The Show-Me Report: September 17, 2014

Post-Dispatch: Fury of Ferguson descends on St. Louis County Council

Fox 2: Protesters seeking justice for Mike Brown storm St. Louis County council

KRCU: Anger Over Brown’s Death Boils Over Into St. Louis County Council Meeting

News-Tribune: Ferguson protesters call anew to remove prosecutor

Fox 2: Prosecutor to release transcripts, recordings if Wilson is not indicted

Fox 2: Cathy’s Kitchen in Ferguson is focusing on the good

KMOV: Mo. Senator calls for former St. Ann Police Officer to be barred from other police force

Post-Dispatch: Body cameras for St. Louis city officers will cost $1.2 million plus

KBIA: Sheriff Defends Use Of Military Equipment

KMOV: Tension rises between St. Louis Police, union over body cameras

KMOV: DOJ flier about investigation into Ferguson PD not reaching residents

Fox 2: FBI investigates Missouri officer’s stun gun use

The Rolla Daily News: NAACP lodges complaint with U.S. DOJ and DOE against St. James district

The Turner Report: Speaker appoints bipartisan panel to investigate Water Patrol

Missourinet: Water Patrol panel not just about drowning incident at Lake of the Ozarks

The Missouri Times: Hummel looking to lead House Democrats in 2015

The Eagle: Lawmakers critical of Gov. Nixon’s “detachment”

KTRS: Rep. Rick Stream Recaps the Mo. Legislature Veto Session

Rep. Sue Allen: MO Charged $11 Million for ACA Tax

KSPR: Missouri teachers could face a significant change

St. Louis Public Radio: Nixon Lauds Schupp As He Prepares To Be More Visible On Campaign Trail

KZIM: Senator Blunt Staff Hosts Mobile Offices

New York Times: Senators Take Auto Agency to Task Over G.M. Recall

Connect Mid-Missouri: Missouri mayor spends thousands on personal expenses

Missourinet: One MO lawmaker calls Ed Commissioner retirement an “opportunity”

Fox 2: Normandy could face more change after state education head retires

KPLR: Gov. Nixon speaks to Normandy students about investing in education

The Missouri Times: Press Release: Senate Leader Releases Statement on Early Voting Ballot Issue

Fox 2: 1000 students transfer from St. Louis area schools

Post-Dispatch: Highland School District, striking teachers schedule another negotiating session

Show-Me Daily: How Do You Argue With These School Choice Supporters?

Southeast Missoruian: Pachyderm group to host Swan

The Missourian: ANALYSIS: Missouri veto session displays political divide

The Missourian: Judge sets Ryan Ferguson lawsuit deadlines, trial date

KMOV: Controversial Mo. school program teaches young kids about guns

Fox 2: State auditors looking into Fox C-6 credit card use

September 17th, 2014|Categories: The Blog, The Show-Me Report|Tags: |0 Comments

Rep. Jason Smith Speaks on House Floor in Support of HR24, the “Federal Reserve Transparency Act” (Video)

His statement:

Thank you Mr. Speaker. I am proud today to stand up in support of legislation that I co-sponsored that the House will consider later today, HR 24, the “Federal Reserve Transparency Act.” As the creator of US monetary policy, the Federal Reserve is one of the most influential institutions in our government. Unfortunately, it is also mentioned as one of the most secretive institutions of government. This act would require the Federal Reserve System to submit itself to a full, fair, and open audit process.

Harry Truman, from the Show-Me State, once said that “secrecy and a free, democratic government don’t mix.” In all of government, including the Federal Reserve, openness, transparency, and accountability are absolutely required. Hundreds of my fellow Missourians have contacted me asking to fully Audit the Federal Reserve in just the 15 months that I have been in office. Mr. Speaker, It’s time to Audit the Fed.

