This evening in west central Missouri:
We knew. They knew that we knew. They probably had a good idea what we knew. Now the know.
Donald Trump (r) tweeted the image out to the world:
Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
The United States of America was not involved in the catastrophic accident during final launch preparations for the Safir SLV Launch at Semnan Launch Site One in Iran. I wish Iran best wishes and good luck in determining what happened at Site One.
12:44 PM · Aug 30, 2019
Nice resolution we’ve got there. You think it was dialed back for inclusion in his brief? Just asking.
If you have a security clearance you might notify the appropriate authority in writing that you’ve been inadvertently exposed to data spillage.
In case you’re thinking I was causing even more damage by posting the information:
That’s 63,700,000 Twitter followers, give or take a few.
A press release from Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway (D):
State Auditor Nicole Galloway today released the following statement in response to a determination made by the Attorney General’s Office related to Sunshine Law exemptions as claimed by Gov. Parson’s Office. This spring, reports revealed that Gov. Parson’s office failed to disclose information in response to Sunshine Law requests, citing the First Amendment.
“The Attorney General’s letter confirms Gov. Parson was wrong to withhold information from the public. Nonpartisan advocates for government transparency and legal experts all agree the Governor’s actions were unlawful.
“I will continue to fight for transparency and openness at all levels of Missouri government. Missourians deserve nothing less.”
In a May 7 request, Auditor Galloway asked for legal clarification on whether it is appropriate to redact information related to individuals conducting business with, lobbying or attempting to influence a government entity. The Attorney General’s Office has since advised that practice is not appropriate.
In the letter to State Auditor Nicole Galloway from the office of Attorney General Eric Schmitt (r):
In the letter to Governor Mike Parson (r) from the office of Attorney General Eric Schmitt (r):
The press release from the attorney general’s office:
Jefferson City, Mo. – Yesterday, the Missouri Attorney General’s Office issued a letter to Governor Mike Parson and Auditor Nicole Galloway regarding the use of the First Amendment to redact personal contact information in response to Sunshine Law requests.
The letter to Governor Parson, a response to a request for advice from the Governor’s office, states, “We recommend that your Office not rely on the First Amendment for blanket redactions of personal contact information.”[….]
And Governor Parson (r) still thinks otherwise:
….Gov. Mike Parson will continue to redact certain information from public records, despite a letter from the attorney general’s office Thursday advising him to stop using the First Amendment as justification to withhold records from public disclosure….
A response on social media:
@GovParsonMO likes it in the dark, just like @EricGreitens did.
Is anyone surprised?
Senator Kamala Harris’ (D) presidential campaign has released a new ad commemorating her August Iowa bus tour.
And there I am, ever so briefly, twenty-two seconds into the ad:
One of the greatest strengths about who we are as a people is in our core, in our heart, we know we all have so much more in common than what’s…
Senator Harris is kicking off a five-day bus tour… [….] I love being in Iowa. You have made me a better candidate…
Today California Senator Kamala Harris will be making a stop right here in Sioux City.
It is the conversations that we’ve been having that have really given me a lot of perspective on some of the biggest issues that are facing us as a country.
There are two groups of people raising our children. Parents, often with the assistance of grandparents and aunts and uncles, and our teachers but we are not paying them their value.
If we have faith to see what can be, unburdened by what has been, we move mountains.
Let’s have a problem-solving president, let’s deal with the issues that are challenging us, and let’s write the next chapter about the America we believe in.
This campaign is about all of us. It is so much bigger than me. I cannot do this without you. I need you. Everything that you guys are doing out there that is about touching your neighbors and your friends and perfect strangers, it’s about all of us knowing our power, each of us to lift people up, right, and to remind them that we see them and we hear them and that they matter.
Sen. Kamala Harris (D) – West Des Moines, Iowa – August 10, 2019 (August 11, 2019)
Iowa – Meta – #ForThePeople – August 10, 2019 (August 11, 2019)
“…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…”
From Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s (D) presidential campaign:
After more than eight months, and with clarity that she will not have access to the September debate stage, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is suspending her campaign for president today. While this is not the result we wanted, Kirsten is proud of her aggressive, innovative and policy-driven campaign, and has never been more optimistic about Democrats’ chances to defeat President Trump and lay the foundation for our country’s future.
