PSC approves change to electric service territory agreement


  

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri’s Public Service Commission (PSC) approved a change to Evergy Missouri West and Osage Valley Electric Cooperative’s territorial agreement this week.

Osage Valley and Evergy requested an addendum to their existing agreement to allow Osage Valley to serve as the exclusive electric provider for a 10-acre lot in Cass County. Commission Staff reviewed the application and recommended its approval; the PSC obliged during Wednesday’s agenda meeting, requiring Evergy to file updated tariff sheets reflecting the change in its service area. 

Carl R. Mills Water Service, a company serving seven customers in Stone County, requested a small company revenue increase in December based on current rates, amount of customers, and annual operating costs. After a series of hearings, revised filings, and a brief round of questioning from the commission, the request was approved. 

Commissioners approved a procedural schedule for Ameren Missouri’s proposed electric and gas rate increase. Ameren’s tariff sheets were suspended through next February, and conferences and briefs were scheduled from June to January. 

The PSC is also considering Spire Missouri’s general rate increase request. Hearing dates were previously scheduled for July and August to be conducted remotely, but the commission opted to change the setting to an in-person hearing at the Governor Office Building after state workers were required to return to pre-COVID work settings. The venue change did not alter the schedule. 

Midwest Data Center and Socket Telecom were approved for support through the Missouri Universal Service Fund (MoUSF). Both companies were granted designation as eligible telecommunications carriers (ETC) by the commission after receiving the federal Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, requiring them to extend broadband service to rural areas. Staff suggested they receive MoUSF support for their Lifeline program for low-income customers which the commission granted.  

The next agenda meeting is scheduled for June 16. In-person agenda meetings resumed last month after more than a year of virtual participation due to the pandemic. 



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Carol Comer, director of Natural Resources, dies

 

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Department of Natural Resources Director Carol Comer has died.

“We are greatly saddened and heartbroken to hear of Director Comer’s passing,” Gov. Mike Parson said. “Carol was an extremely talented and accomplished leader, and the entire state of Missouri grieves alongside her friends and family. Carol brought expertise, energy, and an enthusiastic smile to every project, and she will be deeply missed among our cabinet and in the thousands of lives that she touched. She was a dedicated public servant who loved this state, its people, and the great outdoors. We could not have asked for a better advocate for Missouri’s natural resources. Teresa and I will keep Carol’s loved ones in our prayers as we mourn the loss of this extraordinary individual.”

Connie Patterson, director of communications for DNR, said, “We plan to carry out her vision for the agency moving forward. We are thankful for the strong leadership of Deputy Directors Dru Buntin and Katie Jo Wheeler.”

Comer led DNR since January 2017. Before coming to Missouri, Comer worked in Indiana’s Department of Environment Management in a variety of capacities, serving under then-Gov. Mike Pence. As a lawyer, she has represented companies regarding environmental and utility matters in Indiana and Arizona. 

Comer was once considered a potential Environmental Protection Agency administrator under former President Donald Trump. She had been battling cancer for the past few years. 

Comer is an alumna of Indiana University School of Business and earned a joint master’s and a law degree from Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs and Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. At the latter, Comer was its first Environmental Law Fellow. 

When Comer first publicly revealed her cancer diagnosis, she held her employees and colleagues at the forefront of her mind. She praised her staff, the Governor’s Office, and other Cabinet officials and said she was “being well cared for.” 

This is a breaking news story and will be updated. 

MAC Executive Board begins search for new executive director


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Executive Board of the Missouri Association of Counties (MAC) begins its search for a new executive director for the association.

MAC President Susette Taylor, Atchison County Clerk and Election Authority, will lead the executive board in the process of hiring a new executive director with a preferred start date of Sept. 1, 2021. The association has published its request for qualifications (RFQ) on its website at mocounties.com and expects qualified candidates to respond to President Taylor by close of business on June 25, 2021. Responses to the RFQ, including resumes and CVs, can be sent to Taylor at acclerk@atcomo.org.

“The executive board has worked with the staff, association leadership, and the MAC Board of Directors to make sure that the RFQ will seek the most qualified individual to lead the association in a positive direction,” Taylor said.

