The Show-Me Report: February 27, 2015

Post-Dispatch: Editorial: Remembering Tom Schweich, 1960-2015

Kansas City Star: TheChat: R.I.P. Tom Schweich

Missouri Business Alert: Missourians mourn, pay tribute in wake of Schweich’s death

News-Tribune: Capitol remembers Schweich in brief prayer service

Post-Dispatch: Jefferson City mourns the loss of Auditor Schweich

Fox 2: Video: Missouri lawmakers hold prayer service for Tom Schweich

KBIA: Schweich remembered as dedicated public servant; came out swinging in bid for governor

KBIA: Looking back: Schweich talks about his love of law, finding purpose

Connect Mid-Missouri: Lawmakers remember Schweich as man of integrity

Post-Dispatch: Schweich’s death prompts shock, sadness, in Missouri political hierarchy

Ozark Area Network: Politicians react to death of Missouri Auditor Schweich

KMOV: Remembering Auditor Schweich through the eyes of his friend, colleague

Columbia Missourian: UPDATE: Police call death of Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich an ‘apparent suicide’

Connect Mid-Missouri: Clayton Police Chief addresses Schweich death

Post-Dispatch: Messenger: From voicemail to voicemail: The short political career of Tom Schweich

Kansas City: Friends recall Tom Schweich as smart and tough

Post-Dispatch: Auditor Schweich had called seeking an interview just before his death

Fox 4: Voicemail reveals Schweich had called press before apparent suicide

Missourinet: Reports: Schweich called reporters minutes before apparent suicide

Fox 4: Police: Evidence points to suicide in death of Missouri auditor, husband, father

The Turner Report: MO GOP Chairman: I am in utter shock at Schweich’s tragic passing

Fox 2: Who succeeds Tom Schweich as state auditor?

KBIA: Nixon will soon have to pick Schweich’s successor

Breitbart: Dem Rep Cleaver: Tea Party Wants To Undo Desegregation And Women’s Rights

Post-Dispatch: Blunt says he opposes funding of DHS without restrictions on Obama executive orders

Show-Me Daily: Constitutional Law Expert Joshua Hawley Weighs in on Obamacare at Policy Forum

Post-Dispatch: McCaskill says NFL teams thinking of drafting Winston should first see sexual assault film

The Rolla Daily News: Missouri lawmaker wants to cut funds for Common Core testing

Connect Mid-Missouri: Fate of Common Core in Missouri

Southeast Missourian: Ex-Dunklin County prosecutor appointed to Mo. department of public safety

Post-Dispatch: Missouri lawmakers eye earlier health insurance rate disclosure

News-Tribune: Lawmaker faults district after autistic boy beaten

News-Tribune: Former US Rep. Todd Akin: I’m not running in 2016

News-Tribune: Scrambled California law hurts Missouri farmers

February 27th, 2015|Categories: The Blog|Tags: |0 Comments

Heartbreaking: Missouri Audior Tom Schweich Dies From Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich died today, reportedly from a self-inflicted gunshot wound:

Schweich’s press secretary Spence Jackson released the following statement:

“It is with great sadness that I confirm the passing of Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich today. Please keep in mind his wife Kathy and two children.”

Missouri officeholders offered their thoughts and prayers:

Gov. Jay Nixon’s statement:

“I join all Missourians in mourning the passing of State Auditor Tom Schweich, a brilliant, devoted and accomplished public servant who dedicated his career to making Missouri and the world a better place. From his courageous work to combat the illegal drug trade abroad in Afghanistan to his tireless efforts to protect the interests of taxpayers here in Missouri, Tom Schweich’s exceptional intellect and unwavering dedication to public service left a legacy that will endure for many years to come. The First Lady and I send our most heartfelt condolences to Tom’s wife Kathy and two children, Emilie and Thomas, Jr.”

Attorney General Chris Koster:

“Tom Schweich was a lifelong public servant for our state and country. I am deeply saddened by his sudden loss, and extend my heartfelt sympathy to his family. I ask all Missourians to keep his family in their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

State Treasurer Clint Zweifel:

“It is with a heavy heart that I send my thoughts and prayers to the Schweich family during this difficult time. Tom served his state and country admirably, and fought strongly for his values. With his passing, Missouri has lost a devoted public servant. He will be missed.”

Sen. Roy Blunt:

“Tom was very smart, very capable, outstanding at his job, and a good friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kathy, their children, and the rest of Tom’s friends and family as they deal with this tragic loss.”

