Black Community Didn’t Want Gov. Jay Nixon At Mike Brown’s Funeral

I wondered what happened to make Gov. Jay Nixon change his mind about going to the funeral of Mike Brown in Ferguson.

Turns out, he wasn’t wanted there:

The governor skipped the service in light of still-simmering anger among African-American leaders and activists in St. Louis, who have harshly criticized Nixon’s tepid response to Brown’s death and subsequent protests.

“I don’t think [Nixon] wanted to disrupt the funeral, because a lot of the African-American community in St. Louis didn’t want him there,” said state Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, of St. Louis, a former chairwoman of the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus who has clashed with Nixon in the past. “So he decided to stay away.”

She wasn’t the only one who said Nixon wasn’t welcome in Ferguson.

Said Anthony Shahid, an activist who has been in close contact with Brown’s family, but in this case was not authorized to speak on their behalf, “I can tell you for a fact that the black community didn’t want [Nixon] there.”

The idea that the presence of the governor of the state would create a disruption at a funeral illustrates how completely Nixon has failed to lead, not just during the upheaval in Ferguson, but since taking office.

You have to have a horrible relationship to not even be welcome at a funeral.

If this were the first time the life-long Democrat failed the black community in Missouri, they would probably still welcomed him, knowing it was a fluke.

But many know the truth:

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The Show-Me Report: August 28, 2014

Links

KMOV:  Nixon to announce new resources for recovering businesses in Ferguson

The Eagle: McCaskill plans hearing on militarization of police

Fox 2: National Guard completes departure from Ferguson

Missourinet: Guard withdraws from Ferguson, command center stands down

Connect Mid-Missouri: Group seeks clemency for nonviolent in Ferguson

Columbia Daily Tribune: Nixon’s predicament

PoliticMo: Blunt calls on Justice Department to assist Ferguson with police costs

KMBC: Dan Isom introduced as Missouri’s new top cop

20 Pounds of Headlines: Nixon Says Race Not a Factor In Appointing Isom

Gateway Pundit: St. Louis County Seeks FEDERAL BAILOUT for More Than 100 BUSINESSES Harmed During Ferguson Riots

The Eagle: Blunt asks for federal funds to support Ferguson police and others

KPLR: Who will pick-up the cost for unrest in Ferguson?

Post-Dispatch: Bills for extra law enforcement for Ferguson coming due

KMOV: Anger boils over about police at town hall meeting

KMOV: St. Louis Police Chief on tactics in Ferguson, police shooting of man with knife

The Daily Caller: CNN Guests Think Brown Shooting Audio Is A Hoax [VIDEO]

The Unablogger: Lessons from Ferguson

Post-Dispatch: Ferguson enters campaign conversations in county executive race

Missourinet: Role in Ferguson of new Public Safety chief not defined

BarbWire: Another Nixon to Impeach

Fox 2: Mayor of St. Peters wants temporary ban on use of red light cameras

St. Joseph Post: Missouri dairy farmers urge veto override

20 Pounds of Headlines: McCaskill Rips Tea Party For Blocking Ex-Im Renewal

The Eagle: McCaskill supports Export-Import bank

PoliticMo: Missouri businesses concerned about future of Ex-Im Bank, McCaskill says

The Missourian: Failure to reauthorize international bank could affect Missouri companies

Missouri Business Alert: Missouri joins health care compact

Missouri Business Alert: House prices in Q2 rise in St. Louis, fall in Missouri overall

Fox 4: 200 new laws introduced in Missouri

Missourinet: Changes to higher education funding formula take effect today (AUDIO)

Ozark Area Network: Missouri Senators Discuss Bills Going Into Effect Thursday

The Eagle: Prosecutors, law enforcement groups back Amendment 2

Ozark Area Network: VIDEO: McCaskill Announces Expansion of Veterans Survey

Show-Me Daily: Of Super Bowls and Economics

The Missouri Times: Press Release: Senate Interim Committee on Tax Administration Practices to Meet in Springfield

Secretary of State: Kander Announces Recount for House District 27

The Missourian: Ordinance proposes to add meters at disabled parking

Videos

KSHB: Body cameras heading to Ferguson Police Department

KSHB: Senator Claire McCaskill speaks about jobs

KRCG: Sheriff says Pulaski County Jail overcrowded

KRCG: Proposal would add meters to disabled Columbia, MO parking spots

KMBC: Dan Isom introduced as Missouri’s new top cop

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Ed Martin: Jacob Turk Can Beat Cleaver Because 2014 is “Just Like 2010, Only Better” (Video)

Tuesday supporters of Jacob Turk gathered in Lee’s Summit to hear from the candidate and from Missouri GOP Chairman Ed Martin.

