The Show-Me Report: August 1, 2014

ABC 17: Firm says Missouri school soil isn’t hazardous

Post-Dispatch: EPA: Soil tests on Bridgeton ball fields show no radiation concern

PoliticMo: McCaskill puts own money where her mouth is in fight to win back state Legislative seats for Democrats

MPNS: Picture of the Day: White Candidate Mails Out “Not So Thinly Veiled Racial Attack” on Black Opponent

St. Joseph Post: Blunt Calls On President Obama To Lead, Not Campaign (VIDEO)

The Turner Report: Billy Long: We must sue the president to defend the Constitution

KMOV: Edwardsville School Board under fire over controversial appointment

Hennessey’s View: Here’s How I’m Voting August 5 (with printable grid of ballot measures)

Missouri Business Alert: Missouri metro unemployment climbs in June, still below 2013 level

The Rolla Daily News: Congressman Jason Smith Capitol Report: The Bureaucratic VA Needs Real Reform

The Rolla Daily News: Millions spent on Missouri road and farm proposals

Post-Dispatch: Immigrant children reach St. Louis, far from the border

St. Joseph Post: Kansas City moves to ban open carry of firearms

20 Pounds of Headlines: Mayor Sly Thinks Old West Had Tougher Gun Control Laws Than Missouri

Kansas City Business Journal: General Assembly may holster KC’s ‘open carry’ ban

Southeast Missourian: Sales tax is regressive

Post-Dispatch: Three Republicans compete for western St. Charles County’s state Senate seat

The Eagle: Kelly says Farm Bill has chance to beat veto without override

Ozark Area Network: “Right To Farm” Amendment, Heats Up Days Before Election

Connect Mid-Missouri: Former Mid-Missouri lawmaker came up with right-to-farm

KPLR: Tax free weekend in Missouri runs August 1st – 3rd

The Rolla Daily News: Early voting initiative may miss Missouri ballot

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Rep. Kurt Bahr’s Primary Opponent Almost Completely Funded By Union Money

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Mike Swyers’s campaign almost completely funded with union money. (Photo credit: Screen capture from YouTube)

Rep. Kurt Bahr is a conservative Republican in the 102nd District. He received a 98 percent rating from the Missouri Alliance for Freedom on their legislative scorecard. United for Missouri rated him and “A.”

Missouri ProVote, “a statewide coalition of labor unions and community groups,” rates him at 11 percent progressive.

That’s probably why the unions are bankrolling a primary candidate against him.

According to the Missouri Ethics Commission, Mike Swyers has raised $57,529 to Bahr’s $20,383.05.

Where did Swyer’s loot come from?

Nearly all of it has come from unions.

Of the $57,529, almost 18 percent, or $10,309, came directly from unions.

Another 79 percent came from Carpenters Help In The Political Process, CHIPP. They’ve donated $45,500.

CHIPP is basically a front group for the Carpenter’s District Council of St. Louis, as they share the same address.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Swyers is a “Business Agent at Carpenters District Council of Greater St.Louis”

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What’s a “business agent?”

According to Teamsters.org, it’s a “full-time representative of a local union whose job is to represent members in the local.”

You can make a pretty good living as a union rep, too:

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CHIPP has been around for a while and has made other donations. They gave $2,500 to Progress KC, $10,000 to Kander for Missouri, $20,000 to Missourians for Koster, $25,000 to the MO Democratic State Committee, $25,000 to Missouri Early Voting Fund.

Oh, and they threw $25,000 to Jay Nixon in 2011.

Clearly they are all about electing left wing, pro-union candidates.

It’s obvious what’s happening here. Unions are trying to buy themselves a seat in the 102nd.

In 2012, Bahr won 62 percent of the vote. That followed more than doubling his opponents votes in 2010.

Ryan Johnson, president of the Missouri Alliance for Freedom said, “This is not a primary. This is a general election under the guise of a primary.”

Evidence from the most recent elections supports Johnson. Whoever wins the primary will probably be the next Representative for the 102nd District.

The choice is between a pro-union candidate supported by progressives, and a free-market candidate supported by advocates of freedom.

I know where my vote would go. Where would yours?