September 16th, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: , |1 Comment

Missouri Democrats Trust A Convicted Drug User and A Violent Former Gang Member With Guns More Than Hard Working Teachers

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The left in Missouri is apoplectic over the veto override of SB 656.  One Democratic legislator, convicted drug user Rep. Jeremy LaFaver, told The Missouri Times he was worried about guns in the classroom:

“The bill highlights the GOP’s hypocrisy,” Rep. Jeremy LaFaver (D-Kansas City) said. “They love big government when it means telling local governments what to do. This will backfire on them in November because moderate, suburban moms and dads know guns in kindergarten classrooms are a bad idea. The real question is how well will Democrats capitalize on their foolishness.”

Why are guns in the classroom a bad idea?

Let’s really look at that.  What are these hoplophobes afraid of?

The teachers carrying will be known by the school administration.

They will 112 hours of training, and an additional 12 hours annually.

They have to have background checks and get a permit from the government to carry concealed.

And they have to volunteer.  They have to want to do this.

So what’s to fear?

That they will leave a gun in a desk drawer for a student to find?

That they will shoot a kid accidentally?

That they are too irresponsible to trust with a gun around children?

That’s kind of insulting, isn’t it?  I mean, these are still teachers, the folks millions turn their children over to every morning.  They are respectable people with degrees, highly trained to be educators.

Suddenly they are incompetent, irresponsible boobs because they’re carrying?

LaFaver clearly thinks they can’t be trusted with a gun.  Many of his Democratic colleagues concur.

People like Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, who voted against SB 656 and opposed the veto override.

Sen. Nasheed is a former gang member with a violent past:

The real thuggery yesterday allegedly occurred far from stage, in a suite belonging to utility company, Ameren UE. That’s where State Representative Jamilah Nasheed (D – St. Louis) was mingling with invitees of the utility’s lobbyist when she says she ran into State Senator Maria Chapelle-Nadal (D – University City).

“I was trying to enjoy the concert, but she kept harassing me,” Chapelle-Nadal tells Daily RFT. “Finally she cornered me. I never said I would cut her throat, though I did mention a stabbing. I said that if I were really as unstable as she says I am, I would have stabbed someone by now, like the time she stabbed someone when she was with the ‘Switchblade Sistas’ — a high-school gang.”

Nasheed didn’t deny what Chappelle-Nadal said, but instead asked, “What the hell does that have to do with anything?”

Here’s another interesting fact about Nasheed.  If you see her in the capitol, it’s highly likely she’s strapped.

That’s right.  She’s carrying, and so are a lot of other people.

In fact, unless I missed a drug conviction somewhere, even Rep. LaFaver could get a permit and bring a gun to his office in Jefferson City.

And I didn’t hear any wailing and gnashing of teeth this year to restrict the ability to carry a concealed weapon at the State Capitol.

So, it appears Missouri Democrats trust violent gang bangers and convicted drug users with guns more than teachers.

Missouri Republicans apparently believe that the decision to become an educator doesn’t mean you surrender your right to defend yourself and those in your charge.

What do you believe?

September 16th, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Show-Me Report: September 16, 2014

Jefferson County Penknife: Roorda Leads on Ferguson – The Wrong Way

Riverfront Times: McCulloch, Knowles and Nixon Do Not Have the Best Interests of We the People in Mind

Columbia Daily Tribune: Holder unlikely to do justice in Ferguson

KMOV: Police investigation of Michael Brown shooting not complete

Fox 2: New poll shows sharp racial divide in views of Michael Brown’s death

Fox 2: AFL-CIO President: Labor cares about Ferguson

KPLR: Michael Brown’s juvenile record had no serious criminal conviction

Fox 2: Grand jury looking into Michael Brown shooting extended to January

Fox 2: St. Clair County Sheriff supports body cameras for officers

PoliticMo: Claire McCaskill won’t close the door on a potential run for governor in 2016

St. Louis Public Radio: McCaskill Says She’s Focused On Sinquefield, Not Possible Bid For Governor

