Progress Missouri Mocks Grow Missouri’s Blimp – FLASHBACK: They Planned to Rent Planes to Shame Reps at HS Football Games

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Grow Missouri made news today it was learned they planned a state wide blimp tour to promote their message:

Grow Missouri has tapped an interesting and old-fashioned method for getting their message out there. The conservative, Rex Sinquefield-funded group is renting a blimp through mid-November to accompany the 100 Great Ideas for Missouri initiative. The blimp, expected to land in Jefferson City late this afternoon, says “Create a Great State” and “#growmo.” Grow Missouri treasurer and spokesman Aaron Willard said that the blimp is a “significant investment,” but Grow Missouri plans to get “maximum utility” from it.

This attracted the attention of the professional left in Missouri, who began mocking it on Twitter:

Yeah, that’s wacky, all right.

Those tweets were either sent by or retweeted by Sean Nicholson, Executive Director of Progress Missouri, or the Progress Missouri twitter account.

And they’d never do anything “wacky” like this.

No, they’d do this:

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No matter how wacky, George Soros and the Democracy Alliance will fund it.

Game on.

September 19th, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: , , |1 Comment

The Show-Me Report: September 19, 2014

Missouri Business Alert: Ferguson protesters target Rams game

KSHB: Is there a conspiracy in Ferguson?

KMOV: First post-Ferguson legislation aims to curb police ‘militarization’

KMOV: Violence prevention to be discussed at public safety meeting Friday

St. Joseph Post: Missouri creates new agency to address racial issues

Fox 2: Missouri’s household income growth among the nation’s best for 2013

Post-Dispatch: St. Louis recorder’s office renovation rife with questions, internal review shows

Post-Dispatch: St. Louis recorder’s office renovation rife with questions, internal review shows

Missourinet: Incoming House Speaker on mandating body cameras for police in Missouri

Post-Dispatch: Blunt, Wagner, help Cantor pay off campaign debt

Post-Dispatch: Bridgeton Landfill fire is not moving toward radioactive waste, consultants say

Ozark Area Network: Missouri Income Growth Among Tops in 2013

The Turner Report: Hartzler: Taxpayer dollars are being spent on abortions

KMOV: Highland teachers, district officials reach agreement to end strike

KSHB: Police release report of Taser incident

Southeast Missourian: Nixon touts education during junior high visit

St. Joseph Post: Nixon: Mo. Lottery operations identifies areas for improvement

Missouri Business Alert: Nixon shakes up Missouri Lottery

The Rolla Daily News: Mo. unemployment rate drops slightly

The Dana Show: Missouri Senator Dives into Kansas Senate Brouhaha

Dexter Daily Statesman: Dexter Police get new body cameras

Missourinet: New words will cost Missouri counties thousands (AUDIO)

Missourinet: Father fights for son’s education in troubled St. Louis-area schools

The Eagle: Missouri court upholds teacher ballot initiative

The Eagle: Body cameras for all Missouri police?

The Eagle: Sierra Club, unions back electric pipeline

Kansas City Business News: Jackson County’s Sanders toots rail mass transit’s horn

St. Joseph Post: Musser Gets NEA’s “Integrity & Courage Award”

Ozark Area Network: Nixon Replaces Lottery Commissioners, Suggests Policy Review

Ozark Area Network: Rep. Ross Named Freshman Legislator of the Year

St. Joseph Post: Rep. Graves Votes to Lower Energy Costs and Create Jobs

ABC 17: Missouri town’s judge creates ‘shame corner’

TIME Magazine: Grand Jury Process Raises Questions About a Ferguson Indictment

The Rolla Daily News: Q & A with 120th District state Rep. Shawn Sisco, who weighs in on veto session, future

The Missouri Times: Same-sex marriage case to commence next week

September 19th, 2014|Categories: The Blog, The Show-Me Report|Tags: |0 Comments

The Show-Me Report: September 18, 2014

Breitbart: Ferguson Protesters Vow More Violence, Threaten to Shut Down Rams, Cardinals Games

