The New Power Dynamic In Gallatin County

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Johnny Masters

Louisville, KY

#2 Nov 3, 2010
Wow. So we've had 20 years of the Davis Administration, 8 years of a Zubaty Administration, and the French Administration was limited to one term of 4 years, and now there's a new Era in the County, with the McFarland Administration. That's an unlikely win, especially during a mid-term election. Though I hear McFarland has some Davis connections. That doesn't mean he'll be anything other than an independent person who makes a fair call, though that information does add to the power dynamic. It matters who McFarland (or Neale) surrounds himself with. Will the McFarland Administration run a merit-based office, where those who are productive stay, and those who are not, go? Or will he be like what he ran against, and be dripping with Nepotism? I believe he'll be an independent County Judge-Executive and not a a puppet for some unforeseen, behind the scene, shadowy forces, like the Old Democratic Guard. But only time will tell.

Jim Nantz also was elected Mayor in Glencoe. So there will be 3 heads of government stepping down (Simpson, Wilson, French), and 3 new heads of government stepping up (French, Nantz, McFarland), in Gallatin County. From all of the previous Executive governmental positions in Gallatin County, Sidney Gullion is the only one that remains.

Gallatin County's Constables, Shirley Chipman, Rodney Calendar, Jackie Caldwell, and Richard Ellis, have just as much power as the Sheriff does within their respect districts (1, 2, 3, and 4). While most folks don't know this, and be careful with who you get legal advice from, but the Constable is like a mini-Sheriff. They don't control anything outside of their district, but everything that is going on within a Constable's district, a Constable has a right to know about it. A Constable also has all of the powers that a Sheriff has, such as the power to arrest somebody. So get to know your Constable, and make sure they assert their equal authority to the new Sheriff Josh Neale. It's best if they all work together, sure, but they also need to understand their juridictions, and Constitutions: both Kentucky's and America's.

Rick Brueggemann, my second cousin, once removed, is now the District Judge for Gallatin County, so that's cool, though I don't think that entitles me to jack. Of course he'll be for fairness, and enforcing the law that is there in place, but as a Rand Paul Republican, I believe that Judge Brueggemann will be a great judge: Judge Brueggemann is for a Constitutional Republic, free markets, low taxes, small government, decriminalizing drugs, etc, though some Libertarians are for more military spending, and a stronger police force... so I'm not sure where he ends up. As a Judge, you're just supposed to interpret the law, and render judgments between the best of 2 dueling lawyers. Also, what business is it of government to be regulating my body in my own home?

Write-in candidates Joe Brown and Casey Casey lost, though Joe Brown got 210 votes, which is surprisingly well for a write-in candidate campaign. The winner Sonya Giles, won with 355 votes. If Joe Brown's name was typed on the ballot, there would have been a good chance that he would have won.

Mark Wilson lost the Mayor's race by 16 votes. It was a close race, but Jim Nantz emerged the victor: 76-60. Leesa Nantz, Charlotte Adams, Michael Hampton, Richard Dunaway remain. Julie Sullivan and Julia Proctor are the newcomers, replacing the Wilson Brothers. The Wilson Brothers are out. Bull.
Johnny Masters

Louisville, KY

#3 Nov 3, 2010
Glencoe has got 200 people, with bad roads and sidewalks, some of the their own residents refer to their city like “somebody took a shit”, and there it was. They got one General Store, many methheads, one Cop, just now getting a sewer system, racism, and a pathetically pitiful rusty park that makes you glad you got your Tetanus Shot, even if though I'd wouldn't chance playing on it anyways. Plus that basketball goal and net and the concrete on the court blows hard. Glencoe Park is no Warsaw River Park, that's for sure. Heck, the Glencoe Park isn't even a Sanders Park. If the kids from Sparta can build themselves a skate park, then the adults in Glencoe should be able to do so too. There isn't much going on in Glencoe. Frontier Days died a long time ago. But the City of Glencoe should not waste good energy. With the Wilson Brother's enthusiasm for leadership positions, and their love for their hometown, they should be allowed to run something. The Wilson Brothers only want good things for their city, and that good energy, that they give a damn, since it is so rare in these complacent, fat, apathetic American days, should be put to good use. Glencoe King Jim and Queen Leesa Nantz should find a spot for the Wilson Brothers to help out. Make Mark Head of the Parks and Recreation Department. Don't have a Parks and Recreation Department? Start one.

C.E. French won the Mayoral race in Warsaw, and he won by a statistical landslide (C.E. French 316, Earl Richard Wood 252, and Aggie Finfrock 82). Earl Richard Wood, in spite of making one horrible mistake, still remains a popular person in Warsaw, and did impressively well. Aggie Finfrock was overwhelmingly rejected. The new Warsaw City Council is Keith Jones, Nelson Brown, Randy Jones, Jamie Gould, Tyler Boaz, and Jerry Hunt. At least one young man got into an elected position. Tyler Boaz did what Tommy Combs, Bud Webster, and I did not do; he won his election. So congrats to him, we need more young people in power. With the Waller Fair Board, M.J. Haddix was the most trustworthy. Young folks don't have that filter or that tolerance of corruption that old folks have become accustomed to. Also, young folks have new ideas. They bring a fresh perspective. Besides, a good idea, no matter what age group says it, is still a good idea.

