Outside yesterday’s Governor’s Ham Breakfast at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia:
Well, Kris Kobach (r) is certainly doing his part.
The World Is a Cargo Cult (June 27, 2017)
Josh Hawley’s (r) campaign “flatbed truck” outside the Missouri State Fair Governor’s Ham Breakfast in Sedalia this morning:
And, guess who else was there?:
Our old friend, Eli!
Eli Yokley @eyokley
.@HawleyMO brought his debate trailer to the state fair: “Where is @clairecmc? She’s hiding out in Washington, D.C.”
9:43 AM – 16 Aug 2018 from Governor’s Ham Breakfast
Much hilarity ensued. Some of the responses:
Senate is in session. Hawley wants MO to elect the first senatorial candidate who doesn’t even have the mental capacity to read a calendar.
Well, the Republican platform is ‘Government is broken. If it isn’t, we’ll make sure it is.” So he’d fit right in.
I see the Mitch McConnell election strategy is being used…keep Senate Dem candidates working & doing their jobs so Rs can use it against them.
She’s in DC because working for Missouri and he’s using it against her?
Enough of that nonsense.
Yeah… pretty sure she is Washington DC doing her job since the Senate is in session. Need a tutorial on how government works?
At work, Josh. Unlike you, when you’re working out at Wilson’s in Columbia, MO, 25 miles from your office, in the middle of the day, during the work week
This second? Yelling at an HHS official at a Senate hearing about not caring for unaccompanied minor children after they leave government care.
Isn’t he supposed to be running the AG’s office on a weekday? That thing he was elected to do?
In Washington DC doing what her constituents pay her to do – legislate.
@HawleyMO – I would hope voters would want a candidate to know the job they are campaigning for, and understand the work schedule. Or at least be able to hire staff to help you understand?
Claire’s in DC working. Remember @SenMajLdr forced everyone to work this month so Dems cannot campaign…er sorry, to affirm Trump’s judge picks. Anyway, it’s nice to see Josh took time away from the gym to launch a campaign to debate Claire.
Um…dude…she’s in D.C. because the Senate is in session, she’s a Senator, and it’s her JOB.
Maybe you could do YOUR job for a change, @HawleyMO? Or are you working out at Wilson’s this morning?
Uh, that’s where she works representing the people of MO. Kind of embarrassing for you if you don’t understand how this works.
That was probably addressed to Josh Hawley (r).
Hahahaha…she’s doing her JOB! [….]
Do not vote for @HawleyMO
He’s made a fool of himself … again
Voters found Senator @ClairecMc at work & doing an exemplary job
As a former prosecutor & a Senator since 2006, she knows the details, she has the strategy to roll up her sleeves, ask questions & find solutions
I found her. She’s doing her job
Duh, McConnell killed the August recess, to prevent the Dem’s from campaigning. But thanks for reminding all of us of the GOP’s cheating ways.
At least Claire was able to teach him the difference between a trailer and a flatbed, LOL.
That assumed he’s educable…
She’s WORKING!!! Turn on CSPAN.
Is @HawleyMO unclear as to what a senator’s job is? Does he know that Congress is in Washington? Very worrying if he doesn’t know these very simple facts.
Maybe if Hawley had McCaskill’s work ethic, he would have had time to investigate Greitens’ illegal coordination with A New Missouri.
Ouch. That’s gonna leave a mark.
I want him to hold a town hall so he can explain to me why he’s trying to take preexisting conditions protection away from millions of Missourians. I really want him to explain that one! #NeverHawley #VoteForClaire
Clearly that is a flatbed truck
The people of the Show-Me State know what’s up.
Wow. He really sucks at this campaign stuff.
Um, I think she’s at work.
He does understand the job he’s seeking will require him to be in D.C. a lot of the time, right?
Claire is in Washington DC. She works there. That’s where the Senate is.
Go get some funnel cake and a corn dog.
Have fun at the fair.
