Kasie Hunt @kasie
CA GOV BIG PICTURE: One of the top Democrats in the country got caught living like an elite while everyone else suffered. Elites vs. the rest is the driving force in our politics right now and Democrats have a tough needle to thread both in California & nationwide … (1/) 10:08 PM · Sep 14, 2021
Kasie Hunt @kasie
Democrats need to prove they can govern for EVERYBODY, and if you look at California — it’s not necessarily the best test case for national Democrats (see: concern about homelessness, crime, etc) (2/) 10:10 PM · Sep 14, 2021
Kasie Hunt @kasie
Obviously California is a Special Place — but the fact that a Democratic national star in waiting *faced* a recall and then had to fight hard for it midway through the campaign does say a lot about the potential challenges Democrats face across the map (4/) 10:12 PM · Sep 14, 2021
All that’s missing is an all-caps “DEMOCRATS IN DISARRAY”.
Some of the responses:
The person copying and pasting Republican Party press releases into tweets here is literally @CNN’s “Chief National Affairs Analyst.”
Ah yes, because when Republicans win, Democrats lose, and when Democrats win, Democrats still lose.
Shorter version of this thread: I left MSNBC because CNN is the transition road to fox.
People sing in large groups in strip clubs? I did not know that.
Josh Hawley (r) [2016 file photo].
The junior moral scold who’s supposed to represent Missouri in the United States Senate has so very many concerns in other places.
Josh Hawley @HawleyMO
So California strip clubs are protected by the First Amendment but not churches
[….] 5:10 PM · Nov 23, 2020
You think he’s checked this out for Virginia, too? Just asking.
As always, there is much hilarity in the comments:
Is that where you’re living now? Let your sister know so she can forward your mail.
Here’s and idea – universal basic income so that workers – including dancers and bar tenders – don’t have to risk their lives to put food on the table and pay rent. Then you can get on your moral high horse.
So, it now seems as if the Senator of Missouri, has moved his concerns from Hong Kong to California. I can understand that it might be an imposition, but do you think you might be able to afford a few minutes for your actual constituents? A Town Hall, maybe?
I believe Senator Hawley lives in Virginia and keeps an address with family in Missouri (where he doesn’t live) so he can be a senator from Missouri… unless I’ll be seeing you at the Ozark Walmart once the house is finished, @HawleyMO?
Maybe in the premium wine section.
@HawleyMO is sure concerned with anything and everything that has absolutely nothing to do with Missouri!
That’s because the best strip clubs are across the river in Illinois. Parking lot all Missouri plates.
My Presbyterian church continues to be closed. Not because we were told to, but because we love each other. And, though I miss my church family, would rather miss them or a little bit longer, than bury them and miss them. #ShutUpHawley
Well the patrons of strip joints are probably considered more expendable than decent church folks so there’s that
Uh, there might be some crossover there. You know, “research”.
Maoists don’t like organized religion…under their ideology we must worship the state only.
Maoists prefer strip clubs? I did not know that.
Once again, you’re focusing on the wrong things.
Focus supposedly contributes to the whole experience.
Know a little bit about those strip clubs huh, alter boy?? Lol
Don’t complain if you’re not going to do anything.
“Research” first, before action.
Churches can meet virtually. Strip clubs can’t really operate that way. Lap dances just wouldn’t be the same through a monitor.
I did not know that last part.
Am I the only finding this tweets amusing!?
So I guess your holiday from the Senate & confirming judges was more important than providing relief for people in MO during the pandemic. Good to know.
Didn’t Missouri ban nudity and touching between dancer and patrons in strip clubs several years ago? Seems like GOP is just fine with regulating speech and actions between consenting adults.
I did not know that. This thread has been educational.
Its really ridiculous, eh. The lap dancer can touch and hump you but lift your finger just a little and you get thrown out of the bar.
At least strip clubs pay taxes.
Now tell us how you feel about Citizens United.
As usual, you’ve neglected nuance and substituted it for hyperbolic sensationalism.
One of my people…
When are you going to finally circle around to the problems in Missouri?
