Trouble on the Senate floor and Eric Greitens calls out Galloway’s political stunt

April 21, 2017

Rowden questions Schaaf`s motivations on Senate floor
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – When freshman Sen. Caleb Rowden inquired of Sen. Rob Schaaf Thursday evening, who had continued obstructing business in the Senate after perceived slights from members…
Governor accuses Missouri auditor of political stunt for issuing...
JEFFERSON CITY * Gov. Eric Greitens says his office has complied with a request from the state auditor to turn over documents related to the management of income tax refunds. A day after…
18 spectacularly wrong predictions made around the time of first...
In the May 2000 issue of Reason Magazine, award-winning science correspondent Ronald Bailey wrote an excellent article titled ” Earth Day, Then and Now” to provide some historical…
Trinity Lutheran Has Its Day in Court
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Trinity Lutheran v. Comer yesterday. We’ve covered this case extensively, and even though on April 13 the governor reversed the policy that…
Planned Parenthood plans to offer abortions at clinics in...
JEFFERSON CITY – Planned Parenthood is preparing to offer abortions in Springfield and Joplin following a favorable decision from a federal judge, though top Missouri Republicans are vowing…

 

Sen Schaaf removes consent bills, Galloway subpoenas income tax return data

April 20, 2017

 

Schaaf boots House bills off of Senate consent calendar
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Sen. Rob Schaaf made a shocking move in the Senate Wednesday afternoon when he requested each House bill on the Senate consent calendar be removed from that calendar….
Watchdog group calls for investigation of Missouri Senate leader...
The Washington, D.C.-based Campaign for Accountability filed a complaint with acting U.S. Attorney Tom Larson requesting an investigation into whether Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Ron…
Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway issues a subpoena
The state auditor issued a subpoena Wednesday demanding Gov. Eric Greitens’ administration turn over documents pertaining to tax refunds.
Dark money group launches ad campaign supporting McCaskill days...
A dark money group with links to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has launched a radio ad campaign in support of U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill’s re-election less than a week after the…
Big Labor`s Deceptive Move To Repeal New Right To Work Law...
Missouri enacted a Right to Work statute in January and union forces are trying to get it overturned through a ballot initiative. That’s legal, but the way the petitions were worded was…

Trinity Lutheran and Education Savings Account Role Model

April 19, 2017

 

Interest: Earned vs. Paid - Americans for Prosperity Foundation
Chances are that over the years you’ve experienced or have heard at least one person talk about interest and interest rates. Whether it’s opening a bank account, taking out a loan, or…
Attorney General`s office recuses self from Trinity Lutheran...
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Attorney General’s Office has recused itself from handling a U.S. Supreme Court case due to a conflict of interest. Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbia…
Schaaf, Fitzpatrick headed towards collision course on managed...
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Sen. Rob Schaaf has made his opposition to managed care expansion well-known on this session, often speaking against the rollout of a new deal negotiated in 2015 to…
A Role Model for Education Savings Accounts in Missouri
Advocates of an education savings account (ESA) program in the Show-Me State can look westward for both inspiration and a game plan.In a big win for school choice earlier this month,…

 

Blaine Amendment in the Supreme Court, PDMP, and the MO Senate’s Focus

April 18, 2017

 

U.S. Supreme Court to Weigh In on Playground Dispute
Trinity Lutheran v. Comer is a court case with humble origins. It started with officials at Trinity Lutheran School in Columbia, Missouri, who wanted to replace the gravel surface of the…
Editorial: Supreme Court should remove religious prejudice from...
The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear a major case on religious freedom from Missouri. It’s time to finally remove the part of the state constitution that prohibits “indirect” aid to…
Drug monitoring won`t solve opioid issue
Missouri has been the lone holdout and in many ways, that may not be a good thing. All of the other states have statewide prescription drug-monitoring databases which help physicians,…
Missouri Senate expected to focus on tax credit repeal, budget,...
Many Senate Republicans hope to repeal this week a tax rebate provided to elderly and disabled renters. Assistant Majority Floor Leader Bob Onder (R-Lake St. Louis) tells Missourinet they…

Governor Greitens targets bureaucratic red tape and corporations taking advantage of transportation tax districts

April 17, 2017

 