Sen. Claire McCaskill:

“I am very sad, and hurt so much for Tom Schweich’s family. He was a good man, and a dedicated public servant, who served our country in so many capacities with distinction and honor. Hug those you love.”

Congressman William Lacy Clay (D-Mo.):

“I am shocked and saddened by the tragic death of Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich, a talented and dedicated public servant. I send my thoughts and prayers to his family at this painful moment.”

House Speaker John J. Diehl, Jr.:

“It was with immense sadness that I learned of the tragic passing of my good friend and fellow public servant, Tom Schweich. This is a devastating loss for our state as we have now lost a leader and a man of the highest integrity, character and dedication. I ask now that all Missourians pray for the Schweich family as they cope with this tragic loss.”

Congressman Jason Smith (R-Salem):

“I am shocked and saddened by the news of Tom’s passing. He was a true public servant and a friend. My thoughts and prayers are with Kathy and the kids.”

Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (Mo.-03):

“Today, Missouri lost a man who was a true public servant through and through. Tom Schweich, a fifth-generation Missourian, is someone who would fight day and night to better our great state. Tom will always be remembered as a true conservative and a loving and devoted father and husband. He will be deeply missed by his colleagues, and friends, and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time.”

Senate leaders Tom Dempsey (R-St. Charles), Ron Richard (R-Joplin), and Joe Keaveny (D-St. Louis) released a joint statement:

“We would like to offer our prayers and sympathy to the family of Auditor Tom Schweich. Tom’s experience as a talented federal prosecutor, diplomat and Ambassador made him become a brilliant auditor. In his service to the state of Missouri, he led hundreds of audits, making it his mission to fight corruption and bring transparency to many offices across the state. Our heartfelt prayers go out to his family at this difficult time.”

Congresswoman Ann Wagner:

“I am shocked and saddened to hear the tragic news about Tom Schweich. Tom was a good man and dedicated public servant. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Schweich family and all those Tom has touched over his decades of service to his state and country. May God bless Tom Schweich and his wife, Kathy, and children, Emilie and Thomas, Jr‎.”

Republican Party Chairman John Hancock:

“I am in utter shock at the news of Tom Schweich’s tragic passing. Tom will be remembered as a tenacious, energetic, effective elected official who worked tirelessly on behalf of the citizens of this state and this nation. I ask all Missourians to join me in praying for Tom’s family.”

Democratic Party Chairman Roy Temple:

“The death of Auditor Tom Schweich is devastating news for his family and all Missourians. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Schweich family during this tragic time.”

The House opened for a prayer session:

The outpouring of shock and sadness continues on Twitter:

Sad day for Missouri.

One final tweet:

February 26th, 2015|Categories: The Blog|Tags: , |1 Comment

The Show-Me Report: February 26, 2015

KPLR: Public Safety Director Daniel Isom resigns

The Rolla Daily News: Missouri public safety director resigns 6 months into job

The Rolla Daily News: Mo. judge rules pact with Common Core testing ‘illegal’

Hennessy’s View: This Seems Like a Really Big Win

St. Joseph Post: Missouri lawmaker wants to cut funds for Common Core testing

PoliticMO: Greitens, former Navy Seal, launches exploratory committee for governor

Kansas City Star: Former U.S. Rep. Todd Akin isn’t ruling out challenge to Sen. Roy Blunt

The Hill: The return of Todd Akin?

KBIA:  Inglewood Approves Plan For NFL Stadium, In Deal Involving Rams Owner

Sys-Con Media: Poll Shows that Missouri Voters Want Sen. McCaskill to Block Funding…

Daily Dunklin Democrat: Lawmakers hear emotional testimony on medical marijuana bill

Missouri Business Alert: Annual summit seeks to connect Columbia entrepreneurs

PoliticMO: Worried about Schweich charge, Missouri GOP chairman makes trip to Jefferson City

The Missouri Times: PRESS RELEASE: Speaker John J. Diehl, Jr. Moves to Strip Funding for Smarter Balance Consortium Membership

Fox2: Youth leadership summit to address Ferguson

The Missouri Times: CWA calls House bill “most meaningful and important” of session

The Missouri Times: Twitter Interview: John Hancock, MRP Chairman

The Missouri Times: House leaders look to cut legislative research

The Missouri Times: Twitter Interview: Catherine Hanaway, gubernatorial candidate