KMOV: Protester says violence will occur if Darren Wilson is not indicted

KMOV: Ferguson sets town hall meetings after shooting

National Review: Environmentalist: Ferguson Happened Because of Climate Change

KPLR: Some black North County leaders say “no” to supporting Democratic candidates

Fox 2: Some black North County leaders say “no” to supporting Democratic candidates

Post-Dispatch: African American Democrats form coalition to counter “disrespect” for black causes

River Front Times: Nixon Stumps for Rep. Jeff Roorda, the Ex-Cop Speaking Out Against Police Body Cameras

Missourinet: Two lawmakers want to mandate body cameras for Missouri law enforcement

St. Joseph Post: Police Chief Sees Mixed Results With Body Cams For Officers

Post-Dispatch: Political fallout from Ferguson gains traction in St. Louis County

KRCU: What Is The Status Of The Five Basic Demands Ferguson Protestors Are Making?

Post-Dispatch: Justice Department launches new initiative to “build trust” between police, local communities

Post-Dispatch: Darren Wilson testifies in front of grand jury

Post-Dispatch: Missouri teen shot with stun gun out of coma

KSHB: Police release officer’s account on Taser use

Post-Dispatch: McCaskill cites Missouri football program in column on character

Columbia Daily Tribune: Some deadlines change in Ferguson civil rights lawsuit

St. Joseph Post: Sierra Club endorses Grain Belt transmission line

St. Joseph Post: Missouri unemployment numbers improve

KPLR: Chief Belmar defends military-style use of force in Ferguson

St. Joseph Post: Blunt Applauds House Passage Of Version Of His Manufacturing, Jobs Bill

Show-Me Daily: Educational Innovation from the Top Down

Southeast Missourian: Mo. legislation would cut fees paid by businesses

The Missouri Times: Press Release: Kander Announces Plan to Cut Business Fees to Lowest in Nation

The Missouri Times: Press Release: During visit to Truman State University, Gov. Nixon discusses funding for higher education and college affordability

Fox 2: Citizenship test proposed for Missouri students

News-Tribune: Missouri mayor accused of stealing from town

Post-Dispatch: State auditors explain what they will review at Fox schools

The Turner Report: Nixon issues statement on Nicastro retirement

The Turner Report: Billy Long votes to audit the Federal Reserve

The Turner Report: Roy Blunt discusses “Obamacare broken promises”

Southeast Missourian: Nixon to visit Central Junior High today

News-Tribune: Court ruling causes reprinting of Missouri ballots

News-Tribune: Man charged in vandalism at congressman’s office

The Eagle: Boone Co. 911 Center behind schedule, more pricey

The Eagle: McCaskill says pro sports need tougher domestic violence stance

St. Joseph Post: McCaskill Amendment would Provide Protections for Cable and Satellite TV Customers

September 18th, 2014|Categories: The Blog, The Show-Me Report|Tags: |0 Comments

Stenger Says He’s Standing By St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch

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Despite protestors demanding he denounce his “very best friend and mentor” by noon today, Steve Stenger boldly refused, saying he was standing by the Bob McCulloch:

“I am standing by Bob McCulloch,” Stenger says. “I’ve been called upon to denounce him by noon today and I did not denounce him and I don’t intend to denounce him.”

Stenger says he has confidence in the local grand jury and the federal probe to get to the truth about the Ferguson shooting.

Stenger and McCulloch have been side by side since Stenger decided to challenge sitting County Executive Charlie Dooley in the primary.

Despite McCulloch’s over the top support, Stenger still distanced himself in recent days, even removing McCulloch’s endorsement from his campaign site:

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You can see, there’s no endorsement listed from Bob McCulloch, but there was, at one time:

Since the article linked above showing Stenger’s political distancing from this chief suppporter was published, McCulloch’s name has returned to Stenger’s list of endorsement.

