Tony Messenger, via Twitter:
Tony Messenger @tonymess
You know who cuts health care for seniors, K-12 funding and hurts workers on holiday weekend news dump? Career politicians. @EricGreitens
6:14 PM – 30 Jun 2017
Tony Messenger @tonymess
You know who cuts health care for seniors, K-12 funding and hurts workers on holiday weekend news dump? Career politicians. @EricGreitens
6:14 PM – 30 Jun 2017
“…The governor called for the Legislature to pass more medically unnecessary restrictions targeting abortion providers, and override a St. Louis City law that protects people from being fired or discriminated against for getting pregnant, using contraception or any other reproductive health decision…”
The General Assembly has been called into its second special session for this coming Monday, this time on the subject of abortion:
Governor Greitens Announces Pro-Life Special Session
June 7, 2017
Today, Governor Eric Greitens announced his plan to call the legislature back for a special session to protect the lives of the innocent unborn and protect women’s health. The session will focus on protecting pregnancy resource centers and proposals for common-sense health and safety standards in abortion clinics.
Governor Greitens explained his announcement in a Facebook video, stating:
“I’m pro-life, and I believe that we need to defend life and promote a culture of life here in the state of Missouri.
For me, that comes from the work I’ve done. I’ve worked with kids in Cambodia who’d lost limbs to land mines and who were survivors of polio. Children of the street in Bolivia, and children who were orphaned because of war and genocide.
I also saw the value of true love and compassion in one of Mother Theresa’s homes for the destitute and dying. I saw the power of faith leaders who stood up and affirmed that every life had value and worth.
Our faith community and volunteers do incredible work to support people in need. And there’s few finer examples than the work pregnancy care centers do across our state.
These charitable organizations and community groups work with pregnant women and new moms. They offer newborn children food and clothing, offer free pre-natal care and ultrasounds, and help find women find housing and even pay for utilities. They help with adoption when needed, and protect women from domestic abuse. They even do job training and help women find jobs to support their new families.
In the city of St. Louis, some of these pregnancy care centers are under attack. There’s a new city law making St. Louis an abortion sanctuary city—where pregnancy care centers can’t work the way they’re supposed to. Politicians are trying to make it illegal, for example, for pro-life organizations to say that they just want to hire pro-life Missourians.
The Senate had a bill to address this during the session—but they failed to act. We’re calling a special session to support the people doing this vital work to help women and children.
I also believe that we should have common-sense health and safety standards in all medical facilities. A court decision from earlier this year weakened our state’s health standards in abortion clinics. So, we’re also proposing some basic, common-sense standards to keep Missourians safe.
We’re proposing, for example, that abortion clinics should have an annual safety inspection.
We’re proposing that these clinics should have a plan for complications.
And we’re proposing a fix that will stop abortion clinics from interfering with emergency responders. If a woman needs help, abortion clinics shouldn’t be able to tell an ambulance to come slowly–to not use their lights and sirens–or to go around to the back gate, just because they are worried that an ambulance arriving might make their abortion clinic look bad.
I’m proud to support life—the lives of mothers, their children, and the innocent unborn. It’s an honor to serve you, have a great day and God Bless.”
Interestingly, neither Medicaid expansion nor repeal of the death penalty are on the right wingnut agenda for the session. That makes this special session anti-abortion, not “pro-life”.
From Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri:
Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri Criticizes Gov. Greitens for Playing Politics with Missourians’ Health
For Immediate Release: June 7, 2017
Unnecessary and costly special session caters to anti-reproductive health extremists
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Today, Governor Eric Greitens called on lawmakers to return to Jefferson City for an extraordinary legislative session — costing Missouri taxpayers $20,000 a day — to restrict Missourians’ reproductive health and rights. The governor called for the Legislature to pass more medically unnecessary restrictions targeting abortion providers, and override a St. Louis City law that protects people from being fired or discriminated against for getting pregnant, using contraception or any other reproductive health decision. Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri opposes this extreme, frivolous and expensive effort to endanger women’s health with even more medically unnecessary restrictions on safe, legal abortion.
On the heels of a costly special session and just one month after regular session adjourned, Gov. Greitens is forcing lawmakers to return once again to push more measures that undermine individual rights to access sexual and reproductive health care.
