Tuesday, September 27, 2016



Progress Missouri has identified 53 corporation-friendly bills introduced in the Missouri General
Assembly since 2000 with provisions that echo ALEC model legislation. The following list does not
include ALEC language snuck into larger bills, or legislation inspired by ALEC models but rewritten to
match Missouri statutes.

2014 HB1066 Jeff Grisamore ‘Education Savings Account Act’

Cashing in on termed out: Ron Richards’ non-reform bill - St. Louis Business Journal

Cashing in on termed out: Ron Richards’ non-reform bill - St. Louis Business Journal

Last month Jeff Grisamore registered to be a lobbyist in Jefferson City. Weeks earlier, Grisamore was a state representative. But as the new legislators were sworn in, Grisamore was termed limited out, so he decided to lobby. Grisamore isn't alone. He was the sixth member of his class to register to lobby.
This is known as the "revolving door." The public frowns on the practice because it appears that the legislators are cashing in on their public service as they pursue a potentially lucrative career lobbying.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Mo. Democrats filibuster religious-freedom bill that critics say could discriminate against gays - The Washington Post

Mo. Democrats filibuster religious-freedom bill that critics say could discriminate against gays - The Washington Post

Why Is Missouri Going Backwards?

I am just going to throw this out there. Missouri, Georgia, and North Carolina are trying to pass what they call religious freedom laws. These laws would allow them to discriminate against gays and lesbians.
What religion are they representing? It certainly couldn't be "Christians" because Jesus never would have behaved in this manner.
Which Bible are these "Christians" reading? I admittedly don't go to church. I can't stand the thought of spending my Sundays with hypocrites, bigots, liars, and haters. That is not my idea of worshiping God. But, make no mistake, I had read the Bible and feel that I know quite a bit about it.
I have been up close and personal with "Christians" that display behavior that is hurtful, hateful, and un-Christ-like. Their character is lacking in so many ways that I wish not to waste any of my time on them.
Jesus didn't hang out in the Temple He hung out with the sinners. He said to love your neighbor. How is discriminating against your neighbor showing love?
I would love for a "Christian" to find one verse in the Bible that has Jesus saying that you should be hateful and discriminatory against a sinner. Don't tell what a sin is or what a sinner is. I want you to show where Christ treated sinners the way that "Christians" do.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Board Is Not There Because of Votes

Our school board is not elected because of the great job that they are doing.  They are elected because they line up early on the first day that candidates can declare and get their names on the top of the ballot.  Candidates that are at the door and sit in the cold don't get their names on the ballot first.  It is the candidates that arrived early and sat in their warm cars and waited for the doors to be unlocked.

The voters of this city don't research before they vote.  They just vote for the first names on the ballot.  They don't understand how important it is to have an objective board that is working for the students.  It seems people do little to no research when they vote.  The article below will tell the story.

Oh, if you happen to get votes a district employee will just strike it up to you being a woman.  Whatever that means.

Martin, the district's autism education specialist, says the close election results aren't cause to believe that other parents are as upset as Tucker.
"I can't say why anyone voted the way they did," Martin says. "Some may have voted for her because of her issue, but some might've done it because she was the last name on the ballot, and some may have done it because she's a female."
Special Needs Challenger Earns Support from Lee's Summit Tribune, re-typed by Debbie Shaumeyer
LS Tribune Saturday, April 12, 2008
A Race to Remember
Matt Bird-Meyer
Tribune Editor

Voters had an option Tuesday of four board candidates for three seats.  Maybe the outcome was indicative of lazy voting habits, where the candidates at the top of the ballot get the most votes.  Check, check, check and move on.  But maybe the outcome was indicative of growing displeasure with the entrenched members of the board.  Whatever happened, newcomer Sherri Tucker came close.  She was just 2 percent shy of overcoming incumbent Jon Plaas, who won 5,065 to 4,679.

