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Candidate for Jackson County Legislature 2nd District Arimeta DuPree at the RDA July Meeting

Arimeta DuPree is running for the Democratic nomination for the Jackson County Legislature in the 2nd District. Raytown’s portion of that district is from Raytown Road West, with slight exceptions.  I know Arimeta and have endorsed her. I admire her intellect, passion for justice, and ability to work well with people from all walks of life. Below is a video of her presentation to the Raytown Democratic Association at their July meeting. She received the organizations endorsement. I added a picture of her sign to cover my bad camera work in the last minute of the presentation.

Raytown Online August Primary Endorsments

MISSOURI STATE REPRESENTATIVE – 28th DISTRICT Jerome Barnes

Jerome Barnes is a proven leader who has given our community decades of service as a coach, athletic director, and school board member.

JACKSON COUNTY EXECUTIVE Frank White Jr

Frank White is our best hope to make changes in problem areas. His political opponents have had decades to correct problems like the county jail and now seem to blame these problems on Frank White.  I am not certain of the outcome, but I like the odds better than trusting the political factions that have overseen the situation for over 20 years.

JACKSON COUNTY LEGISLATOR – DISTRICT 1 AT LARGE Jalen Anderson

Jalen is young, smart, honest and hard-working. We need more good people like him to get into politics.

JACKSON COUNTY LEGISLATOR – DISTRICT 2 AT LARGE Crystal Williams

Energetic, smart, and ok sometimes a little abrasive, but she does the right thing when it come down to the issues and the interests of everyone, rather than the interests of a few.

JACKSON COUNTY LEGISLATOR – DISTRICT 2 Arimeta DuPree

Arimeta is a personal friend who has the rare habit of thinking deeply before she speaks. I trust her character and her intellect. She will be a breath of fresh air to the county legislature.

JACKSON COUNTY SHERIFF Darryl Forte

While a court has tossed this back to the party committees to select. I still urge you to vote for Darrell Forte. What one court decides, a bigger court sometimes overturns.  Of all the candidates, Forte is the only one with the skills and inclination to clean up the mess in the sheriff’s department.

 

You may have noticed that I have not made recommendations for those readers who will ask for a Republican ballot this coming Tuesday.  The reason is that I do not know enough about the candidates to make an informed recommendation.

 

 

Raytown Board of Aldermen attempt to change rules on Fireworks

On Tuesday June 19th the Raytown Board of Aldermen attempted to change the laws governing the use of fireworks in Raytown. The reason I use the word attempted is that they actually failed to vote on the ordinance.  The actual voting was on an amendment to the ordinance. The video clearly shows that the actual ordinance was not voted on.

The proposed changes would allow for shooting off fireworks for 4 days instead of 1, allow the use of Roman Candles, and strike the section requiring adult supervision of minors under the age of 16.  It also allows for the shooting of fireworks on New Years Eve.

There was also an interesting discussion between Alderman Black and Chief Lynch concerning the Police Dept. requesting to be paid by Parks and Rec. to patrol the park for people setting off fireworks (which is illegal in Raytown). Chief Lynch cited force reduction due to budget cuts as a reason more attention cannot be given to patrolling Parks. Alderman Black attempted to bring up that this was the same policy that existed before the budget cuts, but did not get far on this point.

Raytown Online has no immediate knowledge about past actions concerning the parks on the 4th of July, but does know that the Raytown Police Dept. has ask for overtime payment from the parks to patrol Super Splash and the Summer Music and Arts festival in the past.

There are more details on this subject on the Raytown Report, click HERE  The video below is the complete portion sourced from the city’s website.

Press Release From Representative Jerome Barnes

LAWMAKERS PASS $27.75 BILLION STATE OPERATING BUDGET

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Republican-controlled House of Representatives on May 4 granted final approval to a $27.75 billion state operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year that eliminates services for many elderly and disabled Missourians and slashes funding for higher education while providing local public schools a relatively modest funding boost. The Senate had passed most of the 13 appropriations bills that make up the operating budget for 2018 fiscal year, which begins July 1, but was still working on final passage of the remaining bills in advance to a May 5 constitutional budget deadline.