M’Evie Mead, director of policy and organizing for Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri, issued the following statement:
“Since the November election, tens of thousands of Missourians have taken to the streets, filled town halls, and rallied to support reproductive rights, access to abortion, and affordable health care. Planned Parenthood supporters in Missouri, a list that grows by the thousands each month, will not tolerate politicians who promote more government intrusion into their personal reproductive health decisions and think the best use of tax dollars is on more government bureaucracy.
In just the past two years, Missouri lawmakers have rejected millions in federal funds and replaced it with precious, limited state dollars just so they can discriminate against patients and block their ability to access health care from providers that offer comprehensive reproductive health care. Governor Greitens should reject that irresponsible and deeply unpopular measure rather than invite the Legislature to pass more unconstitutional bills that restrict access to health care.”
“…The people who believe in voter intimidation believe that the minute you make a political donation that you immediately need to turn all your information over to the government…”
Uh, that would be called “transparency”.
From two senators:
For immediate release
May 23, 2017
Senators to Gov. Greitens: Do You Really Want to Abolish the Missouri Ethics Commission?
Jefferson City, Mo. – State Senators Jason Holsman, D-Kansas City, and Scott Sifton, D-St. Louis, are calling on Gov. Eric Greitens to clarify or recant his recent comments disparaging Missouri voters’ support of campaign finance transparency.
“Recently, Gov. Greitens went on the radio and seemingly called for an abolition of Missouri’s voter-approved campaign disclosure laws. Even for a Governor who prefers to operate from the shadows, this new call for complete and total darkness for his big dollar donors is troubling,” Sen. Holsman said. “I cannot truly believe that a Governor who recently admitted to breaking campaign finance laws would have the audacity to call for dismantling the very system that exposed his wrongdoing. The Governor needs to clarify or recant his statements so that the people of Missouri know where Eric Greitens stands on laws that protect against corruption and pay-to-play.”
During his interview with St. Louis radio station KMOX on Monday, the Governor criticized Missouri’s donor disclosure laws, which were recently reaffirmed by Missouri voters, saying:
“The people who believe in voter intimidation believe that the minute you make a political donation that you immediately need to turn all your information over to the government. You need to turn over your home address and your contact information, so that the government can turn around and publish that,” Greitens said.
The ‘people’ to which the Governor was referring, are the nearly 70 percent of the electorate that voted for strengthening Missouri’s current campaign finance laws, which include the disclosure requirements criticized by the Governor.
“Missouri’s ethics disclosure laws have provided a bedrock of transparency for decades. The Governor is wrong to malign transparency and disclosure,” Sen. Scott Sifton said. “The people have a right to know who is paying for campaigns.”
On November 8, 2016, Missouri voters overwhelming approved Constitutional Amendment 2 with 69.95 percent of the vote, far surpassing Gov. Greitens’ 51.14 percent vote total in that same election. Among its provisions, Constitutional Amendment 2 states that: ‘The people of the state of Missouri hereby find and declare that excessive campaign contributions to political candidates create the potential for corruption and the appearance of corruption … (and) … the interests of the public are best served by limiting campaign contributions, providing for full and timely disclosure of campaign contributions, and strong enforcement of campaign finance requirements.’
During his 2016 campaign for Governor Eric Greitens in a radio interview on the Politically Speaking Podcast with Jason Rosenbaum made the following statement:
“What I have found is the most important thing is there is transparency around the money, we have already seen these secretive super PACs where they don’t take any responsibility for what they are funding. We saw secretive super PACs who were attacking Tom Schweich where people hide behind these organizations. There will probably be more (super PACs) because that is how the game has always been played. I am very proud to tell people that I am stepping forward and you can see every single one of our donors because we are proud of our donors and we are proud of our campaign.”
The existence of Governor Greitens’ secret 501(C)(4) PAC, A New Missouri, ensures that he will continue to play the game like a ‘career politician’.
“Perhaps the Governor is no longer proud of his donors and wishes them to remain in the dark,” added Sen. Holsman. “Either way, his reversal of position on transparency is disappointing.”
Uh, the government is the people.
From the Governor’s office:
Governor Eric Greitens Calls Special Session on Jobs
May 18, 2017
Today, Governor Eric Greitens announced that he is bringing the legislature back for a special session on Monday with one topic: the steel mill bill. At the end of the 2017 legislative session, some career politicians in the Senate blocked efforts to bring a steel mill and other projects to the state of Missouri. Those projects could create hundreds of jobs in southeast Missouri.