A number of black politicians have denounced Steger for his association with McCulloch, naming “Bob McCulloch and Steve Stenger as among those who ‘don’t have the best interest of the African-American community.'”

September 17th, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: , , |2 Comments

The Show-Me Report: September 17, 2014

Post-Dispatch: Fury of Ferguson descends on St. Louis County Council

Fox 2: Protesters seeking justice for Mike Brown storm St. Louis County council

KRCU: Anger Over Brown’s Death Boils Over Into St. Louis County Council Meeting

News-Tribune: Ferguson protesters call anew to remove prosecutor

Fox 2: Prosecutor to release transcripts, recordings if Wilson is not indicted

Fox 2: Cathy’s Kitchen in Ferguson is focusing on the good

KMOV: Mo. Senator calls for former St. Ann Police Officer to be barred from other police force

Post-Dispatch: Body cameras for St. Louis city officers will cost $1.2 million plus

KBIA: Sheriff Defends Use Of Military Equipment

KMOV: Tension rises between St. Louis Police, union over body cameras

KMOV: DOJ flier about investigation into Ferguson PD not reaching residents

Fox 2: FBI investigates Missouri officer’s stun gun use

The Rolla Daily News: NAACP lodges complaint with U.S. DOJ and DOE against St. James district

The Turner Report: Speaker appoints bipartisan panel to investigate Water Patrol

Missourinet: Water Patrol panel not just about drowning incident at Lake of the Ozarks

The Missouri Times: Hummel looking to lead House Democrats in 2015

The Eagle: Lawmakers critical of Gov. Nixon’s “detachment”

KTRS: Rep. Rick Stream Recaps the Mo. Legislature Veto Session

Rep. Sue Allen: MO Charged $11 Million for ACA Tax

KSPR: Missouri teachers could face a significant change

St. Louis Public Radio: Nixon Lauds Schupp As He Prepares To Be More Visible On Campaign Trail

KZIM: Senator Blunt Staff Hosts Mobile Offices

New York Times: Senators Take Auto Agency to Task Over G.M. Recall

Connect Mid-Missouri: Missouri mayor spends thousands on personal expenses

Missourinet: One MO lawmaker calls Ed Commissioner retirement an “opportunity”

Fox 2: Normandy could face more change after state education head retires

KPLR: Gov. Nixon speaks to Normandy students about investing in education

The Missouri Times: Press Release: Senate Leader Releases Statement on Early Voting Ballot Issue

Fox 2: 1000 students transfer from St. Louis area schools

Post-Dispatch: Highland School District, striking teachers schedule another negotiating session

Show-Me Daily: How Do You Argue With These School Choice Supporters?

Southeast Missoruian: Pachyderm group to host Swan

The Missourian: ANALYSIS: Missouri veto session displays political divide

The Missourian: Judge sets Ryan Ferguson lawsuit deadlines, trial date

KMOV: Controversial Mo. school program teaches young kids about guns

Fox 2: State auditors looking into Fox C-6 credit card use

September 17th, 2014|Categories: The Blog, The Show-Me Report|Tags: |0 Comments

Rep. Jason Smith Speaks on House Floor in Support of HR24, the “Federal Reserve Transparency Act” (Video)

His statement:

Thank you Mr. Speaker. I am proud today to stand up in support of legislation that I co-sponsored that the House will consider later today, HR 24, the “Federal Reserve Transparency Act.” As the creator of US monetary policy, the Federal Reserve is one of the most influential institutions in our government. Unfortunately, it is also mentioned as one of the most secretive institutions of government. This act would require the Federal Reserve System to submit itself to a full, fair, and open audit process.

Harry Truman, from the Show-Me State, once said that “secrecy and a free, democratic government don’t mix.” In all of government, including the Federal Reserve, openness, transparency, and accountability are absolutely required. Hundreds of my fellow Missourians have contacted me asking to fully Audit the Federal Reserve in just the 15 months that I have been in office. Mr. Speaker, It’s time to Audit the Fed.