In a historically large field, Kirsten distinguished herself as the fiercest fighter for women and families. She took bold stances that pushed her Democratic opponents to follow suit, from her Family Bill of Rights to the first comprehensive reproductive rights plan in the field. Overall, Kirsten rolled out more than fifteen policy proposals.
Kirsten maintained an aggressive schedule from day one. She held the most public events in the first quarter of the campaign, connecting with voters in living rooms, breweries and cycling studios across Iowa and New Hampshire. She kept up a relentless pace throughout, including her determined fight for women’s reproductive rights from the frontlines in Georgia, Missouri and on Fox News. Kirsten also led the charge in standing up to Donald Trump, officially launching her campaign in front of Trump International Hotel, laying out a foreign policy vision to contrast with Trump’s endless wars, and highlighting his broken promises to voters in the Rust Belt.
Our campaign earned praise for its strong infrastructure, creativity, digital strategy, policy rollouts, and a state-of-the-art field operation. We built deep ties on the ground, picking up endorsements from influential Iowans and Granite Staters. Despite a historically crowded field, and competitive fundraising and media environment, Kirsten’s campaign consistently generated breakout moments and notable press coverage, demonstrating clout far out-pacing her perceived status in the race.
There is dignity and strength in knowing when it’s not your time. Moving forward, Kirsten will focus on uniting our party and our country to beat Donald Trump, flip the Senate and elect women up and down the ballot—in addition to fighting as hard as ever for New York families in the U.S. Senate by continuing to take on the fights that others won’t.
Kirsten and the campaign left it all on the field to make third debate in September, recognizing the importance of being on the stage. In the third quarter, the campaign ramped up spending and invested heavily in television in Iowa and New Hampshire, digital advertising, and added nearly 30 field staff in order to build a strong voter contact program. Kirsten traveled through Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan for her Trump Broken Promises tour, as well as to St. Louis, Missouri for a reproductive rights town hall.
We end our campaign with under $800,000 cash on hand.
While her presidential campaign is ending, Kirsten is still on a mission to elect women up and down the ballot. Kirsten will relaunch her Off the Sidelines PAC by October and will raise and invest at least $1 million to elect women this cycle.
Next month, Kirsten will head to Texas to support an Annie’s List event, focused on turning Texas blue with Democratic women candidates. And she intends to do everything she can to elect more women in her effort to flip the Senate, from states like Iowa to Kentucky. Of course, regardless of who wins the Democratic nomination for president, Kirsten is 100% committed to doing what she can to beat Donald Trump.
Kirsten’s work isn’t done—not by a long shot. She has a clear mission: to defeat President Trump, flip the Senate, and elect women up and down the ballot. It’s the only way we can repair our moral fabric and protect everything we care about.
Progress Iowa Corn Feed – Cedar Rapids, Iowa – July 14, 2019 (July 14, 2019)
On action in federal court, a press release today from the ACLU:
BREAKING: Federal Court in Missouri Blocks Cascading Abortion Bans
U.S. District Court judge finds Missouri’s law likely unconstitutional on the merits, blocks major portions of abortion law one day before they were set to take effect.
August 27, 2019
ST. LOUIS — Today, a U.S. District Court judge in the Western District of Missouri granted a preliminary injunction, blocking several provisions of Missouri’s sweeping abortion bans passed earlier this year. The blocked bans, which would have made abortion illegal starting at eight weeks, would have taken effect tomorrow. This lawsuit challenges a law that created an unprecedented number of bans at once, at nearly every stage of pregnancy, which is part of a multi-layered effort by state politicians to push abortion out of reach for 1.1 million Missourians of reproductive age. The provision the court allowed to take effect, at least at this preliminary stage, blocks patients from seeking an abortion based on race, gender, or Down syndrome diagnosis. Missouri is now one of eight states that force doctors to investigate why their patients are making a deeply personal medical decision. The court indicated openness to reviewing the issue again on a renewed motion.
In May, emboldened by the Trump administration, Gov. Mike Parson signed House Bill 126, which imposes a series of draconian abortion bans and medically unnecessary restrictions designed to make it impossible for patients to access abortion. Last month, Planned Parenthood, along with partners at the ACLU and law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, took the state of Missouri to court over the clearly unconstitutional abortion bans. With only one abortion provider left in the state, access is left hanging by a thread.