Jerome Barnes wins Missouri 28th District House race

jerome-barnes-capitolDemocrat Jerome Barnes was elected to the Missouri House, 28th District by a substantial margin Tuesday.

Jackson County % Kansa City % Total %
Barnes 7211 58.36 1779 67.41 8990 59.95
VanBuskirk 5146 41.64 860 32.59 6006 40.05
12357 100 2639 100 14996 100

RaytownOnline endorses Jerome Barnes for State Representative Dist. 28

Mr. Barnes’ 30+ years of service to our community, his résumé, and his positions on issues that are critical to a inner ring suburb make Jerome Barnes the best choice to represent us in Jeff. City.

Mr. Barnes has served our community as a coach, athletic director, umpire, and member of our school board. These positions along with his service as a sergeant in the Army and middle manager in the Postal Service are indicative of leadership, organization, and the ability to work with people from all walks of life

Three differences on the issues stand out.

Jerome Barnes supports public Pre-Kindergarten education and Bill VanBuskirk opposes it.  A major factor in the health of a community is the quality of the schools.  Good schools attract people to live here and we should not deny our educators this important tool to increase the academic and social skills of our students.

Urban renewal is another difference between the two candidates. Mr. VanBuskirk is on record opposing taking grant money to revitalize run-down homes. His voiced opposition was based on the required 25% set-aside for lower income buyers. The reality I see is that if we do not want lower income buyers, we are going to get lower income renters in a large portion of our residences.  Mr. Barnes supports programs that result elimination of blight and raising the percentage of homes in the hands of owners.

The final issue is the minimum wage.  A recent public forum ask the candidates if they supported increasing the minimum wage. Mr. Barnes answered “yes”, Mr. VanBuskirk stated that he did not believe in any minimum wage, that if people need more money they should get a better job.

When it comes to these issues, you may agree with Bill VanBuskirk, and your obvious choice would be to ignore my endorsement of Jerome Barnes. In the interest of full disclosure, Mr. Barnes is a personal friend who has helped RaytownOnline keep the public informed about events and issues concerning the Raytown School District.

Michael N. Downing

editor, owner, reporter, janitor… of RaytownOnline.com

 

ELECTION 2016 THE CANDIDATES ON THE ISSUES part 2

There is one political race this year that is very much a Raytown Race and that is the Missouri Representative for the 28th District. This district covers almost all of Raytown and Raytown covers most of this district.

The candidates are Jerome Barnes (D) and Bill VanBuskirk (R).

Issue 2 is raising the minimum wage. Barnes supports raising it and VanBuskirk opposes any minimum wage at all.  Below is an excerpt of the candidates answers in the public forum

The full video of this forum can be viewed in this previous article on RaytownOnline.com

Missouri House District 28 Candidate Forum

Election 2016 The candidates on the issues

There is one political race this year that is very much a Raytown Race and that is the Missouri Representative for the 28th District. This district covers almost all of Raytown and Raytown covers most of this district.

The candidates are Jerome Barnes (D) and Bill VanBuskirk (R).

Issue 1 is Pre-K Education. Barnes supports public Pre-K classes and VanBuskirk opposes it.  Below is an excerpt of the candidates answers in the public forum

 

The full video of this forum can be viewed in this previous article on RaytownOnline.com

Missouri House District 28 Candidate Forum

Raytown Online endorses Jessica Podhola for State Senate

jessicaJessica Podhola is probably the best prepared 1st time politician running for office.  She has lived in the district for many years, unlike her opponent who moved into the district when it became apparent that there would be an open seat in this district.  Jessica has worked for progressive Democratic values for decades and has worked with Raytown Democrats.

I am not going to mince words, the choice is between a smart and hard-working person of character who is running a campaign dependent on a lot of shoe leather and a machine politician who was moved into the district to serve the interests of his patron political machine.

For more on this race click HERE for an excellent article in the PITCH.

