.

Representative Ryan Silvey Announces Bid for Missouri State Senate

Today Representative Ryan Silvey (R-38) announced his bid for the Missouri State Senate in 2012.  “I have been honored and privileged to serve the Northland in the Missouri House of Representatives for the last 6 years. While I am proud of the progress we have made, there is still much work to be done.  Becoming the next Senator from the Northland is the best way for me to continue serving our great community and fighting for us in Jefferson City.” Silvey said.

During his time in the House, Representative Silvey has served as a Majority Floor Whip, Vice-Chairman of the Homeland Security, Small Business, Government Relations and Appropriations General Administration Committees. For the last 2 years he has been Chairman of the Appropriations General Administration Committee as well as the Joint Committee on Capital Improvements and Leases Oversight.  This year he was promoted to be the Chairman of the powerful House Budget Committee.  As Chairman of the Budget Committee, he is the first ever to serve in that position from the city of Kansas City.

“During these tough economic times, there is no more important job than ensuring that the State has a balanced budget without further burdening the taxpayers.” Silvey said. “Over the next 20 months I will bring the same energy and veracity to this campaign, in all corners of the Northland, that I bring to protecting all Missouri taxpayers from runaway spending rogue bureaucrats.”

Ryan realizes that he cannot do this alone and is pleased to have the early support of the following community leaders in his bid to be the next State Senator from the Northland:

Endorsement Statements:

“I am very pleased that Ryan Silvey has decided to run for the Senate seat that I will be vacating in 2 years. Ryan is imminently capable and also is committed to the ideals and political philosophy shared by the vast majority of people who live in this Senate District. I’m happy to give my wholehearted support to Ryan Silvey for State Senate.”

-Senator Luann Ridgeway (R-Smithville)

“In the 6 years I served with Ryan in the House I witnessed the tireless work ethic he brings to the legislative process, particularly in the area of the State budget. I have every confidence that he will bring that same level of energy and deliberation to the State Senate.  I look forward to working with him and enthusiastically support his candidacy to be the next Senator from the Northland.”

-Senator Rob Schaaf (R-St. Joseph)

“Ryan Silvey has proven himself a very effective legislator and a great voice for his district and the Northland. I am pleased to support his run for the Senate.”

-Representative Myron Neth (R-Liberty)

“Representative Silvey has served the Northland well. His work on the State budget has greatly benefited Missouri during lean economic times and he has proven himself capable of making difficult and important decisions. As our next Senator he will continue to help us have a strong voice in Jefferson City. That is why I am happy to endorse Ryan Silvey as our next Senator in the Northland.”

-Representative T.J. Berry (R-Kearney)

“As a State Representative, Ryan has proven that he is dedicated to serving the Northland. I am certain he will do the same in the Senate. He has my full support.”

-Representative Nick Marshall (R-Platte City)

“Representative Silvey has the courage to lead as House Budget Chairman during one of the most challenging times in our state. His experience and common sense in the Senate will be a tremendous asset to the people of Missouri.”

-Representative Ron Schieber (R-Kansas City)

“Ryan Silvey is the right choice for the Missouri Senate. He stands for principles that make our state great: personal responsibility, not bail-outs; reducing public debt and controlling runaway spending in government; telling people the truth and saying “No” to bureaucrats and big-wigs who take advantage of taxpayers. Ryan will work for your family’s future and real prosperity for our community.”

-Former Representative Tim Flook (R-Liberty)

“As a State Representative, Ryan has worked tirelessly to ensure that the Northland has a prominent seat at the table.  I am supporting Ryan Silvey for State Senate because he will continue to bring the best leadership for the area. He has always provided the maximum level of service without burdening the taxpayers.”

-Presiding Commissioner Pam Mason, Clay County

“Silvey is a fair minded Conservative that has always taken care of the needs of the Northland.”

-Recorder of Deeds Jay Lawson, Clay County