Michael Q. McShane: The Supreme Court can put a nail in the...
On April 19, the United States Supreme Court will hear a case out of our own backyard that wrestles with a vestige of our anti-Catholic past. It will be one of the first cases that newly…
Uber, Lyft regulations pass Missouri Senate
Missouri Senators passed a bill Tuesday that would expand regulations for transportation companies such as Uber and Lyft – a measure that legislative leadership and Gov. Eric Greitens have…
No appetite in Missouri House to send gas tax hike to voters
JEFFERSON CITY * The Missouri House on Wednesday rejected a plan to raise the state’s gas tax by about six cents, pending approval from voters in 2018 – a proposal that emerged in the…
Tax-Increment Financing in Post-tornado Joplin
The tornado that devastated Joplin, Missouri in May of 2011 killed 161 people and injured over 1,000. Property damage resulted in insurance claims of over $2 billion and cost residents and…
When running gets banned at recess
Remember running out to the playground when the bell rang for recess? That “dangerous” act could get kids in trouble at schools that have banned running at recess. My colleague, Valerie…
Missouri Auditor calls on lawmakers to overhaul TDD legislation;...
(THIS STORY WRITTEN BY ALEX DEROSIER, MISSOURINET CONTRIBUTOR) Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway says special sales tax districts have left Missouri taxpayers owing nearly $1 billion on…
Opinion | When the separation of church and state leads to...
When not furrowing their collective brows about creches and displays of the Ten Commandments here and there, courts often are pondering tangential contacts between the government and…
MTC funding cuts could be sore spot for both St. Louis and...
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri state lawmakers are looking at making majors cuts in funding to the Missouri Technology Corporation (MTC), and it’s leaving a bad taste in some legislators’…
Greitens targets boards and commissions with latest executive...
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Governor Eric Greitens’ number one goal since taking office has been to reduce government and cut red tape, and his latest executive order is taking aim at…
Messenger: State workers failed to disclose their connection to...
In August 2016, Col. Bret Johnson wrote three letters that tell a story. One went to Brian Heath, the chief executive of Drivewyze. Johnson, the superintendent of the Missouri Highway…
Missouri Senate bill is bitter pill for prescription drug...
True to his word, Sen. Rob Schaaf did not filibuster a bill on Thursday establishing a prescription drug monitoring program in Missouri. But after he sat down, other senators stood up….
The Racist History of Minimum Wage Laws
In 1966, Milton Friedman wrote an op-ed for Newsweek entitled ” Minimum Wage Rates.” In it, he argued “that the minimum-wage law is the most anti-Negro law on our statute books.” He was, of…
Fight to stop `RTW` is under way
St. Charles, MO – The fight to stop so-called “right-to-work” in Missouri kicked off recently with a “Train the Trainer” program at Tri-County Labor Club and continued on municipal election…
Overturning Clean Power Plan means breathing room
It made for colorful news this week – President Trump announcing a halt to the Obama administration’s massive Clean Power Plan (CPP). Pundits immediately leaped to criticize the president,…
Editorial: In Missouri, developers are cashing in with obscure...
Self-dealing. Conflicts of interest. Taxation without representation. Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway pointed to all those problems this week in a scathing review of an obscure…

I joined Mike Ferguson on Missouri Viewpoints this week to discuss Right-to-Work, Paycheck Protection, prevailing wage, and Union Recertification.

Did you know, 93% of private union members in the country never had a vote in the certification of their union.

Union Rectification gives workers the opportunity to keep their union or even pick a new one.

Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic (New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2015)

Nobody can do it on their own but no drug dealer, nor cartel, can stand against families, schools, churches, and communities united together.”

I believe I had heard mentions of this book on the floor of the Missouri Senate from Senator Rob Schaaf. It wasn’t until I listened to an interview that I felt compelled to purchase the book and read it for myself.

Driving home from a meeting in Kansas City I was catching up on my podcast listening. While traversing the curves of Highway 87, Russ Roberts introduced Sam Quinones on Econtalk. I felt the interview with Dreamland’s author was so intriguing I immediately bought the book on Amazon the moment I arrived home.

I was not disappointed when I opened the cover.

Goodbye to Claire McCaskill and the “So-called” Prevailing Wage

Overturning `right-to-work:` Your vote is your weapon
By SHERI GASSAWAY Correspondent With so-called “right-to-work” recently signed into law by Governor Eric Greitens, the St. Louis chapter of the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) decided…
Hawley asked by prominent Republicans to run for Senate in 2018
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Several prominent Republicans signed an open letter urging newly-elected Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley to run for U.S. Senate in 2018. Former Lt. Gov. Peter…
Right-to-work backers in Missouri turning to courts to stop...
JEFFERSON CITY * Supporters of Missouri’s new “right to work” law have filed another lawsuit seeking to scuttle an attempt by labor officials to put the issue before voters for an…
Goodbye, Sen. McCaskill; her stance on Gorsuch offends Missouri...
So I see Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., decided to vote against the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court (” McCaskill to oppose Gorsuch nomination,” March 31). The vast…
GOP legislators say repealing prevailing wage would benefit...
State Rep. Holly Rehder (R-Sikeston) does not know if the Missouri legislature will pass a full repeal of a so-called prevailing wage law but she expects some changes. Republicans want to…

 

Gorsurch, the Clean Power Plan, and Local Issues

April 7, 2017

 