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The Show-Me Report: July 31, 2014

Kansas City Business Journal: Air Force One orders $1,400 worth of BBQ at Oklahoma Joe’s

Ozark Area Network: Sen. Cunningham to Hold Meet and Greet Event in Thayer Monday

Ozark Area Network: Over 70 Attend “Right To Farm” Meeting in West Plains

MPNS: FLASHBACK: Nixon’s War on Women Started Early in 1st Term

PoliticMo: Chris Koster backs August ‘right to bear arms’ amendment

ABC 17: Sen. Blunt touts renewal of child advocacy law

Post-Dispatch: Sen. Chappelle-Nadal spent nearly $20,000 on opposition campaign

The Dana Show: A New Facility In St. Louis For Illegal Immigrants?

The Missourian: LETTER TO THE EDITOR: So many good reasons to reject the transportation sales tax

ABC 17: Auditor: At least $12,000 missing in Clark County

Southeast Missourian: 148th Missouri House district candidate Holly Rehder

Columbia Daily Tribune: Transportation tax hike unfair; vote ‘no’

Lee’s Summit Conservative: Who is Running for US Representative 5th District?

Daily Dunklin Democrat: Community discusses Right-to-Farm MO Amendment 1

Show-Me Daily: Video: Missouri Roads – Better Than You’ve Heard

Post-Dispatch: McCaskill’s college sexual assault bill introduced after months of work

20 Pounds of Headlines: So What Was That All About?

Post-Dispatch: Obama says GOP should stop hating; Blunt compares it to a junior high taunt

KPLR: Republican candidates running for St. Louis County Executive

Speaker Tim Jones: Speaker Tim Jones Responds to President Obama’s Visit to Kansas City

Fox 2: Dooley and Stenger to appear on the Pulse of St. Louis

Ozark Area Network: Protesters Mass Outside Obama Appearance

Missouri Business Alert: Ballot Briefing: Amendment 5 and gun rights

ABC 17: Obama makes quick stop in Kansas City suburb

The Rolla Daily News: Audit finds mismanaged claims at St. Louis VA

The Rolla Daily News: Missouri voters may fortify digital privacy rights

The Rolla Daily News: McCaskill gives $240K to Mo. Democrats

The Rolla Daily News: Nixon urges school chiefs to oppose tax breaks

Congressman Jason Smith: Congressman Jason Smith Votes to Expand Veterans’ Access to Healthcare

Southeast Missourian: ‘No’ to tax increases

SCA News: Transportation Tax Campaign Spent More than $2 Million — Just In July

Missourinet: Blunt critical of Obama in KC (AUDIO)

The Eagle: Wright fights lobbyist gifts at Columbia Meeting

The Missourian: LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Imprecise language raises questions about “Right to Farm”

The Rolla Daily News: Rep. Robert Ross Capitol Report for July 30

South County Mail: Hobby Lobby case linked to Amendment 1?

Ozark Area Network: Interim Committee on Taxes Holds First Hearing in Jefferson City

Missouri Business Alert: Missouri casinos to allow gambling on credit

July 31st, 2014|Categories: The Blog, The Show-Me Report|Tags: |2 Comments

McCaskill Talks Border Crisis, Says Majority of Illegal Immigrant Children Now With Family in US (Video)

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Sen. Claire McCaskill was on Fox 2′s new show, “Hancock & Kelley,” a Missouri focused political show featuring John Hancock, a Republican strategist and Mike Kelley, a Democratic stratigist. The show format is much like “Hannity & Colmes” used to have back in the day, only with less debate.

Hancock asked Sen. McCaskill about the crisis on the border and wondered why Congress couldn’t pass comprehensive policy on immigration.

McCaskill blamed Speaker John Boehner for the failure to pass amnesty.

The problem is, the crisis we see on the border isn’t because of a failure to pass the Senate’s amnesty bill. It’s because President Obama signed an Executive Order granting amnesty to DREAMers, a signal across Central America to send their kids.

It’s also because of a very loose (read: incorrect) reading of a child trafficking law.

These children aren’t being trafficked. They are being smuggled. There’s a big difference.

That’s but one of three reasons it’s wrong to point to the Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 as justification for the relocation of all these kids:

First, it appears that a significant majority of children coming across our borders illegally are not “unaccompanied alien children” according to the definition found in federal law. Federal law defines an “unaccompanied alien child” as an illegal alien under the age of 18 who is without “a parent or legal guardian in the United States.” Data from government agencies suggest that the overwhelming majority of minors arriving on the U.S. border have family in the United States.

McCaskill makes this point, inadvertently, when she points out that “a majority of these kids have been placed already in the homes of relatives.”

