This afternoon, from the Missouri Democratic Party:
Missouri Democrats @MoDemParty
We are devestated to learn of Cora Faith Walker’s passing. She was a perfect example of a dedicated public servant who deeply cared for the St. Louis community. We’ve lost someone very special and too soon. 3:10 PM · Mar 11, 2022
Cora Faith Walker was a former State Representative and was serving as Chief Policy Officer for St. Louis County Executive Sam Page.
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On Thursday afternoon we received a response from the office of Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt (r) complying with our December 9th RSMo § 610 “Missouri Sunshine Law” request for the contents of the firstname.lastname@example.org email address set up by the Attorney General to solicit complaints about mask wearing in Missouri public schools.
St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones submitted an email:
Subject: Kids in Masks at Schools
[Get In Good Trouble]
Tishaura O. Jones
Mayor, City of St. Louis
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s (r) anti-mask public school complaint email address: email@example.com
Close contacts with any unmasked exposure to persons with COVID-19 had significantly higher odds of receiving a positive SARS-CoV-2 test result compared with those who had only masked exposure. In addition, close contacts who had multiple exposures, whether masked or unmasked, had higher odds of a positive test result than did those with only a single exposure. The percentage of positive test results among close contacts in this study (30.7%) was similar to that observed in previous studies (approximately 31%) (2,3). Consistent with findings from studies in nonuniversity settings (4,5), the findings from this study reinforce that universal masking and having fewer encounters in close contact with persons with COVID-19 helps prevent further transmission in in-person university settings.
Wearing masks and having fewer encounters with persons with COVID-19 reduced the odds of transmission in a university setting. In addition, there was no evidence of secondary transmission from either of the two students with only masked exposure who received positive SARS-CoV-2 test results, and who, because of the modified protocol in place, were allowed to forego quarantine. Universities opening for in-person instruction could consider taking mask use into account when determining which unvaccinated close contacts require quarantine if enforced testing protocols are in place. CDC recommends that universal masking be adopted in indoor spaces for vaccinated and unvaccinated persons in areas with substantial or high transmission rates and that masks should be worn in indoor spaces in areas without substantial or high transmission rates if you are not fully vaccinated (9). In addition, CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccination for individuals aged ≥12 years.
Eric Schmitt @Eric_Schmitt
Today my Office delivered a huge win for the people of St. Louis County & obtained an order halting the mask mandate.
I’ll never stop fighting against unreasonable & unconstitutional government overreach & I’ll never stop fighting for the cause of freedom. #NoMaskMandates 2:15 PM · Aug 3, 2021
Some of the comments:
What effect do you think that this “win” will have for the people of St. Louis County? #HonestQuestion [….]
Thank you AG Eric Schmitt! So grateful you are using your office to fight for our freedoms! May God bless you and your family!
Well, that’s one way of killing off your base
Basically, you sentenced more people to suffer and die so that you can get the GOP nomination in the Senate race. Monstrous.
I hate you.
Why is it such a big issue to wear a mask and get vaccinated? What are people afraid of? Why do you spend so much time and effort in this?
You obtained a temporary restraining order
Thank you @Eric_Schmitt for working hard to protect our rights and freedoms as Missourians!! #LikeABoss
This is great news – but please let us know when they actually put this into action. As of this morning every place is still requiring masks for the vaccinated and unvaccinated
Guess what? Private companies can still require you to wear a mask…
Thank you!! I’m terrified at what’s going on in our country but you are a hero to all of us [….]
Thanks for nothing. You don’t care about our health or welfare at all. Just catering to the MAGAs. Yet you call yourself pro-life. You have blood on your hands.
[….] Gonna make sure I’m a true Missourian for now on and do jack shit for other people.
“There’s a slight chance I can protect my fellow man by doing something simple? We’ll fuck them. Me, me, me. God bless and fuck off.” – MAGAts
Thank you for protecting our freedom!
Please fight against vaccine passports, even in the private sector. We cannot have this medical apartheid here.
The only thing for which you fight is your political career.
You’re a shameful person, and a horrible example for your children.
Good, now do Kansas City please. End all mask mandates.
Shut up Eric, what you are tweeting is another of your many lies from the lawyer! The Judge ordered a TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER! You have not stopped anything can happen when it’s issued as TEMPORARY! Tell SLC that truth!
Eric Schmitt @Eric_Schmitt
The citizens of St. Louis and St. Louis County are not subjects — they are free people. As their Attorney General I’ll be filing suit Monday to stop this insanity. #covid
[….] 6:50 PM · Jul 23, 2021
Some of the responses:
You’ve gone a couple of days without losing in court, do you need a fix?
My kids can’t get vaccinated. We need to either get more people vaccinated, or do what is necessary to protect everyone from the spread among the unvaccinated. Do not take legal action against St. Louis City and County doing what needs to be done.
Setting yourself up for another loss in court?
I’m one of those people and I’d like to know how many times you’ve promoted vaccination. Looking back through July tweets….that would be a big ZERO times. As a doctor who works inpatient, I suggest you drop the politics and do something useful.
You are completely out of touch with the seriousness of COVID-19 and the Delta variant. Individuals choosing not to be vaccinated are a problem as yourself, and Missouri Republicans who are against mask mandates or other issues for the greater good of our communities and state.
