Throwdown: Hancock to Challenge Martin for Missouri GOP Chairmanship

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After hearing rumors, it’s official: John Hancock wants Ed Martin’s job:

Republican consultant John Hancock says he plans to challenge state party Chairman Ed Martin in a leadership election that will occur within the next couple of months. Hancock points to what he describes as a “complete collapse” in party fundraising.

At times this past year, the party has reported just a few thousand dollars in its bank accounts, with debts nearly equaling or exceeding the available cash.

“I am very concerned that the Republican Party does not have the resources to do the things that are necessary in 2016 to ensure Republican victories up and down the ballot,” Hancock said.

Martin acknowledged that fundraising is “a constant challenge,” but he added, “our finances are fine.” Martin said he’s still trying to rebuild the party after an era in which it routinely doled out sizable consulting contracts, including to Hancock’s firm.

However:

Republican Party Treasurer Dick Peerson said the party’s finances are the worst he’s seen in a decade on the job.

“I don’t think it’s any secret that we’re not doing very well financially,” Peerson said. “It’s been tough fundraising.”

Why? Well, from what I’ve been told, it’s because Martin ousted the establishment when he beat David Cole, and the big establishment donors just closed their checkbooks.

Does Martin still have the confidence of the Missouri Republican State Committee though?

We shall see.

November 21st, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: |0 Comments

Peaceful Protesters in Ferguson Verbally Assault Cops, Repeatedly Use Racial Slurs (Video)

This is a taste of what the Ferguson police are facing:

There’s a lot of racial slurs being thrown around, all from the peaceful protesters.

Here’s another video, where one protester threatens to go get his dog for a dogfight with a K-9 officer:

At this point, I’m guessing that either way the grand jury decides, Ferguson is going to see a riot.

What do you think?

Hat Tip: National Review

Update:

Attorney General wants Ferguson cops to behave:

“The Justice Department encourages law enforcement officials, in every jurisdiction, to work with the communities they serve to minimize needless confrontation,” Holder says.

“Over the past few months, we’ve seen demonstrations and protests that have sought to bring attention to real and significant underlying issues involving police practices, implicit bias, and pervasive community distrust. And in most cases, these demonstrations have been both meaningful and responsible, and have brought vital issues to the attention of the public at large,” the top cop says in a video.

“I know, from first-hand experience, that demonstrations like these have the potential to spark a sustained and positive national dialogue, to provide momentum to a necessary conversation, and to bring about critical reform.”

November 21st, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: |2 Comments

The Show-Me Report: November 2, 2014

Fox 2: Michael Brown’s father calls for calm ahead of grand jury decision

KMOV: Ferguson-Florissant School District prepares for grand jury decision

Connect Tri-States: Union: Ferguson officer does not expect charges

Fox 2: CNN sources say Ferguson officer Darren Wilson in talks to resign from police force

CNN: Ferguson officer Darren Wilson in talks to resign; grand jury decision nears

Washington Post: Officer in Ferguson shooting unlikely to return to job, police chief says

KMOV: Youngest member of Ferguson Commission hopes to de-escalate tensions

Twitchy: David Limbaugh: Why won’t the two people who could likely prevent rioting in Ferguson do so?

Post-Dispatch: Officers again make arrests at protest outside Ferguson police HQ

Post-Dispatch: Churches to serve as safe spaces after grand jury announcement

New York Times: Ferguson Looks to Holiday Shopping Rush With Unease

Post-Dispatch: As anxiety rises, Riverview Gardens rolls out support in advance of grand jury announcement

KPLR: Molotov cocktails thrown inside north St. Louis home

Fox 2: Ferguson-area gun sales surge ahead of jury decision

Post-Dispatch: Ferguson officer’s lawyer, union official, say story on grand jury confidence was misleading