Governor Greitens released the following statement, “We are fighting to bring more jobs to the people of Missouri. Some career politicians failed to do their jobs and then went home. That’s wrong. We’re cancelling their summer vacations and calling a special session to get this done.”
This issue was championed by Rep. Don Rone (R-Portageville)during the 2017 legislative session, and an amendment aimed at addressing the issue was passed by the House (148-2) but blocked in the Missouri Senate.
The special session will begin at 4:00 P.M. on Monday.
Governor Eric Greitens (r), via social media:
Eric Greitens @EricGreitens
I’m fighting for more jobs. Some politicians failed to do their job and then went home. That’s wrong. No vacations. I’m bringing them back.
4:10 PM – 18 May 2017
From Representative Bruce Franks, Jr. (D):
Bruce Franks Jr @brucefranksjr
Dear Gov @EricGreitens Funerals, graduations, mentoring,community meetings, saving lives! That’s what I’ve been doing on my #moleg vacation
9:45 AM – 19 May 2017 from St Louis, MO
Not on vacation.
From Representative Cora Faith Walker (D):
Cora Faith Walker @CoraFaith4MO
Not a career politician, but I do know that holding elected office & being a true public servant is SO much more than a photo op.
7:37 PM – 19 May 2017
Not a career politician, but a public servant.
This afternoon the right wingnut republican controlled U.S. House of Representatives couldn’t muster enough republican votes to repeal the ACA and implement Trumpcare.
This morning from Eric Greitens (r), via Twitter:
Eric Greitens @EricGreitens
It’s time to replace Obamacare now. We can’t wait any longer. Stand with me and President Trump and tell your Representative to act now.
10:31 AM – 24 Mar 2017
A brand spanking new nonprofit corporation in Missouri:
Name: A New Missouri, Inc.
Address: 105 E High Street
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Type: Nonprofit Corporation
Charter No.: N000704138
Registered Agent: Stuerman, Jeff
Status: Good Standing
Date Formed: 2/5/2017
In the filing:
The Corporation shall be organized for the purpose of conducting activities allowed pursuant to the Act, including, but not limited to, the advancement of social welfare by promoting ideas, policies and/or legislation to create more jobs, higher pay, safer streets, better schools, and more, for all Missourians.
You mean like Kansas? Just asking.
You think the “and more” includes better streets and safer schools? Just asking.
They left out mom, apple pie, truth, justice, and the American way. Could be an oversight. Nah.
Well, isn’t this special?:
March 8, 2017 7:00 AM
Nonprofit linked to Greitens raises new questions about ‘dark money,’ ethics
By Jason Hancock
In the shadow of the Missouri Capitol, just a block from the governor’s mansion, sits the headquarters of a just-started nonprofit called A New Missouri Inc.
…its focus will be advocating for the governor and his agenda, a Greitens adviser said this week. And because it’s a nonprofit, A New Missouri can accept unlimited contributions and won’t be required to disclose who is giving it money.
The reviews are coming in:
Tony Messenger @tonymess
Astounding level of secrecy and obfuscation of ethics laws here by @EricGreitens. This is the very definition of what he campaigned against.
2:37 PM – 8 Mar 2017
“…This is the very definition of what he campaigned against.” The mistake was in believing him then.
Campaign Finance: attempting to follow the money… (October 15, 2016)
This afternoon Governor Eric Greitens (r) solicited constituent questions on Facebook. There were a lot.
We’re here in Jeff City to fight for you. That means listening to the people and answering your questions about what’s going on in your government.
This afternoon at 3:30, we’re going to take a few minutes and do a Facebook Live Q&A. If you have any questions about what we’re doing to take Missouri in a new direction, I’d love to answer them. Let us know in the comments section what you want to talk about, and join us at 3:30.
A few of the questions:
How will you fully fund education?
Who funded your inauguration parties?
Who donated the $1,900,000 to your campaign that you have not disclosed and why have you refused to say so far?
Missourians don’t want right to work. Why did you listen to your millionaire and billionaire backers and force it on us? Why don’t you listen to Missourians who don’t want it?
What is being done about the fact that our driver’s licenses will not be acceptable ID at airports & federal buildings in 2018? Missouri has had quite a while to fix this & has done nothing.