Post-Dispatch: Wagner bill clashes with Obama proposal to regulate financial adviser

The Eagle: Hartzler: Override Obama’s Keystone veto

The Turner Report: Hartzler returns from trip to Guantanamo

Sen. Silvey: Sen. Silvey Sponsors Legislation to Cap Amount of Tax Credits Authorized Annually

ABC 17: Execution date set for Missouri inmate Andre Cole

Kansas City Star: Mike Sanders won’t run for statewide office in 2016

St. Joseph Post: McCaskill Will Vote to Override President’s Keystone Veto

Post-Dispatch: Mo. House passes school transfer bill

Show-Me Daily: Changes to Macks Creek Law Making Their Way Through Missouri Legislature

The Turner Report: Graves: Rise of Islamic terrorism is cause for alarm

Post-Dispatch: Mo. Senators want to keep National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in St. Louis.

Sen. Schmitt: Sen. Schmitt Condemns School for Failing to Prevent Savage Beating of 12-Year-Old Autistic Boy

Kansas City Star: Missouri lawmakers to schools: Stop bullies or lose funding

The Missourian: Missouri House budget panel wants more for K-12 education

KSHB: Anthem faces class action suit for MO breach

Post-Dispatch: Florissant to convert old bowling alley into home for municipal court

The Rolla Daily News: Mo. Supreme Court says state went too far to tax gym

The Rolla Daily News: Missouri Senate panel considers change to deadly force law

The Rolla Daily News: Missouri Supreme Court weighs farming, gun rights measures

KPLR: St. Louis police chief blames ‘Ferguson Affect’ for drop in self-initiated policing

St. Louis Tea Party: Self Goverance Training

Missourinet: Proposal to slash Missouri Conservation permit fees slashed

KMOV: Prescription drug database bill endorsed by Missouri House

February 26th, 2015|Categories: The Blog|Tags: |0 Comments

The Show-Me Report: February 24, 2015

Post-Dispatch: Protesters pay early morning visit to Stenger’s home

KSHB: MO dairy wants a boost from state with bill

KSHB: MO lawmaker pushes for vaccination disclosure

Columbia Daily Tribune: Schaefer on Uber

Missouri Business Alert: Nixon proposes round-the-clock shifts for St. Louis stadium

Fox 2: Ferguson Commission studying whether zip codes can affect your life?

Post-Dispatch: Missouri elementary schools have highest rate of suspending black children

Post-Dispatch: Ferguson Commission hears of economic struggles

PoliticMO: In first speech, Kander says Blunt has been corrupted by Washington

Missourinet: Missouri House fast tracks Amber Alert bill inspired by Hailey Owens

Fox 2: Montel Williams lends support for Missouri to pass medical marijuana legislation

KRCU: Kansas City, rural legislators don’t share Nixon’s bullishness on St. Louis stadium

KMOV: 1 in 3 Missourians hacked during Anthem cyber-attack

KMOV: Missouri Sen. McCaskill for end to trade embargo with Cuba

KMOV: MO lawmakers fast track Hailey’s Law calling for Amber Alert changes

The Eagle: Home-schoolers in public school sports?

The Eagle: Right to Farm amendment heading to court

Ozark Area Network: Nixon: Missouri exported $14 billion in goods in 2014

Kansas City Infozine: Missouri Joins in Opposition of Banking Industry to Weaken Federal Robocall Ban

Kansas City Business Journal: Medical marijuana update: Kansas bill wins committee approval; Montel Williams testifies in Missouri

ABC 17: Missouri House endorses annual inspection of abortion clinic

KMOV: St. Louis leader says warm weather could lead to violence

Connect Tri-States: Missouri Senate passes legislation to limit welfare benefits

February 24th, 2015|Categories: The Blog, The Show-Me Report|Tags: |0 Comments

Sen. Ryan Silvey Gets It Right, Nixon Doesn’t Have Authority to Issue New Bonds

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As often as Sen. Ryan Silvey is the whipping boy here at The Torch, it’s only right that I give him credit when he gets it right. And he’s gotten it right with SB 460, a bill that says Gov. Jay Nixon, a member of the executive branch of government, can’t extend current bonds or issue new bonds just because a billionaire in St. Louis wants a new home for his football team.

Even the Missouri Alliance for Freedom agrees:

SB 460, as sponsored by State Sen. Ryan Silvey, is an act that specifies the executive branch does not have the authority to extend existing bonds or issue new bonds, including bonds for the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority, without legislative or voter approval. The Missouri Alliance for Freedom fully supports SB460’s promotion of good governance.