Jerry Hunt, Tyler Boaz, and Nelson Brown are new to City Council, where they will be working with Keith Jones, Randy Jones, and Jamie Gould from the current Simpson Administration City Council. So C.E. French will have 3 Old Guards, and 3 New Guards. The 3 newcomers will be more easily managed than the stubborn old Simpson Administration Guard, especially since they were used to seeing C.E. French as a City Councilman, a peer, an equal, and even worse so, if they considered him less. C.E. French should expect resistance from the Old City Council Guard. Not surprisingly, Jackie Giles and Brandon Terrell were not reelected, because if you want to get reelected, then you should care about getting reelected.

Obama said,“Yes We Can”, and America told him right back,“No We Can't” The Tea Partiers are gaining power here in Kentucky, with Rand Paul being the Head Darling of the Tea Party Republican movement, challenging Sarah Palin's supremacy. We Progressives need to stand up to the “trouble-making, head-stomping, obstructing everything you do racist witches” Tea Party. The Mitch McConnell-John Boehner-Sarah Palin-Rand Paul Agenda must be stopped. While Rand Paul is Anti-War, and Pro-Legalization of Marijuana, he's also anti-Farm welfare, anti-Education welfare, anti-Healthcare welfare, anti-Welfare welfare... really, he's just anti-Government. Jack Conway and Russ Feingold were both defeated for having Progressive values.
Johnny Masters

Louisville, KY

#4 Nov 3, 2010
This makes the chances of any of these so-called elected representatives of getting Gallatin County a Hospital, a Jail, or Free Internet for everybody zero. Aw well... that's what you get for just voting. Voting is the least civic thing a person can do. It's like a $1 tip. It's nice, but the only way I'm going to pay for rent, and the rest of my bills is by getting $1,000 a month. I need lots of tips. One vote is statistically insignificant, but if you can get your friends and family to the polls, that will make you a “voting bloc”, and you'll be a group that folks running for elections will look to get your endorsement... to get your many votes. Just think like a politician does. All a politician wants is to get reelected. Well how do you do that? You need to get more votes than the other guy. Okay, so right off the bat, those who are not registered to vote, or choose to not vote, are utterly and completely useless. Who cares what THOSE people think.

Most of the candidates up for reelection ran unopposed during the General Election, including John Spike Wright, Royce Adams, Ruth Burk, John Wright, Jerry Webb, Jack Hughes, Joseph Mylor, Eric Moore, Richard Ellis, Shirley Chipman, Rodney Calendar, and Dudley Gullion, the so-called “Old Democratic Guard”. So while there is a “new power dynamic” in Gallatin County, the Old Democratic Guard is still in place The vast majority of those in powerful positions, formally or informally, retain their positions of power. The 2010 Mid-Term General Elections should not be viewed as lots of change, but only marginal change. So since most of the folks who were in power are still in power, that poses an inevitable clash with the newcomers, the so-called “New Power Dynamic”, and the Old Democratic Guard. The fight for power is a human dynamic, and it's a never-ending war. It's good to ask these questions, to find out where those in charge stand, and to put pressure on them to do right by us.
Johnny Masters

Louisville, KY

#5 Nov 3, 2010
This is important, and it's the definite edition.
Johnny Masters

Louisville, KY

#6 Nov 3, 2010
Definitive... oops..
edmund

Newport, KY

#7 Nov 3, 2010
Might want to check your results in the district judges race
Johnny Masters

Louisville, KY

#8 Nov 3, 2010
An anonymous Topix poster posted the results, and they said Brueggemann beat Smith. Is this not true?

Here's where I get my information, but it didn't say anything on the District Judge's race, so I don't know.

http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/KY/22...
edmund

Newport, KY

#9 Nov 3, 2010
Jeff Smith won by 1,012 votes-Brueggemann may have won Gallatin County but the District Judge represents both Gallatin and Boone
Johnny Masters

Louisville, KY

#10 Nov 3, 2010
Damn... Jeff Smith won... that blows. I bet the Gripshovers didn't vote for him. Ugh... Thanks for the heads up.
Johnny Masters

Louisville, KY

#11 Nov 3, 2010
I have no idea what Jeff Smith represents. Some Boone County lawyer from rich people's ville...
Davis is back

Canada

#12 Nov 3, 2010
Good to see Clarence Davis back in charge represented by McFarland. Davis worked as hard as if it was his own campaign.
Johnny Masters