Raytown Online endorses Bonnaye Mims

b onnaye at the capitolBonnaye Mims may have only 2 precincts in Raytown, but she lives in one of them and is a frequent speaker at the Raytown Democratic Association. Her reports on Jefferson City are second only to Tom McDonald’s in frequency.  She is not beholding to any political machine, she is beholding to the people in her district.  Mims is hard-working and extremely well versed on educational issues.

RaytownOnline Endorses Jerome Barnes for State Rep.

12931301_234329426915681_5495450049754522011_nJerome Barnes stands out as the only candidate who has a history of both working for our community and working for the Democratic Party. He is the only candidate that is not a stranger to working for Democratic issues and Democratic candidates.

He is a regular at the Raytown Democratic Association monthly meetings, where he keeps the membership updated on issues and events concerning the Raytown School District in keeping with his role as a member of our School Board.

Mr. Barnes has a long history of dealing with rules and regulations as a member of the US Army, the Postal Service, and the Raytown School Board. He is known for doing his homework and this experience and attention to detail will serve us well in Jefferson City.

Mr. Barnes chose Raytown to raise his family in 30 years ago and has a 30 year record of community service that has entailed working with people from all walks of life.

Missouri House District 28 Candidate Forum

The League of Women Voters and the Raytown Chamber of Commerce held a candidates forum for the Missouri House 28th District earlier this week.  All six candidates were in attendance.  RaytownOnline.com made a video recording of the forum.  Due to the closeness of the election, to save time, the normal amount of editing to pretty up the footage has not been done. There is about 10 minutes where the view is only the moderator at the podium, when the preferred view would be the candidates. This is at almost the end of the video and the reason is simple, I made a mistake during the file transfer process and did not catch it before the originals were deleted from the camera.  Everything is there, just some of it is not the preferred view.

 

RAYTOWN DEMOCRATIC ASSOCIATION MEETING NOTICE

RAYTOWN DEMOCRATIC ASSOCIATION
MEETING NOTICE
Thursday, May 19th, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Las Chili’s, 6210 Raytown Trafficway, Raytown

Come early at 6:00 PM to dine and make new friends!

Our speakers will be
Jerome Barnes
Candidate MO State Representative District 28

Winston Apple
Candidate MO Lieutenant Governor

Contact
President Richard Tush (816) 356-0003
Vice President Fred Hartwell (816) 353-4431

 

Letter to the editor from former Alderman Joe Creamer

As many of you may know, it recently came out that 7 of our 10 Alderman have taken part in secret meetings with the Fire District. The content of these meetings is still a mystery as The Disgraceful 7 will not discuss it with staff or you, their constituents. That is precisely the reason they are being investigated by the Missouri Attorney General’s office. Congratulations to the three Alderman( Steve Mock, Bill VanBuskirk and Jim Aziere) for not being part of this group.

I addressed the board through public comment at the last  regularly scheduled meeting and let them know of what I thought and warned if they used their position to try to intimidate me I refuse to back down. So, with that I am going to tell you about my next story.

As many of you know I served 8 years on The Board of Alderman representing Ward 1 but am not currently in an elected capacity. I spent 8 years working with staff and other Alderman to try to make Raytown a better place. I found the staff at City Hall when I had questions in regards to any question I had with anything involving the community. I have set back as I am no longer an Alderman and observed the new board as they lead the community. This is where I want to take things a new direction.

I have had many conversations with people to the every day workings at City Hall and they have brought up to some disturbing revelations into the way the board is working with the professional staff at City hall. The ringleader of the disturbing treatment of staff would be the one and only Jason Greene; he believes that gotcha moments and the use of his henchmen is the way to work with staff. He uses Steve Meyers and Mark Moore to intimidate whomever is around that might disagree, whether it be staff or other Alderman. All of this while your Mayor Mike McDonough sits at City Hall for the entire day every day.

