New Website Conservative Review Scores Senators, Congressmen – Gives Blunt a 32% Liberty Score, McCaskill 10%

A coalition of conservative political operatives formed a new organization called “Conservative Review,” complete with a scorecard for US Senators and Representatives.

Each member of Congress is given a “Liberty Score,” which according to the website:

grades members of Congress using long-term voting records. A letter grade is assigned to each member to help you quickly determine if a lawmaker is supporting conservative principles. The Liberty Score™ is one of the primary tools Conservative Review® uses to help separate rhetoric from reality.

How did Missouri fair?

Both of our Senators earned F ratings:

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According to Gaston Mooney, the group’s Executive Director, Blunt may be conservative on some issues, but overall, he’s not.

“While he’s strong on social issues, he does not encompass the full spectrum of core conservative principles and is a perfect example of a senator who runs as a conservative, and occasionally votes like one,” Mooney said.

Occasionally.

In the House, not one member from Missouri received an “A” or a “B.” Five of the eight earned “F” ratings:

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Are you surprised by these scores? Sound off in the comments.

The Show-Me Report: September 29, 2014

The Missourian: Browns unmoved by Ferguson police chief’s apology

The Eagle: Local prosecutor likes Ferguson grand jury process

Fox 2: Obama announces ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ expansion in light of Ferguson unrest

The Missourian: UPDATE: Ferguson police officer shot; two suspects being sought

Post-Dispatch: Off-duty St. Louis officer is target of gunfire on I-70

Post-Dispatch: Noisy but calm Ferguson protests lead to handful of arrests

KPLR: Ferguson protesters upset over arrest

KPLR: Court hearing set for Monday on protest zone in Ferguson

Ozark Area Network: Missouri Gov’s Ferguson Response Widely Criticized

KSHB: Ferguson demands high fees to turn over files

Fox 2: St. Louis community leader makes plea to stop violence

Post-Dispatch: Gov. Nixon makes Afghanistan trip, expresses worries about Islamic State

Ozark Area Network: Gov. Nixon travels to Afghanistan, Visits with Troops

The Missourian: Nixon expresses concern about Islamic State during Afghanistan trip

Missourinet: Nixon: National Guard’s ADT legacy obvious in Afghanistan (AUDIO)

Hennessy’s View: Rick Stream Probably Didn’t Know I Knew His Old Career Counselor

KPLR: Gay marriage debate to be heard in St. Louis Court Monday

Examiner: MO grassroots conservatives work to unseat establishment Rep. House leadership

September 29th, 2014|Categories: The Blog, The Show-Me Report|Tags: |0 Comments

The Show-Me Report: September 26, 2014

KMOV: Stenger: “I’ve been asked to denounce Bob McCulloch. That’s something I won’t do.”

KMOV: Chief talks Darren Wilson relationship, DOJ and public apology

KSHB: Ferguson PD, protesters scuffle after apology

Fox 2: Chief marches with protesters in Ferguson; 4 taken into custody

Fox 4: Ferguson police make arrests as scuffle breaks out near police chief

St. Joseph Post: Police chief marches with Ferguson protesters

KMOV: Parents of Mike Brown join Sharpton for rally in D.C

Fox 2: Ferguson shooting emerges in county exec TV ads

KMOV: ‘I Love Ferguson’ movement goes global, raises thousands

Fox 2: Ferguson city public relations spokesperson has criminal record

KMOV: Ferguson representative fired for deadly past

Ozark Area Network: Missouri AFL-CIO Endorses Koster for Governor

The Rolla Daily News: Missouri AG’s office expected to issue response to St. James NAACP letter

Missourinet: Judge: will rule ‘quickly’ on challenge to Missouri same-sex marriage ban

The Turner Report: Nicastro: We’re not trying to push Common Core…but it has to start with Common Core

St. Joseph Post: Rep. Graves on Attorney General Eric Holder’s Resignation

Missouri Business Alert: KC Mayor Sly James announces new chief of staff

Ozark Area Network: Property Rights Group to Meet October 6 in Mammoth Spring

20 Pounds of Headlines: Slow Mid Terms, Fewer Political Commercials in Missouri

20 Pounds of Headlines: Lawsuit Challenges Just Passed Missouri Amendment 5: Guns

KSHB: Families wait for hemp oil that could save kids

September 26th, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: |0 Comments

Ferguson Police Chief Apologizes to the Parents of Mike Brown (Video)

As many of you know my name is Tom Jackson and I’m the chief of police of the city of Ferguson. The events of the past few weeks have sent shockwaves not just around the community here, but around the nation. Overnight I went from being a small-town police chief to being part of a conversation about racism, equality, and the role of policing in that conversation. As chief of police, and as a resident, I want to be part of that conversation. I also want to be part of the solution.

