Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D) – Press Availability – Reproductive Rights Town Hall – St. Louis – August 18, 2019

“…I’ll keep lifting up the voices of women who are being dismissed, devalued, and attacked by this president, President Trump…”

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D) brought her 2020 presidential campaign to St. Louis Sunday afternoon for a town hall on reproductive rights. Around 330 individuals (that number comes from the campaign) attended the event. Afterwards, she took questions from the media.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D).

The press availability:

Question: Senator, talk about why you came to Missouri today, especially when its not considered much of a battleground state anymore.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D): I wanted to come to the front lines of attacks on women’s reproductive freedom. This is a national issue. But women in Missouri deserve a voice, someone to lift up their voice, their struggles their challenges. And to make sure we have a Democratic nominee who value them and cares about what they’re going through. So I not only came to the front lines here in Missouri, but I went to the front lines in Georgia, and I’ll keep lifting up the voices of women who are being dismissed, devalued, and attacked by this president, President Trump.

Question: It’s a crowded race, how do you stand out in this race?

Senator Gillibrand: As, as you’ve seen I’m leading the national debate on major issues like women’s reproductive freedom, like getting money out of politics, like a family bill of rights. These are the kinds of things that I’ve really lead on this whole national campaign on, uh, inspiring other candidates to not only follow my lead, but also to debate these really important issues.

Question: Well Senator, there’s, uh, Illinois has gone the opposite direction of Missouri. Uh, how, in some cases it’s a haven for, for people looking for abortion rights. How dangerous is that for the country?

Senator Gillibrand: So, it’s very dangerous that you have a governor here in Missouri who doesn’t value women, who doesn’t believe we should have the rights to make the most intimate important decisions of our lives, um, doesn’t trust women to make those decisions, who’s actually criminalizing women and their caregivers. So we need to make sure we elect him out, and elect out Trump, because the truth is, neither Trump nor your governor cares about women. And women in America deserve a champion in the White House.

Voice: You have time for two more.

Question: You said you would pass Medicare for all. Where do you stand on filibuster reform to get that and other progressive policies through?

Senator Gillibrand: Something I will definitely look at as president. Uh, as well as other reforms to make sure that our democracy work again. Unfortunately, uh, money in politics is all too prevalent and so I will actually pass a publicly funded election bill to restore our democracy back to the hands of the people, away from the moneyed special interests that control everything in Washington.

Voice: Last question.

Question: …[crosstalk] qualifying for the debate you still haven’t qualified in three more polls, when you’ve reached the [inaudible]. How confident are you that you will be on that stage?

Senator Gillibrand: I am very confidant that I will reach the debate stage. [….] And for the people that have turned out for this town hall we need a voice on the Democratic debate stage who puts women’s rights at the fore, who actually talks about why access to abortion is such a basic civil human right. Uh, you need a campion and I am that champion. [….]

Question: How far away are you from reaching [crosstalk][inaudible]?

Senator Gillibrand: Very close. I just need everyone here in Missouri to help.

Voice: All right, thanks guys.

Question: Do you think they’ll be actually asking those questions on the next debate stage?

Senator Gillibrand: If I’m there they will be.

[….]

“…because the truth is, neither Trump nor your governor cares about women…”

Previously:

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D) – Reproductive Rights Town Hall – St. Louis – August 18, 2019 (August 18 2019)

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D) – Opening Remarks – Reproductive Rights Town Hall – St. Louis – August 18, 2019 (August 19, 2019)

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D) – Opening Remarks – Reproductive Rights Town Hall – St. Louis – August 18, 2019

“…And I think we should fight every battle and every cause until we win. Because the truth is President Trump wants a war with America’s women. It’s a war he’s going to have and it’s a war he’s going to lose [cheers, applause]…”

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D) brought her 2020 presidential campaign to St. Louis Sunday afternoon for a town hall on reproductive rights. Around 330 individuals (that number comes from the campaign) attended the event.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D).

Senator Gillibrand’s (D) remarks:

…President Trump’s rhetoric has emboldened over thirty state legislatures around the country to try to overturn Roe v Wade. he told us as a candidate he would only appoint judges and justices that want to overturn Roe. That’s who Kavanaugh is, that’s who Gorsuch is. And so, this has been an all out assault by President Trump and his cronies to take away women’s reproductive freedon…

…so we need a presidential nominee and we need the next president, who is unabashedly pro-choice. Someone who is going to see women’s reproductive freedom as the basic civil rights and human rights that they are. They should be our decisions to be made, no matter what…

Previously:

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D) – Reproductive Rights Town Hall – St. Louis – August 18, 2019 (August 18, 2019)

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D) – Reproductive Rights Town Hall – St. Louis – August 18, 2019

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D).

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D) brought her 2020 presidential campaign to St. Louis this afternoon for a town hall on reproductive rights. Around 330 individuals (that number comes from the campaign) attended the event moderated by St. Louis City Treasurer Tishuara Jones. Senator Gillibrand spoke at the beginning of the town hall then took questions from the audience for a majority of the hour and a half long event.

Waiting in line:

Signing in:

A majority in the audience were reproductive rights activists – as indicated by their t-shirts and signs.

St. Louis City Treasurer Tishuara Jones (D) and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D).