Martin introduced Turk, saying he was there to support Turk for two reasons.

“One, I believe that in office as a congressman, he will be fearless for the Constititution, for our values, for what we believe,” Martin said.  “We don’t need more people who will vote well.  We need people that will be fearless for the values we believe in.”

Second, Martin added, “I believe he can win.”

Turk is running in a district held by Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, a district that hasn’t had a Republican representative since 1949 and currently has a Cook Partisan Voting Index of Democrat +9.  Cleaver has held the office since 2005.

“We can win this race. I know it. I’m seeing it. It will be just like 2010, only better.”

- Ed Martin

Why would Martin think Turk could win after losing four straight races?

“People say ‘Oh my gosh! Can you beat Cleaver?’  I believe every race is on the table this year,” Martin said to applause from Turk’s supporters.

“Look across the country.  In places where you look, the turnout among liberal Democrats is as low as it’s ever been.  The people who are supposed to turn out to prop up this left wing vision are not coming out.”

Martin’s argument is supported by Democratic strategists like Celinda Lake, who pointed to a George Washington University poll that “that 64% of Republicans say they are ‘extremely likely’ to vote in November’s midterms, compared with 57% of Democrats.”

Another election expert, Curtis Gans, says nationwide, Democrats will stay home while Republicans will go to the polls.  Gans expects Democrat turnout to be lower than 2010 or 2006.

In 2006, 211,919 votes were cast in Missouri’s 5th, with Cleaver getting 64 percent of the vote, almost doubling the number of Turk’s votes.

In 2010, however, there was a drastic change, with turnout dropping to 191,423 votes.  Turk narrowed the gap to nine points, but still losing by more than 17,000 votes.

Martin says turnout will be even worse this year because there’s no one motivating the base to turn out.

“In this election cycle in the fall, we have no leading Democrats.  They can’t even field a candidate for auditor.  So they will have no turnout,” Martin predicted.

“We can win this race. I know it. I’m seeing it. It will be just like 2010, only better.”

Even if the experts are correct and Democrat turnout is dismal, Turk will still have an uphill battle in a heavily Democrat leaning district.

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Was Nixon’s “Vigorous Prosecution” Statement Against the Law?

Gov. Jay Nixon took almost immediate heat on his call for a “vigorous prosecution” in the Mike Brown investigation.  As covered here, Megyn Kelly, a lawyer, unloaded on the comment:

Megyn:  It wasn’t a slip of the tongue.  Over and over and over.

Shep:  It’s also not a new trick in politics in America.  There’s one message for the voters, where we know where the polls are, and there’s another message for the reporter on the phone, hoping he doesn’t get vilified.  In my estimation, from what I saw on that videotape, standing alone, that’s now available at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and playing on television stations across Missouri, the governor took sides.

Megyn:  Mm-hmm.  As you have a state senator demanding an indictment be returned, that this cop get prosecuted, otherwise the protests we’ve been seeing are going to look like a picnic.  You’ve got the governor weighing in, saying ‘A vigorous prosecution must be pursued,’ hours before the grand jury convened.  I mean, talk about putting your thumb on the scale of justice, Shepard.

Shepard Smith also blasted Gov. Nixon:

Shep:  A card laid is a card played. And the card that governor nixon has played is, “Justice for the family of Michael Brown.” and you’re telling me that a potential grand juror doesn’t see that and say ‘The governor just sides?’ 

Annemarie McAvoy:  And may say well, ‘The governor is telling us we should be coming forward with an indictment. This is an appropriate case to indict the officer in.’

Shep:  He says prosecute this. 

McAvoy:  That’s it. 

Shep:  Prosecution happens after an indictment is returned. 

McAvoy:  That’s right. 

Shep:  If no indictment is returned, there is no prosecution. 

McAvoy:  That’s right. That’s very clear. and the grand jurors know it. It may be if they don’t hear it themselves, their family members may hear it. They mention it to them over dinner. This is not a sequestered jury. 