Missouri Business Alert: Ferguson unrest affects area university enrollment

KPLR: Homicide rate on the rise in St. Louis city

Post-Dispatch: Kansas City students walk out of governor’s speech

20 Pounds of Headlines: Lincoln Prep Ferguson Protest During Nixon Speech Today

Fox 2: Officer Darren Wilson considering resigning as grand jury decision nears; CNN reports

Fox 2: Ferguson police chief: ‘I think I can see this through’

Midtown KC Post: Police comment on preparedness for Ferguson decision

Post-Dispatch: Clay urges calm, says parallel federal investigation of Ferguson will be ‘very thorough’

Fox 4: Metro police departments making concerted effort to recruit more diverse force

Post-Dispatch: Schweich breaks silence, sort of, and hints at joining 2016 governor’s race

The Missouri Times: Schweich sent an open letter encouraging gubernatorial run

News-Tribune: Schweich weighing running for governor

St. Joseph Post: Mo. lawmaker vows to block pay raises for elected officials

Missourinet: Navy handling of USS Jefferson City problems “bizarre”

The Missouri Times: Smith has historic rise to Ways and Means

The Missourian: Missouri issues $92 million in bonds for Fulton Hospital

Ozark Area Network: Sen. McCaskill Discusses Top Legislative Priorities, Ferguson with Media

The Turner Report: Roy Blunt on Branson radio: Obama is creating problems for illegal immigrants

Hartzler: Hartzler: Obama’s action harms efforts to bring Americans together on immigration

KSPR: Local members of Congress criticize President’s immigration speech

Missourinet: Governor Nixon’s Miss South Carolina moments

The Eagle 93.9: Nixon already on rocky ground with lawmakers

St. Joseph Post: KC prosecutor nominated as new Missouri federal judge

Post-Dispatch: Money battle already underway for 2016 Missouri attorney general race

Lake News Online: Merger’s wake ripples across the state

Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer: Luetkemeyer Introduces Legislation to Protect Customers from Operation Choke Point

November 21st, 2014|Categories: The Blog, The Show-Me Report|Tags: |0 Comments

Silvey and Bond Become Helen Lovejoy, Use Veterans to Promote Medicaid Expansion

Sen. Kit Bond, a one time opponent of expanding Medicaid via Obamacare and now it’s chief lobbyist in Missouri, teamed up with Sen. Ryan Silvey in using veterans as the case for expansion:

The uninsured population in Missouri includes more than 50,000 veterans and their family members, according to the statement released by Bond’s lobbying firm, Kit Bond Strategies of Columbia, Mo. About half of the veterans and their family members could be eligible for Medicaid if it were expanded, based on a study by the Urban Institute.

Discover the Networks notes that the Urban Institute “favors socialized health care, expansion of federal welfare bureaucracy, and tax hikes for higher income-earners.”  Oh, it’s funded by George Soros, among other leftist organizations.

That’s nice.  Good to know where Bond is getting his propaganda.

However, there’s a problem with the premise, though.  It’s a logical fallacy:

 

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Saying “It’s for the veterans” is no different than when liberals whine “Think of the children.”

Which means Bond and Silvey have become Helen Lovejoy.

Premise:  Missouri can’t afford to expand Medicaid.  We can’t fully fund education now.

Rebuttal:

Premise:  Medicaid is a broken system.  Making it bigger won’t fix that.

Rebuttal:

Premise:  Medicaid “will keep many beneficiaries in poverty because it creates strong disincentives for work.”

Rebuttal:

Premise:  Medicaid’s access problems will get worse as more doctors drop out.

Rebuttal:

By using an appeal to emotion, they are asking Missourians to ignore all the very valid reasons for opposing Obamacare and simply “think of the children.”

Fine.  Let’s think of the children.

My children.

They are being robbed right now of their future income.  They are the taxpayers who will have to pay the interest on today’s spending.  They are the taxpayers who will have a lower income and fewer opportunities because of the irresponsible spending Silvey and Bond are advocating.

What about my children?  And what about my grandchildren?