Makes sense. Strippers and patrons will most likely wear masks at safe distances whereas in churches the science of being annoited in the blood Christ, touching and singing points to dismal protection. This is not a Christian nation there will be no theocracy. #TaxChurches
Even though you don’t live here, you could at least mention Missouri once in a while.
Aren’t you a senator in Missouri?
It can be hard to tell.
Time to dust off the those church wide pole dancing classes.
overpriced if you cant touch.
Hi @HawleyMO What are your top 3 goals for Missouri in 2021?
Live in Virginia, visit Iowa, visit New Hampshire. Just a guess.
More people go to church.
There could be some crossover.
How does this concern you, Josh “from” MO??
We see what you did there.
Missouri is out of ICU beds.
Worry about your State!
Gavin Stalin and his NKVD Stasi enforcers work in Bolshevik ways.
I did not know that.
Strip climbs pay taxes., churches don’t.
How about you worry about your state?
Strip clubs are more fun and a lot less judgemental
I agree josh, we should take away not-for-profit protections for the churches, so they can no longer bend religious money into political money.
or are you now recognizing that strip clubs are worthy houses of worship filled with goddesses?
seems like you’re laying judgment here..
Pay attention to your “home” state….if you even care about us.
Democratic politicians want to achieve the goal of brainwashing and left autocratic by eliminating people’s belief in God.
Uh. Okay, next.
Communist rule is starting….
It will only get worse with Biden/Harris in control…
Why do you care what CA is doing? Care about your state.
Why are you worried about California’s business? Forget you’re supposed to be worried about Missouri?
Ugh. Your faux sanctimonious outrage is worse than a hundred sleazy stripclub goers
Let’s not be quick to judge, there might be some crossover.
Please run in 2024!
He beat you to it.
This is the goal of the Antichrist, COVID-19 is just a global 9/11 that’s being used to take everyone’s freedom and establish a RFID Vax which the masses will voluntarily line up for.
Sarcasm? It’s kind of hard to tell.
Because California Democrats don’t go to Churches on Sunday, instead they go to strip clubs.
That’s a lot of people. Well, their state revenue must be through the roof.
How long until we start hearing your bullshit, “War on Christmas,” tweets?
Dear Missouri (not by residency) Senator,
Please try to at least pretend to represent us.
An actual Missourian
Hey, asshole, you know you are a senator for Missouri, right? Where we are running out of room in hospitals? Where our medical staff is about to break? Where we don’t even have a statewide mask mandate? But you keep worrying about CA, Facebook and the NBA.
NBA! China! California strip clubs!
You seem to tweet about everything that isn’t Missouri.
Because everything is going so well here.
Only if the Leftist scoundrels knew anything about the Constitution, they’d know it’s the only thing that stands in the way of their scheme.
Is the text available online? Just asking.
You’re one of the worst senators in the country. You somehow even manage to make Roy Blunt look less horrible. Stop tweeting bullshit and maybe do your job for once.
Who gives a rat’s ass. You’re supposed to represent Missouri, remember? We don’t give a shit about your insufferable virtue signaling.
They are both full of sinners
Also, human beings. See, crossover!
They will never open churches again. Under the Biden/Harris clan, they hate church and church goers and Christians (who are pro life). Remember, they like abortions even after birth
In 2017 Japan had one of the lowest rates of death by gun violence in the world, 0.04 per 100,000 people. In the same year the rate of death by gun violence in the United States was 4.43 per 100,000 people. The data excluded deaths in armed conflict and by self harm.
Japan, among several other countries, has a higher per capita spending rate on video games than the United States.
…video game consumption, based on international data, does not seem to correlate at all with an increase in gun violence. That countries where video games are popular also tend to be some of the world’s safest (probably because these countries are stable and developed, not because they have video games). And we also have learned, once again, that America’s rate of firearm-related homicides is extremely high for the developed world…
Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r) [2016 file photo].
A statement from Representative Vicky Hartzler (r):
“The murders in Texas and Ohio this weekend are symptoms of a culture of violence and anger that is gripping America. From entertainment and video games that consume the attention of our young people to murder in our cities, violence is pervasive in America and must be addressed. We cannot continue to turn a blind eye to the glorification of violence and murder in our society today, and our efforts to address mental health issues have just begun. My husband and I are deeply saddened at the loss of life and grieve for the families of the victims.”