But before we can engage in further discussion of the broader issues, I think it’s important that we address the central issue that brought us here today and that’s the death of Michael Brown. I want to say this to the Brown family: No one who has not experienced the loss of a child can understand what you’re feeling. I am truly sorry for the loss of your son. I’m also sorry that it took so long to remove Michael from the street. The time that it took involved very important work on the part of investigators who were trying to collect evidence and gain a true picture of what happened that day, but it was just too long, and I am truly sorry for that. Please know that the investigating officers meant no disrespect to the Brown family, to the African-American community, or the people of Canfield. They were simply trying to do their jobs.

There were many people who were upset about what happened in Ferguson and came here to protest peacefully. Unfortunately, there were others who had a different agenda. I do want to say to any peaceful protester who did not feel that I did enough to protect their Constitutional right to protest, I am sorry for that. The right of the people to peacefully assemble is what the police are here to protect. If anyone who was peacefully exercising that right is upset and angry, I feel responsible, and I am sorry.

I’m also aware of the pain and the feeling of mistrust felt in some of the African-American community towards the police department. The city belongs to all of us and we all are part of this community. It’s clear that we have much work to do. As a community, a city, and a nation we have real problems to solve. Not just in Ferguson but the entire region and beyond. For any mistakes I have made I take full responsibility. It’s an honor to serve the city of Ferguson and the people who live there. I look forward to working with you in the future to solve our problems, and once again, I deeply apologize to the Brown family.

September 25th, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: , |0 Comments

Video of 1490 Workgroups on 9/22/2014

I’m going to embed the complete playlist. If you want, you can hit play and watch all of them one after another. Or if you prefer, you can click where it says “Playlist” and watch the video of your choosing:

September 25th, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: |0 Comments

McCaskill on Short List to Replace Holder as Attorney General – Updated

Attorney General Eric Holder is reportedly resigning from his position, leaving a hole that will need to be filled. We’ll know today at 4 pm, but here’s a list of people the administration is considering:

Administration officials have floated several potential candidates to replace Holder, including “Deputy Attorney General James Cole; Kathryn Ruemmler, the former White House counsel; Deval Patrick, the Democratic governor of Massachusetts; and at least three Democratic U.S. senators, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.”

Claire is a long time supporter of President Obama. Appointing her would also help with the optics of supporting women. I don’t think she’d take it, but who knows.

If she gets appointed, the question then is, who will Gov. Jay Nixon appoint to replace her?

I’m guessing Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal:

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Just kidding. I have no idea who he’d consider. Probably someone from his inner sanctum. Those seem to be the only names he knows in Missouri.

Hat Tip: Dana Loesch

Update:

So, there’s this:

September 25th, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: , |0 Comments

State Senator’s Staffer Threatens to Shut Down Metrolink During MLB Playoffs in St. Louis

First Eric Vickers made friends when he decided to shut down I-70 in St. Louis to protest the shooting death of Mike Brown.

Now, he’s threatening to shut down the Metrolink during the Cardinals playoffs.

That’ll help:

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Eric Vickers, a state senate staffer who has led various acts of civil unrest in St. Louis, has sent a letter to Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig asking for the league to pressure St. Louis officials in the unarmed shooting death of Michael Brown.

“I wish I could communicate to you an upbeat message of fun and joy as many parts of the St. Louis community now rightfully feel with our beloved Red Birds headed back into the playoffs and undoubtedly the Series,” Vickers wrote. “However, all is not joy in Cardinal Nation, as you most certainly must be aware, because of the shooting of Michael Brown, and the deep seeded feeling of enough is enough in the black community it has unearthed.”

In an interview, Vickers said Major League Baseball has a role to play in the Ferguson situation.

“They are coming into the midst of this controversy,” Vickers said. “They need to influence the business community.”

