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The birthers continue their cause in the Missouri General Assembly, courtesy of Representative Lyle Rowland (r):

SECOND REGULAR SESSION

HOUSE BILL NO. 1046

96TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY

INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVE ROWLAND.

4081L.01I                                                                                                  D. ADAM CRUMBLISS, Chief Clerk

AN ACT

To repeal sections 115.399 and 115.761, RSMo, and to enact in lieu thereof two new sections relating to declarations of candidacy.

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

Section A. Sections 115.399 and 115.761, RSMo, are repealed and two new sections enacted in lieu thereof, to be known as sections 115.399 and 115.761, to read as follows:

115.399. 1. Not later than the twelfth Tuesday prior to each presidential election, or notwithstanding any prior laws to the contrary, in the year 1996 and thereafter, within seven working days after choosing its nominees for president and vice president of the United States, whichever is later, the state committee of each established political party shall certify in writing to the secretary of state the names of its nominees for president and vice president of the United States. Such certification shall provide verifiable evidence of identity and of proof of status as a natural born citizen of the United States for each nominee and the origins of such evidence. Such evidence shall be in the form of the most complete record of birth available by the controlling legal authority at the time of the nominee’s birth, and shall be kept and maintained by the secretary of state, and shall be deemed a public record under chapter 610. The burden of proof for such evidence shall lie solely upon each nominee. As used in this subsection, “natural born citizen” means having been declared a national and citizen of the United States at birth under 8 U.S.C. Sections 1401 to 1409, as amended, or having been declared a national and citizen of the United States under federal law as it existed at the time of the nominee’s birth.

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4. Failure to provide the certification required under this section shall render any candidate ineligible to file a declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate for election to the office of president or vice president of the United States.

115.761. 1. The official list of presidential candidates for each established political party shall include the names of all constitutionally qualified candidates for whom, on or after 8:00 a.m. on the fifteenth Tuesday prior to the presidential primary, and on or before 5:00 p.m., on the eleventh Tuesday prior to the presidential primary, a written request to be included on the presidential primary ballot is filed with the secretary of state [along with] . Such written request shall provide verifiable evidence of identity and of proof of status as a natural born citizen of the United States for each candidate and the origins of such evidence. Such evidence shall be in the form of the most complete record of birth available by the controlling legal authority at the time of the candidate’s birth, and shall be kept and maintained by the secretary of state, and shall be deemed a public record under chapter 610. The burden of proof for such evidence shall lie solely upon each candidate. As used in this subsection, “natural born citizen” means having been declared a national and citizen of the United States at birth under 8 U.S.C. Sections 1401 to 1409, as amended, or having been declared a national and citizen of the United States under federal law as it existed at the time of the nominee’s birth. Each written request shall also include:

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Idiocracy.

On the Birth Certificate Idiocracy

By James Fallows

Apr 27 2011, 12:56 PM ET

….Yesterday, about half of all Republicans thought Obama was foreign born, and therefore an illegal occupant of the White House. How many Republicans will think the same thing one week from now? My guess is: about half. We’ve reached that stage on just about everything….

Here we have a wonderful real-world test: if “actual knowledge” mattered, the number of people who thought Obama was foreign-born would approach zero by next week — with exceptions for illiterates, the mentally disabled, paranoid schizophrenics, etc. My guess is that the figures will barely change….

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We rest our case.