“…From entertainment and video games that consume the attention of our young people to murder in our cities, violence is pervasive in America and must be addressed…”
Nope, it’s not video games. What could it be?
In a study published in 2000 (using data from 1993 and 1994):
Of all developed nations, the United States has the most privately owned guns, and the highest rates of homicide. Approximately two thirds of murder victims in the United States are killed with a gun.
Table 1 Homicide Rates for 26 High-Income Countries
Country Year Population (in thousands) Total Homicide Rate per 100,000 Suicides with a Firearm (%)
United States 1993 257,783 9.93 60.9
Japan 1994 124,069 0.62 0.2
…Results from our simple regressions of 26 developed nations show a highly significant positive correlation between total homicide rates and both proxies for gun availability…
…In our analysis, we find, for industrialized countries, a very strong and highly significant association between gun availability levels and total homicide rates. The relationship holds even though the number of observations is fairly small (n = 26) and the measures of gun availability are only proxies. The relationship does not seem to be attributable entirely to the United States—which has more guns and more homicides than other developed nations—because the results often hold when the United States is excluded from the analysis. More guns are associated with more homicides across industrialized countries.
“…We cannot continue to turn a blind eye to the glorification of violence and murder in our society today…”
There’s glorification going on all right. Take a look at the NRA.
Senator Claire McCaskill (D) took the opportunity provided by the congressional break to schedule ten open public town halls in Missouri. The first five were scheduled for today. We attended four – at 8:30 a.m. in California, at 11:00 a.m. in Tipton, at 12:45 p.m. in Versailles, and at 2:30 p.m. Eldon. Each town hall lasted approximately one hour.
Tomorrow Senator McCaskill will hold five more town halls.
Senator Claire McCaskill (D) in California, Missouri.
The format for these town halls was the same as past ones held by Senator McCakill. Anyone can submit a written question. An individual in the audience who volunteers that they “would probably never vote for” the senator is asked to randomly select the questions from a basket. That volunteer gets to ask the last question.
Not surprisingly, most of the questions were about health care. There didn’t appear to be any enthusiasm for Trumpcare cutting Medicaid and Medicare. And no enthusiasm for the massive tax cuts for the wealthy in the republican Trumpcare bills.
Senator Claire McCaskill (D) in Tipton, Missouri.
By our headcounts around fifty-five people attended in California, around forty in Tipton, around sixty-five in Versailles, and around eighty in Eldon.
There were a number of questions about veterans issues, student loan debt, infrastructure, the budget, and support for public education. There were a few questions about Donald Trump’s social media habit. “What can we do about it?” “Nothing.” There were questions about local concerns and constituent services.
Senator Claire McCaskill (D) in Versailles, Missouri.
Senator Claire McCaskill (D) in Eldon, Missouri.
Standing room in Eldon.
Anyone wonder what Senator Roy Blunt (r) was doing today? Just asking.
WHEREAS, Article I, Section 8, Clause 3 of the United States Constitution, also known as the Commerce Clause, was designed to ensure free trade between the states by preventing any state from imposing a tariff or other restriction on goods from another state; and
WHEREAS, the Commerce Clause is an enumerated power granted to Congress and is also a restriction imposed on states from enacting legislation that places an undue burden on interstate commerce; and
WHEREAS, California voters adopted Proposition 2 to their state constitution in 2008, requiring the state’s egg producers to switch to “enriched cages” or nonconfinement operations in a campaign led and funded by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS); and
WHEREAS, HSUS is a national animal rights group that has aggressively pursued an agenda intended to decrease and eventually eliminate the public’s consumption of animal protein; and
WHEREAS, forcing egg producers to switch to “enriched cages” or nonconfinement operations drove up the cost of eggs in the European Union while also leading to food shortages and the closure of countless farms; and
WHEREAS, forcing egg farmers in America to utilize “enriched cages” or nonconfinement operations will lead to the same impacts on the U.S. economy and food supply; and
WHEREAS, in 2010, at the behest of HSUS, the California legislature passed AB 1437, which was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown, prohibiting the sale of eggs from other states that do not meet the requirements of Proposition 2 of 2008; and
WHEREAS, together, California’s Proposition 2 and AB 1437 violate the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution by preventing free trade among the states; and
WHEREAS, together, California’s Proposition 2 and AB 1437 have artificially increased egg prices and restricted the availability of affordable eggs and vital animal protein to Californians, especially low-income citizens:
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the members of the House of Representatives of the Ninety-eighth General Assembly, First Regular Session, the Senate concurring therein, hereby condemn California’s anti-trade actions and call on the California legislature to repeal AB 1437 and urge the voters of California to reconsider and repeal Proposition 2.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Chief Clerk of the Missouri House of Representatives be instructed to prepare a properly inscribed copy of this resolution for the majority and minority leaders of the California General Assembly, the Governor of California, and the Attorney General of California.
