You don’t hand over control of the government to a tax cheat


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A few days ago:

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
You don’t hand matches to an arsonist, and you don’t give power to an angry left-wing mob. Democrats have become too EXTREME and TOO DANGEROUS to govern. Republicans believe in the rule of law – not the rule of the mob. VOTE REPUBLICAN!
8:21 PM – 6 Oct 2018

We remember 2009.

Senator Claire McCaskill (D): open forum in Hillsboro – photos (August 12, 2009)

The altercation over an “unauthorized sign”. Law enforcement quickly separated the parties and escorted them outside.

Senator Claire McCaskill (D): open forum in Hillsboro – video of the Rosa Parks poster altercation (August 12, 2009)

I spoke with Maxine Johnson outside the field house after the event was over:

Show Me Progress: So, what happened? What happened, did, after you sat down?

Maxine Johnson: When I sat down I put my sign in the chair in front of me. It was rolled up. And the reporter kind of, news reporter crawled over there, she was standing up and she asked could she take a picture of the sign. We unrolled the sign laying down in the chair. And she was taking a picture of Rosa Parks. This man comes out of the crowd, snatch my sign, I stood up, they said he pushed me. I don’t remember anything ’cause you know by that time my adrenaline going everywhere…All I’m thinking about is getting my sign back. I got up in…to proceed, go get my sign back. ‘Cause he was crumbling it up. I said, “Give my sign back!” When I said that, next thing I know I had four police officers on me and one on him. I’m the victim here, [laugh] you know. And then as I say, “I’m pressing charges!”…I said, “Obama, Obama!” So, you know what, you know like I said Rosa Parks fought for our freedom back then, now I’m fighting for our freedom now…So we’re fighting for the next generation…

We remember very angry right wingnuts – and that was just about increasing access to affordable healthcare.

That was then, this is now.


There’s a tweet for everything.

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
The paid D.C. protesters are now ready to REALLY protest because they haven’t gotten their checks – in other words, they weren’t paid! Screamers in Congress, and outside, were far too obvious – less professional than anticipated by those paying (or not paying) the bills!
7:32 AM – 9 Oct 2018



Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) in Warrensburg – October 8, 2018


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Senator Claire McCaskill (D) – in Warrensburg – October 8, 2018.

This morning Senator Claire McCaskill (D) stopped in Warrensburg to greet and speak with around fifty campaign volunteers at the local Democratic party coordinated campaign headqurters.

“…This is an extraordinary mid-term election. And I will say this about all of the controversy and emotion surrounding the [Brett] Kavanaugh [U.S. Supreme Court] nomination. It has never been more important that we have people in the United States Senate that are willing to compromise and find common ground. That we are willing to send people to Washington who are not ashamed to say, that I like to be in the middle, and pull people in from the ends, and find ways that we can actually get things done [applause]…”

“…I think at the end of the day what a majority of Missourians want is an honest broker for problem solving…He [Josh Hawley] doesn’t spend much time talking about his beliefs, but we know he was for ‘right to work for less’ against the wishes of most Missourians…That probably has something to do with the fact that the man who financed his campaign for attorney general, spent over four million dollars on his campaign for attorney general, just wrote the check, almost eighty percent of the money he raised for attorney general, that is the father of the ‘right to work for less’ movement in Missouri…”

Remember, November 6th


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What fresh hell awaits us in this, the 627th day of Trump?

In Missouri, Wednesday, October 10th is the last day to register to vote for the November 6th general election.

Vote on November 6th. It’s the only way.

Sunrise. Just another day.



See also: October 15, 1991 and December 12, 2000. (October 6, 2018)

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): being a situational moral scold is as easy as pie (October 7, 2018)

At the U.S. Supreme Court reception after yesterday’s quickie swearing in ceremony… (October 7, 2018)

Campaign Finance: “evil” in the service of good


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Andrew Carnegie gave money to help build public libraries.

Today at the Missouri Ethics Commission for the initiative on the November ballot to raise the minimum wage (Proposition B) in Missouri:

C171196 10/07/2018 Raise Up Missouri Sixteen Thirty Fund 1201 Connecticut Ave. Suite 300 Washington DC 20036 10/5/2018 $641,000.00

[emphasis added]

From who?

The good that the evil of money can do.


Campaign Finance: raise that minimum wage (October 28, 2017)

Campaign Finance: about raising that minimum wage (September 22, 2018)

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): being a situational moral scold is as easy as pie


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Yesterday evening, from Representative Vicky Hartzler (r):

Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
The Senate has done its due diligence in investigating Judge Kavanaugh, and they have found no evidence against him. Furthermore, this was turned into an embarrassing display of partisan vitriol. I support his confirmation and am pleased the Senate has acted accordingly.
4:03 PM – 6 Oct 2018 from Washington, DC

Some of the responses:

Weird how you were silent while the same Senate ignored the lawful nomination of Merrick Garland. Kind of like how you were silent while Trump was caging children and tearing families apart.

You make astonishingly immoral decisions, Congresswoman.

I cannot wait to vote for your opponent, and I’m hoping and praying there are many more like me that are disgusted with the GOP’s gross misuse of power. I voted you in to office, but you have proven that to be a mistake. #VoteBlue

My 3 week old could do a more thorough investigation than the FBI

Care to tell us why money was borrowed from China for your farm bill?

Incomplete investigation.

Get out and vote!

Your opinion won’t matter after you are voted out. Hope you enjoyed your time

I hope she didn’t enjoy it.