Sen. Rob Schaaf has a similar bill, SB 319. It mandates “approval from the General Assembly for certain bond extension the by St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority.”

Good stuff from both Senators.

Here’s the facts: the NFL will take in $10 billion this year. The owner of the St. Louis Rams is a billionaire.

I’m guessing they both have good credit.

They don’t need our money. They don’t need my money. I don’t even like the Rams.

They want to move to L.A.? Bye.

Silvey’s right on here. Nixon can’t do this, and furthermore, the legislature shouldn’t.

February 24th, 2015|Categories: The Blog|Tags: , |0 Comments

Simon’s Story: The Reason HB 113 is Known as “Simon’s Law” (Video)

HB 113, also known as Simon’s Law, deals with parental rights and “changes the laws regarding life-sustaining or nonbeneficial treatment policies of health care facilities.”

But to really understand what the law would do, you have to understand what the family of Simon Crosier went through, and the events leading up to Simon’s death.

Sheryl Crosier, Simon’s mom, tells his story:

February 24th, 2015|Categories: The Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Special TorchCast: Sheryl Crosier Discusses HB 113, “Simon’s Law” (Video)

Tomorrow, the Committee on Health and Mental Policy will hear testimony on HB 113, sponsored by Rep. Bill Kidd. The bill is commonly known as “Simon’s Law.”

Sheryl Crosier is the mother of Simon, a boy born with trisomy 18. Sheryl spoke with me about the law and why she feels it’s necessary:

As mentioned in the video, here’s a list of the people serving on the committee:

To get a better understanding of what Sheryl and her family went through, watch this short video titled, “Simon’s Story.”

February 24th, 2015|Categories: The Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Watch This Video and Tell Me Again That MODOT Needs More Money

The Missouri Department of Transportation says they need more money.

Without it, they just can’t maintain the roads across the states. But, here’s some good news. They have plenty of your money to make videos telling you how to shovel your driveway:

There are 70,000 + comments on that Facebook post.

My favorite so far?

This one:

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Work? Doesn’t work?

Who cares? Tell me again how much they need more funding when they have enough to tell me how to shovel my driveway.

February 23rd, 2015|Categories: The Blog|Tags: |1 Comment

The TorchCast: Dr. James Shuls Discusses the History and Status of Charter Schools in Missouri (Video)

Charter schools are relatively new here in Missouri. I speak with Dr. James Shuls, Distinguised Fellow of Education at the Show-Me Institute and Assistant professor of educational leadership and policy studies at the University of Missouri- St. Louis about when they started in the state, a bit about their successes and failures and how they are doing today.

February 23rd, 2015|Categories: The Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Show-Me Report: February 23, 2015

The Rolla Daily News: Chesterfield consultant elected chair of Missouri GOP

Post-Dispatch: Temporary truce: Hanaway, Schweich hold their fire at state party convention

News-Tribune: Republicans divided over gubernatorial candidates

PoliticMO: Santorum: People don’t think Republicans ‘care’

Kansas City Star: TheChat: In KC, Rick Santorum offers up some meat — the red variety

Kansas City Star: Take a stroll through the state of the Missouri GOP in 2015

Post-Dispatch: Sen. Blunt still mum on 2016 challenge from Kander

Fox 2: Hancock and Kelley: Is Jason Kander making the right move?

Show-Me Daily: Are Virtual Charter Schools Right for Missouri?

News-tribune: Missouri engagement office unfunded in proposed 2016 budget

Missourinet: Medical marijuana to get Missouri House hearing today

St. Joseph Post: Mo. exports hit record high

Post-Dispatch: Missouri tests a carrot-and-stick approach to higher education

News-Tribune: St. Joseph dumps its superintendent after a scathing audit

St. Joseph Post: Office of Community Engagement out of proposed Mo. state budget

KMOV: Ferguson Commission to meet Monday at University of Missouri-St. Louis

The Eagle: Higher gas tax for Missouri roads?

Post-Dispatch: A pro-family lobbyist searches for his missing wife

Missouri Business Alert: Republican Jay Ashcroft to run for Missouri secretary of state

Fox 2: Berkeley honors officers working during civil unrest

Fox 4: Prosecutors and police officials from St. Louis visit KC to learn about NOVA

February 23rd, 2015|Categories: The Blog, The Show-Me Report|Tags: |0 Comments