HB 858: “@&%$ Missouri voters”


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Representative Robert Ross (r) [2018 file photo].

A bill, introduced last week by Representative Robert Ross (r):

HB 858
Modifies provisions relating to the state minimum wage rate
Sponsor: Ross, Robert (142)
Proposed Effective Date: 8/28/2019
LR Number: 1780H.01I
Last Action: 02/11/2019 – Read Second Time (H)
Bill String: HB 858
Next House Hearing: Hearing not scheduled
Calendar: Bill currently not on a House calendar

The bill summary:


This bill repeals the incremental increase to the state minimum wage.


Last November, the results on the initiative to raise the minimum wage in Missouri:

State of Missouri – General Election, November 06, 2018
Official Results
As announced by the Board of State Canvassers on November 30, 2018

Proposition B
3256 of 3256 Precincts Reported

YES 1,499,002 62.338%
NO 905,647 37.662%
Total Votes: 2,404,649

The right wingnut majority in the General Assembly will pass HB 858 because they believe they can get away with it.

“@&%$ Missouri voters” is it.

SCR 16: If at first you don’t secede…


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A concurrent resolution, introduced yesterday by Senator Paul Wieland (r):


Whereas, in January 1973, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in Roe v. Wade that abortion is protected by the Constitution of the United States, and in doing so effectively removed legal protection from human beings prior to birth; and

Whereas, the ramifications of the court’s decision created a moral morass and was a step in the wrong direction for our nation; and

Whereas, each and every innocent human life is unique and precious and that human life begins at the moment of conception and continues, uninterrupted, until the moment of natural death; and

Whereas, each innocent human life must always be protected and preserved, and in all possible ways our country should promote a culture of life; and

Whereas, each state should enact laws that protect unborn human life; and

Whereas, the Missouri General Assembly on behalf of Missourians has spoken out in defense of the sanctity of life, and has done so in connection with contemporary threats to the life of the unborn; and

Whereas, other states in the union have not shared this mission to preserve life and have demonstrated contempt towards the most vulnerable in our society; and

Whereas, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation permitting abortion on demand; and

Whereas, the State of New York removed abortion from their criminal code; and

Whereas, the State of New York put women’s health at risk by allowing non-physicians to perform or induce abortions; and

Whereas, the State of New York has failed to live up to ethical standards that Missourians demand of us and the State of New York, by their actions, have added to the moral chaos that is plaguing this country:

Now Therefore Be It Resolved that the members of the Missouri Senate, One-hundredth General Assembly, First Regular Session, the House of Representatives concurring therein, declare that Missouri tax dollars should not be spent in any state, like New York, that demonstrates such disregard and contempt for the unborn; and

Be It Further Resolved that the members of the Missouri General Assembly ask the Governor to order all departments to cease from taking part in any non-emergency activity or event in the State of New York; and

Be It Further Resolved that the Missouri General Assembly demands higher moral standards of its fellow states and will continue to boycott events hosted by these states until they repeal legislation that fails to preserve and protect the life of the unborn; and

Be It Further Resolved that the Secretary of the Missouri Senate be instructed to prepare properly inscribed copies of this resolution for the Governor and the State Treasurer.

Where to begin?

And yet, Donald Trump is currently President of the United States. Go figure.

Citizens of the State of New York have access to affordable health insurance. You know, their state participated in Medicaid expansion. That’s what I’d define as a “culture of life”.

Uh, if the U.S. Supreme Court says it’s so, it’s so [see Marbury v Madison (1803)].

We take it that the so-called “culture of life” as mentioned in this resolution does include exemptions for the death penalty and war.

The citizens of the State of New York must be quaking in their collective boots.

SB 366: that was then, this is now


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Denny Hoskins (r) [2017 file photo].

A bill, introduced by Senator Denny Hoskins (r):

SB 366
Establishes the Show Missouri Film and Digital Media Act
Sponsor: Hoskins
LR Number: 1846S.01I
Last Action: 2/7/2019 – S First Read–SB 366-Hoskins
Journal Page: S214

Current Bill Summary

SB 366 – This act creates the “Show Missouri Film and Digital Media Act”.

This act reauthorizes a tax credit for certain expenses related to the production of qualified film production projects in this state, as defined in the act. Tax credits for such expenses under previous law expired on November 28, 2013.