Shep:  You’re telling me the one-time attorney general, a 30-year lawyer, made a mistake not once but thrice about the meaning of justice for the family of Michael Brown?

Not only did he say it thrice, but it seems the comment might have even been illegal:

Missouri law, section 575.290.1, makes “improper communication” a criminal offense:

“A person commits the crime of improper communication if he communicates, directly or indirectly, with any juror, special master, referee, or arbitrator in a judicial proceeding, other than as part of the proceedings in a case, for the purpose of influencing the official action of such person.”

Now the governor could make the case, like he’s been trying to make, that he wasn’t calling for a conviction, but for justice to be done.

However, as shown above, Nixon didn’t call for justice to be done.

He called for a “vigorous prosecution” ending in “justice for the family of Michael Brown.”

He took sides.  And remember, the grand jury isn’t sequestered.  Even if they were, he made the comment before they hearing was convened.

As someone who has worked in law for 30 years, Nixon understands the impact statements like this can make on jurors and understands why tampering with juries is criminal.

The question now is, will anything be done about it, or will it be yet another action the Republican led General Assembly tolerates?

August 27th, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: , |0 Comments

McCaskill Comment Reinforces Mark Levin’s Warning Regarding Nationalization of Local Police (Video)

On Monday, Mark Levin asserted that he believed there was a push to nationalize local police forces through the Justice Department.

Tuesday, he built on what he said the day before:

Here’s the article Levin read from.

Outside of overt nationalization, which would be met with fierce resistance, how else could the federal government exert control over the local police?

The same way they coerced every state in the union to set the drinking age to 21.  They could threaten their funding:

In short, we ended up with a national minimum age of 21 because of the National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984. This law basically told states that they had to enact a minimum drinking age of 21 or lose up to ten percent of their federal highway funding. Since that’s serious coin, the states jumped into line fairly quickly. Interestingly, this law doesn’t prohibit drinking per se; it merely cajoles states to outlaw purchase and public possession by people under 21.

The federal government could tell local police forces what to do and how to operate by saying they’ll restrict the federal money that flows to their budgets.

Crazy talk?

Not to Sen. Claire McCaskill:

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill said Tuesday that police officers across the country should be required to wear body cameras in order for their departments to qualify for federal funds.

McCaskill believes that the ubiquity of cameras gives way to incidents in which only part of the story is recorded, seen or understood. So, a body camera on every officer will not only protect citizens against police misconduct, but also protect officers from wrongful accusations.

Also:

“I would like to see us say, ‘If you want federal funding in your community, you’ve got to have body cams on your officers,’” she said. “And I think that would go a long way towards solving some of these problems, and it would be a great legacy over this tragedy that’s occurred in Ferguson, regardless of what the facts say at the end as to whether or not anyone is criminally culpable.”

Do you honestly think it will stop there?

There’s no way.  Read the letter progressives wrote calling for the nationalization again and tell me what couldn’t be done by threat of restricted funding.

And it’s illustrative of the left’s thinking.  Don’t call for local governments to do this willingly.  Don’t call for federal funds so local law enforcement can afford cameras.

Use force.

Make them.

Threaten them.

Furthermore, she obviously thinks force would be necessary.

Why?  If I were a cop, I’d want a camera on me.  If the force didn’t provide one, I’d buy a GoPro for my own protection.

It might be that local police forces can’t afford them.

Nope.  Not in Claire’s mind.

They don’t want them.  They have to be forced to use them.

She sees this abuse of power as “a great legacy.”

How do you see it?

Update:

Welcome fellow fans of Mark Levin.  And thanks Mark for sharing the article.  If you haven’t done it yet, go like his Facebook page.

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The Show-Me Report: August 27, 2014

Links

KMOV:  St. Louis County police to reduce officers in Ferguson

The Turner Report: Supporters of Ferguson police officer involved in shooting speak out

Missouri Business Alert: About 4,500 people attend Michael Brown’s funeral

Fox 2: What’s next in the Michael Brown case?