Applicant submissions for the position will be reviewed by the executive board in late June before interviews for the position start in July. The executive board expects to finalize contracts in late July or early August before making a recommendation to the full board of directors at the association’s summer board meeting on Aug. 12.

The new executive director will take over for Dick Burke, who has served as executive director for the association since 1999 and is set to retire on Aug. 1.

Founded in 1972, MAC is a non-profit lobbying alliance of more than 1,450 county administrative and elected officials who work to improve local services for Missouri’s taxpayers. Headquartered in Jefferson City and governed by a board of directors, MAC promotes passage of priority bills and monitors other legislation before the General Assembly and Congress to assess any effects on the state’s 114 counties. The association also provides training resources during spring and fall annual meetings, and operates a self-insured workers’ compensation insurance program for county officials and their employees.



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Vicky Hartzler announces Senate candidacy in Lee’s Summit

 

After months of speculation, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler jumped into the U.S. Senate race Thursday — becoming the first congressional official and woman to do so. 

Unlike other candidates, Hartzler didn’t make the campaign official on cable news. Instead, she traveled back to Missouri, telling those gathered at the Frontier Justice shooting range in Lee’s Summit she was running for the open Senate seat.

Hartzler, 60, drew on her faith while criticizing President Joe Biden and “socialist Democrat policies” in her campaign speech. 

“Missouri will be key in the 2022 elections and our ideals are desperately needed,” Hartzler said. “As Missourians, we embody the values that made this country great. We embrace hard work, love our country, stand by our families, help our neighbors, hunt on weekends, go to church on Sundays, and just want the government to leave us alone.” 

Hartzler represents a large and diverse swatch of Missouri in Congress, from the Columbia area sweeping west to just below Kansas City and down to Pittsburg and Lebanon, settling north of Springfield. Her journey to Congress came with the narrow defeat of longtime incumbent Congressman Ike Skelton. She is the second Republican woman elected to Congress in Missouri. 

“I did a lot of praying and thinking about [running for Congress]. I was very concerned about the direction our country was going in and the leadership in Congress and how our representative was casting his vote with [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi and policies that we did not believe in here in Missouri,” Hartzler told The Missouri Times earlier this year. “I felt like it was time to step back in and make a difference.” 

Hartzler is a former home economics teacher and has a farm in Cass County along with her husband. They raise corn, soybeans, and wheat on their farm along with a cow-calf operation. 

“There’s no one in Congress who loves their district more than her,” Eric Bohl, her former chief of staff, said. “She absolutely loves where she comes from and the people she represents. That goes a long way. She’s not someone who plays politics a lot, and I think there’s a lot of value to that. [Hartzler] is someone we don’t have enough of these days in Washington.” 

Hartzler is now in her 11th year in Congress. She has worked to ensure Gold Star families receive full insurance benefits and raise awareness about the “threat of China.” She’s advocated for religious liberties and is the only member of the Missouri congressional delegation to sit on the Agriculture Committee this year. 

Vicky Hartzler Senate Launch from Vicky Hartzler for Senate on Vimeo.

In her announcement video, Hartzler claimed the Democratic Party was “bankrupting our nation, killing our economy, fueling inflation, harming our children, defunding our police, shredding our freedoms, rewriting our history.” 

“They are destroying the country you and I love and they must be stopped,” Hartzler said. 

Like the other GOP candidates vying for Senator Roy Blunt’s seat, Hartzler touted her connection to former President Donald Trump. She said she’s one of two members of Congress who voted in favor of and supported Trump’s policies more than 95 percent of the time. 

“I’ve lived my entire life in Missouri. I am unafraid to proclaim my faith, my belief in freedom, personal responsibility, the rule of law, my unwavering support for our conservative and commonsense views and values, and to work passionately for what will make America great once again — standing up to evil whenever and wherever it surfaces,” Hartzler said. “I am the candidate for Senate who will ensure that this seat stays in conservative hands, and I am the candidate for Senate whom you can trust to fight for you — and win.”

