SB 509 (May 6, 2014): Now what, assholes?


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SB 509: the moment when all hope for the future of Missouri died (May 6, 2014)

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.

For a nicer office location.

This won’t be the last story on SB 509 (May 9, 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

Governor Mike Parson @GovParsonMO
*June 30th
4:18 PM · Apr 1, 2020

Yep. Really rich people got a big windfall in 2014. Now what?

Governor Mike Parson (r) [2018 file photo].

Missouri Democratic Party: lead, or get out of the way, Governor Parson (r)


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“…Issue a statewide “Stay at Home” order, to help combat the spread of Covid-19…”

Jackson County Prosecutor and Missouri Democratic Party Chair Jean Peters Baker [2019 file photo].


The Missouri Democratic Party Executive Committee is calling for the immediate implementation of a plan for the State of Missouri to help contain and address the spread of the coronavirus throughout Missouri.

“Missourians are looking for clarity and leadership as we face a truly unprecedented challenge as a state. Missourians need to know that our leaders are working together to leverage every available resource to keep us safe and to stabilize our economy. Missouri Democrats are stepping up, showing leadership, and addressing this crisis at the local and statewide level.” – Missouri Democratic Party Officers Hon. Jean Peters Baker, Hon. Clem Smith, Hon. Reverend Darryl Gray, and Cydney Mayfield

Missouri Democrats are offering a health and economic plan that calls for:


The State of Missouri should rapidly expand coronavirus mobile testing centers in each of Missouri’s 114 counties, especially in medically underserved communities, such as in rural and minority communities.

Identify all coronavirus hot spots in Missouri for increased immediate medical intervention and containment.

Issue a statewide “Stay at Home” order, to help combat the spread of Covid-19.

Request the appropriate funds from the state and federal government to fund increased testing, PPE, and when hot spots are identified, that the State provides additional resources for intervention and containment in hot spots, such as financing testing and other vital resources, such as mobilizing additional personnel.

Ensure that essential first-responders have the Personal Protective Equipment they need when they need it. Government should pursue every available means to secure essential PPE items, such as N95 masks, goggles, gloves, and gowns.

Funding to provide reimbursement to providers for treating the uninsured for coronavirus.

Implement a no-excuse vote-by-mail option to mail in or drop off a hand-marked paper ballot for all elections.

Funding to enable organizations to provide food to free and reduced price lunch eligible students while schools are closed.

Funding to provide corrections facilities with overtime pay for workers, food, sanitation and hygiene supplies.
Funding to provide inmates with access to free emails and calls until visits resume.

Funding to support state hourly wage workers across the executive, legislative, and judicial branches who are impacted by the coronavirus.

Issue a waiver for copays and other shared costs for testing and telehealth services, including for the uninsured.

Ensure that no essential health service is denied to a Missourian in need. That means no more kicking kids off their health insurance, making sure the uninsured are cared for, and that families can access the services they need regardless of their ability to pay.


Form an emergency economic relief council to advise the state government on economic stabilization in the short term and recovery, as well as advise the government on the economic fallout of coronavirus and convene government and business leaders to marshal state programs and agencies to address coronavirus.

Ensure the economic relief council is empowered to transparently report how all federal and other funds are being used by the state of Missouri in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Suspend statutory hurdles to get unemployment payments to displaced workers quickly by ensuring all workers affected by coronavirus may receive unemployment payments, increasing the number of weeks workers are eligible to receive benefits, expanding the types of workers who are eligible, loosening restrictions on means testing to receive unemployment, and increasing the statutorily allowed amount of state unemployment payments.

Suspend foreclosures, evictions, and utility shut-offs including water, gas, electrical, and cell phones.

Leverage every available avenue to rapidly expand lending to businesses impacted by the pandemic.

Provide paid sick leave that at least matches the paid sick leave provisions in the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act, and, to the extent possible, have the state expand sick leave beyond the provided federal level.

“…Issue a statewide “Stay at Home” order, to help combat the spread of Covid-19…”

Missouri Governor Mike Parson (r) still has not issued a “stay at home” order for the state. Because, we don’t know, “rural, something, something.”

Governor Mike Parson (r) [2018 file photo].

Campaign Finance: funding incompetence in a time of plague


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Missouri Ethics Commission – On the last day of the quarter, to the PAC propping up Governor Mike Parson (r)

180490 03/31/2020 Uniting Missouri PAC SOUTHEAST MISSOURI CONSERVATIVES PAC PO BOX 599 FARMINGTON MO 63640 3/31/2020 $10,000.00

180490 03/31/2020 Uniting Missouri PAC SAM AND MARILYN FOX 7701 FORSYTH BLVD SUITE 600 ST LOUIS MO 63105 HARBOUR GROUP 3/31/2020 $200,000.00

C180490 03/31/2020 Uniting Missouri PAC REX SINQUEFIELD 244 BENT WALNUT WESTPHALIA MO 65805 RETIRED 3/31/2020 $250,000.00

You think the governor will tell these good folks they need to stay home? Nah, me either.