Vickers said protesters plan to purchase MetroLink tickets and take up all of the available seating on trains running to and from Busch Stadium during any local playoff games.

“They have been completely silent on this,” Vickers said. “They are an economic enterprise. They are a business. They are going to make millions of dollars. The business community has to be responsible.”

So, in order to punish the Cardinals, who they say have been silent on this, they’re going to buy tickets on the Metrolink, and then ride it.

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To what end?

Shouldn’t a protest have a desired outcome? How exactly will outraging Cardinals fans compel the team management to do anything?

I know I don’t have the experience Vickers does in community organizing, but I’m just saying, this doesn’t look like anything more than flailing about for attention.

Am I wrong?

September 25th, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: |0 Comments

The Show-Me Report: September 25, 2014

Post-Dispatch: Ferguson protesters vow to target MetroLink during Cardinals playoff games

KMOV: Senator staffer allegedly planning shutdown of MetroLink during MLB playoffs

KPLR: Bob McCulloch says Mike Brown case may be decided by November; Grand Jury to get range of charges

KMOV: McCulloch speaks out about grand jury delay in Officer Wilson case

KMOV: Capt. Ron Johnson discusses Ferguson, police safety in press conference

Fox 2: Capt. Ron Johnson responds to officers wearing “I Am Darren Wilson” wristbands

Post-Dispatch: Top prosecutor says Ferguson grand jury may finish in early November

Fox 2: President Obama mentions racial tensions in Ferguson during UN speech

Fox News: Obama’s condemnation of Ferguson, Missouri, during UN talk was a mistake

Post-Dispatch: St. Louis County police chief tells of lessons learned in Ferguson

Fox 2: Ferguson businesses looking to regain customers

KMOV: W. Florissant business owner talks impact of vandals, looters

Post-Dispatch: PBS will air Ferguson town hall on Friday

Fox 2: Ferguson summit promises face to face dialogue between protestors and police

KMOV: Dept. of Justice addresses concerns over investigation into Ferguson PD

KMOV: Ferguson residents share why violence may have broken out Tuesday night

Fox 2: Department of Justice hosting meeting on Ferguson Police Department

Fox 2: Hundreds show up for DOJ meeting in Ferguson

Post-Dispatch: Federal investigators discuss Ferguson investigation

KSHB: Who is overseeing military surplus program?

The Eagle: Should DESE butt out of education standards meetings?

Missourinet: MO Ed Commissioner: staff not trying to steer discussion to Common Core

Wayne County Journal Banner: Blunt Addresses EPA Issues

The Turner Report: Blunt on Dana Loesch show talks gun rights, ISIS

Post-Dispatch: Sinquefield has given up on school reform measure, but opponents are funded for a fight anyway

Connect Tri-States: Judge allows class action in Mamtek lawsuit

Columbia Daily Tribune: Judge rules federal suit in Mamtek collapse to be tried as class action

PoliticMo: Scott Sifton flirts with 2016 run for Missouri attorney general

Post-Dispatch: St. Louis area senator ‘considering’ Attorney General run

Post-Dispatch: Stayed suspension and probation recommended for Freeman Bosley Jr.

Columbia Daily Tribune: Afterdefault on Mamtek bonds, Moberly City Council works to repair credit rating

The Turner Report: Hartzler: The threat of ICIL

The Turner Report: Graves: Let’s put the focus back on jobs

The Missouri Times: Press Release: Gov. Nixon visits Boonville High School to discuss making public education the state’s top priority

The Turner Report: Video- Jay Nixon speaks at Webb City High School

St. Louis Tea Party: Why Ann Wagner Is Wrong to Attack Heritage Action

The Missourian: Columbia to recognize same-sex spouse in city retirement plans

The Missourian: Missouri Rep. Stacey Newman talks about right to vote legislation, early voting

KRCU: Missoui House Discuss Marijuana, Same Sex Marriage at Forum

Post-Dispatch: Missouri’s first same-sex marriage case heads to court today

KSHB: Local couples to fight Mo. same-sex marriage ban

Ozark Area Network: Oral Arguments to Begin in Same-Sex Ban Lawsuit

Ozark Area Network: Opponents Challenge Missouri Gun Rights Measure

News-Tribune: Nixon replaces another lottery commissioner

September 25th, 2014|Categories: The Blog, The Show-Me Report|Tags: |0 Comments

Ready, Fire, Aim: Anonymous’s Targeting of Maryville Last Year Cost City $15,702, Despite Having Nothing to Do With Daisy Coleman Case

Last year, Anonymous jumped directly into the Daisy Coleman brouhaha and threatened the City of Maryville, Missouri with all sorts of nefarious cyber attacks:

If Maryville won’t defend these young girls, if the police are too cowardly or corrupt to do their jobs, if justice system has abandoned them, then we will have to stand for them.