Hartzler joins Attorney General Eric Schmitt, former Gov. Eric Greitens, and attorney Mark McCloskey in the race. The three men all announced their candidacies on Fox News. 

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A timeline of her career


  

After months of speculation, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler officially announced her candidacy for U.S. Senate Thursday, seeking to add to her lengthy resume of public service. 

Hartzler joins a growing pool of well-known contenders for outgoing Sen. Roy Blunt’s seat after meeting with Missouri officials and agriculture groups and extensive consideration about the opportunity. 

From her time as an educator to her tenure in state and national politics, here’s a look at Hartzler’s career thus far. 

Congress: 2011-present

Hartzler ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010, overtaking Democratic incumbent Ike Skelton by 5 points. During her tenure, she has served on numerous committees, including the Armed Services and Budget committees. She is the only congressional delegate from Missouri to sit on this year’s Agricultural Committee, which she has served on throughout her tenure. 

One of her early victories in office was working with other Missourians in Congress to address a situation at the Lake of the Ozarks: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) found the lake had been incorrectly surveyed, leading people to build their homes below the appropriate elevation. The homes were grandfathered in by FERC as a result of the bipartisan push. 

While in office, Hartzler has focused on issues such as religious liberties, foreign policy, abortion, and the 2020 presidential election, supporting a suit to contest the results and voting to overturn them when the electoral college votes were counted. 

Other political positions: 2004-2008

Between leaving the Missouri House and running for Congress, Hartzler served as the state spokeswoman for the Coalition to Protect Marriage, leading the group in advocating for the Missouri Marriage Definition Amendment in 2004, which passed overwhelmingly. The ballot measure amended the state constitution to only recognize marriages between a man and woman; it was subsequently struck down. 

Then-Gov. Matt Blunt appointed her chair of the Missouri Women’s Council in 2005, a position she retained for three years before deciding to run for Congress. 

Missouri House of Representatives: 1995-2001

Hartzler first ran for political office in 1994, going on to serve three terms in the lower chamber. She represented HD 124, which at the time comprised Cass and Johnson counties. 

Education

Hartzler graduated from the University of Missouri with a bachelor’s in education. She received her Master’s in education from the University of Central Missouri in 1992. 

Before entering politics, Hartzler taught home economics for 11 years in Lebanon and Belton, coaching track and working with at-risk youths. 

Hartzler spent her early life on a farm in Cass County and continues to maintain one there with her family.



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SOURCE: EPIC KEITH ENGLISH MIC DROP CAUSES ERUPTION IN DEMOCRATIC HOUSE CAUCUS

Heres the story as I was told it by a source that I trust.

During a recent the Democratic House Caucus, someone brought up the fact that Rep. Keith English was given a third floor office by the Speaker of the House. The general consensus was that it was a reward for being the 109th vote to overturn Gov. Nixons veto of a tax cut bill, a vote Speaker John Diehl allegedly had a hand in.

Im told the caucus raked English over the coals for his vote, and then Rep. Carla May stood up.

She allegedly told the caucus that when you join an organization and know the rules, you need to follow those rules. You need to behave. And Rep. English didnt. He broke the rules and now hes being rewarded for it.

English, being a cage fighter whos not afraid to stand up and face a battle, rose and responded that if thats true in the House, its true everywhere.

He then said that Michael Brown was walking down the middle of the street, breaking the rules. Maybe if he hadnt been breaking the rules, hed be alive today.

He then turned and walked out of the room. The caucus erupted.

Mic drop of the session? Maybe.

MEET TRAVIS MORALES, ANOTHER COMMUNIST REVOLUTIONARY AGITATING IN #FERGUSON (VIDEO)

As I wrote before, out of town radicals are flocking to Ferguson, Missouri to do nothing but create chaos and violence which they hope will further the downfall of capitalism worldwide.  One of the agitators is Gregory Joey Johnson.

Now meet one of his partners in crime:  Travis Morales, a communist and proud of it.

He looks like a dweeb.