Won’t somebody please think about them?

November 20th, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: , |0 Comments

The Show-Me Report: November 20, 2014

Missouri Business Alert: Ferguson unrest sparks idea for Startup Weekend St. Louis winner DiversifyUs

Post-Dispatch: Antonio French requests counselors from Nixon in apparent dig at request for guardsmen

KBIA: Talking Politics: Nixon’s Ferguson Trouble

KMOX: Report: Alleged Officer Warns Ferguson ‘If You Do Not Have A Gun, Get One’

The Missourian: Readers share hopes for community responses to Ferguson

Fox 4: Chief Forte says Kansas City will be safe when Ferguson grand jury reveals decision

Daily Mail: EXCLUSIVE: Wilson’s supporters attack President Obama for ‘failing to support officer’s family’

The Missourian: Sharpton: Activists ready for Ferguson decision

Fox 2: Mayor Slay says National Guard will only play a support role

Fox 2: Ferguson mayor, police chief decline interviews as grand jury decision nears

al Jazeera: Ferguson mayor: I regret saying there was no racial divide [Al Jazeera Interview]

KMOV: What happens if Darren Wilson is indicted?

KMOV: Protesters prepare emergency kits for new round of demonstrations

The Missourian: Columbia organizations plan peaceful rallies in response to Ferguson ruling

Post-Dispatch: Raucous protest held in front of Ferguson police headquarters

Post-Dispatch: Lawyer identifies St. Louis officer who killed VonDerrit Myers Jr.

Kansas City Star: Democrat Claire McCaskill makes nice with Senate Republicans

PoliticMo: Outgoing House Speaker says he’ll steer clear of the revolving door and won’t lobby

KMOV: Koster announces self-imposed donation limits

Post-Dispatch: After bruising report on his ties to donors, Koster announces self-imposed restrictions

PoliticMo: Koster self-regulates against campaign conflicts of interest — and wants the Legislature to do so, too

The Missourian: STEVE SPELLMAN: Instead of pointing fingers at Ginny Chadwick, look at City Hall

Show-Me Daily: Education: A Way Out

Southeast Missourian: Principal accused of taking college placement test for student

Post-Dispatch: Election results show North County delivered the votes for Stenger to win

Post-Dispatch: Analysis shows Stenger overcoming North County effort to derail his candidacy

Ozark Area Network: Springfield Schools’ Same-Sex Couples Get Benefits

Post-Dispatch: Nixon appoints new circuit judge for St. Louis County

Kansas City Star: Sen. Blunt: President’s plan to change immigration policy violates Constitution

Post-Dispatch: Bridgeton Landfill odor concerns grow as weather turns colder

Post-Dispatch: EPA says fire won’t spread radioactive material via air

Columbia Tribune: Cole County case tests attorney general’s power under no-call laws

November 20th, 2014|Categories: The Blog, The Show-Me Report|Tags: |0 Comments

St. Louis Gun Dealers “Selling Everything That’s Not Nailed Down”

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Gun dealers in the St. Louis area are doing booming business while the region awaits the verdict from the grand jury looking into the shooting death of Mike Brown:

Metro Shooting Supplies, in an area near the city’s main airport, reports selling two to three times more weapons than usual in recent weeks — an average of 30 to 50 guns each day — while the jury prepares to conclude its three-month review of the case that sparked looting and weeks of sometimes-violent protests in August.

“We’re selling everything that’s not nailed down,” owner Steven King said. “Police aren’t going to be able to protect every single individual. If you don’t prepare yourself and get ready for the worst, you have no one to blame but yourself.”

Other gun dealers say their sales spikes are comparable to the increases seen soon after Brown’s death on Aug. 9.

“I’ve probably sold more guns this past month than all of last year,” said County Guns owner Adam Weinstein, who fended off looters last summer at his storefront on West Florissant Avenue, the roadway that was the scene of many nightly protests. Weinstein stood guard over his business with an assault rifle and pistol.