For all tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2020, this act authorizes a tax credit equal to 20% of qualifying in-state expenses, as defined in the act, and 10% of qualifying out-of-state expenses, as defined in the act, associated with the production of a qualified film production project. An additional 5% may be awarded for both qualifying in-state and out-of-state expenses if at least 50% of the qualified film production project is filmed in Missouri.

This act shall sunset on December 31 six years from the effective date of the act, unless reauthorized by the General Assembly.

This act is substantially similar to HB 1661 (2018).

Oh, that’s rich. Remember this, almost nine years ago?:

…My own questions were based on those I received from constituents concerning the film festival. As you can see, I did not request funding be withheld or rescinded. I simply asked how people who need assistance would be helped by the film festival. Since the film festival was held, I have received even more questions from constituents. The idea of a film festival or similar event to shine a spotlight on the Warrensburg community is not in itself a bad idea. How to pay for this event is what concerns me…

Ah, the benefits of a long memory and a blog archive.

Apparently, supporting the art form of cinema is back in vogue.


Suppose you held a film festival and right wingnuts didn’t want anyone to attend (September 10, 2010)

The show must go on (September 10, 2010)

Rep. Denny Hoskins (r) and Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder (r): The review is in – two thumbs down (September 14, 2010)

Veto Session Reviews for Rep. Denny Hoskins (r): great potential for a Razzie (September 15, 2010)

Rep. Denny Hoskins (r) and the Film Festival: because the arts never generate economic activity? (September 17, 2010)

Rep. Denny Hoskins (r) and the Film Festival: demagoguery, not oversight (September 18, 2010)

Rep. Denny Hoskins (r) and the Film Festival: that was then, this is now (September 20, 2010)

Rep. Denny Hoskins (r) and the Film Festival: no one knew about it… (September 21, 2010)

A short film about a film festival… (September 22, 2010)

Ky Dickens, the film festival, the Chicago Reader, and teabaggers (September 23, 2010)

We get film festival hate mail (September 28, 2010)

Rep. Denny Hoskins (r) and the Film Festival: that was then, this is now – part 2 (September 28, 2010)

Rep. Denny Hoskins (r) and the Film Festival: what the teabaggers say (October 4, 2010)

I dare you.


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Call me anti-Semitic. I dare you.

Via Twitter, today:

Esor @Esor_Fasa
I am a white Jew. I, w/ other white Jews, criticize AIPAC endlessly for buying support. No one bats an eye. But when Black folk, incl. Black Jews, have made similar criticisms, they’re attacked relentlessly. So let’s not pretend the attacks on @IlhanMN aren’t steeped in racism.
9:41 AM – 11 Feb 2019

Uh, yep.

And, a word of advice about others’ trolling:

God @TheGoodGodAbove


Don’t attack each other, for that is what the forces of evil want!

They make fake accounts and say horrible things just to trick and divide you!

Remember how you felt the day after Traitor Trump got elected!

Stay calm and defeat these Nazi bastards!

– God
3:28 PM – 11 Feb 2019

It is all about the Benjamins (By the way, nicely punned).

Sen. Josh Hawley (r): “Why are they so mean?”


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“…the classic ‘legal’ definition of chutzpah…a person who kills his parents and pleads for the court’s mercy on the ground of being an orphan…”

Josh Hawley [2016 file photo].

Yeah, we know our file photos of Josh Hawley (r) are getting old. It’s not like he’s traveling around Missouri holding open public town halls in every little town with an even smaller diner on Main Street.

Thursday, from Josh Hawley (r), via Twitter:

Josh Hawley @HawleyMO
Delighted to vote to advance @realDonaldTrump nominee for AG, Bill Barr, to the Senate floor. Experienced, capable, trustworthy. Can’t believe not a single Dem would put politics aside to vote yes
3:17 PM – 7 Feb 2019

Some of the reponses:

Did he promise not to stop Mueller and to release the entire Mueller report unedited?

Darn those checks! Curse those balances!

Sarcasm. Nice.

Might mean he has issues.

Did you not see him whiff the softball question on systemic racism in the justice department? I guess they probably didn’t cover it on Fox News…

@ChrisCoons per @thehill “I believe that my responsibility to assess Mr. Barr’s candidacy requires me to consider Mr. Barr’s entire record, including his more recent writings and statements.”

Nothing about politics.

Do you mind asking him about his support for pardons for people involved with the Iran-Contra Affair? This constituent would just like to have his statements on that on the congressional record.