Fox 2: Clinton ignores questions on Ferguson

The Missouri Times: Prosecutors, sheriffs come forward in support of Amendment 2

KMOV: #HandsUp Global Day of Action seeks justice for Mike Brown, Kajieme Powell

Post-Dispatch: Proposed $199 million St. Louis bond issue put on hold

NLPC: Is Eric Holder Trying to Railroad Ferguson Cop?

here & Now: It’s Not Business As Usual In Ferguson, Missouri

News-Tribune: Ferguson shooting protests move into St. Louis

Post-Dispatch: Dozens of demonstrators march downtown to deliver demands surrounding Michael Brown

KBIA: In Ferguson, Students And Teachers Face Tough Questions At School

Hennessy’s View: Bureaucratizing Street Gangs

Fox 2: State Senator request review of deadly force procedures

KMOV: As things return to normal in Ferguson, questions linger for businesses

KPLR: Dept. of Insurance to help Ferguson businesses Wednesday

Post-Dispatch: Economic fallout from Ferguson reaches St. Louis County Council

Fox 2: Peaceful march held in Ferguson

Post-Dispatch: McClellan: A perspective from Japan opens our discussion on race

Breitbart TV: Farrakhan Attacks Arabs, Chinese, Koreans, Indians, Whites in Ferguson Rant

Southeast Missourian: Racial strife in Ferguson

Post-Dispatch: Daughter of MLK seeks nonviolent Ferguson response

New York Times: In Aftermath of Missouri Protests, Skepticism About the Prospects for Change

Post-Dispatch: In wake of Ferguson, police try to build trust

Missourinet: McCaskill to investigate police militarization (AUDIO)

Post-Dispatch: Economic fallout from Ferguson reaches St. Louis County Council

KBIA: As Ferguson Protests Wind Down, Residents Want Outrage Channeled

Time: Ferguson Wrestles With What to Do Next

KMOV: Warning from authorities about charity scams in wake of Ferguson violence

News-Tribune: Study: Missouri’s anti-cancer laws insufficient

Post-Dispatch: Regulating ride-share companies remains largely local affair in region

Show-Me Daily: Public Transportation in Columbia, Missouri: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The Missouri Times: Absentee, provisional ballots throw wrench in Mims race

Missourinet: Recount starts on Right to Farm Amendment (AUDIO)

The Missouri Times: Amendment 1 headed for recount

KPLR: Missouri Secretary Of State orders recount of “Right to Farm” votes

Joplin Globe: McCaskill to tour Joplin business aided by Export-Import Bank

Videos:

KTVO: Truman State University students hold vigil for Michael Brown

KTVO: Local non for profit no longer providing Affordable Care Act

KSHB: KC crime stats: overall crime was down 12 percent from last year

KSHB: State audit criticizes Grandview School District

KMBC: Audit finds financial missteps in Grandview schools

KSHB: Former Lenexa city employee charged in federal court

KSHB: Officer Wilson supporters speak out

KSHB: Mother asked to leave pool for breastfeeding baby

KMBC: Law enforcement agencies scale back in Ferguson

KMBC: KCK man sends message to residents of Ferguson

KMBC: Ferguson store struggles to recover after looting

KMBC: Ferguson families happy to see schools reopen

August 27th, 2014|Categories: The Blog, The Show-Me Report|Tags: |0 Comments

Mark Levin on Rep. Lacy Clay: “He doesn’t want to get to the truth! He wants to get to a result. I’ll prove it to you.”

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He’s on point here:

August 26th, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

VIDEO: Democrat Rep. Lacy Clay Warns of More “Problems in the Streets” If Justice Isn’t Served in Ferguson

Sunday on Face the Nation, Rep. Lacy Clay was asked if he thought there would be more protests or riots following the funeral for Mike Brown on Sunday.  Clay said he didn’t think there would be problems at the funeral, but…

I guess what I’m most concerned about, and I made a promise to Michael Brown’s parents that I would do everything to bring all of the resources of the federal government to this investigation so that it’s transparent, do that it’s a viable investigation and we get to the truth.  Now, if, ah I’m more concerned that if we do not get to the truth, and get to what actually happened and bring  justice to this situation, then there’s going to be a problem in the streets.

What’s “the truth,” according to Lacy Clay?  What is “justice?”

Does he think there will be “problems in the street” if Darren Wilson is convicted, but is innocent?  That would not be justice, but do you think there would be problems in the street if Wilson is wrongly convicted?

Does he mean that if an investigation is held and it finds that Darren Wilson had a clean shooting and is free to go, that justice is served and everyone will be cool with that?

Or does he mean if Darren Wilson isn’t indicted and convicted of the murder of Mike Brown, there will be problems?

