Campaign Finance: “…and start all over again”


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Thursday at the Missouri Ethics Commission for CLEAN Missouri:

C161298 02/14/2019 CLEAN Missouri Action Now Initiative 1717 West Loop S Houston TX 77027 2/14/2019 $85,000.00

[emphasis added]

They’re going to need a lot more money.

It’s readily apparent that the right wingnut republican agenda is to overturn everything the voter approved CLEAN Missouri initiative (Amendment 1) does.


Gov. Mike Parson (r): “Will of the voters”? What’s that? Never heard of it. (December 23, 2018)

Campaign Finance: they Gerrymandered fair and square (January 17, 2019)

HA 3, HB 445: it’s all in the (amended) details (February 5, 2019)

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): “I so enjoy thumping The Constitution, it’s just that like Donald Trump (r) I’ve never actually bothered to read it.”


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United States Constitution, Article I, Section 9.

…No money shall be drawn from the treasury, but in consequence of appropriations made by law; and a regular statement and account of receipts and expenditures of all public money shall be published from time to time…

Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) [2016 file photo].

Today, via Twitter:

Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
(1/2) The president’s emergency declaration today is needed to protect our border from the flow of deadly drugs into our communities. His emergency powers give him the authority to redirect funding to protect the American people,
11:53 AM – 15 Feb 2019 from Washington, DC

Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
(2/2) and I believe there are non-defense areas of the government where it is appropriate to do so. I stand by him on this issue, and I will continue to monitor this solution to ensure it champions national security as well as border security.
11:54 AM – 15 Feb 2019 from Washington, DC

Some of the comments:

It is appalling to know you support this dictatorial use of power. If you truly believe what you say, why can’t he declare a state of emergency to arrest those of us oppose his declaration to protect the American people?

Can’t BELIEVE you condone this fake emergency & the precedent it sets for future Presidents. This should be deamed unconstitutionally. Do you understand what could be done with $8 BILLION in education? In healthcare? In infrastructure? No. Because you hide from constituents.

Can’t wait to see how this ages when there’s a Democrat President. But then, you’re no longer concerned about the ballooning deficit either.

If there’s an election in 2020.

Most of them drugs come through legal ports of entry according to the DEA and CBP , but why bother about facts when you can be a cheerleader for @potus and his colossal ego-political game?

Shame. This is actually called cowardice and irresponsible.

Tell yourself that, Vicky! No one wants to hear your lies. If this is the hill you choose to end your career on, sobeit!

Where’s. The. Data. To. Support. Your. Claim.

The national emergency is that we have an inept, narcissistic, lying nincompoop for a President. He denies and dismisses facts and makes shit up and I have zero respect for any member of Congress who encourages, supports or endorses that.

When you look in the mirror tonight, sound of silence will begin playing in your head

You are violating your oath of office. Resign.

This is fabricated BS, there is no national emergency .. everybody knows that. You are disgrace to the people of #MO4

You are a hypocrite of the highest order.

You’re corrupt and a disgrace.

You are on the wrong side of Constitutional Law and if you have half a brain you know it. You should be ashamed. You are violating your oath of office and we will come for you.

Show me whatever data you have to justify your position. Prove your statements.

you’re an embarrassment to the separation of powers and should be ashamed of yourself

Lies @RepHartzler , you are just regurgitating Trump’s lies. Disgusting

I’m not in favor of an imperial President, but if that is the direction the GOP chooses to go in, I look forward to a future president addressing climate change and gun violence with a sincere sense of morality.

It is not an emergency if Congress has time to act and chose not to. It is a policy disagreement. Your flawed reasoning would allow a president to enact single payer health care in response to a crisis such as 40 million Americans not having health insurance. This is terrible.

“The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.”

If it was an emergency it would have been an emergency long before now. Quit it already.

What a hill to fly your trite and tattered flag from. Missourians deserve better. #VoteThemOut

Shocking, I say…

God, you are just the worst.

Trump also said it was not an emergency in his whacked out press briefing. Do you endorse attacking the press and lying? Do you think @potus demonstrates the character and level of integrity
suitable for the office of the Presidency? #FAKENationalEmergency

Wow. The only emergency at our border is the one the president caused by separating families and locking up babies, and you damn well know it. Most drugs come in through legal points of entry, and you know that too. Shame on you.


Donald Trump (r): “the Constitution is unconstitutional” (February 14, 2019)

Donald Trump (r): “the Constitution is unconstitutional”


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Bad combover. Check. Too long red tie. Check. Orange spray tan. Check. Tiny hands. Check. Cluelessness. Check…

This evening:

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
“Trying to use the 25th Amendment to try and circumvent the Election is a despicable act of unconstitutional power grabbing…which happens in third world countries. You have to obey the law. This is an attack on our system & Constitution.” Alan Dershowitz. @TuckerCarlson
9:16 PM – 14 Feb 2019

The 25th Amendment does exactly that. It’s one of the mechanism for removing a President. It’s in The Constitution.