Don’t you people have jobs? Claire is at work not hauling a “flatbed” around the state like @HawleyMO trying to make us believe he’s a regular Missourian.
Take a leap. Hawley didn’t debate a single one of his primary opponents. #HawleyDidntEarnIt
Wow!! Just wow!! You know senate is in session right?!? She’s. Doing. Her. Job!! Do you need a lesson in government?
She’s doing her job as a US Senator today, dealing w/ reunification of families. That’s where she is. I’m sure you could check her website & get the long list of all the Missouri towns & events she has been visiting.
I think @HawleyMO forgot that he still has a job to do in MO. We know he never really wanted it, since he almost immediately started campaigning for the next one. He’d probably be equally useless as Senator…let’s not find out.
a ham-handed publicity stunt.
We see what they did there.
We found her. But don’t waste a good search party. See if you can find an honest Republican.
Dude, just stop.
This is embarrassing.
Wow, this really backfired on you!
Senate meeting today. She has a job to do, remember?
Not hiding, working. She’s in a hearing on unaccompanied immigrant youth. It’s an actual job as opposed to eating bacon
Uh, she’s working. She’s doing what she was elected to do. What are you doing besides putting on a sideshow?
Debate trailer? Do something meaningful with your time instead of creating political theater
Ah, someone else knows what it is.
Uh. Did you see her response? You owned yourself. Never ask a question you don’t want the answer to.
Wait, Claire responded? Yes, she did!:
Claire McCaskill @clairecmc
CSPAN. Right now. Important hearing on unaccompanied children. Doing my job.
10:02 AM – 16 Aug 2018
And some of those responses:
Ain’t no clapback like a McCaskill clapback!!
Local man steps on rake; repeats.
Haha. Tell em, Claire.
Read all McCaskill tweets with a Samuel Jackson “…motherf*cker” added to the end.
Claire McCaskill (D) clubs a baby harp seal… (August 8, 2018)
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D): opening day at the Missouri State Fair (August 9, 2018)
… it’s a dead end job.
The “actor”, dressed in black (bless him), out in the sun, with a temperature in the 90s, attempted to harass Senator Claire McCaskill (D) at the Missouri State Fair. Almost everyone ignored him.
Do you suppose on the really hot days in Missouri they offer their campaign tracker the opportunity to fetch coffee at their headquarters as a change of pace and a respite from the heat?
Campaign Tracker: apparently a tie is now optional working attire (September 10, 2016)
Campaign Tracker: Where’s Waldo? (September 12, 2016)
Apparently, at the same time, Josh Hawley (r) was standing on a trailer somewhere in Blue Springs, Missouri.
Senator Claire McCaskill (D) attended opening day at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia today:
Talking to constituents:
The National Anthem at the opening ceremony:
Speaking with Missouri Democrats at the Missouri Democratic Party tent next to the grandstand:
Claire McCaskill (D) has had a really good week. Large primary turnout, the republican nominee steps on a rake (again)…
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) and Josh Hawley (r) (August 8, 2018)
Be afraid, be very afraid (August 8, 2018)
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D): not wasting any time (August 8, 2018)
Claire McCaskill (D) clubs a baby harp seal… (August 8, 2018)
Who’s the elite insider? McCaskill or Hawley (August 9, 2018)
…on so many levels.
A Roy Blunt (r) U.S. Senate campaign sign crew at the back of a mini rally before
the start of the Governor’s Ham Breakfast at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia – August 20, 2015.
Our world in three Tweets (April 21, 2015)
PPP polling results in Missouri: social media hints (August 11, 2015)
PPP Missouri Poll: 2016 U.S. Senate and Governor – August 11, 2015 (August 11, 2015)
There are cities in Missouri’s 4th Congressional District which are served by Amtrak.
Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) in (ironically) Sedalia, which is served by Amtrak [2014 file photo].
Yesterday the House of Representatives voted to pass HR 749 which would reauthorize federal support for Amtrak (and, thus, enable passenger train service to continue in various cities and towns across the country, including in Missouri’s 4th Congressional District).
FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 112
H R 749 YEA-AND-NAY 4-Mar-2015 3:05 PM
QUESTION: On Passage
BILL TITLE: To reauthorize Federal support for passenger rail programs and for other purposes
—- YEAS 316 —
—- NAYS 101 —
—- NOT VOTING 15 —
Well, there was plenty of bipartisan support for the bill to keep funding Amtrak and passenger rail service for four more years. Except… Representative Hartzler (r) didn’t see fit to vote to support passenger rail service which directly serves the people in her district. Why would that be the case?:
House Approves Amtrak Funding, Rewrites Rules To Allow Furry Riders
March 04, 201511:08 PM ET
The Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act passed on a vote of 316 to 101 (132 Republicans joined 184 Democrats in voting for the bill; 101 Republicans voted against). It keeps spending for Amtrak at nearly current levels – about $1.4 billion a year – for the next four years, and includes other reforms aimed at improving the railroad’s fiscal performance.
That disappointed some of the passenger rail service’s supporters, who had hoped for increased funding to help Amtrak improve its deteriorating infrastructure and update aging rail cars and equipment.
But many Republicans, backed by conservative groups including Club for Growth and Heritage Action, say the overall federal passenger rail subsidy of $7.2 billion is too much. The groups argue the spending reforms don’t go far enough and warn this would be scored as a “key vote” in their influential ratings of conservative lawmakers.
Just before the bill passed, a GOP amendment to eliminate all federal subsidies for Amtrak failed on a vote of 147 to 272….
One can see the dilemma – vote for services for the people in your district, or vote the way right wingnut special interests want you to vote.
What if you had a ham breakfast and the Governor couldn’t be there? (August 14, 2014)
Senator Roy Blunt (r) spoke yesterday morning at a republican press conference in the Farm Bureau building on the grounds of the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia shortly after the Governor’s Ham Breakfast. He was joined at the press conference taking issue with proposed EPA rules on water by Representatives Vicky Hartzler (r) and Blaine Luetkemeyer (r). They also criticized regulation in general.
“…if they don’t sell it [Canadian tar sand oil slated to be transported by the Keystone pipeline] to us they’ll sell it to somebody else…”
Water is wet.
“…logic doesn’t always work if people do illogical things…”
Uh, by definition if the action is illogical the logic never worked.
“…Common sense doesn’t prevail if people pursue policies that don’t meet the common sense standard…”
Again, by definition.
“…Another one that I’m for is making members of Congress vote on every rule and regulation that has any economic impact…”
Think about that for a
minute second. Right. Because the republican majority of the House always bases their decisions on facts, science, and the benefit to all.
From the Enviromental Protection Agency:
Release Date: 03/25/2014
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) today jointly released a proposed rule to clarify protection under the Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources. The proposed rule will benefit businesses by increasing efficiency in determining coverage of the Clean Water Act. The agencies are launching a robust outreach effort over the next 90 days, holding discussions around the country and gathering input needed to shape a final rule.
Determining Clean Water Act protection for streams and wetlands became confusing and complex following Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006. For nearly a decade, members of Congress, state and local officials, industry, agriculture, environmental groups, and the public asked for a rulemaking to provide clarity.
The proposed rule clarifies protection for streams and wetlands. The proposed definitions of waters will apply to all Clean Water Act programs. It does not protect any new types of waters that have not historically been covered under the Clean Water Act and is consistent with the Supreme Court’s more narrow reading of Clean Water Act jurisdiction.
The health of rivers, lakes, bays, and coastal waters depend on the streams and wetlands where they begin. Streams and wetlands provide many benefits to communities – they trap floodwaters, recharge groundwater supplies, remove pollution, and provide habitat for fish and wildlife. They are also economic drivers because of their role in fishing, hunting, agriculture, recreation, energy, and manufacturing.
