So let’s talk about the teachings of the Catholic Church: What does the Church say about feeding the hungry? Caring for the sick? Welcoming the stranger? Worshipping gold? Protecting God’s creation Earth? Telling the truth? Paying fair share of taxes? 2/
Using the Lord’s name for your own purpose? Following false prophets? I could go on. Now let’s look at your leader vs the man you’re attacking. Biden is a lifelong Catholic & attends service regularly. Trump gassed Americans to hold a Bible upside down and feuded with the Pope 3/
In fact, the Pope, the leader of the Catholic Church you lie about following, denounced Trump as “not Christian” specifically for his violent cruelty to people. And that was before he set up concentration camps to sterilize women on our border. 4/
So spare us your pharisaical objections while you chant for Barabbas. You worship a man and elevate a Party that is the antithesis to Christianity and all Christ called us to be. end/
Wise men decided a long time ago: “…our Constitution was designed to avoid these ends by avoiding these beginnings…”
“Useless laws weaken the necessary laws.” – Charles-Louis de Secondat, baron de La Brède et de Montesquieu (1689 – 1755)
A bill, introduced in the current special session of the Missouri General Assembly:
SB 9 – This act creates the offense of unlawful traffic interference if, with the intention to impede vehicular traffic, the person walks, stands, sits, kneels, lays, or places an object in a manner that blocks passage by a vehicle on any public street or highway.
This offense is a Class A misdemeanor if a person blocks a public street for the first violation and a Class E felony for any subsequent violation.
This offense is a Class E felony if a person blocks an interstate highway.
This offense is a Class D felony if a person blocks a street or highway as part of an unlawful assembly.
[….] (2) “Unlawful assembly”, two or more persons who meet for the purpose of violating any of the criminal laws of this state or of the United States.
Do meetings in offices in the capitol building qualify? Just asking.
2. A person commits the offense of unlawful traffic interference if, with the intention to impede vehicular traffic, the person walks, stands, sits, kneels, lays, or places an object in such a manner as to block passage by a vehicle on any public street, highway, or interstate highway. [….]
In Warrensburg, Missouri on May 31, 2020:
When you can’t hear or see dissent than there is no First Amendment.
I’m Ashley Aune and I’m running for state representative in Missouri’s 14th house district. If we haven’t met yet it may be because campaigning looks a little different these days. But it’s more important than ever to elect someone who will do whatever it takes to represent you. As a business owner and lifelong Kansas Cityian I’ll bring a unique perspective to the Missouri legislature, one that focuses on creating and nurturing opportunities for economic success, both for our families and our business community.
As your state rep I want to be a voice for progress in the Northland. You can trust me to fight for the best educational opportunities for all our children, quality affordable health care access to keep our families and workforce strong, a fair and transparent government that works for everyone, protections for the workers and union members who move our economy forward, and a balanced approach to ensuring the safety of our families in the face of crime, gun violence, and inequality.
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At least while the right wingnut republican controlled Missouri General Assembly is in session.
Jason Hancock @J_Hancock
Missouri Legislature looking to return for final 3 weeks of 2020 session.
Hearing they will wait until a special session this summer to tackle the budget.
What’s likely on the agenda? PDMP, capping punative damages & repealing redistricting changes enacted by voters #moleg
[….] 7:16 AM · Apr 14, 2020
The right wingnut republican majority in the Missouri General Assembly has a legislative priority of keeping their political advantage through unrepresentative gerrymandering and overturning the voters’ will on redistricting reform. Think about that for a second. That’s one of their top priorities.
The final vote to override Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of SB 509. Representative Jeremy LaFaver (D) (left) – bearing witness, Representative Keith English (center) – casting the 109th vote necessary for the override, and Representative Ron Hicks (r) (right) – his escort on and off the House floor. May 6, 2014.
….Moreover, the revenue triggers in the legislation only apply until the tax cuts are fully phased-in. After that time, under the legislature’s own estimates, there would be at least $620 million less in general revenue available each and every year, regardless of whether revenue collections are going up or down. In addition, the legislation’s annual cost would continue to grow above the legislature’s $620 million annual estimate because the income bracket adjustments in the bill for increases in the consumer price index would continue indefinitely. See Section 143.011.3. This provision alone would result in an additional $128 million in annual revenue reductions ten years after the legislation is fully phased-in, increasing each year in perpetuity….
That was then, this is now:
Governor Mike Parson @GovParsonMO
Between now and June 31st, we are estimating an over $500 million shortfall.
We have had to take a hard look at our budget and make some very difficult decisions. 3:11 PM · Apr 1, 2020
Rep. Hannah Kelly (r) tried to get into a social media fight with candidate for Attorney General Elad Gross (D).
Representative Hannah Kelly (r) [2019 file photo].
Hannah Kelly @HannahKellyMO
Republican supermajority said YES TO 40 Million in the supplemental budget 2 fight #coronavirus.Going into Session is not contingent on the absence any 1 member.We are all praying for the swift health recovery & return of Rep. Runions. @BigElad needs to stop with the politics.
[….] 4:53 PM · Mar 21, 2020
That’s “pro-life” for you. How many people in Missouri? What’s the latest prediction of the COVID-19 infection rate, maybe 50%? Do the math.
Some of the responses:
$7 million from State
Elad Gross: $7 million that was already allocated for emergency response efforts.
These folks are trying to play our state in the midst of a pandemic. We cannot afford this.