Donald Trump is an idiot. But we already knew that.

A few of the responses:

If something is in the Constitution, can it be unconstitutional?

Asking for a friend.

whatever you say, President Crazypants

The admendments are part of the constitution, 1st, 2nd and 25th alike. So the exercise of the 25th amendment is the opposite of unconstitutional.

Says the person who is manufacturing a `National Emergency”

The 25th ammendment is in the constitution. God I miss having a president who was smart

At thus point I’d take one that could read at a 4th grade level

Last I checked, the 25th amendment is a part of the Constitution, meaning that actions pursuant to the amendment are by definition constitutional, but I’m not a TV lawyer.

Nice try Donald. There are only 10 amendments.

Heh. Everyone knows that there is the only one true Amendment.

Individual-1 clearly has never READ the 25th Amendment to the … CONSTITUTION.

The Constitution is unconstitutional!

Someone seems a bit scared.

So it’s unconstitutional to use the [squints] Constitution.

Just a heads up.
The 25th Amendment is part of the Constitution.

Incidentally, the 25th Amendment is not about preventing an election. It is in the Constitution that allows us to remove a President from office if they are declared unfit for duty. You should try reading, if you know how.

That awkward moment when you remember that the 25th Amendment is literally the definition of constitutional…

The 25th Amendment is part of the Constitution. It’s an Amendment to the Constitution. A Constitutional Amendment, ratified by 38 states. Are you getting it yet? A document one of you swore to uphold? Anyone, anyone at all, Bueller?

It’s literally constitutional.

Can we impeach him since he doesn’t actually understand or know the constitution?

Using the 25th Amendment is not unconstitutional because… [checks notes]… it is actually part of The Constitution.

So using the 25th amendment of the Constitution is unconstitutional? Sounds like doublespeak, a tactic of fascists.

Third world countries use the 25th Amendment? Huh?

Using the Constitution is unconstitutional?

I can’t believe this is real… using the constitution is unconstitutional? Ok…

You do understand that the 25th Amendment is part of the Constitution right?

Using the constitution is an attack on the constitution?

The 25th Amendment is in the Constitution, bro.

The 25th amendment is literally.. an amendment to the Constitution. Applying it couldn’t possibly be unconstitutional, because…

You know what, forget it.

It’s in the Constitution you jabronis

You seem tense. Also the 25th Amendment is in the Constitution. You should read it.

Yeah, except that it’s part of the Constitution so, like, it’s probably not all that unconstitutional

The 25th amendment to the Constitution is – by definition – constitutional.

So the constitution is unconstitutional in your view?

NARRATOR: Little did he know, using the 25th Amendment would NOT be unconstitutional…

…because it’s in the Constitution.

soooo the Constitution is unconstitutional?

Once you start talking about the 25th ammendment, it’s all pretty much downhill from there.

Are you trying to say that third world countries have a 25th Amendment, or are you saying that people are trying to use The Constitution to fight The Constitution? I can’t keep up anymore.

No one can keep up anymore.

HB 927: The “you can’t deny Nazis and Fascists campus meeting and club resources, but you still may be able to call them assholes” Act


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“…3. No public institution of higher learning shall deny a political or ideological student organization any benefit or privilege available to any other student organization, or otherwise discriminate against such an organization, based on the expression of the organization, including any requirement that the leaders or members of such organization:
(1) Affirm and adhere to the organization’s sincerely held beliefs;
(2) Comply with the organization’s standards of conduct; or
(3) Further the organization’s mission or purpose, as defined by the student organization…”

Nazis and Fascists, oh my.

“You had some very bad people in that group. You also had some very fine people on both sides,” he [Donald Trump (r)] added.

A decision matrix.

A bill, introduced on Wednesday by Representative Dirk Deaton (r):

HOUSE BILL NO. 927 [pdf]


1952H.01I DANA RADEMAN MILLER, Chief Clerk


To amend chapter 173, RSMo, by adding thereto two new sections relating to higher education.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:

Section A. Chapter 173, RSMo, is amended by adding thereto two new sections, to be known as sections 173.1559 and 173.1560, to read as follows:

173.1559. As used in this section and section 173.1560, the following terms shall mean:
(1) “Benefit”, recognition, registration, the use of facilities of the public institution of higher learning for meetings or speaking purposes, the use of channels of communication of the public institution of higher learning, and the use of funding sources that are otherwise available to other student associations or organizations in the public institution of higher learning;
(2) “Exercise of religion”, any practice or observance of religion, whether compelled or mandated by, or central to, a system of religious belief;
(3) “Public institution of higher learning”, any state postsecondary educational institution governed or supervised by a board erected under chapter 172, 174, 175, or 178; a board of trustees of a community college; or any state board for any other technical school;
(4) “Substantially burden”, an action by a public institution of higher learning that directly or indirectly:
(a) Penalizes conduct or expression that reflects a student’s sincerely held religious beliefs;
(b) Denies a student an opportunity to engage in religious activities; or
(c) Pressures a student to engage in conduct or expression contrary to a sincerely held religious belief or not to engage in conduct or expression motivated by a sincerely held religious belief.