Third, even if all people coming across the border illegally were “unaccompanied alien children” and victims of trafficking, the 2008 act includes language that gives the president some leeway in its application. … In other words, the law does not necessarily require that all recently arrived illegal immigrants receive a day in court.

She also makes the assertion that border security is stronger now than under President Bush and illegal immigration is less than under Bush.

I quote Vice-President Dick Cheney when I say, “So?”

That’s like my kid telling me she’s standing there with the front door open less than her younger sister, so it’s acceptable.

The door is still open.

I don’t care if it’s better. It’s still bad.

Finally, McCaskill says the number of children is down because they’ve gotten the word out to the families in Central America that they’re being lied to and their kids won’t just become American citizens.

Awesome.

I wonder why they didn’t send that message back in January when they were hiring 65,000 escorts for the unaccompanied minors they were expecting. I mean, wouldn’t it have been cheaper just to send the message then, rather than deal with all this mess now?

I don’t think they’ve spent $3.7 billion sending that message, which is what President Obama wants to solve the problem.

It’s almost like the Democrats wanted this problem to happen. But that would mean they were willing to allow tens of thousands of children to subject themselves to a dangerous journey from their home country to America, submitting themselves to the whims of coyotes who have been known to rape the people their smuggling.

Democrats wouldn’t let that happen just to score some political points, would they?

Here’s the interview:

July 30th, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: |1 Comment

An Actual Conversation with a MODOT Engineer on Amendment 7

At a recent candidate forum at a county fair, representatives were there to review all the amendments that citizens will be voting on on August 5th.

The person explaining Amendment 7 was an engineer for the Department of Transportation. He said he wasn’t there to persuade us either way, but by the way, here’s everything you’ll get if the Amendment passes (wink, wink).

He read the ballot language and then took questions. Once again, I let people ask all the questions they wanted and when there was a lull, I raised my hand.

Me: “The General Assembly could add all this money from the general revenue to MODOT’s budget, couldn’t they?”

Engineer: “They could.”

Me: “So, instead they spent all that money somewhere else and are now asking us to give more.”

Engineer: “…That’s an accurate assessment.”

You make up your own mind. It’s true MODOT needs more money.

The question is, where should it come from?

July 30th, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: |2 Comments

ICYMI: United For Missouri Released a Powerful Pro-Amendment 9 Video You Must See

This came out during my scramble to prepare for my latest newborn, so I didn’t get a chance to promote it the way I should have, but now that I’m back, I want to make sure you all see this:

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The Show-Me Report: July 30, 2013

The Missouri Times: Eyes On: Chappelle-Nadal’s busy, busy summer

MPNS: Quote of the Day: “I Don’t Think I’ve Ever Done Anything to That Woman”

Show-Me Daily: Show Me Better (Part 3): Certificate Of Need And The Cost Of Care

Connect Tri-States: Missouri considers electronic privacy amendment

MPNS: Poll: Dooley Campaign in Serious Peril; “Charlie Dooley’s Political Life at Code Blue”

KBIA: ‘Right to farm’ amendment pits farmer against farmer

KPLR: Missouri farm rights under debate as voters consider Amendment One

Dexter Daily Statesman: Right to farm: Opposing views

The Missouri Times: Press Release: Kansas City Area Legislators Support Amendment 1

Post-Dispatch: Stream releases first (and only) GOP ad in St. Louis County Executive race

Nodaway News: Governor travels to Maryville

St. Joseph Post: Blunt Introduces Updated U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership Act

The Rolla Daily News: Congressman Jason Smith Capitol Report: The Bureaucratic VA Needs Real Reform

Missouri Business Alert: FAA deals blow to use of drones for farming, other business

KMOV: Opposition to proposed sales tax hike in Mo. may be growing

KBIA: Nixon Faces Backlash Over Latest Appointment To Board of Education

The Eagle: Nixon stumps for his vetoes in Columbia

KSHB: Kansas City looks toward mandatory recycling

Fox 4: Missouri state senator files bill to block social security numbers to guard against identity theft

Dexter Daily Statesman: Gun rights, vets’ lottery on primary ballot

The Missourian: Primary candidates weigh in on Medicaid expansion, ‘Ban the Box’

News-Tribune: Lottery ticket would aid Missouri veterans

The Rolla Daily News: Sen. Dan Brown: Help Finding a Missing Person

St. Joseph Post: President Obama eats ribs with four Kansas City letter writers

The Eagle: Curtman supports right to farm amendment

Kansas City Star: John Lamping: Missouri road tax proposal is a cynical grab by special interests

Missourinet: The overlooked Amendment 9 (AUDIO)

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Blunt: “Presidential Leadership Does Matter. It’d Be Nice to Have Some.” (Video)

Sen. Roy Blunt commented on the Campaigner in Chief’s visit to Kansas City:

“He was at the border a few weeks ago for a fundraiser and since he doesn’t believe in photo ops, he wasn’t going to go to the border. So I’m sure they’re be no photo ops in Kansas City.”