September 16th, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: , |1 Comment

Missouri Democrats Trust A Convicted Drug User and A Violent Former Gang Member With Guns More Than Hard Working Teachers

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The left in Missouri is apoplectic over the veto override of SB 656.  One Democratic legislator, convicted drug user Rep. Jeremy LaFaver, told The Missouri Times he was worried about guns in the classroom:

“The bill highlights the GOP’s hypocrisy,” Rep. Jeremy LaFaver (D-Kansas City) said. “They love big government when it means telling local governments what to do. This will backfire on them in November because moderate, suburban moms and dads know guns in kindergarten classrooms are a bad idea. The real question is how well will Democrats capitalize on their foolishness.”

Why are guns in the classroom a bad idea?

Let’s really look at that.  What are these hoplophobes afraid of?

The teachers carrying will be known by the school administration.

They will 112 hours of training, and an additional 12 hours annually.

They have to have background checks and get a permit from the government to carry concealed.

And they have to volunteer.  They have to want to do this.

So what’s to fear?

That they will leave a gun in a desk drawer for a student to find?

That they will shoot a kid accidentally?

That they are too irresponsible to trust with a gun around children?

That’s kind of insulting, isn’t it?  I mean, these are still teachers, the folks millions turn their children over to every morning.  They are respectable people with degrees, highly trained to be educators.

Suddenly they are incompetent, irresponsible boobs because they’re carrying?

LaFaver clearly thinks they can’t be trusted with a gun.  Many of his Democratic colleagues concur.

People like Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, who voted against SB 656 and opposed the veto override.

Sen. Nasheed is a former gang member with a violent past:

The real thuggery yesterday allegedly occurred far from stage, in a suite belonging to utility company, Ameren UE. That’s where State Representative Jamilah Nasheed (D – St. Louis) was mingling with invitees of the utility’s lobbyist when she says she ran into State Senator Maria Chapelle-Nadal (D – University City).

“I was trying to enjoy the concert, but she kept harassing me,” Chapelle-Nadal tells Daily RFT. “Finally she cornered me. I never said I would cut her throat, though I did mention a stabbing. I said that if I were really as unstable as she says I am, I would have stabbed someone by now, like the time she stabbed someone when she was with the ‘Switchblade Sistas’ — a high-school gang.”

Nasheed didn’t deny what Chappelle-Nadal said, but instead asked, “What the hell does that have to do with anything?”

Here’s another interesting fact about Nasheed.  If you see her in the capitol, it’s highly likely she’s strapped.

That’s right.  She’s carrying, and so are a lot of other people.

In fact, unless I missed a drug conviction somewhere, even Rep. LaFaver could get a permit and bring a gun to his office in Jefferson City.

And I didn’t hear any wailing and gnashing of teeth this year to restrict the ability to carry a concealed weapon at the State Capitol.

So, it appears Missouri Democrats trust violent gang bangers and convicted drug users with guns more than teachers.

Missouri Republicans apparently believe that the decision to become an educator doesn’t mean you surrender your right to defend yourself and those in your charge.

What do you believe?

September 16th, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: , , |1 Comment

The Show-Me Report: September 16, 2014

Jefferson County Penknife: Roorda Leads on Ferguson – The Wrong Way

Riverfront Times: McCulloch, Knowles and Nixon Do Not Have the Best Interests of We the People in Mind

Columbia Daily Tribune: Holder unlikely to do justice in Ferguson

KMOV: Police investigation of Michael Brown shooting not complete

Fox 2: New poll shows sharp racial divide in views of Michael Brown’s death

Fox 2: AFL-CIO President: Labor cares about Ferguson

KPLR: Michael Brown’s juvenile record had no serious criminal conviction

Fox 2: Grand jury looking into Michael Brown shooting extended to January

Fox 2: St. Clair County Sheriff supports body cameras for officers

PoliticMo: Claire McCaskill won’t close the door on a potential run for governor in 2016