Show us your emails!

The delight of someone installed by and in service to wealthy, hard right, interests. Your delight is our cringe.


To the point.

Double negative there, Josh. Guess that Kansas City private schooling failed you.

Yeah, but he did use “delighted” in a sentence.

Gee it’s almost as if @senatemajldr popularized obstructionist politics or something

Do you remember Merrick Garland?

Drain the swamp? Barr built the swamp



My girlfriend says you’re the hottest looking Senator right now

Merrick Garland

You still in office? How is that investigation going of wrongdoing while you were MO AG?

All in all I think you are a worthless, corrupt, lying scumbag but I will admit, your remarkable ability to master the art of hypocrisy in such a short period of time is very impressive.

More sarcasm. Nice.

You on jail yet Josh?

Hmmmm. Remember #MerrickGarland you fake Christian, lying anti-American.

Another Trump apologist.

Yeah, just like you put politics aside when you voted to lift the Russian sanctions!

Well you jumped right into a partisan shutdown and I saw you vote party line over and over. You are the pot calling the kettle black here, Sir.


“Clap louder!” – the order quickly circulated throughout the Glorious Chamber of Revolutionary People’s Deputies


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Bad combover. Check. Too long red tie. Check. Orange spray tan. Check. Tiny hands. Check. Cluelessness. Check…

This evening:

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
North Korea, under the leadership of Kim Jong Un, will become a great Economic Powerhouse. He may surprise some but he won’t surprise me, because I have gotten to know him & fully understand how capable he is. North Korea will become a different kind of Rocket – an Economic one!
6:50 PM – 8 Feb 2019

The entire world is so verklempt.

What’s the over/under on the announcement date for Trump Tower Pyongyang?

HJR 39 and HB 871: “Do you have the correct time?”


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You think that question will become a Missouri conversation starter?

HJR 39, introduced on Thursday by Representative Ann Kelley (r):

HJR 39
Proposes a constitutional amendment that establishes daylight saving time as new standard time
Sponsor: Kelley, Ann (127)
Proposed Effective Date: 8/28/2019
LR Number: 1802H.01I
Last Action: 02/07/2019 – Introduced and Read First Time (H)
Bill String: HJR 39
Next House Hearing: Hearing not scheduled

The summary [pdf] for HJR 39:

SPONSOR: Kelley (127)

Upon voter approval, this Constitutional amendment specifies that on the first Sunday in March, 2020, the last clock change in accordance with federal daylight saving time will occur and thereafter the state of Missouri will not recognize daylight saving time under 15 U.S.C. Section 260a for any public purpose or as the official time for Missouri.

The bill will go into effect only if two adjacent states adopt the same or highly similar proposal.

And, HB 871, introduced on Thursday by Representative Aaron Griesheimer (r):

HB 871
Requires the state to observe daylight saving time as the year-round standard time if 15 U.S.C. Section 260a is amended
Sponsor: Griesheimer, Aaron (061)
Proposed Effective Date: 8/28/2019
LR Number: 1888H.01I
Last Action: 02/07/2019 – Introduced and Read First Time (H)
Bill String: HB 871
Next House Hearing: Hearing not scheduled

The text for HB 871:

HOUSE BILL NO. 871 [pdf]



To amend chapter 1, RSMo, by adding thereto one new section relating to daylight saving time.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:

Section A. Chapter 1, RSMo, is amended by adding thereto one new section, to be known as section 1.350, to read as follows:
1.350. If the United States Congress amends 15 U.S.C. Section 260a to authorize states to observe daylight saving time year-round, this state shall observe daylight saving time as the year-round standard time of the entire state and all of its political subdivisions.

[emphasis in original]

Or, will “turn the clock back” become a permanent metaphor for Missouri? Just asking.

American Robin


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This morning in west central Missouri, temperature 7°:

F 8.0, 1/640, ISO 400, 400 mm.

F 9.0, 1/640, ISO 400. 400 mm.

F 9.0, 1/640, ISO 400, 400 mm.

F 10, 1/800, ISO 400, 400 mm.


Missouri: “Hold my beer.” (February 6, 2019)

Missouri: “No, really, hold my beer.” (February 7, 2019)

Icy (February 7, 2019)

Missouri: “Go ahead, you keep holding that beer.” (February 7, 2019)

Yep, it’s cold out there… (February 7, 2019)