About 60 percent of stream miles in the U.S. only flow seasonally or after rain, but have a considerable impact on the downstream waters. And approximately 117 million people – one in three Americans – get drinking water from public systems that rely in part on these streams. These are important waterways for which EPA and the Army Corps is clarifying protection.
The proposed rule preserves the Clean Water Act exemptions and exclusions for agriculture. Additionally, EPA and the Army Corps have coordinated with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop an interpretive rule to ensure that 56 specific conservation practices that protect or improve water quality will not be subject to Section 404 dredged or fill permitting requirements. The agencies will work together to implement these new exemptions and periodically review, and update USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service conservation practice standards and activities that would qualify under the exemption. Any agriculture activity that does not result in the discharge of a pollutant to waters of the U.S. still does not require a permit.
The proposed rule is supported by the latest peer-reviewed science, including a draft scientific assessment by EPA, which presents a review and synthesis of more than 1,000 pieces of scientific literature. The rule will not be finalized until the final version of this scientific assessment is complete.
Forty years ago, two-thirds of America’s lakes, rivers and coastal waters were unsafe for fishing and swimming. Because of the Clean Water Act, that number has been cut in half. However, one-third of the nation’s waters still do not meet standards.
The EPA has additional information on the Waters of the United States proposed rule.
Senator Roy Blunt (r): Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, Blake. And congratulations to everybody who worked on the right to farm. Uh, I was Secretary of State for eight years. My guess would be that this is, uh, this is a narrow margin, but a margin that holds up and it makes a long time difference. Uh, none of the three of us are lawyers. We, we, as, and we, and we’d be quick to say, uh, but as a non lawyer I think putting this in the Constitution matters. It matters when something comes up on the floor of the General Assembly and others can stand up and say, wait a minute, the Constitution of the State of Missouri says that this, what we’re talking about, is something that’s uniquely protected in the Constitution. Makes a difference in court, I would think, if people have to go to court to contend that they uphold their rights. And all of the discussion of whether this benefits big farms or little farms, uh, my, my sense is that, uh, the big farms will generally take care of themselves. The family farms are much more likely to be impacted by rules that don’t make sense, than other farms.
So, let’s go to the topic that, uh, uh, Blake first brought up, the rules that don’t make sense. I just actually saw one of our people who works for the EPA next door and said, well, I’m gonna go next door and talk about what a bad job you all are doing in so many areas [laughter], uh, the EPA being one of them. This week I’ve been talking about a bill that I introduced in the Senate that both Vicky [Hartzler] and, uh, Blaine [Luetkemeyer] voted for in House and the House passed in a bipartisan way, called, uh, the Enforce Act. And the Enforce Act would give members of the, members of Congress the ability we don’t currently have to go to court early and let a judge decide whether the President and the administration are properly enforcing the law or not. Under the current situation we don’t have any standing in court. We can file a friend of the court brief, but to do that the rule has to go into effect. Somebody has to be negatively impacted by the rule. They have to be willing to go to court. And that court means maybe two levels of federal court before the Supreme Court, so, couple of years later you find out, as the court ruled two or three times in the last session, [inaudible] the administration has no authority to do that. So we’d like to be able to intervene earlier and say, okay, let’s just , we’ve got a disagreement here, a majority of one of the two houses of Congress, if not both, believe that you’re not properly enforcing the law, let’s settle that right now.
And certainly the clean water proposals would fall in that criterion. Uh, when in the early nineteen seventies the Congress passed the Clean Water Act they gave authority to the EPA over navigable waters. This is a term that had been used in federal law since about eighteen ninety-nine and it meant waters that you could actually navigate on. What a shocking, what a shocking surprise that would be. That is not all the water of the United States. It is not every water, every drip, drop of water that could eventually somehow wind up in a, something that you could define as a navigable water. It’s an overreach that impacts, as Blaine said, every builder, every county commissioner, every city official, every farming family and it should not be allowed to stand.
Even if, even if the EPA was well motivated here this is more than they can ever do. They can’t regulate every ditch in Missouri that water runs down to the side of the road. Even if they wanted to and even if their desire was to do something that every one of us agree with. Which, of course, it wouldn’t be. But even if it was, they couldn’t do this job. The consequences of these actions easily rob us of our natural, uh, opportunities. I’m gonna talk a little bit more about this when I see some of you at lunch, but our natural opportunities are pretty great.
World food needs are gonna double in the next fifty-five years. The, the, the river system becomes more important than it’s been in probably a hundred years as it tries to connect, uh, with both Asia and Europe and the opportunities there. Uh, we, we have, there are many, this is like the logic of the Keystone pipeline. That oil is coming out of the ground. We are clearly the best customer for that oil from Canada. We’re their best trading partner. They should want to sell it to us. But if they don’t sell it to us, and they’re willing to sell it to us at the Texas rate, which is about twenty percent less than they’ll sell it to anybody else, if they don’t sell it to us they’ll sell it to somebody else. You know, logic doesn’t always work if people do illogical things. Common sense doesn’t prevail if people pursue policies that don’t meet the common sense standard. As I told our friends in Jefferson City when I had the chance to speak to them at the General Assembly last year, the closer you solve a problem where the problem is the more likely you’re gonna get a solution that meets that standard of common sense. And the further you move the, the, the solution away the less likely it’s gonna meet the solution of common sense.
And the very fact that the EPA would say that navigable waters means all the water that could ever somehow trickle into a navigable stream indicates just how far afield they are. These are regulations we shouldn’t let stand. Uh, we need to look for every way we can to get regulators under control. The Enforce Act would be one.
Another one that I’m for is making members of Congress vote on every rule and regulation that has any economic impact. Not only are the regulators out of control, they’re unaccountable. And you and I need to be able get our hands on somebody who at the end of the day says, yes, we, we’re for that regulation. And if that happens it’s gonna make more sense.
You know, the Congress, once the House passed cap and trade, which I wasn’t for, the, people figured out what it was, the Senate would never have passed cap and trade because people figured out this was about doubling our utility bill if I live in Missouri. Uh, but regulators can do things, President says, well there’s more than one way to skin a cat and so we’ll find other ways to do cap and trade. They’re trying to do that as well. That’s the other massive economic destroying, uh, EPA proposal that’s out there right now.
But, uh, no matter what Gina McCarthy [Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency] says the concerns about this are legitimate, they are not myths, they are not ludicrous. The comments of the Farm Bureau that reflected those of farm families were not hogwash. You got regulators out of control and their out of control actions will do the wrong things for our state and the wrong ways for our families and we’re gonna fight that.
Senator Claire McCaskill (D) spent the day in Ferguson, Missouri.
This morning’s Governor’s Ham Breakfast at the State Fair in Sedalia took place without Governor Jay Nixon. Governor Nixon was in Ferguson, Missouri as was/is Senator Claire McCaskill. No statewide Democratic Party office holders were in attendance at the breakfast.
Senator Roy Blunt (r), Representative Vicky Hartzler (r), Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer (r), State Auditor Tom Schweich (r), House Speaker Tim Jones (r), and former Speaker Catherine Hanaway (r) were at the State Fair. We also covered a republican press conference at the Farm Bureau building going after the EPA on water regulation. Senator Blunt, Representative Hartzler and Representative Luetkemeyer spoke. Not a word about Ferguson, but the were all pleased about the “right to farm” amendment.
Serenading folks in the Home Economics Building.
The band also performed in the big tent for the ham breakfast crowd. They were quite good.
Senator Roy Blunt (r).
Politicians weren’t the only ones on display and being judged.
Representative Vicky Hartzler (r).
The Democratic Party tent at the Missouri State Fair.
They were open and active long before the republican tent opened up.
Former House Speaker Catherine Hanaway (r).
State Auditor Tom Schweich (r).
Representative Vicky Hartzler (r).
Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer at the republican press conference in the Farm Bureau Building.
Interestingly, all three purported republican candidates for Governor in 2016 attended the breakfast. There was no tear gas.