Talking about health care at Sen. Jerry Moran’s (r) office in Olathe, Kansas – June 28, 2017

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At 4:00 p.m. today close to one hundred fifty individuals showed up outside Senator Jerry Moran’s (r) Olathe, Kansas office on College Boulevard to express their opposition to the republican Senate Trumpcare bill.

“Repealing the ACA will kill Kansans”

“Love trumps money”

“Trump doesn’t care”

“Vote no on any version of Trumpcare”

“Heal Don’t Repeal”

“…the most efficient accessible healthcare”

“Trumpcare is fake healthcare”

As at previous Indivisible demonstrations individuals told their health care stories.

A health care story.

“…Trumpcare is bad for us!”

In the median on College Boulevard:

“Healthcare is a right, not a privilege”

“Single payer now…”

Indivisible organizer.

Previously:

Talking about health care… (June 20, 2017)

Roy Blunt tells it like it isn’t (June 23, 2017)

Talking about health care at Sen. Roy Blunt’s (r) office in Kansas City – June 23, 2017 (June 23, 2017)

A Sen. Roy Blunt (r) health care story (June 23, 2017)

Talking about health care at Sen. Roy Blunt’s (r) office in Kansas City – June 23, 2017 – signs of the times (June 24, 2017)

Campaign Finance: stepping it up

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Yesterday at the Missouri Ethics Commission for the initiative to fight “right to get paid less”:

C171127 06/27/2017 We Are Missouri Preserve Middle Class America, Inc. 4501 Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd Kansas City MO 64130 6/27/2017 $115,000.00

C171127 06/27/2017 We Are Missouri Gas Workers 11-6 USW 7750 Olive Blvd St Louis MO 63130 6/27/2017 $15,000.00

C171127 06/27/2017 We Are Missouri American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations 815 Sixteenth Street, NW Washington DC 20006 6/27/2017 $100,000.00

C171127 06/27/2017 We Are Missouri SEIU Healthcare IL, IN Operating Account 2229 S. Halsted St Chicago IL 60608 6/27/2017 $20,000.00

[emphasis added]

Yep, that’s a total of $250,000.00. They’re serious about this.

Previously:

Campaign Finance: working people (May 23, 2017)

Campaign Finance: fighting right to get paid less (May 31, 2017)

Campaign Finance: more from working people (June 2, 2017)

Campaign Finance: gaining some ground (June 8, 2017)

Campaign Finance: slowly but surely (June 20, 2017)

Campaign Finance: Working people! (June 26, 2017)

Campaign Finance: loading up for 2018

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Today at the Missouri Ethics Commission:

C171164 06/26/2017 Lincoln PAC Ed Pinegar 769 E Hwy 60 Republic MO 65738 Owner Pinegar Chevrolet 6/26/2017 $20,000.00

C171164 06/26/2017 Lincoln PAC Missouri Soybean Association PO Box 104778 Jefferson City MO 65110 6/26/2017 $5,001.00

C171164 06/26/2017 Lincoln PAC Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters APC 29210 SE AA Hwy Blue Springs MO 64014 6/26/2017 $10,000.00

C171164 06/26/2017 Lincoln PAC MO Truck PAC PO Box 89 Eldon MO 65026 6/26/2017 $5,100.00

[emphasis added]

It’s a brand new PAC, supporting “a” republican candidate in the 20th Senate District:

C171164: Lincoln Pac
Committee Type: Political Action
4304 E Serenade St
Springfield Mo 65809
Established Date: 06/16/2017
[….]
Treasurer
Thomas Dale Replogle
4304 E Serenade St
Springfield Mo 65804
[….]

Jay Wasson (r) is term limited out in 2018.

Campaign Finance: Working people!

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Today at the Missouri Ethics Commission, for the initiative fight against “right to get paid less”:

C171127 06/26/2017 We Are Missouri UNITE HERE Union Local #74 12105 Bridgeton Square Drive Suite 101 Bridgeton MO 63044 6/26/2017 $21,000.00

C171127 06/26/2017 We Are Missouri Working Families Committee PO Box 20571 St Louis MO 63139 6/26/2017 $7,000.00

[emphasis added]

Working families!

Previously:

Campaign Finance: working people (May 23, 2017)

Campaign Finance: fighting right to get paid less (May 31, 2017)

Campaign Finance: more from working people (June 2, 2017)

Campaign Finance: gaining some ground (June 8, 2017)

Campaign Finance: slowly but surely (June 20, 2017)

Attorney General Josh Hawley (r) doesn’t read footnotes

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Josh Hawley (r) [2016 file photo].

In today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision [pdf] in TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH OF COLUMBIA, INC. v. COMER, DIRECTOR, MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES:

[….]
3. This case involves express discrimination based on religious identity with respect to playground resurfacing. We do not address religious uses of funding or other forms of discrimination.
[….]