Dexter Daily Statesman: Missouri education commissioner to resign

Fox 2: Highland teachers strike continues

Post-Dispatch: Missouri’s teacher of the year found himself in the middle of violence

The Missouri Times: Mike Louis, Rep. Hummel elected to AFL-CIO posts

Fox 2: St. Louis-area schools not likely to allow guns

Missouri Business Alert: Recount confirms ‘Right to Farm’ amendment’s passage

The Missouri Times: Press Release: MOFFA Statement on Amendment 1 Recount

The Missouri Times: Press Release: Kander Certifies Revised Ballot Title for HJR 90 After Court Rules Against Legislature’s Summary

PoliticMo: Missouri lawmakers overrode one-third of Nixon’s vetoes

Ozark Area Network:  Nixon Releases Over $22 Million for Health Services, Reimbursements, Job Training

KBIA: It’s Time To Answer The Five Burning Questions From Veto Session

The Missouri Times: SB 656 controversy continues beyond veto session

The Eagle: Rowden: E-Cigarette law a good first step

KBIA: State And Local Officials Share Their Vision For The Future Of Transit

The Turner Report: Graves: Obamacare must be repealed

The Turner Report: Billy Long: We need to know what taxpayer dollars are funding and promoting

PoliticMo: Validity of Southwest Missouri Republican’s ballots raises concern for Missouri GOP

West Central MO Info: From Sen. Ed Emery – Priorities and Perspective

September 16th, 2014|Categories: The Blog, The Show-Me Report|Tags: |0 Comments

Join Missouri Conservatives At the Life Liberty Property Summit on October 4th in Jefferson City

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On October 4th, Missouri Alliance for Freedom is hosting the Life Liberty Property Summit at the Double Tree Hotel in Jefferson City.  Registration starts at 7 am, with the event kicking off at 9 am.

Here’s a list of the featured speakers:

Mark Meckler, Co-Founder of Tea Party Patriots and President of Citizens for Self Governance

Michael Quinn Sullivan, President of Texans for Fiscal Responsibility

Ryan Johnson, Co-Founder and President of Missouri Alliance for Freedom

Brenda Talent, President of The Show Me Institute

Duane Lester, Editor in Chief of The Missouri Torch

State Senator John Lamping

State Representative Paul Curtman

I’ll be speaking on two different topics.

This is more than a bunch of speeches.  There will be panels on how to impact change in Missouri, including how to lobby your legislator and how to create effective grassroots movements.

Here’s the agenda:

agendaIn the mean time, you can register for the event here.

It’s only $20, and that includes food.  More the worth the price of admission.

Hope to see you there.  If so, stop me and say “Hi.”

September 15th, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: , |0 Comments

Did Passing Right to Farm Legalize Growing Marijuana in Missouri?

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Secretary of State Jason Kander announced the results of the Amendment 1 recount.  It “confirmed the passage of Amendment 1.” This will add a section 35 to Article 1 of the Missouri Constitution, which will read:

Section 35. That agriculture which provides food, energy, health benefits, and security is the foundation and stabilizing force of Missouri’s economy. To protect this vital sector of Missouri’s economy, the right of farmers and ranchers to engage in farming and ranching practices shall be forever guaranteed in this state, subject to duly authorized powers, if any, conferred by article VI of the Constitution of Missouri.

There are qualifiers in there.

“Agriculture” must provide:

  • Food
  • Energy
  • Health benefits
  • Security

Another law passed this year was championed by Sen. Eric Schmitt, who gave a passionate speech on the Senate floor, urging his fellow Senators to vote to allow cannabis oil to be used in Missouri:

Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, told a hushed chamber that his son had his first infantile spasm at 11 months old and a four-hour seizure when he was 2 years old.

“He was convulsing uncontrollable, foaming at the mouth, the bedspread was wet. It was a terrible moment for us,” Schmitt said. “There was nothing anybody could do. I remember holding his hand and praying.”