St. Louis Public Radio: McCaskill Says She’s Focused On Sinquefield, Not Possible Bid For Governor

Dexter Daily Statesman: Missouri education commissioner to resign

Fox 2: Highland teachers strike continues

Post-Dispatch: Missouri’s teacher of the year found himself in the middle of violence

The Missouri Times: Mike Louis, Rep. Hummel elected to AFL-CIO posts

Fox 2: St. Louis-area schools not likely to allow guns

Missouri Business Alert: Recount confirms ‘Right to Farm’ amendment’s passage

The Missouri Times: Press Release: MOFFA Statement on Amendment 1 Recount

The Missouri Times: Press Release: Kander Certifies Revised Ballot Title for HJR 90 After Court Rules Against Legislature’s Summary

PoliticMo: Missouri lawmakers overrode one-third of Nixon’s vetoes

Ozark Area Network:  Nixon Releases Over $22 Million for Health Services, Reimbursements, Job Training

KBIA: It’s Time To Answer The Five Burning Questions From Veto Session

The Missouri Times: SB 656 controversy continues beyond veto session

The Eagle: Rowden: E-Cigarette law a good first step

KBIA: State And Local Officials Share Their Vision For The Future Of Transit

The Turner Report: Graves: Obamacare must be repealed

The Turner Report: Billy Long: We need to know what taxpayer dollars are funding and promoting

PoliticMo: Validity of Southwest Missouri Republican’s ballots raises concern for Missouri GOP

West Central MO Info: From Sen. Ed Emery – Priorities and Perspective

September 16th, 2014|Categories: The Blog, The Show-Me Report|Tags: |0 Comments

Join Missouri Conservatives At the Life Liberty Property Summit on October 4th in Jefferson City

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On October 4th, Missouri Alliance for Freedom is hosting the Life Liberty Property Summit at the Double Tree Hotel in Jefferson City.  Registration starts at 7 am, with the event kicking off at 9 am.

Here’s a list of the featured speakers:

Mark Meckler, Co-Founder of Tea Party Patriots and President of Citizens for Self Governance

Michael Quinn Sullivan, President of Texans for Fiscal Responsibility

Ryan Johnson, Co-Founder and President of Missouri Alliance for Freedom

Brenda Talent, President of The Show Me Institute

Duane Lester, Editor in Chief of The Missouri Torch

State Senator John Lamping

State Representative Paul Curtman

I’ll be speaking on two different topics.

This is more than a bunch of speeches.  There will be panels on how to impact change in Missouri, including how to lobby your legislator and how to create effective grassroots movements.

Here’s the agenda:

agendaIn the mean time, you can register for the event here.

It’s only $20, and that includes food.  More the worth the price of admission.

Hope to see you there.  If so, stop me and say “Hi.”

September 15th, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: , |0 Comments

Did Passing Right to Farm Legalize Growing Marijuana in Missouri?

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Secretary of State Jason Kander announced the results of the Amendment 1 recount.  It “confirmed the passage of Amendment 1.” This will add a section 35 to Article 1 of the Missouri Constitution, which will read:

Section 35. That agriculture which provides food, energy, health benefits, and security is the foundation and stabilizing force of Missouri’s economy. To protect this vital sector of Missouri’s economy, the right of farmers and ranchers to engage in farming and ranching practices shall be forever guaranteed in this state, subject to duly authorized powers, if any, conferred by article VI of the Constitution of Missouri.

There are qualifiers in there.

“Agriculture” must provide:

  • Food
  • Energy
  • Health benefits
  • Security

Another law passed this year was championed by Sen. Eric Schmitt, who gave a passionate speech on the Senate floor, urging his fellow Senators to vote to allow cannabis oil to be used in Missouri:

Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, told a hushed chamber that his son had his first infantile spasm at 11 months old and a four-hour seizure when he was 2 years old.