I would like to know why you’re trying to repeal prevailing wage which will put Missouri contractors and small businesses out of business? It allows out of town outfits to come in with illegal and unskilled labor which allows them to low ball work. Thus it then takes much needed revenue away from Missourians. Please explain real points besides it helps your billionaires who bought your way and use you as a puppet. Thanks
What is your idea of a decent working wage Eric Greitens? How do you figure people are forced to join unions? Who told you there is “union bosses”? I noticed you didn’t say anything about health care benefits or guaranteed pensions for retires, do you think or feel that companies will give those benefits to their employees?
I would like to know how you are going to protect and expand higher education in the state. Missouri used to be a leader in higher education and now lags badly behind. Not just short changing students, but we can no longer attract the best of the best in staff, faculty and research because of low pay scales and tiny to non-existent pay raises. Continuing to butcher funding to higher education hurts the entire state. Tuition hikes mean that fewer students can attend Missouri schools, locating elsewhere for their education then staying there. Critical infrastructure needs at MU have been ignored for decades due to poor funding.[….]
How about you discuss the large donations by David Humphreys to your “campaign” after you were elected…what is he buying?
I would like to know why you are talking about closing the Group Homes for the disabled kids? I have a son that has lived in one for 30 years, his dream when he graduated was to be able to live on his own just like everyone else. This would destroy him if he had to leave. I believe there are other area’s that can be cut besides taking the funds away from our disabled. They try to work and pay taxes in as well. There has to be a better solution.
If your goal is to protect k-12 classroom funding, then why did you cut transportation funding? This puts school districts in the position of having to cannabilize money from their budgets to cover that reduction. What good is a funded classroom if you can’t get the kids to the classroom?
Please discuss the intimidation tactics you used on members of the Senate regarding the salary vote and why after the vote you continued cyber-bullying the legislators via Twitter. You really don’t want to be like the Trumpster Fire in DC do you?
I’d like to hear why you won’t disclose the source of your inaugural donations? Don’t we have a right to know whom you’re really working for? Is it more Goguen money? Because we all know how much you like his dirty million(s)!
We know that thousands of low-income Missourians rely on Planned Parenthood health centers for vital preventive care like pelvic exams, & STI testing & treatment, along with contraceptive and safe abortion services. Will you work to ensure that low-income Missourians can continue to receive high-quality care at the provider of their choice, including Planned Parenthood?
What are you going to do to ensure that low-income Missourians can continue to access vital preventive health care like birth control, STI testing and treatment, and well woman exams at the provider of their choice, including Planned Parenthood?
How much money did Anheuser-Busch, Boeing, Centene, Enterprise, Express Scripts, Kansas City Power & Light, Kansas City Southern, Monsanto, Pfizer and Wal-Mart donate to your inauguration celebration? With that in mind, can you reassure us that you are representing and serving “our government,” for the people; as opposed to a corporate government, for the highest bidder?
“Our Government”? You mean “Your Government”, where you let the state corporations and big businesses run the state, collect their money, and you do as they say? A true puppet, this is what you get by voting in an “outsider” morons.
When was the last time you made under 50k a year and have to provide heath insurance for your family? Have you ever had to pay for your or your family’s health care? Have you ever worked a blue collar job? Have you ever worked for a minimum wage? Who paid for your collage education?
Gov. Greitens, this is Will Schmitt, state government and politics reporter with the Springfield News-Leader. Can you say why your inaugural committee, which planned the installation of public officials, is acting like a private organization? Also, can you please say whether you plan to meet with Rod Chapel of the Missouri NAACP? Thank you!
This is Summer Ballentine, a reporter from The Associated Press. Gov. Greitens, you proposed a number of cuts in next year’s budget. Why did you propose cutting $52 million from a Missouri Medicaid program providing in-home care to elderly and disabled people too poor to pay for it themselves? Also, do you support legislative proposals to restrict discrimination lawsuits? Thank you.
Mo has the highest rate of toddler shootings in the country. Why do you not support requiring all gun owners to take a gun safety course? Plus, a three day waiting period and background check? There could be exemptions for active duty military and police. Common sense gun laws are helpful not harmful.
If these budget cuts are put in place…..how will we deal with the rising costs of ER visits and hospital stays for the disabled and elderly that lose their in-home services and how will that be effective at balancing our budget if one expense is replaced by another which costs Missouri twice as much?