The treatment of staff is so bad that a friend confided in me that they were talking to an employee of City Hall and this person started crying because of the treatment they had seen staff members receive from the 3 listed above. I find that disgraceful! Now there are those that would argue the job of the Alderman is to ensure that staff perform to their highest level possible and that would be correct. However, if you condone the kind of activity at City Hall, put yourself in the position of the employees there. I know of nobody that wants to be in a position where they don’t know where the next attack is coming from.

These elected officials are supposed to be the leaders of our fine community but where is the leadership in idly standing by and watching the mistreatment of other human beings. I believe that Mike McDonough is a very good person but is being pulled by a faction of very selfish people who want to impose their will on the good people of Raytown. I call on our Mayor to stand up and show us the leadership we elected him for.

As a side note I have filed a complaint on all of the Disgraceful 7 with the Missouri Ethics Commission to let them determine if there is any wrong doing. There has been analysis from other news sources in regards to the matter but they are not the experts.

Raytown Democratic Association Monthly Meeting

RAYTOWN DEMOCRATIC ASSOCIATION

MEETING NOTICE

Thursday, July 16th, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Las Chili’s, 6210 Raytown Trafficway, Raytown
Come early at 6:00 PM to dine and make new friends!

 

Our speaker will belevotaPaul LeVota
MO State Senator 11th District

Thank you for helping to keep MO Blue

Contact

President Richard Tush (816) 356-0003
Vice President Fred Hartwell (816) 353-4431

August 20th

Mike McDonough
Raytown Mayor

 

September 17th

Bonnaye Mims
MO State Representative 27th District

Tom McDonald
MO State Representative 28th District

 

HOLD THE DATE

Saturday July 25th 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
RDA Annual Picnic


BONUS Picture

County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker Tweeting a photo of the audience  at the last Raytown Democratic Association meeting

jean peters baker at rda

RAYTOWN DEMOCRATIC ASSOCIATION MEETING

RAYTOWN DEMOCRATIC ASSOCIATION
MEETING NOTICE
Thursday, June 18th, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Las Chili’s, 6210 Raytown Trafficway, Raytown
Come early at 6:00 PM to dine and make new friends!

Our speaker will be

Jean Peters Baker
Jackson County Prosecutor

Thank you for helping to keep MO Blue

Contact

President Richard Tush (816) 356-0003
Vice President Fred Hartwell (816) 353-4431

July 16th

Paul LeVota
MO State Senator 11th District

HOLD THE DATE

Saturday July 25th 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
RDA Annual Picnic


Raytown Mayor Mike McDonough and Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders at the last RDA meeting.

Sanders gave a presentation on the prospects for Light Rail in Jackson County by using idle railroad lines. Exec Sanders explained the unique advantage Jackson County and Raytown have given much of the route can be implemented on existing right-of-ways that the railroads have already agreed to sell at a fraction of what it would cost to develop for public transit from scratch. McDonough and Sanders 1024

RAYTOWN DEMOCRATIC ASSOCIATION MEETING NOTICE

RAYTOWN DEMOCRATIC ASSOCIATION

MEETING NOTICE

Thursday, April 16th, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Las Chili’s, 6210 Raytown Trafficway, Raytown
Come early at 6:00 PM to dine and make new friends!

Our speakers will be

Paul LeVota
MO State Senator 11th District

Lauren Gepford
Executive Director, Jackson County Democratic Committee

Thank you for helping to keep MO Blue

Contact

President Richard Tush (816) 356-0003

Vice President Fred Hartwell (816) 353-4431

May 21st
Mike Sanders
Jackson County Executive

June 18th
Jean Peters Baker
Jackson County Prosecutor

Raytown Election 2015 – Politics in Ski Masks – Follow the Money (part 2)

The Charter is getting support in the form of Signs and post cards from a group called “Raytown Community Alliance.” Inquires to the Jackson County Election Board resulted in a referral to the Missouri Ethics Commission. The Commission website did yield some information.