Plaas had a slim 386-vote separation from Tucker. However the top vote getter, Jeff Tindle, had 2,246 more votes than Tucker, and Jack Wiley had 1,878 more votes than the newcomer.  Tindle was listed first on the ballot, followed by Wiley, Plaas and then Tucker.  The top two candidates were so far ahead of the bottom two that it appears voters were gravitating toward Tucker. I like to think the people who make time to visit the polls are going in there knowing how they will vote, or at least with some knowledge of the candidates.  Personally, I would never vote for someone I know nothing about.  Sherri Tucker never hid the fact that her only platform was special education. She is the mother of a special-needs son and is part of a group of 40 people who feel the R-7 district is not providing adequate services for their special-needs children. 

Tucker didn't go about this alone. Members of the Lee's Summit Autism Support Group picked Tucker to run against the three incumbents.  This was her first time running for office, and she's pledged it's not her last.  Plaas and the others circled the wagons during the campaign, supporting one another and alienating Tucker as a single-issue candidate. Plaas said single-issue candidates belong on the other side of the podium from school board members.

And to an extent, he's right, Candidates should be savvy enough to know that and campaign accordingly. That doesn't mean the candidate should never hold a single issue close to their heart.  To me, that's how the system works. If you think government isn't working, then run for office or at least get involved.  And when voters respond like they did here, we should all take them seriously. I can't say whether there's a problem with special education services in the R-7 district, but there's a growing movement of families out there who are saying that.  "I don't feel like we lost," Tucker told me during a telephone interview.  "We got our message out there and to me that's a win."

I agree, and to run up right against sitting school board members in Lee's Summit is admirable. The incumbents here are typically strong candidates with almost instant support from community leaders. The topic of special education is an emotional and complex one.  These students have different needs and different individualized education programs.  Some students have to find some services outside of the district and some are able to stay in regular classrooms. The bottom line is they are students, and they deserve as much attention as anyone else.

Missouri Clamps Down on Cities Raising Minimum Wages - WSJ

Missouri Clamps Down on Cities Raising Minimum Wages - WSJ

Remember this when you vote.  It is time that our Missouri legislators vote for their constituents and not for corporate interests.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

What Missouri Right to Life’s endorsement says about your candidate | Progress Missouri

What Missouri Right to Life’s endorsement says about your candidate | Progress Missouri

Each election, Missouri Right to Life (MRL) releases a list of
endorsements, and that endorsement says a lot about a candidate. MRL’s
endorsement doesn’t come easy. Candidates have to meet a very specific
set of guidelines, and must actively choose to fill out a thorough survey that details their stance on all of MRL’s issues.
And Missouri Right to Life’s issues aren’t limited to abortion, ranging
from stem-cell research to contraceptives to euthanasia.

Missouri Right to Life shares their extreme position on abortion with
Todd Akin. MRL supports a ban on abortion, and their policy is totolerate
exemptions for survivors of rape and incest only when politically
. MRL opposes emergency contraception, saying that it “like Russian Roulette… can kill at any time. MRL also tacitly supported the controversial federal personhood amendment which would ban common forms of birth control like the IUD and birth control pill.

Missouri Right to Life even opposes participation in the Girl Scouts
because they link to the “pro-abortion World Health Organization” on
their website and believes that “even the sale of Girl Scout Cookies is a

Only candidates who strictly vote with Missouri Right to Life’s
stance on issues maintain their endorsement; the implication being that these candidates
are inflexible in their “pro-life” stance for any legislation that the
PAC deems important. Year after year they file multiple restriction
bills, slowly chipping away at the women’s access to reproductive
healthcare in Missouri. Missouri is a battleground for reproductive
rights thanks to these inflexible politicians.

Politicians are supposed to represent constituencies, not PACs, and
Missouri Right to Life’s endorsement seriously undermines the integrity
of candidates claiming to do so. So, what does Missouri Right to Life’s
endorsement say about your candidate?

