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Cole at Fired Up Missouri catches incoming Missouri Speaker Ron Richard undermining my defense of earmarks.

Richard is proposing that a new Missouri River bridge be shoe-horned into a legislative deal to build an additional nuclear power unit at Ameren’s Callaway plant.

The $50 million bridge would link Chamois (pop. 456) and the Molle Dozier Chute (pop. 0).

No word on how much it would cost the state to relocate bridge users to the area.

I still say that it’s the job of other legislators to object to egregious earmarks, just as Congress stripped the earmark for the “Bridge to Nowhere” but then again, it might be difficult for the majority to say no to their head honcho.