Address 10014 E 63rd St.  Raytown, Mo. 64133 Phone (816) 225-xxxx (the address is also the address of former Mayor Sue Franks insurance company and the phone number that I did not fully list is Ms. Frank’s cell phone)

The only other information on the Ethics Commission’s web site is a single non-committee expenditure report that shows $972.00 for yard signs and $1226.18 for a mailer. There was nothing about where the money came from. A recent article in the Raytown Eagle seemed to indicate that this group claimed to not be a campaign committee and therefore was not required to file disclosure reports. Well the group did file an expenditure report, they just did not file a contributor report.  http://mec.mo.gov/Scanned/PDF/2015/111374.pdf

The bottom line is that it does not matter if a group can legally hide where their money comes from, if they hide it, they are not to be trusted. They are like a politician coming to your door wearing a ski mask.

Next who is behind the NO-Charter campaign

Consultant faults charter & denies endorsement

This article originally ran in the Raytown Times and is reprinted here with their permission


The proposed City Charter has several policy issues that could become problematic for the city. particularly in the working relationships between the Mayor, Board of Aldermen and the City Administrator, Gary Markenson, former executive director of the Missouri Municipal League and now a consultant to cities. said yesterday (Tuesday, March 3 1).

At the Charter Commission’s request, Markenson met with the commissioners early on as they sought advice on charter preparation. After the draft was printed, Commission Chairman Sieve Guenther provided Markenson a copy of the charter and asked him to review it and provide an endorsement. Markenson said he could not endorse it and pointed out to Guenther several key problems.

The Charter has essentially gutted the position of Mayor, stripping the office of all administrative duties and leaving the mayor to handle ceremonial duties, Markenson noted. It also presents a wall between the Mayor and the City Administrator, placing more power with the Board of Aldermen.

The Charter states: ‘The Mayor shall be recognized as head of the City government for all legal and ceremonial purposes;  shall have no administrative duties beyond serving as Board of Aldermen Chairman.”

The Charter also provides for an elected Municipal Judge. but states that the judge, “Need not reside within the City.”

” I don ‘I know of any city in this state that allows an elected official to live outside the city.” Markenson said. ” It seems inconsistent to require the City Administrator to live within the city when an elected judge is not required to.”

Markenson noted that the Charter specifies that “the Park Board may make and adopt such bylaws, rules, and regulations for the guidance and for the operation of the parks. Such rules shall be  adopted into the City code or ordinances upon approval by the Board of Aldermen.”

“Does that mean the city has to rule on every little rule and regulation the Park Board comes up with?” he asked rhetorically.  “It seems that could cause major conflict between the Park
Board and Aldermen. It paves the way for conflict.”

Markenson pointed out several other faults. but praised the Charter Commissioners for their diligence in preparing the document. “They worked really hard,” he said.

 


That concludes the Raytown Times article.  Below is video of Markenson’s presentation at the second Charter Commission meeting.

RAYTOWN MAYORAL CANDIDATE FORUM Video

Raytown Election 2015 – Follow the Money (part 1)

dollar_risingThe race for Mayor of Raytown is turning out to be the biggest in terms of cash contributions ever.  Alderman Ertz has raised a respectable $5,533.33 and given the amount of time left from that filling to election day, should hit the normal well financed range of $6,000 to $8,000. Retired police Sergeant McDonough has raised a whopping $16,260.00 and has already set a new record for contributions.

Analysis of the named cash contributor based on their stated address shows that Ertz got 81.48% of his contributions from Raytown and the average contribution level was $270,  McDonough got 55.48% of his contributions from Raytown and his average donation was $630.83.  This is an incomplete picture as a large portion of McDonough’s contributions were in-kind donations and a large portion of Ertz’s donations were raised at fundraising events where small donations to not have to be itemized.

Click HERE to download a pdf scan of the Ertz filings with the Ethics Commission that this article is based on and click HERE to download the McDonough filings.

Register Raytown

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Register Raytown is a non-partisan effort to register voters in Raytown.  We will be helping voters get registered on March 1st from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM at the Painters Hall at 9902 East 62nd Street Raytown, MO. A Jackson County Election Board employee has volunteered his time so that your registration will be submitted immediately.