[emphasis in original]
“…California’s Proposition 2 and AB 1437 violate the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution by preventing free trade among the states…”
Uh, that would be determined by the federal courts if somebody actually bothered to pursue the issue. Oh, wait…
“…HSUS is a national animal rights group that has aggressively pursued an agenda intended to decrease and eventually eliminate the public’s consumption of animal protein…”
Left out the part about the “conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids”.
Irony impairment alert:
“…California’s Proposition 2 and AB 1437 have artificially increased egg prices and restricted the availability of affordable eggs and vital animal protein to Californians, especially low-income citizens…”
The concern for California’s low-income citizens from the Missouri General Assembly is touching. You know, unlike Missouri’s low-income citizens, they have better access to affordable health care.
Ladies and gentlemen, the priorities of our republican controlled Missouri General Assembly.
CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT
No. 12-144. Argued March 26, 2013-Decided June 26, 2013
….We have never before upheld the standing of a private party to defend the constitutionality of a state statute when state officials have chosen not to. We decline to do so for the first time here.
Because petitioners have not satisfied their burden to demonstrate standing to appeal the judgment of the District Court, the Ninth Circuit was without jurisdiction to consider the appeal. The judgment of the Ninth Circuit is vacated, and the case is remanded with instructions to dismiss the appeal for lack of jurisdiction.
It is so ordered.
This ruling effectively restores gay marriage in California, the Supreme Court ruling that the people who brought the case to overturn the overturning (think about that for a second) do not have standing to bring the case to the court.
On May 4, 2012 Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) held town halls in Buffalo, Versailles and California, Missouri. We attended all three and photographed and recorded audio and video at each event.
We’ve noted at the town halls that we’ve attended this Spring that the number of people who show up is relatively miniscule when compared to the number of people who live in and actually vote in the district.
The town hall in California, Missouri was held in the new city building. Other than two
of us from Show Me Progress there was only one other media representative present (from the local paper).
Representative Hartzler (r) working the room in Buffalo, Missouri before her presentation and the question and answer session.
Power point slides as part of the presentation in Buffalo. We’ve seen many of these before.
In Buffalo, Missouri, a response to a paranoid question about an executive order signed on March 16th by President Obama to “take over everything” in a declared emergency (Gee, where have we seen that before?):
Representative Vicky Hartzler (r): ….and this president has done more executive orders than any other president, although it is, has been a tool that’s been used by every president since George Washington….
The Disposition Tables list the status of Executive Orders from:
January 8, 1937 – May 2, 2012
Barack Obama (2009-Present)
EO’s 13489 – 13607
George W. Bush (2001-2009)
William J. Clinton (1993-2001)
George Bush (1989-1993)
Ronald Reagan (1981-1989)
Jimmy Carter (1977-1981)
Gerald R. Ford (1974-1977)
Richard Nixon (1969-1974)
Lyndon B. Johnson (1963-1969)
John F. Kennedy (1961-1963)
Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961)
Harry S. Truman (1945-1953)
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945)
Herbert Hoover (1929-1933)
Do the math. That’s 118 by President Obama, 290 by George W. Bush, 363 by Bill Clinton, 165 by George H. W. Bush, 380 by Ronald Reagan, 319 by Jimmy Carter, 168 by Gerald Ford, 345 by Richard Nixon, 323 by Lyndon Johnson, 213 by John Kennedy, 481 by Dwight Eisenhower, 893 by Harry Truman, 3,466 by FDR, and 995 by Herbert Hoover.