73.1560. 1. No public institution of higher learning shall take any action or enforce any policy that denies a religious student association any benefit available to any other student association, or otherwise discriminate against a religious student association with respect to such benefit, based on that association’s requirement that its leaders or members adhere to the association’s sincerely held religious beliefs, comply with the association’s sincere religious observance requirements, comply with the association’s sincere religious standards of conduct, or be committed to furthering the association’s religious missions as such beliefs, requirements, standards, or missions are defined by the 9 association or religion upon which the association is based.
2. No public institution of higher learning shall substantially burden a student’s exercise of religion unless the institution can demonstrate that application of the burden to the student is in furtherance of a compelling interest of the public institution of higher learning and is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling interest.
3. No public institution of higher learning shall deny a political or ideological student organization any benefit or privilege available to any other student organization, or otherwise discriminate against such an organization, based on the expression of the organization, including any requirement that the leaders or members of such organization:
(1) Affirm and adhere to the organization’s sincerely held beliefs;
(2) Comply with the organization’s standards of conduct; or
(3) Further the organization’s mission or purpose, as defined by the student organization.
4. Any student, religious student association, or political or ideological student organization that has been aggrieved as a result of a violation of this section may assert that violation as a claim or defense in a judicial or administrative proceeding against the public institution of higher learning and obtain appropriate relief, including damages, against that institution.

Does that mean that you can’t punch Nazis? Just asking.

Pastafarians, ready your colanders…


HB 837: Asserting equal opportunity to resurface their playgrounds? (February 6, 2019)

HB 858: “@&%$ Missouri voters”


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Representative Robert Ross (r) [2018 file photo].

A bill, introduced last week by Representative Robert Ross (r):

HB 858
Modifies provisions relating to the state minimum wage rate
Sponsor: Ross, Robert (142)
Proposed Effective Date: 8/28/2019
LR Number: 1780H.01I
Last Action: 02/11/2019 – Read Second Time (H)
Bill String: HB 858
Next House Hearing: Hearing not scheduled
Calendar: Bill currently not on a House calendar

The bill summary:


This bill repeals the incremental increase to the state minimum wage.


Last November, the results on the initiative to raise the minimum wage in Missouri:

State of Missouri – General Election, November 06, 2018
Official Results
As announced by the Board of State Canvassers on November 30, 2018

Proposition B
3256 of 3256 Precincts Reported

YES 1,499,002 62.338%
NO 905,647 37.662%
Total Votes: 2,404,649

The right wingnut majority in the General Assembly will pass HB 858 because they believe they can get away with it.

“@&%$ Missouri voters” is it.

SCR 16: If at first you don’t secede…


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A concurrent resolution, introduced yesterday by Senator Paul Wieland (r):


Whereas, in January 1973, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in Roe v. Wade that abortion is protected by the Constitution of the United States, and in doing so effectively removed legal protection from human beings prior to birth; and

Whereas, the ramifications of the court’s decision created a moral morass and was a step in the wrong direction for our nation; and

Whereas, each and every innocent human life is unique and precious and that human life begins at the moment of conception and continues, uninterrupted, until the moment of natural death; and

Whereas, each innocent human life must always be protected and preserved, and in all possible ways our country should promote a culture of life; and

Whereas, each state should enact laws that protect unborn human life; and

Whereas, the Missouri General Assembly on behalf of Missourians has spoken out in defense of the sanctity of life, and has done so in connection with contemporary threats to the life of the unborn; and

Whereas, other states in the union have not shared this mission to preserve life and have demonstrated contempt towards the most vulnerable in our society; and

Whereas, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation permitting abortion on demand; and

Whereas, the State of New York removed abortion from their criminal code; and

Whereas, the State of New York put women’s health at risk by allowing non-physicians to perform or induce abortions; and

Whereas, the State of New York has failed to live up to ethical standards that Missourians demand of us and the State of New York, by their actions, have added to the moral chaos that is plaguing this country:

Now Therefore Be It Resolved that the members of the Missouri Senate, One-hundredth General Assembly, First Regular Session, the House of Representatives concurring therein, declare that Missouri tax dollars should not be spent in any state, like New York, that demonstrates such disregard and contempt for the unborn; and

Be It Further Resolved that the members of the Missouri General Assembly ask the Governor to order all departments to cease from taking part in any non-emergency activity or event in the State of New York; and

Be It Further Resolved that the Missouri General Assembly demands higher moral standards of its fellow states and will continue to boycott events hosted by these states until they repeal legislation that fails to preserve and protect the life of the unborn; and

Be It Further Resolved that the Secretary of the Missouri Senate be instructed to prepare properly inscribed copies of this resolution for the Governor and the State Treasurer.