Here he argues with local Ferguson protestors:

You can hear Brother Anthony Shahid say, Youre not gonna hurt our kids. Morales shouts, No, theyre hurting our kids. Theyre hurting our kids, everyday. They being the Ferguson police, or as Morales would call them, the oppressive pigs doing the bidding of their capitalist overlords or something similar. Heres an action shot of Morales, meeting with said pigs.

Morales reported to his communist readers that he was heading to Ferguson with a comrade of his, Carl Dix.

Why does that name sound familiar?

Oh, right:

These guys are professional agitators. Update: (And by these guys, I mean Morales and Dix, not the rest. In fact, Matthew Giles is a journalist, not an agitator. See comments below.)

They just left New York where they were working the Eric Garner crowd:

While Joey Johnson worked Occupy Oakland, Morales worked Occupy The Bronx:

One of many outsiders who have come to Ferguson not seeking to calm things down in pursuit of justice, but to create as much havoc as possible to foment revolution.

They do not have Fergusons best interests at heart, but their own political agenda.

MEET TRAVIS MORALES, ANOTHER COMMUNIST REVOLUTIONARY AGITATING IN #FERGUSON (VIDEO)

As I wrote before, out of town radicals are flocking to Ferguson, Missouri to do nothing but create chaos and violence which they hope will further the downfall of capitalism worldwide.  One of the agitators is Gregory Joey Johnson.

Now meet one of his partners in crime:  Travis Morales, a communist and proud of it.

He looks like a dweeb.

Here he argues with local Ferguson protestors:

You can hear Brother Anthony Shahid say, Youre not gonna hurt our kids. Morales shouts, No, theyre hurting our kids. Theyre hurting our kids, everyday. They being the Ferguson police, or as Morales would call them, the oppressive pigs doing the bidding of their capitalist overlords or something similar. Heres an action shot of Morales, meeting with said pigs.

Morales reported to his communist readers that he was heading to Ferguson with a comrade of his, Carl Dix.

Why does that name sound familiar?

Oh, right:

These guys are professional agitators. Update: (And by these guys, I mean Morales and Dix, not the rest. In fact, Matthew Giles is a journalist, not an agitator. See comments below.)

They just left New York where they were working the Eric Garner crowd:

While Joey Johnson worked Occupy Oakland, Morales worked Occupy The Bronx:

One of many outsiders who have come to Ferguson not seeking to calm things down in pursuit of justice, but to create as much havoc as possible to foment revolution.

They do not have Fergusons best interests at heart, but their own political agenda.

VIDEO ALLEGEDLY SHOWS MICHAEL BROWN MANHANDLING LIQUOR STORE CLERK DURING ROBBERY UPDATED

Christopher Arps posted this earlier today on Facebook, prior to the video being released:

Seems to me that the narrative has indeed changed, from a innocent young, college bound kid to a violent thug who was stopped because he just robbed a QuikTrip liquor store and assaulted the store owner.

Police released still images and were planning to release video from the robbery, at a QuikTrip store in Ferguson. Jackson said Wilson, along with other officers, were called to the area after a 911 call reporting a strong-arm robbery at a nearby convenience store. He didnt immediately release details about the alleged robbery, saying more information would be released later.

Jackson provided few other details about Wilson at the news conference and did not take any questions. Jackson said Swisher Sweets cigars were stolen in the robbery. He was suspected of stealing the box of cigars. The documents released by authorities include surveillance images from the store.

According to the police reports, Brown and his friend, Dorian Johnson, were suspected of taking a box of cigars from a store in Ferguson that morning.
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Compare those still with what Brown was wearing when he was shot:

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It also explains why the officer identified as the one who shot Brown initially stopped him, and gives credibility to the narrative that Brown attacked him.

**The Chief said Brown wasnt stopped because of the robbery.

Id like to see the size of the officer compared to Brown. Perhaps Brown thought he could through him around like he allegedly did that store owner.

Hat Tip: Gateway Pundit

**UPDATE: I originally reported that Brown allegedly robbed a QuikTrip. This was an error. Changes were made to reflect that.

CHAPPELLE-NADAL TO JAY NIXON: F*** YOU, GOVERNOR! IM CALLING YOUR BULLSH**!