Statement from Alexis McGill Johnson, Acting President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America: “Today’s decision blocks a harmful law that bans abortion before many know they’re pregnant. What little abortion access in Missouri is left will stay in place for the time being. In the meantime, we cannot ignore the part of this law that remains in place, which allows politicians to interfere with the patient-provider relationship. Let’s be very clear: these severe restrictions on abortion access do nothing to address disability rights or discrimination. They only stigmatize abortion and shame the people who seek that care. Planned Parenthood won’t cower to politicians. We will continue fighting in court and working with every person to ensure they get the health care they need and deserve.”
Statement from Dr. Colleen McNicholas, Chief Medical Officer, Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region: “Abortion access has once again been protected in Missouri by the courts, but only for some. Although the judge recognized the merits of our case, he has also allowed parts of the law to go into effect. While most people seeking abortion will thankfully still be able to do so, allowing the reason ban to take effect will have a measurable impact. It requires physicians to interrogate patients and, in turn, destroys the foundation of trust essential in a health care setting. Missourians do not need or want politicians in their exam rooms. My patients deserve access to high-quality abortion care, and they deserve the space to make those decisions based on their values, life circumstances, support system, and faith, free of government scrutiny. Although we are grateful today’s ruling allows us to provide care to some Missourians, we will continue to defend the truth: EVERY reason to have an abortion is a valid reason.”
Statement from Andrew Beck, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project: “Today’s decision affirms that abortion is still a constitutional right — and we will do everything possible to keep it that way. This fight isn’t over until everyone who needs an abortion in Missouri can get one.”
Statement from Tony Rothert, Legal Director, ACLU-Missouri: “House Bill 126 is an offensive intrusion into private medical decision-making that would have jeopardized the health and well-being of Missourians in need of abortion care. This law put politicians at the center of a deeply personal decision that belongs to a pregnant person and those they trust most: their family and health care providers — not the government. We applaud the decision of the court to uphold the Constitution and stop HB 126.”
Missouri is one of 12 states to pass an abortion ban just in the first half of this year. State politicians, emboldened by President Trump, have passed a total of 26 abortion bans nationwide in 2019 alone. With Justice Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, anti-abortion politicians are racing to pass bills designed to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Anti-abortion politicians in Missouri have spent decades eroding reproductive health care. As a result, Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region is the last remaining health center in the state that still provides abortion. Gov. Parson signed this sweeping abortion ban into law while weaponizing the state’s licensing process. Parson said his goal was to make Missouri the “most pro-life state in America.”
It is not new for politicians in Missouri or elsewhere to use a combination of state laws and regulatory harassment to target abortion providers — in fact, Missouri already used similar targeting to block the only other health center in the state that provided abortions from continuing to do so in 2018. Parson’s administration forced more than 100 patients to undergo medically unnecessary pelvic exams before abruptly rescinding the requirement. That’s on top of dozens of medically unnecessary restrictions that make abortion nearly impossible to access. These restrictions include a 72-hour mandatory delay for patients accessing abortion, which forces patients to make two trips to the health center, and demanding abortion providers hold local hospital admitting privileges. This, despite the fact that support for access to abortion in America is at an all-time high — and growing.
While the state is cutting off access to abortion, maternal and reproductive health in the state is in crisis. Maternal mortality rates in Missouri are more than 50 percent higher than the national average, and a syphilis outbreak is sweeping the state. The same politicians who claim to value “life” continue to sit idly by while public health outcomes worsen.
HB 126, brought to you by:
HB 126 and HB 127: catering to their single issue base (December 3, 2018)
Gov. Mike Parson (r): Alabama, hold my beer… (May 15, 2019)
Gov. Mike Parson (r): New York is shorthand for what? (May 16, 2019)
Medieval (May 17, 2019)
HB 126: the elephant in the womb (May 24, 2019)
HB 126: “…here for the ratio” (May 25, 2016)
Missouri: Medieval (May 28, 2019)
ACLU: Referendum Petition filed on HB 126 (May 28, 2019)
Our nation turns its eyes to Missouri (June 1, 2019)
In the Medieval State of Missouri (June 4, 2019)
Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft (r): Emergency! Emergency! (June 7, 2019)
Or, green, depending on how you look at it.