Schmitt said Stephen was “maxed out” on all of his medications and that after looking into the CBD oil as a treatment, it sounded like a good option.

“The hardest part is the fear. The fear that you live with that the next one could be that four-hour one — or worse,” Schmitt said. “The promise of CBD oil is real … I don’t know if this will work. We’ve had hope before. It might or it might not.”

Clinical trials on a CBD extract are underway in the U.S., but they are limited to particular locations. The drug derived from marijuana plants is produced by a British-based company called GW Pharmaceuticals, and FDA clinical trials are being conducted at six U.S. locations.

CBD extract is one medicinal use for the cannabis plant.

Business Insider lists twenty-two other uses, some better than others, including glaucoma, slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and easing the pain and nausea associated with chemotherapy.

So, the question is, when you look at the list of “health benefits” derived for the cannabis plant, and then look at Amendment 1, is the right of cannabis growers to engage in farming now guaranteed in this state, forever?

It’s a question I posed to the Attorney General’s office.  They replied, “Unfortunately, we are not in a position where we can offer any kind of informal legal interpretations regarding the recent passage of Amendment I as the Attorney General’s Office could ultimately end up representing the State of Missouri in litigation regarding the matter.”

I’ll sure they will.

Now a person could argue that “subject to duly authorized powers, if any, conferred by article VI of the Constitution of Missouri” grants the Public Safety director authority to enforce Missouri’s drug laws, and that’s possible.

But it’s also possible a person could say Amendment 1 makes drug laws regarding cannabis unconstitutional.

Remember the qualifiers mentioned above.  We’ve covered medicinal use.  What about the rest?

Well, cannabis can be used in food.

Energy?  Apparently, it’s very good for bio-fuels:

Cannabis seeds, often discarded, contain the plant’s oils that can be turned into fuel. At the University of Connecticut, researchers found industrial hemp to contain viable qualities for producing biodiesel. Hemp biodiesel produced by graduate students at the school had a 97 percent conversion efficiency.

And security?

There’s this line of thinking:

Afghanistan’s cannabis crop is funding terror groups; a reality that directly undermines the White House’s stated counterterrorism objectives. According to a 2010 Time article titled, Afghanistan’s New Bumper Drug Crop: Cannabis, federally legalizing marijuana would drain cash from insurgents in the ongoing Afghanistan War:

“‘Afghanistan is using some of its best land to grow cannabis,’ says Antonia Maria Costa, director of the UN drug office in Vienna. ‘If they grew wheat instead, insurgents would not have money to buy weapons and the international community would not have to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on food aid.’

… ‘Eradicating marijuana and opium fields can breed resentment by people and be destabilizing,’ says John Dempsey, a rule-of-law adviser to U.S. and Afghan officials for the U.S. Institute of Peace.

… Groups of armed drug traffickers, meanwhile, travel through the countryside, buying opium and cannabis at the farm gates for cash. For many farmers in the area, making a living and staying alive — sadly — go hand in hand.”

It can be argued that the cannabis plant meets not one, but all four qualifiers to be defined as “agriculture” protected by Amendment 1.

It’s possible Amendment 1 will be used as a vehicle to try to legalize marijuana in Missouri, so it’s really just a matter of time before we find out what the courts think.

Even if a court does say it makes growing it legal, Amendment 1 does nothing to legalize its usage, either for medicinal or recreational purposes.  It’s possible a judge might say, “Yeah, you can grow it, but you can’t sell it or use it.”

It might just be something legalization activists use to move the ball forward, or as a way to elevate their visibility.

What do you think?  Will anyone try to make this argument, and if so, how do you see it turning out?

Photo Credit:  LEGAL Colorado
September 15th, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: , , |1 Comment

The Missouri Torch: September 15, 2014

Washington Post: Ferguson tragedy becoming a farce

KMOV: Protesters meet in Clayton to demand arrest of Officer Wilson

Post-Dispatch: Why was Michael Brown’s body left there for hours?