Missouri Right to Life Political Action Committee Endorsements

Primary Election, August 5, 2014

  • Missouri State Senate

    • Bob Onder (R)
    • Bonnie Lynn Green (D)
    • Jeanie Riddle (R)
    • Ed Schieffer (D)
    • Dan Hegeman (R)
    • Paul Wieland (R)
    • John R. Ashcroft (R)
  • Missouri State House of Representatives
    • Roger Parshall (R)
    • Allen Andrews (R)
    • Mike Waltemath (D)
    • Nate Walker (R)
    • Lindell Shumake (R)
    • Tim Remole (R)
    • Mike Lair (R)
    • James W. (Jim) Neely (R)
    • Delus Johnson (R)
    • Kenneth Wilson (R)
    • Nick Marshall (R)
    • Josh Catton (R)
    • Kevin Corlew (R)
    • S. Nick King (R)
    • Robert (Bob) Rowland (R)
    • Bill E. Kidd (R)
    • Brent Lasater (R)
    • John A. Mayfield (D)
    • Noel Torpey (R)
    • Mike Cierpiot (R)
    • Jeanie Lauer (R)
    • Donna Pfautsch (R)
    • Rebecca Roeber (R)
    • Gary Cross (R)
    • Nola Wood (R)
    • T.J. Berry (R)
    • Joe Don McGaugh (R)
    • Jim Hansen (R)
    • Randy Pietzman (R)
    • Dan Dildine (D) District 42
    • Bart Korman (R)
    • Jay Houghton (R)
    • Caleb Rowden (R)
    • Charles (Chuck) Basye (R)
    • Dave Muntzel (R)
    • Travis Fitzwater (R)
    • Caleb Jones (R)
    • Dean A. Dohrman (R)
    • Nathan Beard (R)
    • Glen Kolkmeyer (R)
    • Denny Hoskins (R)
    • Rick Brattin (R)
    • Jack Bondon (R)
    • Wanda Brown (R)
    • David Wood (R)
    • Mike Bernskoetter (R)
    • Justin Alferman (R)
    • Tom Hurst (R)
    • Bryan Spencer (R)
    • Robert Cornejo (R)
    • Anne Zerr (R)
    • Keith English (D)
    • Joe Corica (R)
    • Jim Cain (R)
    • Don Houston (D)
    • Raymond Chandler (R)
    • Gina Jaksetic (R)
    • Al Faulstich (R)
    • Garrett Mees (R)
    • Cloria Brown (R)
    • Marsha Haefner (R)
    • Mike Leara (R)
    • John McCaherty (R)
    • Carol Veillette (R)
    • Shamed Dogan (R)
    • Rea Scharnhorst (R)
    • Andrew Koenig (R)
    • Don Gosen (R)
    • Kurt Bahr (R)
    • Kyle Schlereth (R)
    • Alexander McArthy (R)
    • John D. Wiemann (R)
    • Kathie Conway (R)
    • Mark Parkinson (R)
    • Chrissy Sommer (R)
    • John J. Haman, Jr. (R)
    • Nina Dean (R)
    • Justin S. Hill (R)
    • Paul Curtman (R)
    • Kirk Mathews (R)
    • Shane Roden (R)
    • Rob Vescovo (R)
    • Charles Groeteke (R)
    • Avery Fortenberry (R)
    • Jason Fulbright (R)
    • Dan Shaul (R)
    • Elaine F. Gannon (R)
    • Kevin Engler (R)
    • Ben Harris (D)
    • Dave Hinson (R)
    • Shawn Sisco (R)
    • Zech Hockersmith (D)
    • Keith Frederick (R)
    • Steve Lynch (R)
    • Diane Franklin (R)
    • Warren D. Love (R)
    • Mike Kelley (R)
    • Sue Entlicher (R)
    • Sandy Crawford (R)
    • Jeff Messenger (R)
    • Sonya Murray Anderson (R)
    • Fred Ellison (R)
    • Shar Lawless (R)
    • Eric W. Burlison (R)
    • Elijah Haahr (R)
    • Kevin Austin (R)
    • Lyndall Fraker (R)
    • Clayton Jones (R)
    • Michael Hope (R)
    • Jered Taylor (R)
    • Lynn Morris (R)
    • Tony Dugger (R)
    • Robert Ross (R)
    • Jeff Pogue (R)
    • Paul Fitzwater (R)
    • Shelley (White) Keeney (R)
    • Kathy Swan (R)
    • Holly Rehder (R)
    • Don Rone (R)
    • Neal E. Boyd (R)
    • Andrew McDaniel (R)
    • Tila Rowland Hubrecht (R)
    • Steve Cookson
    • Lyle Rowland (R)
    • Jeff Justus (R)
    • Mike Moon (R)
    • William (Bill) White (R)
    • Charlie Davis (R)