Im just gonna put this here:

And this goes here:

Chappelle-Nadal has quickly become a hero of the protestors for her unfiltered and aggressive attacks on Gov. Nixon. As you can see, that first tweet was retweeted over 500 times, favorited over 600.

Some are calling for her to run for governor.

RADICAL DEMOCRAT STATE REP. STACEY NEWMAN THINKS BENGHAZI IS A PUNCH LINE

Today was a very exciting day in the Missouri legislature.  First, the veto of SB 509 was overturned, giving Missouri taxpayers the first tax cut in almost 100 years.  Then, lawlessness broke out in the Senate gallery.  And tonight, a filibuster is being carried out in the Senate.

Whats a radical Democrat to do?

Easy.  Make jokes about four dead Americans:

Because to the left, four dead Americans are a punchline, or something:

I wasnt as impressed:

I wasnt alone in my disgust –

Newman is all class. Maybe she can bring back her stuffed uterus when she makes her joke about Benghazi.

Update:

The hits just keep on coming

That would take backbone. See all the responses here.

RADICAL DEMOCRAT STATE REP. STACEY NEWMAN THINKS BENGHAZI IS A PUNCH LINE

Today was a very exciting day in the Missouri legislature.  First, the veto of SB 509 was overturned, giving Missouri taxpayers the first tax cut in almost 100 years.  Then, lawlessness broke out in the Senate gallery.  And tonight, a filibuster is being carried out in the Senate.

Whats a radical Democrat to do?

Easy.  Make jokes about four dead Americans:

Because to the left, four dead Americans are a punchline, or something:

I wasnt as impressed:

I wasnt alone in my disgust –

Newman is all class. Maybe she can bring back her stuffed uterus when she makes her joke about Benghazi.

Update:

The hits just keep on coming

That would take backbone. See all the responses here.

OBAMA ADMIN WANTS TO FORCE COMPANIES TO GIVE EMPLOYEES PERSONAL INFO TO UNIONS BEFORE LABOR ELECTIONS

Streamlining the intimidation process, brought to you by Team Obama:

The Obama administration is poised to change regulations to allow for union “ambush elections” in which workers have less time to decide whether or not to join a union — and in which workers’ phone numbers and home addresses are provided to unions.

The administration’s National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) proposed rules would allow for union elections — in which workers at a company vote whether or not to unionize — to be held 10 days after a petition is filed. And what, exactly, would be happening to the unions during those 10 days? The new rules require employers to disclose workers’ personal information, including phone numbers, home addresses, and information about when they work their shifts.

One of the first things I thought of was of when SEIU protestors descended on a Bank of America executives home, terrorizing his son, who was home alone at the time.

While thats not a idle concern, its not my main worry. Im more concerned about the unions gathering up all that data and the impact that will have on state and local politics.

Data was the key to turning Colorado blue. From The Blueprint: How Democrats Won Colorado (And Why Republicans Everywhere Should Care):

Coalition for a Better Colorado set about building a ground operation from scratch, with the first building block being voter data. At its most basic level, this could be gathered using public information: Coalition for a Better Colorado purchased detailed files in targeted legislative districts from county clerks in Adams, Arapahoe, Bent, Boulder, El Paso, Fremont, Gunnison, Jefferson, Lake, Larimer, Mesa, Otero, Pueblo, Rio Blanco, Routt, and Weld counties. This information was supplemented as Election Day neared. For example, voters who requested absentee ballots were tracked so mail could be timed to hit mailboxes close to the same time as ballots.

Roundtable groups such as AFL-CIO, Colorado Conservation Voters, CTLA, CEA, and the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) also helped build the database by contributing their own information.

So, if Im reading this right, employers would be forced to surrender all the contact info for each employee to a union if they get enough people to call for an election there.

It would be worth it from a political level to get elections at as many businesses as possible, even ones you know you couldnt win. At least youd get names, addresses, emails and phone numbers for the data base.

And it would save a lot of money for the lefts political ground game.

The only people they wouldnt be able to collect data on are the unemployed, and Id wager they already know where they live.