“…and this president has done more executive orders than any other president…”
Not even close.
There were six different members of Representative Hartzler’s (r) staff in attendance at different stages of the three May 4th town halls.
In Buffalo, Missouri.
Working the room before her presentation and the question and answer session in Versailles, Missouri:
Taking questions in Versailles, Missouri:
Working the room in California, Missouri:
Taking questions in California:
This Spring Representative Hartzler (r) did close to twenty town halls and “meet and greets”. For the events we attended the difference in format between the two was mostly a matter of length and, sometimes, the slide presentation was absent from the meet and greet. At each location Representative Hartzler’s staff set up a sign-in table. On her arrival Representative Hartzler greets everyone in the room individually, taking time to speak briefly with them. She may nod to the bloggers, if they’ve been at a number of her town halls. A staffer sometimes accompanies her, taking photos. Representative Hartzler then does a presentation (lasting up to twenty or so minutes), then takes questions for the remainder of the event. At the close of the event she takes time to talk with those who wish to visit.
The attendance at the events we’ve covered this Spring has been relatively sparse. We’ve noted that there has been a definite ideological mix of people showing up, from obvious libertarians (by their questions), to teabaggers (by their t-shirts), to true believers, to corporatist republicans (by their introductions), to Democrats (by their questions and t-shirts).
Representative Hartzler (r) sometimes avoids calling on obvious Democrats (either because she knows them or because they’re wearing t-shirts identifying them as such), though she’s not always successful in avoiding them. To be fair, when she can’t avoid it, she does take questions from the obvious Democrats. Interestingly, the most painfully embarrassing questions and/or statements appear to come from the lunatic fringe right wingnuts in attendance.
Meta. Here’s a tip for folks in public life who are new to this Internets and blogging thing – if you did or said something that attracted a lot of attention, remember, you were the one who did or said it.
Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) presented three town halls in the 4th Congressional District today in the towns of Buffalo, Versailles and California. We were there.
Under the constituent sign-in table at Representative Vicky Hartzler’s (r) town hall in Buffalo, Missouri – May 4, 2012.
For anyone who has attended one of Representative Hartzler’s town halls this is funny and ironic on so many levels.
Before the start of the Buffalo town hall one of Representative Hartzler’s staffers approached us as we had finished setting up and I had started taking stills of people signing in for the town hall. The conversation (paraphrased):
Staffer: Are you taking video?
Me: No, he does video [pointing to Jerry Schmidt]. I take stills. [There was a slight pause in the conversation]
Staffer: I would prefer that you not. People attending don’t want to be on video or pictures, their privacy…
Me: This is a public meeting. Have we ever done anything in the past other than present everything in its entirety?
Staffer: I could ask you all day and I suppose the answer would be the same.
Me: This is a public meeting.
There were six different staff in attendance at different stages of the three town halls.
In Versailles, Missouri. That’s a staffer on the right with a camera.
Wait, that’s a staffer with a camera taking pictures of Representative Hartzler interacting with constituents at a town hall? We do that, too. We also do meticulous transcripts of the proceedings so anyone can read what went on.
Part of the response to a question by a constituent at the Versailles, Missouri town hall about Representative Hartzler’s worth as reported in her personal financial disclosure report:
Representative Vicky Hartzler (r): ….So those reports are written by people who don’t like me, who don’t want me reelected. They’re here, we’ve got people been following me around. They take my pictures, they’re video recording me so they can defeat me this November. Uh, anyway, that’s a part of it. So, you know, But it’s out there and, uh, anyway, so….
“…they’re video recording me so they can defeat me this November…”
“…if you did or said something that attracted a lot of attention, remember, you were the one who did or said it…”
Uh, we cover politics and government in Missouri. We post that information (photographs, video, transcripts, public reports) on our blog so that anyone who may be interested can access it. You know, it’s called reporting.