And won’t enjoy it after, when she’s scorned for life for being complicit in the criminal corrupt Trump regime.

You sold out your soul to the Republicans and now you are trying to invoke the moral high ground? Women like you make me feel ashamed of my own gender.

I am your constituent, living in MO-04, You will be voted out on Nov 6th, SHAME on you for taking side of sexual predator.

Vicky, here’s hoping we get an actual investigation of Kavanaugh once congressional control changes. The man I saw freaking out on television should not be making such momentous decisions.

“Due diligence in investigating”? “Found no evidence”? You haven’t been paying attention, Vickster [….]

Oh shut it. This investigation is a sham and you are a smear on America


“embarrassing display of partisan vitriol” You Say
This is so very much nicer then shit show.
But then I’v never been accused of being overly nice when reacting to an obvious shit show…

Fuck you!

That’s probably a vote against in November.

The GOP party of Vicky Hartzler, Roy pedophile Moore. Donald pussy grabber Trump. Gym I watched boys getting molested Jordan and now Brett sexual predator Kavanaugh. You hang with some great people Vicky.

* it’s okay if you’re a republican.

Koch Money: because Josh Hawley (r) will never need to hold over fifty open public town halls across Missouri


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We got astroturf (fake grassroots) campaign mail yesterday:

Right wingnut financed “astroturf” (fake grassroots) campaign mail – October 2018.

Who is paying for this?

That’s it?

Wait, hasn’t Senator Claire McCaskill (D) traveled across the state holding over fifty open public town halls? What a great way to remind everyone of that fact. Josh Hawley (r) does have a flatbed truck.

Donald Trump (r) and the republican controlled Congress gave a massive tax break to the top 1%, increasing the national debt by over a trillion dollars. They’ll be coming after Medicare and Social Security next. Hint: If you’re a billionaire you won’t ever need Medicare or Social Security. Raise your hand right now if you’re a billionaire.

This particular piece was paid for by “Americans for Prosperity Action”, a super PAC, using a Jefferson City PO box as a return address:

Koch brothers’ network launches new super PAC
By David Wright, CNN
Updated 1:58 PM ET, Mon September 10, 2018

…Americans for Prosperity, the sprawling Koch political network, announced Monday the launch of a new super PAC arm as the organization gears up for the final stretch of the 2018 midterms.

The new super PAC was described as “a new tool to build broad policy coalitions in Congress to help advance AFP’s vision,” which “will advocate for candidates who share our commitment to breaking internal and external barriers that prevent people from realizing their full potential.”

The super PAC, called “AFP Action,” will operate independently of the network’s preexisting 501(c)(4) nonprofit and with some key advantages.

Per campaign finance laws, the new group will be able to spend unlimited sums on election activities while being subject to some loose disclosure requirements, The nonprofit arm, however, is subject to even looser disclosure requirements but must dedicate a portion of their spending to “social welfare” activities that cannot explicitly target elections.


“…the new group will be able to spend unlimited sums on election activities while being subject to some loose disclosure requirements…”

So much for transparency.

Anyone think the Koch brothers will ever hold open public town halls in Missouri? Nah, me neither.

How not to run for State Auditor


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Two major newspapers in Missouri, The Kansas City Star and the St. Louis Post Dispatch, have published stories on some of the financial and resume issues in republican State Auditor candidate Saundra McDowell’s record.

Saundra McDowell responded via Twitter:

Saundra McDowell @mcdowellformo
The KC Star (Hancock) & The Post (Erickson) are desperately trying to help their favorite Dem candidate get re-elected. So they resort to smears & fake hit pieces on my campaign. But I will not be deterred, I will keep fighting to deliver the TRUTH to Missourians! #MOAuditor
12:19 PM – 6 Oct 2018

Nothing on the substance, eh?

That’ll be good for at least a million votes.

See also: October 15, 1991 and December 12, 2000.


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Steve Schmidt @SteveSchmidtSES
The price of Brett Kavanaugh’s ascension to the the SC is incalculably high. It will shatter the institutional integrity of the Court and eviscerate standards and expectations for both honesty and non partisanship in Judicial nominees for many years.
3:10 PM – 5 Oct 2018

That horse left the barn a long, long time ago.

In 2000:

Stevens, J., dissenting
No. 00—949
ALBERT GORE, Jr., et al.
[December 12, 2000]

Justice Stevens, with whom Justice Ginsburg and Justice Breyer join, dissenting.


…It is confidence in the men and women who administer the judicial system that is the true backbone of the rule of law. Time will one day heal the wound to that confidence that will be inflicted by today’s decision. One thing, however, is certain. Although we may never know with complete certainty the identity of the winner of this year’s Presidential election, the identity of the loser is perfectly clear. It is the Nation’s confidence in the judge as an impartial guardian of the rule of law…

From Molly Ivins’ forward to Vincent Bugiosi’s The Betrayal of America (2001):

…One forgets about small Southern cities like Tallahassee between visits. All middle-class social life takes place in private clubs. The night Al Gore conceded, there was a victory celebration at one such club near the capitol. Visiting congressional staffers (who proudly called themselves “the Republican thugs”), third-rank Bush lawyers, and prominent local republicans were gathered in a large room with several TV sets. When Gore began to speak, they hooted and jeered and taunted. The only black people in the room were wearing white coats and serving drinks off silver trays. They also had tears running down their faces, but in the curious way white people have of not looking directly at those who serve them, no one noticed.

“…[T]hird-rank Bush lawyers…” We’ve come full circle.

Fight back. Vote on November 6, 2018.