“He was convulsing uncontrollable, foaming at the mouth, the bedspread was wet. It was a terrible moment for us,” Schmitt said. “There was nothing anybody could do. I remember holding his hand and praying.”

Schmitt said Stephen was “maxed out” on all of his medications and that after looking into the CBD oil as a treatment, it sounded like a good option.

“The hardest part is the fear. The fear that you live with that the next one could be that four-hour one — or worse,” Schmitt said. “The promise of CBD oil is real … I don’t know if this will work. We’ve had hope before. It might or it might not.”

Clinical trials on a CBD extract are underway in the U.S., but they are limited to particular locations. The drug derived from marijuana plants is produced by a British-based company called GW Pharmaceuticals, and FDA clinical trials are being conducted at six U.S. locations.

CBD extract is one medicinal use for the cannabis plant.

Business Insider lists twenty-two other uses, some better than others, including glaucoma, slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and easing the pain and nausea associated with chemotherapy.

So, the question is, when you look at the list of “health benefits” derived for the cannabis plant, and then look at Amendment 1, is the right of cannabis growers to engage in farming now guaranteed in this state, forever?

It’s a question I posed to the Attorney General’s office.  They replied, “Unfortunately, we are not in a position where we can offer any kind of informal legal interpretations regarding the recent passage of Amendment I as the Attorney General’s Office could ultimately end up representing the State of Missouri in litigation regarding the matter.”

I’ll sure they will.

Now a person could argue that “subject to duly authorized powers, if any, conferred by article VI of the Constitution of Missouri” grants the Public Safety director authority to enforce Missouri’s drug laws, and that’s possible.

But it’s also possible a person could say Amendment 1 makes drug laws regarding cannabis unconstitutional.

Remember the qualifiers mentioned above.  We’ve covered medicinal use.  What about the rest?

Well, cannabis can be used in food.

Energy?  Apparently, it’s very good for bio-fuels:

Cannabis seeds, often discarded, contain the plant’s oils that can be turned into fuel. At the University of Connecticut, researchers found industrial hemp to contain viable qualities for producing biodiesel. Hemp biodiesel produced by graduate students at the school had a 97 percent conversion efficiency.

And security?

There’s this line of thinking:

Afghanistan’s cannabis crop is funding terror groups; a reality that directly undermines the White House’s stated counterterrorism objectives. According to a 2010 Time article titled, Afghanistan’s New Bumper Drug Crop: Cannabis, federally legalizing marijuana would drain cash from insurgents in the ongoing Afghanistan War:

“‘Afghanistan is using some of its best land to grow cannabis,’ says Antonia Maria Costa, director of the UN drug office in Vienna. ‘If they grew wheat instead, insurgents would not have money to buy weapons and the international community would not have to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on food aid.’

… ‘Eradicating marijuana and opium fields can breed resentment by people and be destabilizing,’ says John Dempsey, a rule-of-law adviser to U.S. and Afghan officials for the U.S. Institute of Peace.

… Groups of armed drug traffickers, meanwhile, travel through the countryside, buying opium and cannabis at the farm gates for cash. For many farmers in the area, making a living and staying alive — sadly — go hand in hand.”

It can be argued that the cannabis plant meets not one, but all four qualifiers to be defined as “agriculture” protected by Amendment 1.

It’s possible Amendment 1 will be used as a vehicle to try to legalize marijuana in Missouri, so it’s really just a matter of time before we find out what the courts think.

Even if a court does say it makes growing it legal, Amendment 1 does nothing to legalize its usage, either for medicinal or recreational purposes.  It’s possible a judge might say, “Yeah, you can grow it, but you can’t sell it or use it.”

It might just be something legalization activists use to move the ball forward, or as a way to elevate their visibility.

What do you think?  Will anyone try to make this argument, and if so, how do you see it turning out?

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September 15th, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: , , |1 Comment