The Missourian: McCaskill talks about Ferguson, foreign policy during MU visit

Post-Dispatch: Kirkwood’s tragedy six years ago brought to forefront with Ferguson shooting

Post-Dispatch: In Ferguson, still-boarded windows signal fears of more trouble

KMOV: Behavior problems boil over at Normandy schools

Columbia Daily Tribune: Nixon was quick to judge officer

News-Tribune: Nixon, lawmakers remain at odds over relationships

Fox 2: New focus on minority voting after Brown’s death

Missourinet: Both sides of the aisle critical of Nixon (AUDIO)

The Daily Caller: Missouri: Gun Owners Prevail In Veto Override Session

The Eagle: Supporters hail new Missouri gun laws

Post-Dispatch: St. Louis-area superintendents say guns in their schools not likely

KMOV: Missouri lawmakers push electronic privacy, again

News-Tribune: Public defenders praise override of veto

The Missouri Times: Pro-life groups embrace victory after veto session

Connect Tri-States: Nixon freezes spending items after veto overrides

The Rolla Daily News:  Business leaders lash out against punitive damages

The Turner Report: Mike Kelley: Gov. Nixon made the wrong choices

Sen. Rob Schaaf: Senator Schaaf Thanks Governor for Release of Levee Funds

Missouri Business Alert: McCaskill warns again polarization, talks Ex-Im bank at MU

Ozark Area Network: Rep. Jason Smith Capitol Report: Protecting Your Healthcare from Obamacare Bureaucrats”

Connect Tri-States: Prominent political donor gives $2.5M to Grow Missouri group

The Missouri Times: Sinquefield donates $1.2 million to MO Club for Growth PAC

Post-Dispatch: Missouri farming rights measure survives recount

Post-Dispatch: Highland teachers overwhelmingly reject proposed contract

Post-Dispatch: Report: Income inequality affects Missouri taxes

September 15th, 2014|Categories: The Blog, The Show-Me Report|Tags: |0 Comments

Success: Warrensburg Parks and Rec Board Reverses Policy, Allows Breastfeeding at Pools IAW State Law

Nice work, mommas:

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According to Jessica, this came directly from the Parks Department.

Here’s a news release that was posted in the comments:

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The nurse-in at the pool is still going to happen, as far as I can tell.  Depending on how that goes, we’ll see if a nurse-in is needed at the Parks Board Meeting.

September 12th, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: |0 Comments

WHOA: Jane Dueker Rants About Inability to Limit Second Amendment “after this G-d damn bill.” (Audio)

During a spirited Reardon Roundtable today on KMOX, the conversation turned to gun control. Two liberal members of the Roundtable, Jeff Rainford and Jane Dueker, were all in for strict gun control in Missouri.

Things really got interesting when Martin pointed out the fact that Democrats have been in charge of St. Louis City and St. Louis County for decades and they’ve “run it into the ground.”

Martin:  “You know what I want?  I want you and the mayor to figure out how to stop crime.  I want Jennifer Joyce to figure out how to stop crime, not how to tell me how to impinge my rights.”

Rainford:  “So you want magic, instead of common sense you want magic.”

Martin:  “No, I want you to enforce the law.”

Rainford: “You want magic.  You guys pass policies that increase poverty.”

Martin: “You guys? It’s the Constitution.”

Rainford: “They increase poverty. Throw all these…”

Martin: “Increase poverty? You’re in charge. You’re in charge for decades and you’ve run it into the ground.”

Rainford: “Oh my…seriously?”

Martin: “Seriously. You know this is true.”

Rainford: “You guys…”

Martin: “Democrats are in charge in St. Louis County and City…”

Dueker: “Oh my God.”

Rainford: “Really?”

Martin: “…and it’s in the ground.”

Rainford: “It has nothing to do with Republicans taking their wealth and moving out to the far suburbs.”