The store has since moved out of Ferguson — in part because of concerns about potential further violence.

Many Missourians seem to be praying for the best, but preparing for the worst.

Let’s hope it’s the best.

November 19th, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Gov. Nixon Hasn’t Spoken to Bob McCullough In Over a Month? Not Surprising…

As good leaders are known to do, Gov. Jay Nixon ended communications with the people handling the most important and pressing issue on his agenda. I mean, why would he need to keep up to date on what’s going on in Ferguson?

A day after Nixon declared a second state of emergency and activated the Missouri National Guard in advance of a grand jury decision sometime later this month, Ed Magee, a spokesman for St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch, said Tuesday it has been several weeks since the prosecutor’s office has heard from Nixon.

“We have not heard from the governor or his office in about a month,” Magee wrote in an email.

Back in August, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder blasted Nixon over his lack of communication with all levels of law enforcement:

And, Kinder told Sean Hannity that Nixon hadn’t spoken to him since he took office in 2008.

…he said Gov. Nixon hasn’t returned any form of communication, be it certified mail, email or phone call, in the five and a half years since he and Nixon took office.

So, a month?

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This is Nixon’s style of leadership, to separate himself from everyone outside his bubble.

It’s not surprising he’s not talking with McCulloch. It would be a change if he were.

November 19th, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: , |0 Comments

The Show-Me Report: November 19, 2014

PoliticMo: Jay Nixon hasn’t spoken with St. Louis prosecutor in past month

KMOV: Spokesman: Lack of communication between Gov. Nixon, McCulloch

News-Tribune: Nixon’s ‘state of emergency’ covers entire state

The Missourian: Legislators push back after Nixon declares a state of emergency

News-Tribune: Black Caucus: Activating Guard stirring anxiety

Townhall: The Ferguson Days of Rage

The Gateway Pundit: No Justice, No Peace! #Ferguson Protest Leader Has Car Stolen During “F*ck the Police” Rally

The Gateway Pundit: No Justice, No Peace! – Take 2… #Ferguson Protest Leader Has House Looted

Fox 2: Sharpton to outline post Brown grand jury decision plan

Post-Dispatch: The buck stops where? Nixon’s tortured answer stuns world media

Post-Dispatch: Where does the buck stop on Ferguson? Nixon’s convoluted answers makes waves

Missourinet: Nixon struggles with question of where ‘buck’ stops in policing Ferguson protests (AUDIO)

Huffington Post: Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon Won’t Say Whether The Buck Stops With Him In Ferguson Protests

Ozark Area Network: Missouri Governor Appoints Ferguson Commission

Missourinet: Ferguson Commission vows reconciliation and healing (AUDIO)

Fox 2: Tale of two streets in Ferguson

Fox 2: Probe of Ferguson police could spur broad change

Washington Post: Police in St. Louis agree to ‘rules of engagement’ for protests after grand jury decision

Daily Mail: Gun sales in Ferguson spike a staggering 700% as residents wait to see if Wilson will be indicted

Ozark Area Network: Gun Sales Surge Ahead of Jury’s Ferguson Decision

The Guardian: Ferguson: St Louis mayor predicts ‘widespread civil disobedience’ over verdict

KBIA: Missouri Black Legislators Want Arrest Charges Dropped For Non-Violent Protesters

Post-Dispatch: Ferguson Commission granted $100K from Development Finance Board, Lt. Gov. Kinder disagrees

KMOV: Ferguson residents react to deployment of National Guard

KMOV: Ferguson protesters release list of demonstration sites

KPLR: Businesses and residents stressed over looming Ferguson grand jury ruling

Christian Science Monitor: Ferguson dilemma: Was calling up National Guard the right move?

