Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): selective memory


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Let’s start a list: Donald Trump (r), Andy Biggs (r), Paul Gosar (r), Lauren Boebert (r), Marjorie Taylor Greene (r), Matt Gaetz (r)…

Vicky Hartzler (r) [2016 file photo].


Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzle

Rep. Maxine Waters’ violence-inciting rhetoric is unacceptable.

Speaker Pelosi must condemn these remarks and take immediate action.
8:42 AM · Apr 19, 2021


Some of the responses:

Juuuuuust going to guess you are misrepresenting the situation like all good seditionists do.

We remember 1/6 Rep. Hartzler. You incited an attempted violent overthrow of an election.

I would take this more seriously if it weren’t from an anti-American seditionist.

And what would you call your vote to overturn a free and fair election???
I’ll give you a hint:

Where were you on January 6th? #NeverForget

There was that pizza party in the SCIF, too.

Coming from a insurrectionist that’s just humorous

Pot, meet Kettle.


Says you?

You are conveniently forgetting your part in the attempted violent overthrowing of the US Government.
#seditionist #hypocrite
The Republican Party

Seditionist says what? Point out where exactly that Maxine called for any violence. She simply called for the people of Minnesota to continue to hold police forces accountable for white cops killing unarmed black people. You are a disgrace to our state.

They’re not buying…

…the pearl clutching writ large.


Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): While you’re at it, a few questions… (October 23, 2019)

The backwash from guzzling all that Sedition is none too pleasant, is it? (January 7, 2021)

January 6, 2021? (April 19, 2021)

Heartland Pod: Jason Kander


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Ep. 60: “The Power of Perspective” with Jason Kander
APRIL 19TH, 2021 | 01:54:38 | E60

Heartland POD host Adam Sommer, a lawyer and adjunct prof. sits down with Jason Kander for a chat. Jason and Adam get into baseball, fatherhood, politics, the myth of the urban rural divide, and some of Jason’s favorite things. Then, Adam is joined by Sean Diller, digital media campaign expert and Rachel Parker, activist and blogger, for Talkin’ Politics about the CAFO victory in MO, Grietens early fundraising struggle, Sec. 230 explainer, and climate change. Then in Last Call the same group dives into the alleged failures of Biden to be “bipartisan” in his approach.

Jason Kander (D) [2016 file photo].

HB 952: making the trains run on time


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So much for local control.

Apparently, for right wingnuts, there is only the one true amendment.

A bill, sponsored by Brian Seitz (r)

HOUSE BILL NO. 952 {pdf]

2087H.01I DANA RADEMAN MILLER, Chief Clerk


To amend chapter 170, RSMo, by adding thereto one new section relating to the 1619 Project in school districts and charter schools.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:
Section A. Chapter 170, RSMo, is amended by adding thereto one new section, to be known as section 170.352, to read as follows:

170.352. 1. As used in this section, “1619 Project” means the 1619 Project initiative of the New York Times.

2. No school district, charter school, or personnel or agent of such school district or charter school shall:
(1) Teach, use, or provide for use by any pupil the 1619 Project as part of any curriculum, course materials, or instruction in any course given in such school district or charter school; or
(2) Teach, affirm, or promote as an accurate account or representation of the founding and history of the United States of America any of the claims, views, or opinions presented in the 1619 Project as part of any curriculum, course materials, or instruction in any course given in such school district or charter school.

Is there a grading rubric if it’s used as a reference in a student research paper?

Be afraid, be very afraid.

When knowledge is outlawed, only outlaws will have knowledge.

January 6, 2021?


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Vicky Hartzler (r) [2016 file photo].

On Friday:

Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
What a great way to start the day meeting with our @Missouri_NG!

We are ever thankful for their efforts and look forward to the near future when they can return home to their families.
9:24 AM · Apr 16, 2021

This you?: Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): gaslighter (January 7, 2021)


A few responses:

#sedetionist sez, “What?”

remind me again why they’re away from their families?

The danger is within.

Did you tell them that the reason they are away from home is because of you?


He forgot to raise a fist (April 15, 2021)

Offered without comment (April 15, 2021)

Medicaid Expansion Rally – Clinton, Missouri – April 17, 2021


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The “lost cause” on the square in Clinton, Missouri.

The announcement for the rally from Henry County Democrats:

Fund Missouri Medicaid Expansion Rally – Saturday, April 17 at 2 at the Courthouse Gazebo