Louisville, KY

#13 Nov 3, 2010
That might be true, I don't know the relationship between Clarence Davis and Ken McFarland. I do know that McFarland ran on the issue of anti-Nepotism, so I don't think McFarland will be a slam dunk for Clarence Davis, even if they are friends. He may listen to him, and take some strategical advice from him, but, at least I'm hoping, McFarland will only pursue County policies that are beneficial to the greatest number of people in the county, and not just for a few wealthy friends. Anti-Nepotism means the end to the Patronage Spoils System, where you give your friend's jobs because they are your friends, instead of what the Pendleton Act passed in 1880s after US President James Garfield was assassinated achieves to do: make the appointments and the laws passed be based on merit. Is it a good law? Should that organization get that much money? Should that organization get no money? Was that guy chosen because it's McFarland's friend, or because he's the best man for the job? Hopefully, it will be the later. Only time can tell.
pep

Williamstown, KY

#14 Nov 3, 2010
very well put masters
SIDEWINDER

AOL

#15 Nov 3, 2010
Clarence is the best and most dedicated Judge ever in our county,he did get the Speedway,he did get Dormans,he did more than most people could ever know for the improvement of this county,he always works in a very quiet and smooth way,I know he and the new Judge are related however,I think Ken will run his own show but I do feel that he is so willing to do what is best for our county ,he will listen and consider any and all suggestions but will also do what he thinks is the right thing in the end.I KNOW HE HAS TO GET TO WORK ASAP,but good changes will come,he will give us more bang for the buck and I feel he will continue to try to lower taxes,I feel he will cut waste,hold workers accountable for getting their jobs done,he is an elloquent gentleman,yet he is firm and will not be BS'd,and he will cut the fat out of some of the departments that report to him.I hope that he will organize all of the police depts.to fall under 1 boss and then this one boss would have a lrger group of men to give the 24/7/365 coverage our county deserves.What I mean by this is instead of having county 1,a glencoe officer,several deputies,a warsaw police chief etc. all of the lawmen/women would be managed by the sherriff then everyone would be trained alike,be on the same page and be able to know what is expected of them.=less chiefs and more indians.ALSO THEY NEED TO BE ROTATED MONTHLY SO THAT EVERYONE GETS THEIR FAIR SHARE OF THE WORK LOAD.We don't need 4or 5 cops on the dayshift,and 1 on at night, the crimes occur after dark in this county I hope the constables have assigned duties as well,they could haul prisioners ,and that would allow room for cuts in staff and utilize the tax dolar more efficiently as well. good luck.KEN

Since: Oct 10

Location hidden

#16 Nov 3, 2010
Not friends. Family.

Since: Oct 10

Location hidden

#17 Nov 3, 2010
If I were the new judge, first thing I would do is pick Clarence clean of information--family or not.
Johnny Masters

Louisville, KY

#18 Nov 3, 2010
Why Clarence's tactics brought in lots of industry, which he should be commended for, since that's where most of the good jobs are (esp. Dorman, and I know it's Union even though nobody ever tells me), he is also responsible for the Queen City Barrel debacle, which was a big thing here in Gallatin County. I don't know much about the guy, except that was County Judge-Executive for many years (I think 20 years... though I'm not 100% on that).

As for making all of the departments run by the Sheriff, why would Warsaw or Glencoe agree to do that? But keeping them separate, then the Warsaw Police controls Warsaw, the Glencoe cop controls Glencoe, and the Sheriff's Department controls the rest of the county, including Sparta, and helps Warsaw and Glencoe whenever they need it. Plus there's the 4 Constables, and the KY Constitution says that a Constable, in their own district, is just as powerful as the Sheriff. By keeping them separate, there will be a checks and balances put into place, and setting up jurisdictional boundaries is good for us the people, because it'll keep one department keeping an eye on the other department, and hopefully, if one catches the other in a crime, then they arrest him, just like how Donnie Gould was done.

Here's a summary of my 2 Gallatin County Election Day Analysis's, which makes for a better and quickly read, since it has most of the Conclusions summed up in a easy to read, bulletpointed format:

http://www.topix.com/forum/city/warsaw-ky/TDO...

Let me what you think. Right on some things... wrong on others... and feel free to correct anything that's not factual.
results as per state

Louisville, KY

#19 Nov 3, 2010
sorry i will appoligize if i made you think brueggeman won over all i just meant he won for the county... at the time i posted this not all precincts were reporting for the total over the state again i appoligize!!!
Johnny Masters

Louisville, KY

#20 Nov 3, 2010
Don't worry about it. I figured that's what happened. They were all Gallatin results, so I should have assumed that. Whatever. The discrepancy has been fixed.

Hey check out my Summary of my Analysis of Gallatin County's 2010 General election, and let me know what you think:

http://www.topix.com/forum/city/warsaw-ky/TDO...

Any of it interesting? Anything patterns or phenomena you observed? What do you expect for Gallatin's future?
Master Fan

Louisville, KY

#21 Nov 30, 2010
Great post, thanks for doing all of this pointless and thankless work that lots of folks read, and steal your thoughts, but never give you credit for them.

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