Same vote, same state, same world, different takes

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The initiative for Medicaid expansion in Missouri passed. Too damn close.

State of Missouri – Primary Election, August 04, 2020
Unofficial Results
as of 8/5/2020 6:34:43 AM

Constitutional Amendment No. 2 [Medicaid expansion] 3575 of 3575 Precincts Reported

YES 672,967 53.250%
NO 590,809 46.750%

Total Votes: 1,263,776

[emphasis added]

State of Missouri – Primary Election, August 04, 2020
Unofficial Results
as of 8/5/2020 7:21:08 AM

Constitutional Amendment No. 2 3575 of 3575 Precincts Reported

County YES NO

Boone 23,697 11,891
Clay 26,467 18,008
Greene 27,772 25,343
Jackson 41,233 25,528
Kansas City 49,350 6,938
Platte 12,567 7,810
St. Charles 40,363 38,171
St. Louis 181,501 67,906
St. Louis City 65,214 8,556

Iron 64 70

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Different takes:

Blue Girl the Tenacious Teacher @BGinKC
Congratulations out-state sister-fuckers. Y’all wouldn’t vote to keep your local health centers open, you just figured you’d keep doing what you’ve been doing…coming to the city, showing up in the ER knowing we have to treat them because of EMTALA.

So we did it for you.
6:08 AM · Aug 5, 2020 from Kansas City, MO

Blue Girl grew up in rural Missouri, comes from a family with generations involved in farming, served in the military, and currently lives in Kansas City.

The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) was passed by the US Congress in 1986 as part of the Consolidated Omnibus Reconciliation Act (COBRA), much of which dealt with Medicare issues. The law’s initial intent was to ensure patient access to emergency medical care and to prevent the practice of patient dumping, in which uninsured patients were transferred, solely for financial reasons, from private to public hospitals without consideration of their medical condition or stability for the transfer….

And:

Lindsey Simmons @LynzforCongress
I’ve seen a lot of commentary from my fellow Missourians living in STL and KC discussing “rural Missouri voting against its interest.”

Here’s the thing.

Y’all have to stop talking about us like we’re stupid. You’ve got to leave your bubble + come stand with us.
6:11 AM · Aug 5, 2020

Lindsey Simmons grew up in rural Missouri, comes from a family with generations involved in farming, is the spouse of an individual currently serving active duty in the military, and lives in rural Missouri.

Lindsey Simmons is the Democratic Party nominee running in the 4th Congressional District.

Still, the vote on Amendment 2 was too damn close. Ya’ll.

Campaign Finance: the $mell of fear

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Today at the Missouri Ethics Commission for still another PAC propping up Governor Mike Parson (r):

201214 08/04/2020 Republican Governors Association – Missouri 2020 Republican Governors Association 1747 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Suite 250 Washington DC 20006 8/3/2020 $2,500,000.00

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They’re not into subtlety.

Governor Mike Parson (r) [2018 file photo].

Missouri DHSS – COVID-19 Outbreak Statistics – August 4, 2020 – 2:00 p.m.

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The most recent statistics on the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak for Missouri from the Department of Health and Senior Services:

Cases in Missouri: 54,080
Total Deaths: 1266
Number of cases in the last 24 hours: 1,193
7 Day Percent Positive of PCR Tested Individuals: 9.1%
Number of New Deaths Reported in the Last 24 Hours: 11

Johnson County
Confirmed cases: 473
Cases per 100K Population: 881.61

Cass County
Confirmed cases: 673
Cases per 100K Population: 630.05

Pettis County
Confirmed cases: 450
Cases per 100K Population: 1,043.67

Henry County
Confirmed cases: 73
Cases per 100K Population: 330.40

Saline County
Confirmed cases: 416
Cases per 100K Population: 1,816.99

Lafayette County
Confirmed cases: 164
Cases per 100K Population: 500.03

Wear a damn mask. And while you’re at it, wear some damn gloves.

Stay Home. Wash your hands. Don’t touch your face. Good luck to us all.
#FlattenTheCurve

Missouri DHSS – COVID-19 Outbreak Statistics – August 3, 2020 – 2:00 p.m.

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The most recent statistics on the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak for Missouri from the Department of Health and Senior Services:

Cases in Missouri: 52,887
Total Deaths: 1,255
Number of cases in the last 24 hours: 1,047
7 Day Percent Positive of PCR Tested Individuals: 9.4%
Number of New Deaths Reported in the Last 24 Hours: 2

Johnson County
Confirmed cases: 473
Cases per 100K Population: 862.97

Cass County
Confirmed cases: 654
Cases per 100K Population: 612.87

Pettis County
Confirmed cases: 435
Cases per 100K Population: 968.45

Henry County
Confirmed cases: 72
Cases per 100K Population: 316.63

Saline County
Confirmed cases: 415
Cases per 100K Population: 1,790.78

Lafayette County
Confirmed cases: 158
Cases per 100K Population: 472.42

Wear a damn mask. And while you’re at it, wear some damn gloves.

Stay Home. Wash your hands. Don’t touch your face. Good luck to us all.
#FlattenTheCurve

SB 9 in the special session: anticipation

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“Useless laws weaken the necessary laws.” – Charles-Louis de Secondat, baron de La Brède et de Montesquieu (1689 – 1755)

A bill, introduced in the current special session of the Missouri General Assembly:

SB 9 – This act creates the offense of unlawful traffic interference if, with the intention to impede vehicular traffic, the person walks, stands, sits, kneels, lays, or places an object in a manner that blocks passage by a vehicle on any public street or highway.

This offense is a Class A misdemeanor if a person blocks a public street for the first violation and a Class E felony for any subsequent violation.

This offense is a Class E felony if a person blocks an interstate highway.

This offense is a Class D felony if a person blocks a street or highway as part of an unlawful assembly.

Some details:

[….] (2) “Unlawful assembly”, two or more persons who meet for the purpose of violating any of the criminal laws of this state or of the United States.

Do meetings in offices in the capitol building qualify? Just asking.

2. A person commits the offense of unlawful traffic interference if, with the intention to impede vehicular traffic, the person walks, stands, sits, kneels, lays, or places an object in such a manner as to block passage by a vehicle on any public street, highway, or interstate highway. [….]

In Warrensburg, Missouri on May 31, 2020:

When you can’t hear or see dissent than there is no First Amendment.

Previously:

George Floyd – Protest – Warrensburg, Missouri – Sunday afternoon, May 31, 2020 (May 31, 2020)

George Floyd – Protest – Warrensburg, Missouri – Sunday afternoon, May 31, 2020 – part 2 (June 1, 2020)

So, today in Jefferson City (July 30, 2020)

How not to escalate (July 31, 2020)

Law and oh-dare (August 1, 2020)