Mayor Jim Fall, your hands are dirty.

Maryville, expect us.

The only thing is, it was handled by the Nodaway County Sheriff and the County Prosecutor.

The City of Maryville had nothing to do with any of it.

Nonetheless:

Fall told me he’s received at least 300 threatening e-mails since then. “I was surprised at the tone of the emails — the language and vulgarity,” he said. “They would write how can you ever sleep at night or may your soul burn in everlasting hell — except laced with four-letter words and expletives.”

Meanwhile, Maryville struggles to get back to normal. I asked Fall about the impact on the city. He sighed before answering. “I don’t have any idea how to quantify it or measure the quality or the extent of the damage….Time will tell.”

One bit of damage is quantifiable. The money spent to prevent an attack on the city’s computer system:

City Manager Greg McDanel told that during the time of the Daisy Coleman case last year when Maryville was in the international spotlight, city staff took immediate precaution in purchasing software system protection against cyber-hacking from groups making threats to the city’s financial and public safety systems. The city entered into an emergency agreement with Fishnet Security, Overland Park, KS, for security solutions that the council now approved totalling $15,702.82.

So an innocent man gets caught up in the Anonymous Hate Culture and the city of Maryville flushes fifteen grand down the toilet because Anonymous once again implemented their “Ready, Fire, Aim” brand of activism.

September 24th, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Show-Me Report: September 24, 2014

Fox 2: Video: Memorial for Michael Brown destroyed by fire

Fox 2: Michael Brown memorial rebuilt after fire

Post-Dispatch: Ferguson residents rebuild Michael Brown memorial after fire

KPLR: Burned Michael Brown memorial has residents on edge

KMOV: Police say unruly crowd gathering in Ferguson, looting stores

Post-Dispatch: One store vandalized, fire set at another in Ferguson

Fox 2: Renewed round of unrest sparks in Ferguson overnight

Fox 2: Dept. of Justice officials to meet with Ferguson residents Wednesday

ABC 17: Ferguson unrest cost county $4.2 million

KPLR: Ferguson city council tables citizen police review board for now

Post-Dispatch: Ferguson council meeting reflects continued racial tensions

Fox 2: Ferguson StreetFest postponed, organizers cite “public safety”

KMOV: Ferguson Music Festival canceled amid of safety concerns

Post-Dispatch: St. Louis County Police assign security detail for Stenger

KMOV: Security increased for Stenger after police say his safety is in question

KMOV: Slay, Dotson back bill for tougher sentences for convicted gun offenders

Missourinet: Nasheed demands ten years for gun crimes (AUDIO)

St. Joseph Post: Mo. lawmaker wants tougher sentence for gun crimes

Post-Dispatch: Stream first out of the blocks in St. Louis County Exec advertising campaign

The Missourian: UPDATE: GOP nominates widow of deceased Missouri lawmaker

Fox 2: A conversation with Michael McMillan on serving St. Louis

Missourinet: MO Republicans: Education Department too involved in standards work groups

KMOV: Disagreement in Jefferson City about common core standards for schools

The Rolla Daily News: Tension marks Missouri education goals rewrite

The Missouri Times: Standard-setting education workshops off to strained start

PoliticMo: Lt. Governor, legislative leaders tell DESE not influence Common Core review

Fox 2: Chief Dotson: 1 homicide is too many; city officials address gun violence, 97 murders

The Missouri Times: Koster wants SCOTUS ruling on same-sex marriage

Fox 2: Branson eases proposed smoking ban

Fox 2: Mizzou concludes investigation into federal grants

KSHB: Community vents after fight video exposes rift

KRCU: Congressional Candidates Debate Issues At Forum

September 24th, 2014|Categories: The Blog, The Show-Me Report|Tags: |0 Comments