Today at the Missouri Ethics Commission:
C180435 08/26/2019 Viceroy PAC Golden Entertainment 6595 S Jones Blvd Las Vegas NV 89118 8/26/2019 $20,000.00
C180435 08/26/2019 Viceroy PAC Golden Entertainment 6595 S Jones Blvd Las Vegas NV 89169 8/26/2019 $10,000.00
C180435: Viceroy Pac
Committee Type: Political Action
13447 Land O’woods
St Louis Mo 63141
Established Date: 06/03/2018
Information Reported On: 2019 – July Quarterly Report
Beginning Money on Hand $1,005.86
Monetary Receipts + $400.00
Monetary Expenditures – $719.00
Contributions Made – $0.00
Other Disbursements – $0.00
Ending Money On Hand $686.86
Well, things are looking up, aren’t they?
MECID Committee Name Report Contributor Name/Address Employer/Occupation Contribution Date Contribution Amount Monetary/In-Kind Committee
C000639 MO Petroleum Marketers + Convenience Store Assoc PAC January Quarterly Report Golden Entertainment, Inc
6595 S Jones Blvd Las Vegas NV 89118 12/13/2018 $1,325.00 Monetary No
C180435 Viceroy PAC 8 Day Before General Election-11/6/2018 Golden Entertainment 6595 S Jones Blvd Las Vegas NV 89118 10/18/2018 $17,500.00 Monetary No
C180435 Viceroy PAC 8 Day Before Primary Election-8/7/2018 Golden Entertainment 6595 S Jones Blvd Las Vegas NV 89228 07/23/2018 $15,000.00 Monetary No
C180435 Viceroy PAC October Quarterly Report Golden Entertainment 6595 S Jones Blvd Las Vegas NV 89118 09/07/2018
$15,000.00 Monetary No
C180536 Old Drum Conservative PAC October Quarterly Report Golden Entertainment, Inc 6595 S. Jones Boulevard Las Vegas NV 89118 09/11/2018 $678.22 In-Kind No
MECID Committee Name Report Contributor Name/Address Employer/Occupation Contribution Date Contribution Amount Monetary/In-Kind Committee
C091061 SCOTT SIFTON FOR MISSOURI January Quarterly Report Viceroy PAC 9209 Niles Pl Saint Louis MO 63123-4541
10/25/2018 $500.00 Monetary No
C111097 Committee To Elect Jon Carpenter 30 Day After General Election-11/6/2018 Viceroy PAC 2429 Boardwalk Pl St Louis MO 63129 11/03/2018 $250.00 Monetary No
C131055 CITIZENS FOR WIEMANN October Quarterly Report Viceroy PAC 2429 Boardwalk Pl St Louis MO 63129
09/14/2018 $1,500.00 Monetary No
C161252 DOUG BECK FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE 8 Day Before General Election-11/6/2018 Viceroy PAC 2429 Boardwalk Pl St Louis MO 63129 10/20/2018 $200.00 Monetary No
C171146 Friends of Lane Roberts 30 Day After Primary Election-8/7/2018 Viceroy PAC PO Box 1865 Jeffereson City MO 65102 08/08/2018 $100.00 Monetary No
On Friday night:
Governor Mike Parson @GovParsonMO
Operation Triple Beam removed 355 violent criminals from Kansas City streets.
Proud of the coordination by Fed/State/Local law enforcement — it’s going to take all of us working together to make our cities safer!
9:04 PM · Aug 23, 2019·Twitter for iPhone
Breitbart? The right wingnut Fascist online site? Really?
Some of the responses:
Well, I guess tweeting a Breitbart article is a bit more subtle than the pointy white hood.
It concerns me that the governor believes Breitbart is a good source.
Breitbart? Really. How embarrassing for us Missourians.
Posting from a site known for white supremacy and sexism? Validating them as a news source? Disgusting.
Breitbart?? You’ve got to be kidding. #showmeabettermo
Quoting this speaks volumes about your policies and politics. What a shame for my beautiful home state of Missouri.
Why does it surprise me that you are retweeting Breitbart? It shouldn’t, but it does. I thought you were better than this. Shameful.
Breitbart?? Are you kidding me? As governor, you should be seeking out various sources and using common sense. I’m beginning to think you’re more off the wall than Hawley and Greitens combined.
Breitbart? Really? How is it that you people are voted into public office?
You’re tweeting out articles from a white supremacist website
Our governor follows fucking Breitbart…….Jesus