Dueker: “We don’t get to do gun laws, remember? The Republican legislature said we can’t do guns. We don’t have the ability now after this God damn bill.

Martin: “Ohhh, now wait a second.”

Reardon: “On that note, this is a family show…”

Dueker: “It wasn’t bad.”

Reardon: “…for the most part.”

Dueker apologized, then justified her language by saying she was mad.

Dueker is a life long Democrat, former Chief of Staff for Gov. Bob Holden and supporter of Democratic candidate for St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger.

For the record, Martin is right.  Democrats have been in charge of St. Louis County and City for decades.  They have no one else to blame for the poverty there.

They own it.

 

 

 

September 12th, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: |4 Comments

Missouri Lottery Travel Under Fire

missouri-lottery-cardinalsThe Missouri Lottery’s travel over the years is now under the microscope following a Post-Dispatch article highlighting the six figure expenditures to send state employees to Florida, among other places:

During the last three years, officials have logged a total of 20 trips to central Florida. Other popular destinations included New York, San Diego, Chicago, Washington, Atlanta, Las Vegas, New Orleans and Providence, R.I.

The out-of-state travel — which has cost the lottery $129,881 and a private vendor $21,885 since July 2011 — is drawing attention as the agency faces questions about whether its administrative costs are eating into gambling profits that flow to schools.

That’s around $50,000 a year in travel expenses.

What in the world are they doing?

According to an agenda provided by the lottery, the July 2012 professional development sessions for public relations employees in Orlando included a kickoff speech titled: “When is the Best Time of Day/Best Day of Week to Issue News Releases?”

Well, now honestly, that’s not just something you can Google, now is it?

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Huh.

I guess you can just Google that.

I wonder why they didn’t.

At sessions geared to lottery lawyers and product managers, issues ranged from privatizing lotteries to developing games for social media. Participants also could tour the nearby GTECH printing plant and enjoy “vendor hospitality” events.

The lottery sent 13 employees to similar confabs in San Diego and Providence in July and September of 2013.

“Vendor hospitality” events?

I wonder what a “vendor hospitality” event at a lottery game provider looks like. I’ll bet it’s pretty nice.

So, who’s going on these trips?

[Missouri Lottery executive director May Scheve] Reardon was the lottery’s most frequent flier. The lottery says her travel stems from her prominent role in national groups. She serves on the executive committee of the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries and is a past officer and a member of the development committee for the Multi-State Lottery Association. She often makes speeches and participates in panels at their conferences.

Her out-of-state travel cost the lottery $24,359 over the last three years. In addition, a lottery contractor paid $5,841 for her travel, covering plane tickets on 15 trips.

The contractor, Scientific Games International Inc. of Alpharetta, Ga., produces Missouri’s scratch-off games and is bidding for the contract to handle the draw games. Under its current contract, the firm is required “to pay the reasonable and necessary expenses, including travel and lodging” for lottery employees’ educational seminars and trips to observe the printing of tickets.

In all, the company paid $21,885 to cover 54 airline tickets for lottery employees over the last three years.

For example, Scientific Games covered the plane tickets, at $668 a pop, when three of Reardon’s employees accompanied her to Washington in June for LaFleur’s Lottery Symposium. Topics included crisis management, lottery innovations and consumer targeting.

I get the premise that these are business related trips. That’s understandable.

Here’s what I don’t get.

I’ve never, in all my travels, needed to pay $668 a pop for a flight.

Ever.

That’s some first class level flying ther.

So, it makes a person think that maybe, just maybe, this was about more than just getting Reardon there and back again.

I’m not saying there’s anything unethical here, just saying something smells like fish to me.

Especially considering this:

Reardon and other high-ranking lottery employees are supposed to report the privately funded trips when they file their annual personal financial disclosure forms with the Missouri Ethics Commission. But none of them did.

That fishy smell is getting stronger.

Please, read the whole thing.

September 12th, 2014|Categories: The Blog|Tags: |0 Comments