Where to begin?

And yet, Donald Trump is currently President of the United States. Go figure.

Citizens of the State of New York have access to affordable health insurance. You know, their state participated in Medicaid expansion. That’s what I’d define as a “culture of life”.

Uh, if the U.S. Supreme Court says it’s so, it’s so [see Marbury v Madison (1803)].

We take it that the so-called “culture of life” as mentioned in this resolution does include exemptions for the death penalty and war.

The citizens of the State of New York must be quaking in their collective boots.

SB 366: that was then, this is now


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Denny Hoskins (r) [2017 file photo].

A bill, introduced by Senator Denny Hoskins (r):

SB 366
Establishes the Show Missouri Film and Digital Media Act
Sponsor: Hoskins
LR Number: 1846S.01I
Last Action: 2/7/2019 – S First Read–SB 366-Hoskins
Journal Page: S214

Current Bill Summary

SB 366 – This act creates the “Show Missouri Film and Digital Media Act”.

This act reauthorizes a tax credit for certain expenses related to the production of qualified film production projects in this state, as defined in the act. Tax credits for such expenses under previous law expired on November 28, 2013.

For all tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2020, this act authorizes a tax credit equal to 20% of qualifying in-state expenses, as defined in the act, and 10% of qualifying out-of-state expenses, as defined in the act, associated with the production of a qualified film production project. An additional 5% may be awarded for both qualifying in-state and out-of-state expenses if at least 50% of the qualified film production project is filmed in Missouri.

This act shall sunset on December 31 six years from the effective date of the act, unless reauthorized by the General Assembly.

This act is substantially similar to HB 1661 (2018).

Oh, that’s rich. Remember this, almost nine years ago?:

…My own questions were based on those I received from constituents concerning the film festival. As you can see, I did not request funding be withheld or rescinded. I simply asked how people who need assistance would be helped by the film festival. Since the film festival was held, I have received even more questions from constituents. The idea of a film festival or similar event to shine a spotlight on the Warrensburg community is not in itself a bad idea. How to pay for this event is what concerns me…

Ah, the benefits of a long memory and a blog archive.

Apparently, supporting the art form of cinema is back in vogue.


Suppose you held a film festival and right wingnuts didn’t want anyone to attend (September 10, 2010)

The show must go on (September 10, 2010)

Rep. Denny Hoskins (r) and Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder (r): The review is in – two thumbs down (September 14, 2010)

Veto Session Reviews for Rep. Denny Hoskins (r): great potential for a Razzie (September 15, 2010)

Rep. Denny Hoskins (r) and the Film Festival: because the arts never generate economic activity? (September 17, 2010)

Rep. Denny Hoskins (r) and the Film Festival: demagoguery, not oversight (September 18, 2010)

Rep. Denny Hoskins (r) and the Film Festival: that was then, this is now (September 20, 2010)

Rep. Denny Hoskins (r) and the Film Festival: no one knew about it… (September 21, 2010)

A short film about a film festival… (September 22, 2010)

Ky Dickens, the film festival, the Chicago Reader, and teabaggers (September 23, 2010)

We get film festival hate mail (September 28, 2010)

Rep. Denny Hoskins (r) and the Film Festival: that was then, this is now – part 2 (September 28, 2010)

Rep. Denny Hoskins (r) and the Film Festival: what the teabaggers say (October 4, 2010)

I dare you.


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Call me anti-Semitic. I dare you.

Via Twitter, today:

Esor @Esor_Fasa
I am a white Jew. I, w/ other white Jews, criticize AIPAC endlessly for buying support. No one bats an eye. But when Black folk, incl. Black Jews, have made similar criticisms, they’re attacked relentlessly. So let’s not pretend the attacks on @IlhanMN aren’t steeped in racism.
9:41 AM – 11 Feb 2019

Uh, yep.

And, a word of advice about others’ trolling:

God @TheGoodGodAbove


Don’t attack each other, for that is what the forces of evil want!

They make fake accounts and say horrible things just to trick and divide you!

Remember how you felt the day after Traitor Trump got elected!

Stay calm and defeat these Nazi bastards!

– God
3:28 PM – 11 Feb 2019

It is all about the Benjamins (By the way, nicely punned).