Missouri voters approved Medicaid Expansion in the August 2020 primary. Although the federal government began providing funding to expand Medicaid in 2014, Missouri was one of 13 states that rejected this resource to protect the health of its citizens.
In 2020, the measure passed in Missouri by a margin of 53 to 47 and called for the state to submit and fund a Medicaid expansion state plan amendment by March 2021 and for the expansion to take effect July 2021. An estimated 230,000 Missourian under age 65 (before Medicare eligibility) were expected to be covered under this expansion amendment and now be available for affordable healthcare. Those are your family members, friends and neighbors whose income do not exceed 138% of the poverty level ($17,609 for a single person or $36,156 for a family of 4.) This petition-initiated effort was a great opportunity to ensure healthcare for all Missourians.
Almost all of the expense of Medicaid expansion will be paid by the Federal Government. Missouri could get $1.15 billion, according to estimates from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Now, the leaders in the Missouri House of Representatives are refusing to include money in the budget to pay Missouri’s part and we are, again, walking away from the federal money received by 37 other US states. Without that money, Medicaid will not be expanded. Lawmakers have just weeks left in their annual sessions and progress on expansion so far has proven difficult.
This non-partisan community rally is being held on Saturday, April 17 at 2:00 pm at the Gazebo on the Henry County courthouse lawn. The purpose of this rally is to learn more about the value of Medicaid expansion in Missouri and express and support restoration of Governor Parson’s proposed expansion funding in the 2021 state budget.

Around 40 individuals attended the 2:00 p.m. rally on the square in Clinton.

Can you spot the republican member of the General Assembly?

Distributing contact information for state senators.

Two speakers described the benefits of Medicaid expansion for the citizens of Missouri and emphasized the need to contact members of the General Assembly to tell them so and urge their approval of Missouri’s small percentage contribution in the state budget. Now.

Fund Healthcare and Respect The Vote

Our Vote Matters

53% Voted Yes

Representative Rodger Reedy (r) attended the rally.

Representative Rodger Reedy (r).

He didn’t say “No”.

Offered without comment


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Claire McCaskill (D) [2018 file photo].


Claire McCaskill @clairecmc
Here for the ratio.
11:26 AM · Apr 15, 2021

Josh Hawley (r) [2016 file photo].


He forgot to raise a fist (April 15, 2021)

He forgot to raise a fist


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Josh Hawley @HawleyMO
Honored to meet with the @Missouri_NG 220th Engineer Construction Company who’ve been proudly supporting Capitol Police — special thanks to Specialist Ben Laws and Sergeant Trey Lawrence for their outstanding service during the unit’s deployment. You make Missouri proud
5:28 PM · Apr 14, 2021

He can’t be that arrogantly clueless.

A reminder of why they are there – from some of the responses on Twitter addressed to Josh Hawley (r) documented at Long term memory loss (March 30, 2021):

And a sample of some of the responses to Josh Hawley’s (r) April 14, 2021 Twitter post:

No fist in the air for our troops?
Only the insurrectionists get the fist pump?
Was there any tension, you being the legislator most responsible for their forced deployment?

I don’t know how they could stand being next to you. You’re the disgraceful reason they have to be there.

We’ll never let you forget your involvement in the insurrection.

Same suit and tie

Same suit and everything eh?

Just when I think you can be any more of a tool you prove me wrong.

Maybe if you hadn’t spread the big lie and helped incite an insurrection these service members could be home with their families. I wish you had values, or cared about democracy.

Thank you @Missouri_NG for protecting us against the depredations of seditionists like @HawleyMO

Sorry you are being used as a prop for his PR photo op. You deserve better.

Did you tell them about your plan to remove the fence and make them more vulnerable?

Did you apologize to them for helping to rile up a bunch of lunatics to attack the Capitol? I’m sure they’d rather be at home with their families, but you screwed that up for them.

You still supported a coup against our country

Hey man, why are they there?

Glad they’re helping guard the Capitol from your supporters…

So, the only time you speak to Missourians is if they’re in DC? When was the last time you were in…MISSOURI?

Is that the same suit and tie you wore on January 6th?

Gosh, I wonder why they have to be there

Same suit dude!

Now explain why they’re there, Senator Fistpump.

Did you forget?

Never forget. We will not, seditionist.

Hmm… I wonder why they are there

Josh Hawley joined in the inciting the insurrectionist attack on the US Capitol. Now he pretends there aren’t consequences?

You thought we forgot?

You and your good ol’ boys propping up the big lie are the reason they need to be there in the first place, you should be too ashamed to stand in the same room as them.

Mr. Hawley trying to have it both ways-encouraged an insurrection that killed and injured capital police and here acting like he stands with the nat’l guard that had be called in to protect the capital from those Hawley cheered on. Not fooling anyone Hawley.

Oh, the hypocrisy!

Commemorating the outfit?

Also known as “returning to the scene of the crime”

Ummmm you praised insurrectionists attacking our Capitol and you tried to overthrow an election that you know was legitimate. So I’m confused…

If only they had a senator who did the same. What, no raised fist?

You’re the reason they have to be there Senator, at least have some shame about that.


Did not recognize you without your arm up and fist clenched.

They look real uncomfortable standing next the reason they are deployed

Did you tell them about the sedition and insurrection thingy.