Governor Mike Parson (r) [2019 file photo].


Campaign Finance: Even more happiness! (April 9, 2019)

Governor Mike Parson (r): April Campaign Finance Report – 2019 (April 17, 2019)

Campaign Finance: jump on that bandwagon (May 15, 2019)

Campaign Finance: make some, someone happy (May 21, 2019)

Campaign Finance: we’re running out of happiness references (May 21, 2019)

Campaign Finance: $25,000.00 and $10,000.00 (May 29, 2019)

Campaign Finance: adding to the total (June 3, 2019)

Campaign Finance: piling it on (June 4, 2019)

Campaign Finance: they intend to make the rubble bounce (June 11, 2019)

Campaign Finance: For what now? (June 21, 2019)

Campaign Finance: For who and what now? (June 27, 2019)

Campaign Finance: What’s another $45,000.00? (July 27, 2019)

Campaign Finance: “…if you know what happiness is to you…” (September 8, 2019)

Campaign Finance: obscenely happy (September 9, 2019)

Campaign Finance: ode to joy (September 13, 2019)

Campaign Finance: that’s why we make it here (September 19, 2019)

Campaign Finance: one of many great circles (September 23, 2019)

Campaign Finance: the bestowal of happiness (September 27, 2019)

Campaign Finance: this time, with even more happiness (October 1, 2019)

Campaign Finance: delirious joy (December 4, 2019)

Campaign Finance: it keeps adding up (December 12, 2019)

Campaign Finance: Happy, er… (December 25, 2019)

Campaign Finance: that was last year, this is now (January 6, 2020)

Campaign Finance: Governor – January 2020 campaign finance reports (January 2, 2020)

Nice Super Bowl LIV seats you got there (February 3, 2020)

The plane! The plane! (February 12, 2020)

Campaign Finance: The $64,000.00 question (February 21, 2020)

Are you smarter than Missouri’s governor? – meta


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“…Come on, do the right thing. Delay just means more death and suffering. Flatten the goddamned curve…”

Missouri Governor Mike Parson (r) still has not issued a “stay at home” order for the state. Because, we don’t know, “rural, something, something.”


Yesterday morning on Show Me Progress I put up a post titled “Are you smarter than Missouri’s governor?,” highlighting the Lafayette County Commission’s “stay at home” ordinance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic – as opposed to the refusal of Missouri Governor Mike Parson (r) to do the same. There has been a precipitous rise in cases in Lafayette County.

The post caused a significant traffic spike. Significant as in the largest number of daily “hits” in almost five years of operating on this platform.

With a traffic spike comes comments and trolling. Show Me Progress is set so that I must personally approve all comments before they’re posted. I see the IP address and the e-mail of the commenter, along with their typed remarks.

I try not to engage right wingnuts directly. By any definition of their thought processes and ideology, it’ a colossal waste of time. I generally delete their comments as they’re in moderation. There’s an old music adage: “You can’t teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and it annoys the pig.” So, I tend to delete trolling comments and ignore them.

Unless it amuses me.

Yesterday morning I received the following, unedited (it went into the trash):

All the armchair warriors .. Your not in charge!
Till you are in control if your (R) or (D) sit back and be quiet.
Your time to comment comes at the polling station.
Since we don’t have all the information we must assume the decisions are best for the majority
Even if it’s not good for you..

A champion of the First Amendment, eh? And don’t start with, “wait, aren’t you censoring this person?” Don’t be an idiot. The First Amendment applies to government action. If trolls want to spew stupidity on the Internets they are perfectly free and able to start their own blog. A place where people can freely choose to read their drivel, or not.

You think they kept their opinion and counsel, not speaking out, from January 2009 to January 2017? Right…

“Even if it’s not good for you..” Seriously, someone believes that. “The needs of the 1%, outweigh the needs of the many” is quite a moral perversion.

That deference to authority figure(s) “…[s]ince we don’t have all the information…” is the ultimate laziness in the Information Age. Such laziness as a foundation for all other social behavior is so 21st century.

Grammar and incoherence aside, somebody should inform this poor person that the current governor of Missouri was not elected to that office.

This (unedited) also went into the trash:

Your article is a hit piece not news. Governor Parsons is doing a great job. In case you are not aware of this we live in a federal style of government. Therefore the local towns can issue a stay at home order when necessary. The whole state does not need to shut down. Show some respect.