Many Missouri women rely on Planned Parenthood for basic health services. Access to contraceptives and sex ed reduce abortion rates and poverty. What will you do to help ensure women have access to these services?
Why aren’t you allowing questions from the press? Why are you limiting access to portions of the capital building by the press and Missouri voters? I thought you were the transparent choice?
Hi Gov. Greitens, this is Celeste Bott, I’m a statehouse reporter with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Curious, as others have asked, about your decision to make deep cuts for disabled and senior citizens in the Missouri Medicaid program? Also, do you think your cuts to higher education institutions will make tuition increases inevitable? Have you begun any efforts to tackle violence in cities like St. Louis, a priority you mentioned in your state of the state speech? How about for reducing recidivism? Thanks!
Why don’t you you come to St. Louis and answer questions, town hall style, to all the hard working union families. Explain to them how taking food off their tables and lowering the tax base effectively helps Missouri?
Mexico is the state’s 2nd largest trading partner. What impact do you think President Trump’s call for a 20 percent tariff on imports from Mexico will have on Missouri’s economy?
Why do you need a COO? What is your reason? Will you avoid daily governing and be a figure head? Who makes governor decisions, where is the divisions of responsibility defined?
How do I introduce a bill that forces Missouri to let Missouri residents have the option of paying their taxes? Missouri is part of the Union that is the United States therefore if we’re going to bust the Union I would like to be able to turn the same playing cards back on you and opt out of paying my taxes and still receive all the benefits of those who choose to pay their taxes.
When will you be in Kansas City to meet with voters, not just closed meetings with your supporters? I want you to have a town hall style meeting so we can ask you questions directly, please.
You say you’re prolife, but you have no plans to expand Medicaid in Missouri, saving 300,000 lives. Last year the state also redirected over $4million in federal TANF to so-called “crisis pregnancy centers,” instead of feeding hungry kids. Missouri is the 2nd hungriest state in the country. What are you going to do to help our most vulnerable, with a $456million budget hole?
What are we going to do to fully fund education? How can we expect Missouri’s economy to grow long term without allowing adequate access to education for our people?
Governor Greitens, I would like to know what more you plan to do about millionaires and billionaires buying our politicians and elections? [….]
Last night during the HJR18 debate, Rep. Mike Moon compared sperm to tadpoles. Do you believe sperm and tadpoles are the same thing? Would you outlaw abortion, most forms of birth control, IVF, and stem cell research?
In regards to education also, discussing why you chose to send a letter of support for Betsy DeVos along with 19 other governors, and since you so strongly support her initiative for providing vouchers and school choice, how do you see that affecting rural districts in Missouri that have no school choice?
And so on.
It was sad, maybe a little pathetic, and illustrative of their limited access reading the occasional questions from media/reporters interspersed with those from constituents. Welcome to Eric Greitens’ (r) Missouri.
Governor Eric Greitens (r) has ordered significant budget cuts, with higher education taking a significant hit. Over the years the republican controlled General Assembly has cut back the possibilities of revenue, creating a death spiral of diminishing revenue and continuous cuts in public investment.
Via Twitter from Tony Messenger at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Tony Messenger @tonymess
‘Nobody was more disappointed about what happened yesterday than I was,’ says Sen. @calebrowden on @EricGreitens higher ed cuts. #moleg
2:37 PM – 17 Jan 2017
On May 6, 2014 the republican controlled General Assembly overrode then Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) veto of SB 509, an ill conceived bill which further exacerbates these same budgetary shackles and insures the Kansasfication of Missouri.
Then Representative (now Senator) Caleb Rowden’s (r) disappointment over the hits the University of Missouri (in his district) would take wasn’t evident (r) on May 6, 2014 when he voted [pdf] (Journal of the House, 1578) to override Governor Nixon’s veto.
Spare us the tears.
Tonight in Jefferson City:
House Communications @MOHOUSECOMM
#MOHouse overrides the veto of SB 656 (Concealed Carry) by a vote of 112-41.
8:15 PM – 14 Sep 2016
Welcome to the new Missouri. Stand your ground and free for all concealed carry.
CCS HCS SB 656: hypocrisy (May 14, 2016)
Gun crazy (June 25, 2016)
This times 32,283* (June 27, 2016)
Gov. Jay Nixon (D) vetoes SB 656 (June 27, 2016)