Jefferson City, MO – Representative Keith English has announced this morning that he will no longer serve with the Democratic Party. After much thought and prayer, English feels he can better serve the people of his district, and of this state, as an Independent.
English was first elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 2012; defeating fellow Democrats Bert Atkins and Todd Hoffman in a three-way primary, and later Republican Becky Sharma in the General Election.
He came to the Missouri House of Representatives as a blue-dog, traditional Democrat. English is outspoken on issues such as abortion, gun rights, and personal freedom. He is also a strong opponent of right-to-work legislation that has surfaced recently in the Missouri Legislature.
During the announcement English stated, “This is no longer the Democrat Party of Bill Clinton or John F Kennedy. I’m leaving the party because I love my state. It shouldn’t matter whether I’m conservative or liberal … what is most important is that we raise the level of debate in this country through informed discussions that lead to policies that benefit all Missourians.”
English is the second Democratic Representative to leave the Democrat Party this year, shrinking their representation in the Missouri House of Representatives to 44 of 163 members.
The poor radicals left in the Missouri Democratic Party are poo-pooing their dwindling numbers:
You can't "lose" someone that was never really on your team in the first place.
Here’s the story as I was told it by a source that I trust.
During a recent the Democratic House Caucus, someone brought up the fact that Rep. Keith English was given a third floor office by the Speaker of the House. The general consensus was that it was a reward for being the 109th vote to overturn Gov. Nixon’s veto of a tax cut bill, a vote Speaker John Diehl allegedly had a hand in.
I’m told the caucus raked English over the coals for his vote, and then Rep. Carla May stood up.
She allegedly told the caucus that when you join an organization and know the rules, you need to follow those rules. You need to behave. And Rep. English didn’t. He broke the rules and now he’s being rewarded for it.
English, being a cage fighter who’s not afraid to stand up and face a battle, rose and responded that if that’s true in the House, it’s true everywhere.
He then said that Michael Brown was walking down the middle of the street, breaking the rules. Maybe if he hadn’t been breaking the rules, he’d be alive today.
He then turned and walked out of the room. The caucus erupted.
Many have urged us to take the “free money” offered to expand Medicaid. It is argued that Missouri taxpayers’ money is going to other states. This is simply not the case. There is no federal lockbox containing Missouri money. With a $500 billion federal deficit and an $18 trillion debt, Obamacare expansion money is money borrowed from China, money which our children and grandchildren will have to repay.
That’s exactly right. When progressives really wants to sell something, he do not hesitate to go full “Helen Lovejoy,” shrieking “THINK OF THE CHILDREN!”
Well, it’s the children who are going to be saddled with the bills that pile up. What about them?
And while we’re talking about it, how much are we putting on them?
Obamacare Medicaid expansion would cost Missouri taxpayers tens of millions of dollars just to administer putting 300,000 able-bodied, working-age Missourians on Medicaid. And in time, Missouri’s 10 percent will amount to hundreds of millions of dollars, straining our Medicaid program at the expense of the children, elderly and disabled who truly need it.
And that’s if it stays at 10 percent, which it most certainly won’t. Also, that’s an estimate.
In 1965, the House Ways and Means Committee estimated that the hospital insurance program of Medicare – the federal health care program for the elderly and disabled – would cost $9 billion by 1990. The actual cost that year was $67 billion.
In 1967, the House Ways and Means Committee said the entire Medicare program would cost $12 billion in 1990. The actual cost in 1990 was $98 billion.
In 1987, Congress projected that Medicaid – the joint federal-state health care program for the poor – would make special relief payments to hospitals of less than $1 billion in 1992. Actual cost: $17 billion.
The list goes on. The 1993 cost of Medicare’s home care benefit was projected in 1988 to be $4 billion, but ended up at $10 billion. The State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), which was created in 1997 and projected to cost $5 billion per year, has had to be supplemented with hundreds of millions of dollars annually by Congress.
The Arkansas Medicaid private option is already over budget by nearly 15 percent. Costs exceed federal caps and, absent a reversal, Arkansas taxpayers will be charged tens of millions more dollars in cost overruns.
Arkansas officials are coming soon to Washington to seek a federal bailout. This shifts the burden to U.S. taxpayers to pay for the empty promise of the fiscally unstable private option expansion.
Taxpayers in all the states will have to pick up the costs of the program in just a few years. That means stretched family budgets, and slashed funding for other priorities, including education, infrastructure and public safety.
This is why Onder concludes correctly that “Arkansas is likely to undo its Medicaid expansion in 2015.”
Expanding Medicaid is expanding government, and that’s rarely the right answer to any problem.
Four days ago it was realized that an AP story about an effort to get Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson to resign contained an interesting line regarding the use of the National Guard during the expected riots.