I’m leaning towards the last one.

What else could he mean?

The logical conclusion is the final choice, that if Wilson isn’t convicted, there will be trouble.

And he’s not the first elected official to say that.

August 26th, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: , |0 Comments

Strange: In Less Than 12 Hours, Nixon Changed His Mind About Attending Mike Brown’s Funeral

Yesterday’s funeral in Ferguson for Mike Brown, the man shot by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.

On the 24th, Huffington Post reported that Gov. Jay Nixon was going to attend:

Nixon plans on attending Brown’s funeral on Monday, an aide said.

However, the next day:

Gov. Jay Nixon won’t be attending the funeral of 18-year-old Michael Brown this morning at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church, his office says.

Here’s when the first article was posted:

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and the second:

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In less than 12 hours, Nixon changed his mind.

Why?

He says that Brown’s family “deserves time to focus on remembering Michael and grieving their loss.”

Why would Nixon’s presence there prevent that?

Am I the only one that thinks something smells in the state of Ferguson?

August 26th, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: , |2 Comments

The Show-Me Report: August 26, 2014

Post-Dispatch: Michael Brown laid to rest with recollections and calls to action

Fox 2: Photos: Michael Brown Funeral

Fox 2: Alleged audio of Michael Brown shooting released

Breitbart: Left Bullies Black Reporter To Recant ‘No Angel’ Description of Michael Brown

Post-Dispatch: All is peaceful on streets of Ferguson

Fox 2: Quiet night in Ferguson following Michael Brown’s funeral

Post-Dispatch: For students and parents in Ferguson-Florissant, a chance to move forward

Fox 2: No protest in Ferguson Monday night, but a change may be in the offing

Post-Dispatch: Can Ferguson change the ‘ritual’ of black deaths?

The Eagle: How many people do police kill each year?

Post-Dispatch: Hundreds pack History Museum in St. Louis to discuss Michael Brown’s death

Post-Dispatch: Ferguson City Council meeting postponed as city finds larger venue

Missouri Business Alert: Business leaders ponder impact of Ferguson spotlight

Missouri Business Alert: Missouri’s alternative charter high schools disappearing

Berger’s Beat: “WHY OFFICER DARREN WILSON PROBABLY WON’T GO TO JAIL”

Post-Dispatch: Judge will not release more detail about grand jury on Michael Brown case

Townhall: Libertarians, Ferguson, and “Racism”

YOUGOV: PUBLIC OPINION HARDENS AGAINST PROTESTERS, SOFTENS ON POLICE

Columbia Daily Tribune: The prosecution: The next Ferguson flash point

Hennessy’s View: Exposing the Race Hustlers in Ferguson

KMOV: Ferguson residents afraid many won’t obey local police anymore

Post-Dispatch: St. Louis college students stage walkout to honor Michael Brown

KPLR: Koster kicks off campaign to recruit minorities into law enforcement

Missourinet: Koster calls diversity meetings (AUDIO)

KMOV: Expert: Legal system often gives police benefit of the doubt

KMOV: Glendale officer suspended for anti-protester Facebook posts issues apology

KSHB: Group offers support for Officer Darren Wilson

Post-Dispatch: St. Louis area officials contemplate wearable cameras in wake of Ferguson

The Missouri Times: Press Release: The Vote No on Amendment 1 coalition to Call for a Recount of Amendment 1 Ballots

Ozark Area Network: West Plains Resident Now a Certified Candidate for November Election

The Turner Report: Ron Richard picks up $25,000

Richmond Daily News: Letter: Governor’s tug of war with legislators over budget impacts Ray library services

Show-Me Daily: Missouri Should Stop Funding Ghost Students

Ozark Area Network: Officials Say Fewer Deaths on Missouri Roads

Post-Dispatch: How corrupt is your state?

The Turner Report: Sam Graves: Government should stop bullying states into using Common Core

The Missouri Times: What happened to Lynn Messer?

Ozark Area Network: McCaskill to Visit West Plains VA Clinic on Tuesday

West Central Mo Info: View From the Capitol – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler’s Newsletter for the Week of August 18-22, 2014

West Central Mo Info: Cracking Down on Puppy Mills

Congressman Jason Smith: Congressman Jason Smith Fights for Fort Leonard Wood

August 26th, 2014|Categories: The Blog, The Show-Me Report|Tags: |0 Comments