Post-Dispatch: St. Louis mayor asks for 400 National Guard troops in city

KPLR: Mayor Slay outlines Nation Guard role in St. Louis

The Missouri Times: Nixon names Ferguson Commission as area awaits grand jury decision

KMOV: Ferguson unrest affects St. Louis conventions

KMOV: Protesters continue to demonstrate despite cold weather

KSHB: KC group to go to Ferguson after decision

St. Joseph Post: Senator Blunt disappointed in Senate’s Failure to pass The Keystone Pipeline

St. Joseph Post: Mo. senators continue support of Keystone XL

St. Joseph Post: State Commission: Gov. Nixon and other state officials need a raise

KMOV: Pay raises recommended for Missouri officials

KMOV: St. Louis County Executive race qualifies for recount

Fox 2: Recount still possible for St. Louis County Executive

Fox 2: Tense transition underway in St. Louis County Executive office

St. Joseph Post: Another Mo. school district approves benefits for same-sex couples

St. Joseph Post: Blunt, colleagues introduce Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention For American Veterans Act

The Turner Report: State audit- Kansas City charter school misspent money

The Missouri Times: Basye enjoyed campaign, looking forward to serving the 47th

The Missouri Times: Hanaway gathers endorsements ahead of 2016

Post-Dispatch: Veterans to push Missouri Medicaid expansion; hospitals hire new lobbyist

The Eagle: Missouri unemployment hits lowest since 2008

The Eagle: Leon Taylor Executed in Bonne Terre

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

My Interview with WIBC’s Tony Katz Regarding Gov. Jay Nixon’s Refusal To Say Where the Buck Stops (Audio)

Thanks to Tony Katz for having me on his show:

You can hear Gov. Jay Nixon’s non-answer here.

November 18th, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Meet Rasheen Aldridge, Jr., the Young Jobs With Justice Community Organizer Appointed to the Ferguson Committee

Today the Missouri Development Finance Board decided to give Gov. Jay Nixon’s Ferguson Committee $100,000 to do three things:

1.   First, to conduct a thorough, wide-ranging and unflinching study of the social and economic conditions underscored by the unrest in the wake of the death of Michael Brown;

2.   Second, to tap the expertise needed to address the concerns identified by the Commission –  from poverty and education, to governance and law enforcement;

3.  And third, to offer specific recommendations for making this region a stronger, fairer place for everyone to live.

While I was reviewing the list of members, I stumbled across a bio that made me stop.

Rasheen Aldridge, Jr. s a community organizer and activist. Born and raised in St. Louis, Aldridge is currently enrolled at Forest Park Community College. He serves as director of an organization called Young Activist United St. Louis and sits as student co-chair on the Missouri Jobs with Justice.

“Jobs with Justice.”

Might as well read “Left of Lenin.”

Let’s take a look at this guy’s Twitter feed.

Oh, perfect. So Nixon appointed someone to the board who is on the ground in Ferguson making threats. And who decides what is justice? The protesters? That’s not justice. That’s a lynching.

Speaking of lynching, here’s a few of his retweets:

He seems like someone who is middle of the road, right?

Last month, he was busy in Ferguson:

And in September, he found “a gift” left behind in a rental car:

And when he’s not calling cops killers or “shutting shit down,” he’s demanding burger slingers get $15 an hour, because they deserve it:

He’s popular in Ferguson, and from what I’ve seen, a proponent and advocate of peaceful protesting. He’s probably a good kid too.

But he’s also not shy that Darren Wilson is guilty of murder, that cops are lynching black folks in the street and he’s clearly left of even Nixon.

He’s a radical community organizer in training. And he’s working to “conduct a thorough, wide-ranging and unflinching study of the social and economic conditions?”

Let me save some time. He wants a livable wage and Darren Wilson in jail.

Oh, and social justice, whatever that means this week.

I’m glad we’re spending $100,000 on this. It’s not like we need that money anywhere else.

Now let me see who else is on this committee. There might be some other folks that need highlighting.

November 18th, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: , , , |1 Comment