Gateway Pundit was where I saw this pointed out first, but other sites also noted this line in an email from St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar to an assistant:
…The email lists several names of apparent attendees: McCaskill, Koster, Slay, Rainford, Diehl, Doyle, then-St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay.
Spokespeople for Clay and Koster declined immediate comment, and messages seeking comment from Dooley and St. Louis County police were not returned.
The email also made reference to a request to Gov. Jay Nixon to place the National Guard in front of Ferguson police headquarters on the date of the grand jury announcement. “Apparently the guard will not move to the FPD per the governor,” the email said.
Knowles and others were critical of the decision not to have the Guard in place in Ferguson at the time of the announcement, after a dozen area businesses were destroyed in fires during protests.
Ferguson Mayor James Knowles revealed the email on The Allman Report:
Knowles mentions a FOIA request. Remember, these emails were requested back in November or December and the reporters who requested them were told they would get them on December 23:
The person to answer is the commander in chief of the Missouri National Guard, Governor Nixon. Gannett investigators filed public records requests with the Guard and the governor’s office. The Guard responded that all of its records are exempt from disclosure under Missouri law. The governor’s deputy chief of staff responded that his officer was working on the request, “you should expect to hear back about the status of your request by no later than December 23, 2014.”
It’s almost as if they wanted the reporters to get the information at a time when people wouldn’t be watching a lot of news, isn’t it?
Whereas, Mr. Nixon ordered the National Guard to Ferguson to protect the property of Ferguson prior to the indictment announcement by County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch; and
Whereas, after the indictment announcement, despite Mr. Nixon’s promise to business owners, the National Guard was in fact NOT stationed in Ferguson (ground zero) or Dellwood and, as a result, both cities went up in flames; and
Whereas, by deciding not to deploy the Missouri National Guard to West Florissant on the day of the Grand Jury announcement, Mr. Nixon permitted several businesses to burn, including an office where the Senator from the 14th taught civic engagement classes to Ferguson residents; and
Whereas, as a result of Mr. Nixon’s broken promise to business owners, the State of Missouri will be obligated for millions of dollars to repair the damages; and
Whereas, since Mr. Nixon refused to properly deploy the National Guardsmen, who were ordered to remain at the armory, brave fire fighters were shot at in the course of performing their duty, facing life-threatening attacks by agitators; and
Whereas, in failing to take responsibility for his recurrent poor decision-making throughout the catastrophe in Ferguson and elsewhere, Mr. Nixon has demonstrated his inherent disregard for the responsibilities associated with, and his lack of fitness for, the lofty position he unfortunately holds:
Now Therefore Be It Resolved that the members of the Missouri Senate, Ninety-eighth General Assembly, First Regular Session, hereby remonstrate against Governor Nixon for his failed and incompetent leadership; and Be It Further Resolved that for the reasons expressed above and many others, the Missouri Senate hereby strongly recommends that Mr. Nixon resign his position immediately; and
Be It Further Resolved that if Mr. Nixon fails to resign, the Missouri House of Representatives should strongly consider impeaching the Governor for willful neglect of duty and incompetence, as the great state of Missouri cannot afford to bear the costs of his failed leadership…
So, here’s the question: after all the outrage they’ve shown over the past few months, does the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus have the courage to impeach, or, will it be like so many other issues where the party and agenda take precedent over the people they allegedly represent?
Will now Rep. Brandon Ellington, the chairman, enter articles of impeachment for “willful negligence,” as his colleague Chappelle-Nadal suggests, or will he just focus on abolishing grand juries and getting body cameras?
I have yet to receive as much feedback about a TorchCast before it aired as I have with this one. I’ve embedded HB 206 below and encourage you to read it and then if you have questions, reach out to Rep. Curtman’s office for answers by calling 573-751-3776 or emailing his office at Paul.Curtman@house.mo.gov.
And of course you can leave comments below.
Editor’s Note: For clarification, HB 206 does not in any way apply to any transportation projects. That was my misunderstanding.
“My hope is that they will come out tomorrow and repent,” Cleaver said when Sharpton asked if Republicans have a credibility problem. “They can’t help themselves. They need to repent, because, you know, they tried to label the auto industry rescue a giveaway. $80 billion, rescued the automobile industry. We were supposed to be the world’s leaders in automobiles, and we are, and now they’re healthy again, and they paid back the money.”
“We can go down the line, issue, after issue, after issue, what the president said would happen has happened,” he added. “And when things like that happen, I have to say it again, it’s time to repent.”
I repent for my sins.
Speaking out against this president’s agenda is no sin.
The sin would be to say nothing.
The greater sin would be to attempt to implement his agenda under the guise of it being “the conservative solution.”