Campaign Finance: Fight for Reform


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Today at the Missouri Ethics Commission:

C171133 05/22/2017 Fight For Reform-Missouri Fight for Reform 1050 17th St., NW Suite 590 Washington DC 20036 5/22/2017 $20,000.00

[emphasis added]

They’re a new committee:

C171133: Fight For Reform-Missouri
Committee Type: Campaign
510 East 115Th Terrace
Kansas City Mo 64131
Established Date: 05/09/2017
Sean Soendker Nicholson
510 East 115Th Terrace
Kansas City Mo 64131

Ballot Measures Election Date Subject Support/Oppose

Constitutional Amendment To Article I[II], Relating To The General Assembly, Version 1 2018-042 To Version 8 2018-049


Shall The Missouri Constitution Be Amended To:
•Change Process And Criteria For Redrawing State Legislative Districts During Reapportionment;
•Change Limits On Campaign Contributions That Candidates For State Legislature Can Accept From Individuals Or Entities;
•Establish A Limit On Gifts That State Legislators, And Their Employees, Can Accept From Paid Lobbyists;
•Prohibit State Legislators, And Their Employees, From Serving As Paid Lobbyists For A Period Of Time; •Prohibit Political Fundraising By Candidates For Or Members Of The State Legislature On State Property; And •Require Legislative Records And Proceedings To Be Open To The Public?


Now that’s a noble cause. They’re gonna need a lot more money.

If this gets on the ballot and passes, what’s a right wingnut billionaire to do?


Campaign Finance: definitely not a right wingnut PAC (May 16, 2017)

Sen. Roy Blunt (r): about those open public town halls…


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Not any time soon.

Roy Blunt (r) [2016 file photo].

Yesterday afternoon, via Twitter, from Senator Roy Blunt (r):

Senator Roy Blunt @RoyBlunt
Met w/ local officials in Eureka for an update on flood recovery efforts impacting local schools, families & small businesses
1:51 PM – 21 May 2017

Some of the responses:

Roy Blunt is alive !! We heard rumors
Why no town halls Roy

He always comes alive for a photo op or one sided radio talk show!

Back in Missouri? So, are you going to meet with your constituents? We’d like to talk to you about #ACA, healthcare and #TrumpRussia.

Town hall where can discuss the impact of defunding public education, purposefully causing ACA to fail at the expense of Americans

meanwhile, your constituents are still waiting to meet with you in a town hall.

Quit posing and posting…acting like you do not do what benefits you!

You continue to sneak around the state, leaving word only after your appearances. It’s like a mobile undisclosed location. VERY stealth.

Yet you still aren’t holding town halls? Why no town halls Mr. Blunt?

What townhalls are on your schedule? I can’t find them on your webpage.

No, not any time soon.


Where’s Roy Blunt (r)? (April 6, 2017)

It’s no wonder Sen. Roy Blunt (r) doesn’t hold open town halls in Missouri (May 9, 2017)

Truman Gala – Jackson County Democratic Committee – May 20, 2017

The Jackson County Democratic Committee held its annual Truman Gala in Kansas City last night. The sold out event included remarks from local and statewide office holders and a keynote address from Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow.

The 2018 election was one of the many themes of the evening, both in discussions before the formal program and in the remarks of speakers.

Each of the members of Congress who spoke also informed the crowd that the activism from individuals taking place now – phone calls, emails, participation at town halls, and marches – are working. “Keep doing what you’re doing” was a common refrain.

Judy Baker.

Representative Emanuel Cleaver – May 20, 2017.

State Auditor Nicole Galloway – May 20, 2017.

Senator Claire McCaskill – May 20, 2017.

Jackson County Executive Frank White – May 20, 2017.

Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker – May 20, 2017.

Manny Abarca and Marissa Baum – May 20, 2017.

House Minority Floor Leader Gail McCann Beatty – May 20, 2017.

Senator Debbie Stabenow – May 20, 2017.

On the wisdom of picking a fight with the entire General Assembly


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Big mistake. Big. Huge.

Eric Greitens (r) [2016 file photo].

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

Representative Bruce Franks, Jr. (D) [2017 file photo]

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.

Representative Cora Faith Walker (D) [2017 file photo].

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.


Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): Russia? Russia? What about it?


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Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) [2015 file photo].

Today, via Twitter, from Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) while everything else was hitting the fan:

Rep. Vicky Hartzler‏ @RepHartzler
Be sure to thank a law enforcement officer this #NationalPoliceWeek!
4:53 PM – 19 May 2017


One of the responses:

Elliott Usher‏ @UsherElliott
Thanks James Comey!
5:35 PM – 19 May 2017

We are a nation of smart asses.


True believers (May 15, 2017)

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): in for a penny, in for a pound (May 17, 2017)

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D): Joementum!


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Senator Claire McCaskill (D) [2017 file photo].

This evening, via Twitter, from Senator Claire McCaskill (D):

Claire McCaskill‏ @clairecmc
It is a very bad idea to appoint a politician to head the FBI right now. We need a law enforcement professional. #bipartisan support.
9:22 PM – 18 May 2017

A couple of the responses:

Well if it’s a bad idea – you can be sure that Trump will do it…

Especially a politician that is a partner at the law firm that represents the president!

In 2008 John McCain (r) made a choice between Joe Lieberman and Sarah Palin. That’s all you need to know.

The birther-in-chief tweets


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Narcissism, paranoia, and irony impairment are a volatile mix.

Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump
This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!
6:52 AM – 18 May 2017

He’s right, it is great.

And, earlier, this:

Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump
With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special councel appointed!
6:39 AM – 18 May 2017

Across America parents and teachers can tell children, “Even if you fail your spelling tests, you, too, can become president some day.”

Pass the popcorn.