Selfies and photos:

Campaign Finance: business as usual

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“Every time Rex Sinquefield signs a check a twenty-something campaign consultant gets their wings…”

Yesterday at the Missouri Ethics Commission:

C101046 08/15/2019 Missouri Club for Growth Political Action Committee Rex Sinquefield 224 Bent Walnut Westphalia MO 65085 Retired 8/14/2019 $150,000.00

[emphasis added]

In the old days that would have been enough money for a blimp.

WTF?

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

This afternoon:

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
Sadly, much truth to this!

HammerDownHanna @Hammerdownhanna
Replying to @AndrewPollackFL and @PollackHunter
FBI was given a heads up on Meadow Pollack’s shooter after he made clear threats. They were also given a heads up on Larry Nasser as he was sexually assaulting gymnasts. But they were too busy trying to take down Trump

3:05 PM · Aug 15, 2019

Think about that for a second, malignant narcissism aside. They both believe that the entire FBI only does one thing at a time.

At the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia – August 15, 2019

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The early morning Governor’s Ham Breakfast in the second week of the State Fair in Sedalia is the largest annual one day gathering of ostrich skin boots, tailored jeans, and silver decorated leather belts in the State of Missouri.

We’re talking menswear.

It’s an opportunity for us to photograph and (rarely, if ever) talk to a number of Missouri politicians, all in one place at the same time.

This year a number of office holders either skipped the event or managed to avoid the entrance gauntlet. Others made their way through it.

Governor Mike Parson (r).

Right wingnut swag.

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft (r).

A journalist:

Eli Yokley – Morning Consult.

On a break of sorts, though he hasn’t stopped tweeting. We knew Eli way back when…

State Auditor and recently announced gubernatorial candidate Nicole Galloway (D):

State Auditor Nicole Galloway (D).

After covering the breakfast under the tent for 1000 people we ventured on to the State Fair grounds.

An encounter on the main drag:

A blue ribbon in the Home Economics Building:

Getting ready to judge pies:

Judging rabbits in the Poultry/Rabbit Building. Poultry during the first week of the fair, rabbits during the second week:

Various political parties have tents on the main drag promoting their candidates and ideology.

The folks at the Democratic Party tent have noted a consistent number of people this year passing by calling out and yelling “Socialists!” (among other things) at them. Yeah, sure, everyone’s a rabid capitalist until their party leader imposes tariffs to engage in a trade war and then has Congress bail out agricultural interests. We didn’t ask the occupants of the Republican tent if people were consistently yelling “Fascists!” at them. We probably should have.

Sen. Denny Hoskins (r): regulated land use is evil, until it isn’t

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Right.

Denny Hoskins (r) [2017 file photo].

In March:

Senate bill aims to prohibit county restrictions on agricultural enterprises
By Sue Sterling sue.sterling@dsjnow.com Mar 18, 2019
[….]
Hoskins said he believes the bill has a chance to pass in the Senate.

He said he voted for the bill because he is “frustrated with the constant attacks on agriculture,” not just in Missouri but nationally, such as the Green New Deal proposed by some congressional Democrats.

“I’m definitely a supporter of agriculture,” he said.

Some counties, Hoskins said, have passed such restrictive regulations that “you can’t farm.”

While the regulations do not affect existing farms, he said, they could limit expansion of those farms.
[….]
He noted that voters in Johnson County have consistently voted against planning and zoning.

Industrialized agriculture is needed, he said, because small farmers cannot afford the cost of land and equipment and feed.
[….]

And now? The expansion of a pre-existing convenience store on to two adjacent residential lots (which would need to be rezoned) (if approved, with, as it was explained to me this morning, a thirty foot planted buffer between the business and the remaining residential lots) is being challenged by some neighboring Warrensburg residents. The city planning and zoning commission has already approved the rezoning, 5-1. The Warrensburg City Council will vote on approval at a meeting this month.

One letter in opposition to the rezoning:

July 28,2019

Dear Warrensburg Planning and Zoning Commission:

We are writing to you today concerning the proposed change in zoning of the property at 310 East Gay Street and 309 East Market Street from residential to general business. Unfortunately, we are unable to attend the Planning and Zoning meeting, but will be in attendance for the City Council meeting on August 12.

We live at 314 East Gay Street and also own the house next door at 312 East Gay Street. When we purchased our property almost 3 years ago, we knew the lot at 310 East Gay Street was zoned residential R-2. We felt comfort knowing that a residential home could be built on the lot at 310 East Gay, but a commercial building could not be built on the lot.

We have no concerns with keeping the properties zoned residential R-2. However, our realtor as well as another realtor on City Council have expressed their concern to us our home property value will decrease if the request for a change in zoning from residential to general business is approved by planning and zoning and the city council. If the change in zoning is approved, a commercial building could be a mere 30 feet away from our property versus the 96 feet distance under the current zoning requirements.

We have put a lot of time, sweat and tears in remodeling our home which was built in 1905. It would be beyond frustrating to see all of our hard-work and money spent updating and improving our home disappear due to a change in zoning from residential to general business.

We humbly ask that you consider the negative effect on our homes property value if the change in zoning is approved and ask you for your vote against the zoning change.

Sincerely,
s/
Senator Denny and Michelle Hoskins

Capital letter “L” libertarianism at the statewide level meets “but my quality of life and property values” at the local level. It is a very rare thing to witness karma and the closure of a circle of hypocrisy wrapped up in such a neat little package, all within such a short amount of time.