Senator Claire McCaskill (D) – town hall in Warrensburg – Press Q and A – August 17, 2017 (August 17, 2017)

What passes for a flatbed truck at “…Yale, I think, or Harvard, one of those, one of those fancy ones…” (August 16, 2018)

Josh Hawley (r): throwing shit against the wall to see if anything sticks (December 30, 2020)

Josh Hawley (r): ladders and rakes (December 30, 2020)

Ladder Climbing 101: by the book (December 31, 2020)

Burning bridges (December 31, 2020)

Sedition, sedition…sedition (January 2, 2021)

What it is, is sedition… (January 3, 2021)

If you can’t stand the heat, trample people on your way to a live mic (January 3, 2021)

Nothing much going on. Why do you ask? (January 3, 2021)

The third Senator from Virginia (January 5, 2021)

Fascist pig (January 6, 2021)

What hath Josh Hawley (r) wrought? (January 6, 2021)

Josh Hawley (r): Dumbass (January 7, 2021)

Sedition is bad for business (January 11, 2021)

HCR 10 and HCR 11 (January 12, 2021)

Josh Hawley (r): “I no mye misoori constitutents our reely stoopit.” (January 14, 2021)

Ignite (January 15, 2021)

Campaign Finance: Dayam (January 16, 2021)

Penrose on Politics: Taps Closed to Insurrectionists (January 17, 2021)

Josh Hawley (r): Why not add “obstructionist asshole” to the list, it’s just one more thing, right? (January 21, 2021)

Penrose on Politics: Hawley’s Hallmark Moment (January 23, 2021)

Josh Hawley (r): looking ahead to 2024 (January 23, 2021)

After 17 days of silence (January 24, 2021)

Yeah, but those seven Senators didn’t pump their fists at insurrectionists immediately before the breach of the Capitol (January 25, 2021)

A shooting star elbow drop from the ropes (January 28, 2021)

Josh Hawley (r): you got your wish (January 31, 2021)

If Josh Hawley (r) steps in front of a microphone today we get six more weeks of sedition. (February 2, 2021)

On the wrong side of everything (February 3, 2021)

Penrose On Politics: Hawley’s Crybaby Tour (February 6, 2021)

You got that one right (February 8, 2021)

Senator “Raise My Fist in Sedition” (r) has an opinion (February 10, 2021)

Working on the galley proofs for that right wingnut welfare vanity press book? (February 10, 2021)

Penrose On Politics: Hawley’s Indifference (February 13, 2021)

Eric Greitens (r) is on line one… (February 13, 2021)

Penrose On Politics: Hawley’s Mail (February 20, 2021)

What is Josh Hawley’s (r) favorite whine? (February 23, 2021)

Again, we already knew that (February 26, 2021)

Offered without comment (March 2, 2021)

The people you pay $174,000.00 a year believe that all billionaires are in desperate need of their help and that you haven’t suffered enough (March 6, 2021)

Home every night (March 7, 2021)

Penrose On Politics: Huckster Hawley (March 13, 2021)

“They could never do more damage than you have already done.” (March 17, 2021)

Anybody see Josh Hawley (r)? (March 17, 2021)

SB 528: Wolverines! (March 24, 2021)

Long term memory loss (March 30, 2021)

A voice in the wilderness (March 31, 2021)

Secretly wants to join the “minutemen of the state” so he can wear a brown shirt (April 8, 2021)

Calling out ALEC? (April 12, 2021)

Slam dunk (April 13, 2021)

Breakfast Club


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This morning in west central Missouri:

Red-bellied Woodpecker. Melanerpes carolinus.
Canon 5D III, 2.8 70-200 mm, 2x III.
F 5.6, 1/400, ISO 1600, 400 mm.

Red-bellied Woodpecker. Melanerpes carolinus.
Canon 5D III, 2.8 70-200 mm, 2x III.
F 5.6, 1/500, ISO 1600, 400 mm.

Red-bellied Woodpecker. Melanerpes carolinus.
Canon 5D III, 2.8 70-200 mm, 2x III.
F 5.6, 1/320, ISO 1600, 400 mm.

Mayor-elect Tishaura Jones


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Tishaura Jones (D) [2019 file photo]

Mayor-elect Tishaura O. Jones @saintlouismayor
Since last Tuesday, Election Day, my team and I have been working diligently to hit the ground running on day one and deliver results for the people of Saint Louis.
2:31 PM · Apr 13, 2021

I have spoken with @GovParsonMO and @LtGovMikeKehoe about the importance of working together to strengthen the Saint Louis region and move our City and State forward.

I’ve also been in contact with HUD @SecFudge, Labor @SecMartyWalsh, and Transportation @SecretaryPete and look forward to working with them to bring federal dollars to Saint Louis.

My team and I had an extremely productive working meeting with @RepCori and her congressional team to discuss our shared values and priorities for Saint Louis City.

I’ve spoken with Pres. @LewisReedSTL and @stlcomptroller about working together to advance the priorities of the people of the City of Saint Louis.

I have begun calling all of the 28 Aldermen and other citywide elected officials, but have not yet made my way through the entire list.

I look forward to working with them to advance good, sustainable public policy for our City and region.

I’ve received congratulatory calls from mayors across this country, and I look forward to continuing the dialogue, learning from them, and bringing solutions they’ve had success with to Saint Louis City. #ReadyOnDayOne



Tishaura Jones elected Mayor of St. Louis (April 7, 2021)