A press release today from Attorney General Josh Hawley (r):

MO AG Josh Hawley: Religious Liberty Wins Today
Jun 26, 2017, 09:48 AM
Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley issued the following statement following today’s ruling by the United States Supreme Court in favor of Missouri’s Trinity Lutheran Church. The Supreme Court ruled today in a 7-2 decision that Trinity Lutheran Church could not be denied state grant money simply because of its status as a religious organization.
“Today is a great day for Missouri’s Trinity Lutheran Church, and an even better day for religious freedom in America. With today’s ruling, the United States Supreme Court has made clear that the First Amendment does not permit government to discriminate against churches or religious organizations on the basis of faith. People of faith cannot be treated like second-class citizens. Governor Jay Nixon’s administration was wrong to interpret Missouri’s Constitution to require such unlawful discrimination. Today’s decision means discrimination of this kind will never be permitted again in the state of Missouri, or anywhere.”

“…Today’s decision means discrimination of this kind will never be permitted again in the state of Missouri, or anywhere.”

When it comes to playground resurfacing.

I’d be good with this if all religious institutions paid taxes.

Campaign Finance: More evocative than “Old [insert proprietary children’s foam toy name]”?

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Friday at the Missouri Ethics Commission:

C171120 06/23/2017 Young Guns Missouri PAC Ernie Gibson P O Box 546 Park Hills MO 63601 Lee Mechanical Contactors, Inc. Executive 6/23/2017 $10,000.00

C171120 06/23/2017 Young Guns Missouri PAC Lee Mechanical Contractors, Inc. P O Box 663 Park Hills MO 63601 6/23/2017 $10,000.00

[emphasis added]

It’s a PAC. But, for what?

C171120: Young Guns Missouri Pac
Committee Type: Political Action
7509 Nw Tiffany Springs Parkway Suite 300
Kansas City Mo 64153
Established Date: 04/19/2017
Treasurer
James C Thomas Iii
7509 Nw Tiffany Springs Parkway Suite 300
Kansas City Mo 64153
[….]

Probably not to promote [insert proprietary children’s foam toy name].

Talking about health care at Sen. Roy Blunt’s (r) office in Kansas City – June 23, 2017 – signs of the times

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Yesterday at noon over fifty constituents showed up at the building entrance for Senator Roy Blunt’s (r) Kansas City office at Tenth and Walnut to express their opposition to the republican Senate Trumpcare bill. A few of the signs:

“Public Hearing”

“Save ACA”

“Oppose Trump Care”

“Affordable Healthcare is a Human Right”

“Quit Putin Party Over Country”

Watching – staff from Senator Roy Blunt’s (r) Kansas City office.

At Tenth and Walnut in Kansas City – June 23, 2017.

Previously:

Talking about health care… (June 20, 2017)

Roy Blunt tells it like it isn’t (June 23, 2017)

Talking about health care at Sen. Roy Blunt’s (r) office in Kansas City – June 23, 2017 (June 23, 2017)

A Sen. Roy Blunt (r) health care story (June 23, 2017)

A Sen. Roy Blunt (r) health care story

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We listened to Hillary Shields’ story this afternoon:

Hillary Shields: Okay, so my name is Hillary Shields. I’m an organizer with Indivisible KC. And back in January we started collecting people’s health care stories. We turned them into a hand made scrap book because we wanted to put a human face on how these changes to the health care law would affect people in Missouri.

So, last week I was in Washington, D.C. and I had a chance to share this with Senator [Roy] Blunt. I went to his constituent coffee and I put it right in front of him.

I told him about Izzy. Izzy is nine years old, she’s from Lee’s Summit, and she has cystic fibrosis. He was gonna hit her lifetime coverage cap when she was two years old. She was not going to be able to get any more care. I told, I told him about her because I wanted him to know what these changes would do to his constituents. He listened. He asked me a couple of questions about how Izzy was doing, but he basically walked away from me just as quick as he could. And it kind of said to me I don’t think he’s really paying attention to what’s gonna happen to people in Missouri.

Uh, I had a chance to talk to his, uh, health care, uh, counsel and his chief of staff. Um, I spent about an hour, actually, going through the health care scrap book with them and telling them about the stories in here. And also telling them about my own story.

Um, I have a family member who has serious mental problems. And I told them that when you’re hearing voices the idea that you’re going to maintain continuous insurance coverage the rest of your life is ridiculous. He bounces around from job to job, sometimes he’s insured, sometimes he’s not. But I want a system that will take care of him no matter what.

And I, I think sometimes those personal stories get through more than anything else that you can say. But I still worry that my senator is going to vote against the interests of me and my friends and my family.

So, I hope that looking at this book maybe made some impact on him. I don’t know that it did.

Previously:

Talking about health care… (June 20, 2017)

Roy Blunt tells it like it isn’t (June 23, 2017)

Talking about health care at Sen. Roy Blunt’s (r) office in Kansas City – June 23, 2017 (June 23, 2017)