Directions: Take 63rd to Raytown Road (between Fox Drug and the UMB Bank) and turn North to 62nd Street and turn West (left) and it will be right in front of you. The entrance to the meeting room we will be using is in the back.

painters map

Local elections have more impact on our lives than any other type election. They determine the quality of our streets and street lights, police, parks, schools, and fire protection.  Politicians listen to people that vote and are more likely to treat them fairly.

For Help registering
call 317 ROC VOTE (317/762-8683)
email vote@raytownonline.com

Register Raytown is sponsored by RaytownOnline.com

RAYTOWN DEMOCRATIC ASSOCIATION MEETING NOTICE

RAYTOWN DEMOCRATIC ASSOCIATION

MEETING NOTICE

 

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Las Chili’s, 6210 Raytown Trafficway, Raytown
Come early at 6:00 PM to dine and make new friends!

 

Our speakers will be

 Lanna Ultican 

Covering the GOP’s attitude about women’s rights

We will also be voting on RDA Board members for 2015

Thank you for helping to keep MO Blue

 

Contact

President Richard Tush at (816) 356-0003
Vice President Fred Hartwell (816) 353-4431

Next meeting is January 15th

Mayor David Bower has been selected to the steering committee of KC Rising.

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KANSAS CITY REGION RESPONDS, LAUNCHES “KC RISING”
TO STRENGTHEN REGIONAL ECONOMY

Nov. 11, 2014 – Announced today, the Kansas City region’s business, civic and government leaders are launching KC Rising, a new effort that will:
• Build capacity to bring existing businesses to greater scale
• Synchronize and optimize initiatives supporting existing businesses
• Fully realize the KC region’s potential through business growth

KC Rising is initially focused on building capacity within three economic drivers: globally competitive sectors, innovation and entrepreneurship, and human capital. The planning process will be completed in three phases with regular reporting to the community: Issue Definition and Vision Setting; Strategy Prioritization and Development; and Plan Roll Out.

“While many of our peer cities have bounced back from the Great Recession, the KC region is not keeping up – and the gap is growing,” said KC Rising Co-Chair Scott Smith, former CEO of HNTB Infrastructure. “Now is the time for a sustainable, strategic vision for the economic future of our entire KC region … we are all in this together.”

KC Rising is a strategic, business-led, long-term vision that is global in perspective and regional in focus. This community initiative is focused on three measurable outcomes:
• High growth in the Kansas City region’s Gross Metropolitan Product
• High-paying and sustainable, quality jobs
• A thriving innovation and business-creation environment

“A recent Brookings Report made it clear the KC region must be better positioned for success in the areas of job growth, global market share and commercialization,” said KC Rising Co-Chair Doug Girod, executive vice chancellor at the University of Kansas Medical Center. “We are kicking things off today and realize the tremendous task ahead of us. I am confident that the promise of KC Rising will become a reality.”

Groups comprised of business and civic leadership from across the two-state region will support, implement and sustain this collaborative initiative. KC Rising is led by a steering committee with input on the development of strategies led by work groups focused on the initial three economic drivers.

KC Rising is supported by active engagement of the leadership and staff of the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City, the Kansas City Area Development Council (KCADC), Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), and the support of many regional chambers of commerce including the KC Chamber, our great educational institutions, and elected officials across the region, among others.

About KC Rising
KC Rising is a regional, collaborative, business community-led effort to develop a path for the KC region to reach its full economic potential. KC Rising will develop strategies for accelerating the region’s economic growth and ensure its continued competitiveness in the global economy. www.kcrising.com.

RAYTOWN DEMOCRATIC ASSOCIATION Meeting Tonight

RAYTOWN DEMOCRATIC ASSOCIATION

MEETING NOTICE

Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Las Chili’s, 6210 Raytown Trafficway, Raytown
Come early at 6:00 PM to dine and make new friends!
Our speakers will be

Tom Cole
City of Raytown
Economic Director Administrator

Thank you for helping to keep MO Blue

Contact

President Richard Tush at (816) 356-0003

Vice President Fred Hartwell (816) 353-4431

Next meeting is November 20th
Our speakers will to be
announced