Are you going to sign the lawsuit this time or find a totally different embarrassing way to lose?
We’re not your grandstanding springboard either. Leave us alone. #STL
Read the room, dude.
Ohohoh… Scary Eric is gonna sue!!! It will end like the rest of them
Is it not the most important role of government to protect its citizens from harm? Why would you choose to take a political and legal position that ignores the health and welfare of your fellow citizens?
Today, St. Louis City and St. Louis County filed a joint lawsuit seeking to block a new law which makes Missouri a sanctuary state for gun violence by preventing local law enforcement from following federal gun laws. Filed in Cole County Circuit Court, today’s lawsuit asks the court to declare the new law unconstitutional under the federal and state constitutions.
Missouri has some of the weakest gun regulations in the country and one of the highest rates of gun violence deaths per capita. But the state legislature passed HB 85 in an effort to prevent enforcement of federal gun laws in Missouri. The new law has already disrupted law enforcement at the federal, state, and local levels:
The United States Department of Justice declared that the new law unconstitutionally interferes with federal law enforcement and threatens the ability of local police departments to access federal grants.
The State of Missouri withdrew its prosecutors from assisting in federal drug, carjacking, and gun cases in St. Louis.
A police chief in the St. Louis region resigned after Governor Parson signed the bill, noting that the new law will “chill the legitimate peacekeeping duties of police.”
“2020 was the deadliest year of gun violence in our state’s history, and now the Missouri legislature is throwing up barriers to stop police from doing their most important job —preventing and solving violent crime,” said St. Louis Mayor Tishaura O. Jones. “This harmful and unconstitutional law takes away tools our communities need to prevent gun violence. I’m proud to partner with St. Louis County in this effort to protect our region and stop this law.”
“This new law is like the state holding out a sign that says ‘Come Commit Gun Violence Here,’” said St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page. “We can’t expect people to stay in St. Louis or to move their businesses here if we don’t do everything we can to reduce gun violence in the region, but this new law sends the opposite message to our residents and business community.”
The City and County are seeking an injunction of unconstitutional provisions and ultimately for the law to be overturned on constitutional grounds. The entities will jointly argue that HB 85 violates the U.S. Constitution Supremacy Clause, which provides that federal law preempts state law, and also is in contravention of other Missouri law.
St. Louis Mayor Tishaura O. Jones and Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas today released the following joint statement regarding Republican state lawmakers’ calls for a special session related to police funding:
“Today’s grandstanding doesn’t make our communities any safer. As mayors of Missouri’s two largest cities, we are committed to collaborating with anyone willing to offer real solutions and investment to address the underlying conditions that lead to crime—poverty, lack of mental health services, housing instability, and more.
“Republican lawmakers on the outskirts of our communities calling for a special legislative session are offering no real solutions. Instead, they are advocating away the right of St. Louis and Kansas City residents to make decisions for our own communities.
“Both of us have committed to visiting each other’s respective cities to speak with those most affected by disinvestment—primarily in traditionally minority neighborhoods—and to discuss solutions to benefit the people of St. Louis, Kansas City, and all of Missouri. We again extend that same invitation to any elected leader who is serious about having truthful conversations about what actually makes our communities safer.”
Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas [2019 file photo].
Local control is apparently not a right wingnut value in Missouri.
Pamela Merritt (she/her) @SharkFu
Let’s use this as a teachable moment. Bears can hurt & kill people. But authorities didn’t engage the bear until it was safe to do so without having to kill it. The same residents who were under threat celebrated the non-lethal resolution.
Mayor-elect Tishaura O. Jones @saintlouismayor
Since last Tuesday, Election Day, my team and I have been working diligently to hit the ground running on day one and deliver results for the people of Saint Louis. 2:31 PM · Apr 13, 2021
I have spoken with @GovParsonMO and @LtGovMikeKehoe about the importance of working together to strengthen the Saint Louis region and move our City and State forward.
I’ve also been in contact with HUD @SecFudge, Labor @SecMartyWalsh, and Transportation @SecretaryPete and look forward to working with them to bring federal dollars to Saint Louis.
My team and I had an extremely productive working meeting with @RepCori and her congressional team to discuss our shared values and priorities for Saint Louis City.
I’ve spoken with Pres. @LewisReedSTL and @stlcomptroller about working together to advance the priorities of the people of the City of Saint Louis.
I have begun calling all of the 28 Aldermen and other citywide elected officials, but have not yet made my way through the entire list.
I look forward to working with them to advance good, sustainable public policy for our City and region.
I’ve received congratulatory calls from mayors across this country, and I look forward to continuing the dialogue, learning from them, and bringing solutions they’ve had success with to Saint Louis City. #ReadyOnDayOne
Election Summary Report
General Municipal Election
St. Louis, Missouri
April 6, 2021
Summary For CITYWIDE, All Counters, All Races
FINAL UNOFFICIAL RESULTS
Page:1 of 3
Registered Voters 201409 – Cards Cast 58593 29.09% Num. Report Precinct 222 – Num. Reporting 222 100.00%
Number of Precincts 222
Precincts Reporting 222 100.0 %
Times Counted 58593/201409 29.1 %
Total Votes 58237
CARA SPENCER 27819 47.77%
TISHAURA JONES 30099 51.68%
Write-in Votes 319 0.55%