Wrong:

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The Show-Me Report: July 29, 2014

The Missouri Times: New ad as Stenger, Dooley prepare for final push

KMALand: Missouri 1st District GOP Candidate: Roger Parshall

Show-Me Daily: Do We Need Amendment 7 To Match Federal Highway Dollars?

Fox 2: Missouri considers electronic privacy amendment

Post-Dispatch: Sen. Chappelle-Nadal campaigns against candidate in another race

The Missouri Times: Dooley and the Post-Dispatch trade barbs over ‘racist’ cartoon

Kansas City Business News: Thousands in donations roll in for and against streetcar, transportation tax

Ozark Area Network: Missouri Voters May Fortify Digital Privacy Rights

Sen. Parson: Legislative Column: Confusing Statements on Amendment 1

Post-Dispatch: St. Louis Election Board verifies signatures to put Jennifer Florida on ballot

Post-Dispatch: Sinquefield putting down money on both sides of St. Louis County executive primary

St. Joseph Post: Mo. Right-to-Farm campaign growing

ABC 17: Right-to-farm campaign tops $1m in Missouri

Post-Dispatch: County Exec candidates unveil new ads as campaign heads into final week

KMOV: Nixon: Unaccompanied minors do not tax Mo. resources

The Missouri Times: Poll: Dooley Campaign in Serious Peril

Hennessy’s View: Surprised? Transportation Empowerment Act Was Ronald Reagan’s Idea—In 1967!

Fox 4: Legislators unanimously vote to repeal part of gun law that impacted hunting

KPLR: Bridgeton Landfill says it’s met deadline to reduce odor

KSHB: Taxi vs. Uber battle intensifies across metro

News-Tribune: Millions spent on farm, road proposals

Dexter Daily Statesman: Election issues loom for school funding

Southeast Missourian: Gun rights, vets’ lottery on primary ballot

Southeast Missourian: Stone, Rehder want to bring conservative values to House

Post-Dispatch: Missouri’s oath of office has lost its meaning

Dexter Daily Statesman: District rep races head toward primary election

Post-Dispatch: St. Charles Co. Council wants refunds of election overpayments to local governments

Post-Dispatch: Missourians still face delays seeking Medicaid coverage

Missourinet: Transportation tax supporter says choice is crucial

The Missourian: LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Yes, we need mass transit, but we cannot neglect our highways

The Missourian: LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Sales tax increase for MoDOT is unfair, unnecessary

The Eagle: Transportation tax supporters make their case

Kansas City Business Journal: Missouri Democratic Party has a new top donor

Ozark Area Network: Sen. Roy Blunt Touts Religious Freedom Legislation

Missouri Business Alert: St. Louis chamber establishes venture capital sidecar fund

Kansas City Infozine: Report Says Government Surveillance Harms Journalists, Lawyers

Connect Mid-Missouri: Ameren looks to raise monthly bills

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

Rep. Mike Thomson Endorses Allen Andrews in Missouri’s 1st District

By Rep. Mike Thomson:

mem004“Having had the immense honor and privilege to represent the good people of Northwest Missouri for the last eight years, I understand how important it is for the 1st district to have a voice in the halls of government who truly represents the values we hold dear, and who understands our needs and issues. Just like the families who have made our part of the state such a wonderful place to call home, our next state representative should possess the highest levels of integrity and character, and a work ethic that is second to none.

I firmly believe Allen Andrews has these traits and is someone we can count on to listen to our concerns and then work to find solutions to our problems. Allen is someone who will use his track record of success in the business world and his strong family values to guide his decisions as he puts the overall good of Northwest Missouri ahead of his personal agenda. He also has the heart for service and the passion for the four counties in the 1st district that will make him a strong and effective voice for us in Jefferson City.

I urge you to join me and vote for Allen Andrews for State Representative on August 5th.”

July 28th, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments