Jefferson City, Mo. — Today Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft urged United States Senator Roy Blunt to use whatever means possible to stop the passage of HB 8404, S. 4556: the Respect for Marriage Act (RFMA).
Ashcroft, in a letter to Senator Blunt, wrote that the RFMA, “Specifically runs afoul traditional principles of federalism,” and that it will “embolden an already weaponized U.S. Department of Justice.
“RFMA significantly alters the balance between state and federal power,” wrote Ashcroft, “Missouri’s constitution already defines marriage; federal law need not.”
Ashcroft stated, “Missourians have overwhelmingly approved marriage as a bond between one man and one woman. Over seventy percent of Missourians amended the Missouri Constitution stipulating that “to be valid and recognized in this state, a marriage shall exist only between a man and a woman.”
He concluded the letter with a handwritten note urging Blunt to wholeheartedly represent his constituents in one of his last votes as a United States Senator. Ashcroft penned, “Please, I urge you to stand strong for Missourians.”
Outdated, antiquated, bigoted, pretentiously self righteous. So, what else is new?
Sure, go ahead, run another ballot initiative on the subject – for the 2024 general election. I double dog dare you.
“Finally, it is highly inappropriate to pass such a controversial piece of legislation in a lame duck session after the people of this country have so recently rejected the congressional leadership at the ballot box.”
Amy Coney Barrett.
You get Andy Biggs (r).
Lame attempt at spin there. Let’s ask “Leader” Mitch McConnell (r) all about that, shall we?
* Original working headline: “The turd doesn’t drop far from the asshole”
Statement on Secretary of State Ashcroft’s Proposed Rule
October 19, 2022 [….]
The Missouri Library Association considers Secretary of State Ashcroft’s proposed rule for libraries an infringement on the professional judgment of librarians, and an effort to further stoke division in the communities that libraries serve. Libraries support access to information and ideas. The placement of books and materials in libraries is something that should be left up to people with training and experience in the profession of librarianship.
Ashcroft’s proposed changes also place undue burden on small and urban libraries by undermining not only their sense of agency but their ability to access information. The libraries who are most in need of state funding and assistance are also the most at risk under the proposed change.
MLA Statement on Intellectual Freedom
February 7, 2022 [….]
On behalf of our members, member institutions and professional ethical standards, we at the Missouri Library Association (MLA) stand with librarians, library workers, and other educators in the state of Missouri as they select and provide access to their collections for readers. We further support the processes and procedures our libraries have in place to deal with challenges with concerned parents and community members and are deeply troubled by efforts to circumvent these processes for political gain or as a result of moral panic.
Libraries as public institutions have existed in the United States for over 250 years. Each year, we promote our foundational ideals, provide access for our patrons, and find better and more equitable avenues to improve our institutions. Perhaps our most important guiding principle comes from Ranganathan: “Every reader, their book and every book, its reader.”
The “freedom to read” is more than just a shorthand for encouraging curiosity and inquiry. It is a pillar of our democracy. Intellectual freedom means that all of us have the right to explore and engage with the ideas we choose, and to be informed about the world around us. Adults have intellectual freedom, but so do youth. We support MASL’s statement that says, “Students should have choices in what books they read.”
We librarians are skilled, credentialed and thoughtful professionals who make it our work to champion inquiry, curiosity, democracy and access to information. Librarians support the rights of parents to choose books for their own children, but not the rights of one person to choose what books are right for an entire classroom, school, or public. Through our deep immersion in books and materials, librarians and library workers understand the greater context of knowledge and understanding facilitated through our collections. We reject the claim that removing, labeling, or relocating a title will somehow shield children from the ideas contained within, especially in the context of our connected digital world. We further reject the notion that anyone can perform the work we do without significant engagement with the professional ethics and expertise of librarianship. Public and school libraries are safe places for children to encounter ideas in an environment that nurtures curiosity. Occasionally these encounters will include ideas that might be challenging. We support the right of readers to be challenged, to learn, and to grow. Librarians and educators are the critical connection between readers and their books. It is our responsibility to champion these rights.
We support the expertise, thoughtfulness, and care exercised by thousands of librarians, library workers, and educators in the state of Missouri to foster the curiosity and inquiry that lives in young people. [….]
Jefferson City, Mo. — Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft’s office has submitted a proposed rule that would establish a certification requirement for libraries receiving state funds and institute measures to protect minors from non-age-appropriate materials.
As stated in the proposal, libraries would adopt written policies determining what material is age-appropriate. As well, state funds could not be used to purchase or acquire inappropriate materials in any form that appeal to the prurient interest of a minor.
Libraries also would be required to honor a parent’s decision as to what material their child has access to in the library. Parents would have the right to challenge a library’s age-appropriate designation for any material.
“When state dollars are involved, we want to bring back local control and parental involvement in determining what children are exposed to,” said Ashcroft. “Foremost, we want to protect our children.”
This proposed administrative rule will be published in the Missouri Register on November 15, 2022, and then have a 30-day comment period. Secretary Ashcroft welcomes and encourages comment submission by mailing the Office of the Missouri Secretary of State, PO Box 1767, Jefferson City, MO 65102 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Missouri State Library, within the Secretary of State’s office, promotes the development and improvement of library services throughout the state. Since taking office in 2017, Ashcroft has worked closely with Missouri’s libraries and the state legislature to improve state funding and improve public libraries.
“Supporting the efforts of libraries across our state has been a priority of mine since day one – we have been able to provide millions of dollars to libraries through grants and other funding,” Ashcroft said. “Yes, we want to make sure libraries have the resources and materials they need for their constituents, but we also want our children to be “children” a little longer than a pervasive culture many often dictate.”
“…that appeal to the prurient interest of a minor…” Welcome to America, in the 17th Century.
Jay Ashcroft @JayAshcroftMO
It’s time to stand up to Disney, which promised to make over half of its characters part of the LGBTQ community. They should stick to cartoons and leave these discussions on life to the parents. 10:14 AM · Apr 8, 2022
Some of the responses:
It certainly is curious with all the 100% heterosexual characters Disney has had for years how children grew up to love people of their same gender.
I wonder why that happened.
Your thoughts on this would be important to know.
Fair point. Then they should leave hetero characters out of the cartoons also. You know, so that we can leave these discussion on life to the parents. Even the homosexual parents.
You dad is scared of statue titties bro
The value of institutional memory.
You should feel shame for promoting homophobia. It’s not going to gain you votes, it’s gonna cost you the respect of a lot of people though.
Get back to supporting individual liberties and just let people be.
I watched Winnie the Pooh and now I am a pantsless honey addict! Save our children from the same fate Jay!
Sweet mercy you’re a pale shade of your father Jay.
Where is that documented Jay? And what do you have against Gay people? Why are you so against anyone who does not identify as heterosexual? Explain why your are Homophobic?
Why can’t gay folks be represented at Disney? There are gay people in the GOP. You worked with one. Don’t want to talk about it, eh?
The cartoons where a protagonists parents are routinely killed. Gotcha. Much better than whatever is hurting your feelings. Another great take from the family who covered a statues breast.
Every accusation by Republicans is an admission
Aren’t parents the ones that decide if their kid watches Disney?? They already have control of the matter.
It ain’t free.
I had no idea your father fed you lead paint.
Hope you enjoy your trip to Dollywood! Spend all you can there, okay?
Jay – We know you’re not the sharpest pencil in the box, but do try to both keep up and get it right.
amen it’s a total LGBTQ+ conspiracy that’s why they call it disney PLUS
Why are you so threatened by this?
Are you going to be okay or should we call your mommy?
Wtf does this have to do with your official responsibilities as SoS?
Missouri Senate Conservative Caucus @SenateCaucus
Join the 7R-1D congressional map rally at the Missouri Capitol on Monday, February 7 starting at 10 a.m.! Let’s make sure Pelosi isn’t Speaker of the House in 2023! #moleg
[….] 9:19 PM · Feb 3, 2022
10:00 a.m. on a Monday? Anyone think they’ll book an extra bus or two for actual working people?
U.S. Representative – District 1 (729 of 729 Precincts Reported)
Anthony Rogers Republican 59,940 19.0%
Cori Bush Democratic 249,087 78.8%
U.S. Representative – District 2 (798 of 798 Precincts Reported)
Ann Wagner Republican 233,157 51.9%
Jill Schupp Democratic 204,540 45.5%
U.S. Representative – District 3 (327 of 327 Precincts Reported)
Blaine Luetkemeyer Republican 282,866 69.4%
Megan Rezabek Democratic 116,095 28.5%
U.S. Representative – District 4 (384 of 384 Precincts Reported)
Vicky Hartzler Republican 245,247 67.6%
Lindsey Simmons Democratic 107,635 29.7%
U.S. Representative – District 5 (257 of 257 Precincts Reported)
Ryan Derks Republican 135,934 38.6%
Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 207,180 58.8%
U.S. Representative – District 6 (475 of 475 Precincts Reported)
Sam Graves Republican 258,709 67.1%
Gena L. Ross Democratic 118,926 30.8%
U.S. Representative – District 7 (303 of 303 Precincts Reported)
Billy Long Republican 254,318 68.9%
Teresa Montseny Democratic 98,111 26.6%
U.S. Representative – District 8 (449 of 449 Precincts Reported)
Jason Smith Republican 253,811 76.9%
Kathy Ellis Democratic 70,561 21.4%
The total Congressional vote for either Democrats or Republicans in Missouri in 2020 was 2,896,117. The total Congressional vote for Republican candidates in 2020 was 1,723,982 (59.53%). The total Congressional vote for Democratic candidates was 1,172,135 (40.47%).
7 (87.5%) “Republican” districts – 1 (12.5%) “Democratic” districts in Congress from Missouri? Seriously? More like 5 (62.5%) – 3 (37.5%).
Jay Ashcroft @JayAshcroftMO
62 school districts in Missouri are closed, leaving thousands of parents without the choice for what is best for their child. That is unacceptable. Keep schools open and the right to decide what is best for the family for the parents. 10:31 AM · Jan 29, 2022
The stupid, it burns.
“…That is unacceptable…”
If you buy his crap you’re as stupid as he is.
Some of the responses:
And keep local control so school boards and local leaders can decide what’s best for THEIR communities without fear of being sued by the state and wasting taxpayers’ money! Deal?
Not gonna happen.
Perhaps protocols that would prevent sickness that forces teachers and students to stay home from school would be sensible. Can you think of any?
Uh, like wearing masks, promoting vaccines, contact tracing, quarantine?
There is not enough staff to keep them open. Kids are sick. This has nothing to do with parents rights. So tired of the gaslighting. The virus did not go away just because Parsons said he was done with it.
Why are the schools closed, Jay?
Why are 62 school districts closed?
Take a wild guess.
My goodness, you might mention they’re closed because teachers and staff are ill. This has nothing to do with ‘parents not having the choice’, it has to do with a pandemic. This is the most idiotic tweet I’ve seen in months and you’ve had a lot of competition.
State of Missouri – General Election, November 03, 2020
As announced by the Board of State Canvassers on December 08, 2020
Secretary of State 3692 of 3692 Precincts Reported
John R. (Jay) Ashcroft Republican 1,798,505 60.505%
Yinka Faleti Democratic 1,081,113 36.371%
Carl Herman Freese Libertarian 55,583 1.870%
Paul Lehmann Green 24,131 0.812%
Paul Venable Constitution 13,151 0.442%
[….]”The biggest question there is whether Missouri will stay a 6-2 state, with six Republican districts and two Democrat districts, or whether they will go 7-1,” Ashcroft said.
He said the state’s political leaning has been changing during the past couple decades, which could provide reason to change the current districts for more Republican representation.
He said he’s expecting a robust discussion on congressional redistricting, particularly in terms of how Missouri voters line up with current representatives.
“Just looking at my own position, I won statewide by 25 percentage points, which makes me say that it seems to me Missouri is a pretty Republican state,” Ashcroft said. “So in that regard, if we were 7-1, I think that would probably do a better job of actually representing who the people of Missouri are in Washington, D.C.”[….]
Jay Ashcroft (r), right wingnut, math:
60.505% is equal to or greater than 87.5%
36.371% is less than 25.0% and equal to 12.5%
This also explains how the U.S. Senate filibuster “works”.