Show some respect, learn to spell your governor’s name.

Something, something, Federalism backwards. Ignore actual expertise (science! math!). Ignore the problems in a pandemic (science! math!) generated by a patchwork of responses from county to county, and town to town, because, you know, people don’t ever travel from one place to the other. [That’s how a fucking pandemic works.] Ergo, tautology. Deference to authority, no matter how incompetent. Obvious ignorance of the concept of exponential growth. And willfully ignoring that rural Missouri doesn’t have the health care capacity to deal with the exponential growth of cases of COVID-19 to come.

If I’d bothered to answer this one directly it would have been: “Fuck off, you Neolithic self-righteous sociopathic prig. How’s that for the respect you deserve?”

There are hotspots across Missouri. Urban, suburban, and rural. The whole state does need to shut down. Lives are at stake.

Governor Mike Parson (r) [2018 file photo].

Well, Governor Parson (r)?

Stay Home. Wash your hands. Don’t touch your face. Good luck to us all.


Gov. Mike Parson (r): Do the right thing (March 23, 2020)

Gov. Mike Parson (r): “What, me worry?” (March 26, 2020

Gov. Mike Parson (r): Still wringing your hands, eh? (March 28, 2020)

Are you smarter than Missouri’s governor? (March 31, 2020)

Are you smarter than Missouri’s governor? – part 2 (March 31, 2020)

In the warm afternoon sun


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This afternoon in west central Missouri:

Cardinal (female). Cardinalis cardinalis.
Canon 5D III, 2.8 70-200 mm, 2x III.
F 5.6, 1/400, ISO 400, 400 mm.

Cardinal (female). Cardinalis cardinalis.
Canon 5D III, 2.8 70-200 mm, 2x III.
F 5.6, 1/400, ISO 400, 400 mm.

Cardinal (female). Cardinalis cardinalis.
Canon 5D III, 2.8 70-200 mm, 2x III.
F 5.6, 1/400, ISO 400, 400 mm.

At least something in this state knows what the hell they’re doing and isn’t trying to kill everyone with their incompetence.

Are you smarter than Missouri’s governor? – part 2


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Missouri Governor Mike Parson (r) has not issued a “stay at home” order for the state. Because, we don’t know, “rural, something, something.”

The Johnson County, Missouri Commission and Johnson County Community Health Services, on the other hand:

Johnson County, Missouri “Stay at Home” Order – March 31, 2020 [pdf]

Statistics from Johnson County released today indicate 24 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county.

Tests administered: 618
Negative: 472
Positive: 24
Recovered: 1
Deaths: 0

From Pioneer Trails Regional Planning Commission:

Governor Mike Parson (r) [2018 file photo].

Well, Governor Parson (r)?


Are you smarter than Missouri’s governor? (March 31, 2020)

Missouri DHSS – COVID-19 Outbreak Statistics – March 31, 2020 – 2:00 p.m.


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The current statistics on the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak for Missouri from the Department of Health and Senior Services:

Cases in Missouri: 1327
Total Deaths: 14
Patients tested in Missouri (by all labs): approximately 15,645

The number for “Patients tested in Missouri” has not changed from yesterday’s DHSS report.

This means that 8.48% of all COVID-19 tests in Missouri are positive.

These data are provisional and will change daily. Investigations are being done on new cases, so as additional information is determined on these cases, information such as county, demographics, and the total counts will continue to change. Efforts are continually being made to improve data quality so that DHSS is providing the most accurate information possible.

Cases by county:

Deaths by county:

Cases by age:

Continuing peaks in the 20-24 year old and 45-64 year old age groups.

Cases by transmission:

Cases by gender:

Stay Home. Wash your hands. Don’t touch your face. Good luck to us all.

Are you smarter than Missouri’s governor?


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Missouri Governor Mike Parson (r) has not issued a “stay at home” order for the state. Because, we don’t know, “rural, something, something.”

The Lafayette County, Missouri Commission, on the other hand:

Lafayette County, Missouri Signed COVID-19 Stay At Home ordinance [pdf]

Statistics from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services released yesterday indicate 17 confirmed COVID-19 cases and one resulting death in Lafayette County.

Well, Governor Parson (r)?

Governor Mike Parson (r) [2018 file photo].

Eric Greitens (r): Were they stored in the basement?


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Kevin Killeen @KMOXKilleen
Former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens delivers $80K worth of face masks to STL Fire Department. Poses for pictures, but makes no statement.
3:23 PM · Mar 30, 2020

Oh, he made a statement alright.

Uh. A few questions:

$80,000.00 worth? Where did he get them? Who paid for it? How did he get them? Why the photo op, seriously? Is he running for office?