Debating Trump`s energy policy: Overturning Clean Power Plan...
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has estimated the CPP would have cost $51 billion in annual GDP, along with 224,000 jobs each year. It would have also forced 25 percent of America’s coal…
Border adjustment tax will devastate poor
Our Republican leaders in Washington are about to rewrite federal income tax codes. What they plan will not be good for people who work for a living. From the 1950s through the 1970s the…
Group proposes Missouri vote to ban toll roads
JEFFERSON CITY – A nonprofit has proposed asking Missourians in 2018 whether to ban future tolling on existing state roads. A Better Road Forward, a nonprofit started in March by Warrenton…
Large turnout in St. Louis defeated the soccer stadium
ST. LOUIS * It was well after 11 p.m. Tuesday and the Regency Ballroom at Union Station had cleared after hosting hundreds of soccer fans to watch city election results. About a dozen…
Consumer protection chief takes fire from Wagner, Luetkemeyer
WASHINGTON * Rep. Ann Wagner on Wednesday continued Republicans’ attacks on the chief of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a holdover from the last administration whom conservatives…
Kansas City is already gearing up for streetcar expansion vote
Kansas City transit supporters are gearing up for a streetcar expansion election, seeking to extend the streetcar route from downtown to the University of Missouri-Kansas City. This will be…
Stacy Washington: Expanding school choice
Why are the residents of the Show-Me state required to live in Kansas City or St. Louis in order to have access to charter schools? According to the Missouri Education Reform Plan (created…
Messenger: FBI investigating Missouri legislative dispute...
State Rep. T.J. Berry was driving home from the Capitol on a January afternoon when he received a call from a legislative aide. “You need to get back here,” the aide said. “The FBI was in…
Senate finally confirms gubernatorial appointments after...
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – After weeks of adamantly postponing the confirmation of Gov. Eric Greitens’ gubernatorial appointees, the Senate voted Thursday to approve them after Greitens visited…
Contractors make case against Prevailing Wage repeal
Union and non-union contractors are voicing their opposition to a Missouri House proposal to eliminate a minimum wage requirement for public works projects. The Coalition of Construction…
AFP: Gorsuch Confirmation Means Rule of Law Will Be Protected -...
The group advocated for Gorsuch throughout his nomination and applied grassroots pressure to secure his confirmation. Arlington, Va. – Americans for Prosperity cheered the Senate’s…
Freedom Partners & Americans for Prosperity Release Border...
Every State Loses Under a 20% Import Tax; Importers to be Hammered with Higher Costs Arlington, VA – Freedom Partners and Americans for Prosperity today released a new study showing the…
Charter Schools: A Mother`s Plea for Her Son
Carmen Ward’s son, Paul, has Asperger’s Syndrome. The Saint Louis public school system was unable to meet Paul’s needs and his academic progress was suffering, so Carmen turned to a charter…
Alinsky vs. The Women`s March on Washington, D.C. - Grassroots...
In case you missed the wall-to-wall media coverage, our nation’s capital was recently flooded with participants for the Women’s March on Washington, D.C. According to their website, this…
McCaskill should put voters over politics, vote to confirm...
I have known Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch for 36 years. We met when we were 13 and transplanted to a high school in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. We had similar stories: Our…
"Chokepoints" Demonstrate Need for New Charter Schools
I grew up in a small town where several elementary and middle schools funneled into a single high school. While this arrangement was great for fostering a sense of community, it was not…
VA Secretary calls for accountability at the VA - Concerned...
For the first time ever, the Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary has called for strong accountability measures at the VA. The VA issued a statement Friday afternoon calling on Congress…
Citizens referendum not impacted by negative ruling on...
Jefferson City – A Citizens Referendum petition to prevent Missouri’s newly signed “right-to-work” law and overturn the Missouri Legislatures action in passing the anti-worker legislation…

Americans For Prosperity Condemns McCaskill’s Vote Against Judge Gorsuch, Praise Sen. Blunt

JEFFERSON CITY – Americans for Prosperity-Missouri is disappointed in Sen. McCaskill’s NO vote to confirm Judge Gorsuch. Last week, Sen. McCaskill warned a group of donors to pitfalls of blocking Judge Gorsuch and proclaimed, “Gorsuch was one of the better ones.” On Thursday, Sen. McCaskill voted against cloture that would allow an up or down vote on the nominee. Meanwhile, AFP-MO thanks Sen. Roy Blunt for voting to confirm Judge Gorsuch.

Judge Gorsuch was confirmed in a bipartisan vote, 54-45.

State Director Jeremy Cady issued the following statement:

“Only last week did Sen. McCaskill admit Judge Gorsuch ‘was one of the better ones.’ Yet, when asked her decision, Sen. McCaskill opted to play political games and side with the Washington establishment instead of listening to her constituents. We plan to hold Sen. McCaskill accountable for her decision to engage in political theater and utilize our grassroots force in Missouri to educate voters on her misguided decision to block and oppose the confirmation of Judge Gorsuch.

“Americans for Prosperity thanks Sen. Blunt for his support and vote to confirm Judge Gorsuch. We believe Judge Gorsuch will be a great addition to the Court.”