Yes your not the one being dishonest. It’s just nuts how they spin.
Legislative staffer: It is a little ironic @BigElad saying no more playing politics while playing politics and spreading false information. He could have argued about the amount. But in fairness probably didn’t do his research. #FeelBetterRunions #MoreImportantThings
More important things? The General Assembly was elected to serve the people. If it can’t find a way to do so during any type of emergency, then what purpose does it actually serve? If you can’t, then step aside for someone who can and will.
Elad Gross (D) [2020 file photo].
Elad Gross: [….] I rarely ever talk about the parties, but this is absolute crap.
Rep. Runions deserves more than our well-wishes. He needs us to be responsible, protect him, and protect all of the people of our state.
A friend of mine is on a ventilator right now. We deserve better.
Elad Gross: $7 million is STATE FUNDS we have now.
$33 million of FEDERAL FUNDS is a made-up number hoping that we get it.
The Governor agrees we need emergency funding NOW!
Because of this failure, we need to bring #Coronavirus-exposed reps back to Jeff City!?
I try very hard to be nice and polite but I’ve had it.
You are failing the people of Missouri.
You and the Governor with his inept, pathetic excuse for a Director of health have done virtually nothing to avert this crisis.
Hospitals are all ready begging for assistance.
You have abdicated responsibility to Mayors and thank God for them.
Why am I Tweeting this?
Because when the death toll mounts there needs to be a record of what you didn’t do, of how you didn’t lead, and of how your inaction resulted in harm to Missouri.
Shame on you.
Why is it too much to be fully honest?
Missouri is going to lose many, many people because of you. People will lose jobs and homes; families will be broken up because of you.
We will not forget.
Politics got us into this disaster and politics is going to get us out. No shame in talking about the next election. I wish it were tomorrow.
Hannah Kelly is a liar.
There’s about to be a lot of blood on your hands. Absolutely disgusting.
This made me feel nauseous. I hope this makes Hannah feel nauseous.
Here’s a hat for you & your @gop so-called “super” majority…of [….]
This isn’t the time for politics! That time was last week when the “liberal media” was spreading a hoax! Amirite @HannahKellyMO?
Not nearly enough. More medical supplies are urgently needed, and people will have their livelihoods ruined and/or die because of a your refusal to do all you can. Don’t hurt your arm patting yourself on the back.
@gop are #UnfitForOffice #UnfitToLead #ResignNow
@HannahKellyMO The bare minimum you could do. #NoMedals #TrumpPandemic
I wonder why when Republicans are called out now their claim is, but, but, you’re wrong, it’s so very benign.
Tragic for our country when partisan politics were never an issue and now it’s every single one!
Your the one who needs to stop with the politics. You did the bare minimum, you agreed to take federal money. That’s it. Why do you Republicans have to lie all the time?
33 million of that was just taking the federal money. Once again, don’t break your arm patting yourself on the back. You voted down a reasonable package of 87 million that would have helped healthcare with desperately needed supplies & equipment NOW.
Lol most of that was just accepting federal funds. What about the $87M you voted down for healthcare/medical needs? OUR HOSPITALS AND MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS NEED HELP NOW!!!
You voted down an 87 million packge that included healthcare! What are you bragging about?
If you’re not going to seriously help, STFU. We see your record you idiot.
A statement from the leadership of the Missouri House of Representatives:
Elijah Haahr @elijahhaahr
Bipartisan #MoLeg Statement Regarding #COVID-19 in the State Capitol Building.
“We have recently learned a member of the House of Representatives has tested positive for the coronavirus. We are still working to notify members and staff that might have been in contact with the member and have requested all employees stay out of the Capitol for at least the next 10 days. While we learn more and work closely with DHSS to take every precaution necessary, we keep this member and their family in our thoughts and prayers in their battle to return back to health.”
[….] 6:00 PM · Mar 20, 2020
House Democratic Minority Leader Crystal Quade [2019 file photo].
And from other members of the House, referring to the statement:
MaryElizabethColeman @meaccoleman In accordance with CDC guidelines, after having limited exposure with the infected Representative, I will self quarantine for the next 14 days. #MoLeg
Rasheen Aldridge. Jr @RepSheenBean
For the next 14 days I will be self quarantine. #COVID-19
Kip Kendrick @Kip_Kendrick
With a member of the Missouri House testing positive for COVID-19, I will be self quarantining for the next 14 days because it’s the right thing to do.
Gina Mitten @gcmitts
My last interaction with this member was 3/12, so I will not be leaving my home until next Wednesday.
Jaclyn Driscoll @DriscollNPR
Some members of the press are concerned this could be someone from the budget committee since we were jammed into a room on Sunday doing budget markup. From reliable sources: the person is not on budget committee and was last in the capitol on March 12th #moleg
“The governor’s declaration of a state of emergency is an important step, but one of just many needed to mitigate the spread of coronavirus and prepare for its impact. Instead of just reacting to the situation as it unfolds, the administration must anticipate future developments and take pre-emptive action before problems occur.
“In the short-term, that includes giving local health care providers all necessary resources to protect the public, plus ensuring that no one is denied care – and left to potentially spread the virus – because of inability to pay. Longer term, the state must implement economic protections for Missourians who might be unable work or pay their bills until the crisis passes.
“We recently shared some recommendations to help address both the public health and economic implications of coronavirus. We hope the governor will quickly announce his plan and begin implementing it.”