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URGENT: A Subtle Attack on Property Rights is Taking Place but this Time It’s not Government!

URGENT: A Subtle Attack on Property Rights is Taking Place but this Time It’s not Government!

Stand up for the free-market, and your right to use, give away or resell your tickets however you choose.   Click here to urge your Lawmakers to vote Yes on House Bill (HB) 939 Not All Attacks on Private Property Rights Come from Government!   Most of the time when we think about attacks on our property rights it’s usually regarding some action government has taken. Today I am...

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Legislative Session First Half Over -Second Half Set to Begin

Legislative Session First Half Over -Second Half Set to Begin

Activity on Tracked Bills When the legislative session begins we usually have items of interests that we intend to monitor, educate our members on and activate them on as needed. Often times these issues are supplemented by “new” ones that pop up as session starts to roll.   With the completion of the first half of the session, here is where some of the bills and...

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“Ft Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce” Numbers Released Today

“Ft Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce” Numbers Released Today

According to David W. Maurer, writing in The Big Con (1940), there was a saying amongst con men: “There’s a mark born every minute, and one to trim ‘em and one to knock ‘em”. Here ‘trim’ means to rip off, and ‘knock’ means to persuade away from a scam. The meaning is that there is no shortage of new victims, nor of con men, nor of honest...

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Myths and Half-truths: New Stadium Proposal

Myths and Half-truths: New Stadium Proposal

As the new stadium proposal is discussed, many people have either read, been told or just think so many things that aren’t accurate or true. Here’s a list of the most common Myths and Half-truths about the new stadium proposal. It will be updated as more Myths and Half-truths present themselves. Building stadium will bring jobs and economic/income growth. MYTH “More than 20...

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St Louis Media: Objective Reports or Cheerleaders?

St Louis Media: Objective Reports or Cheerleaders?

It’s been interesting to watch the St Louis media folks both news and sports get into the stadium hype. We’ve heard them faithfully report every announcement from the Governor, David Peacock, the Sports Authority and janitor at the Edward Jones Dome. With the exception of one or two instances in the period since the announcement was made about the new stadium proposal the...

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How Important are Optics?

How Important are Optics?

The legislative session is rolling along. More tax reform being proposed, Medicaid expansion being opposed for the most part and of course the Governor is proposing to build us all a brand new stadium in St Louis! Are you excited yet? It’s still early to get too excited about various proposals but we are watching the legislature and seeing which ones are going to take shape and have...

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Do You Want to build a Snowman? How About a Stadium?

Do You Want to build a Snowman? How About a Stadium?

If you have kids or grand-kids you know all about Frozen, a very popular animated fictional movie.  The song, “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” is one of the most popular from the movie.  In the song, Anna is soulfully pleading for Elsa to come out and play. Click here to let Governor Nixon and you legislators know you DO NOT want to build a stadium! Governor Jay Nixon is working...

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Wrong Way Jay’s Turn Tonight

Wrong Way Jay’s Turn Tonight

If you didn’t watch President Obama’s State of the Union (SOTU) address last night you’re not alone. More people watch the Super Bowl, at least the commercials, than tune in to the President’s annual “it’s everybody else’s fault but mine — here take this from them” address! Tonight it is Governor Jay Nixon’s turn. He will be delivering...

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Governor Nixon Thinks You Want to Fund a New Football Stadium!

Governor Nixon Thinks You Want to Fund a New Football Stadium!

Uses deceptive language indicating it will not cost taxpayers more!    Governor Nixon appointed two individuals to come up with a proposal to keep the St Louis Rams in St Louis.  The action itself is not a bad thing. Keeping an NFL team in St Louis is a worthy objective. Where the wheels come off is when the proposal puts the taxpayers on the hook for $300-400 million plus! The plan the...

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The 98th General Assembly

The 98th General Assembly

Missouri Constitution, Article III, Section 20. The general assembly shall meet on the first Wednesday after the first Monday in January following each general election.   Wednesday, January 7, 2015 the members of the 98th General Assembly will gather at noon and take their oath of office. Some will take those oaths seriously and try to limit government! As is usually the case, many bills...

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas from the Grinch!

Merry Christmas from the Grinch!

The citizens of St Charles County, most of whom live within municipal boundaries, overwhelming approved a Charter amendment to ban red light cameras everywhere in the county.  As we wrote in City Voters Overwhelmingly Approve Ban on Red Light Cameras! the voters of St Charles County approved Proposition Red Light by almost 73% vote. Alas, the Grinch (St Peters, O’Fallon, Lake St Louis and...

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Help Keep Missouri Citizens Alert and Educated!

Help Keep Missouri Citizens Alert and Educated!

Are you worried what direction our local, state and national government is  heading…. Here’s your opportunity to have a voice in your state capitol! United for Missouri’s Future is a non-for-profit 501 (c)(3) organization, committed to educating and enlightening citizens about the impact state and federal economic policies have on our state. By contributing to United for...

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Thank You!

Thank You!

Thank you veterans    

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City Voters Overwhelmingly Approve Ban on Red Light Cameras!

City Voters Overwhelmingly Approve Ban on Red Light Cameras!

Yesterday was a sea change all across America. The big government policies supported by President Obama — he said that was what was on the ballot — were rejected overwhelmingly by the American voters! Another overwhelming victory was claimed last night in St Charles County.  By a vote of 69,456 YES to 26,218 NO a Charter amendment was adopted to ban automated traffic enforcement...

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Will You Choose Liberty or Government Revenue?

Will You Choose Liberty or Government Revenue?

On November 4th, St Charles County residents will get to express their support for liberty by voting YES on Proposition Red Light Camera. The measure is simple and direct. The citizens of the County which includes every resident of every city will decide whether the use of automated traffic enforcement devices like red light cameras, speed cameras, etc. will be allowed anywhere St Charles...

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St Peters Officially Misleads Residents

St Peters Officially Misleads Residents

I recently was provided a link to a write-up that St Peters has regarding Proposition Red Light Camera that will appear on the November 4th ballot in St Charles County. The information is riddled with conjecture if not outright inaccuracies about what could happen if the VOTERS of St Charles County ban red lights countywide. The article is full of political hyperbole, suppositions, worse case...

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United for Missouri Recommends: November Ballot Issue Edition

United for Missouri Recommends: November Ballot Issue Edition

The August primary ballot was loaded with ballot issues and the November 4th ballot will be also.  United for Missouri does not endorse or oppose candidates for office but we do offer our recommendations on ballot issues. The November 4th ballot will contain four (4) proposed amendments to our state Constitution. We the People reserved the right to change our Constitution ourselves which means...

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We Will Never Forget!

We Will Never Forget!

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Veto Session

Veto Session

Today the General Assembly meets in the Constitutionally mandated veto session. Every bill and budget line item veto will be subject to override. The Governor has spent a lot of time going around the state seeking support for what he calls #FridayFavors. His contention is that hundreds of millions of dollars in tax cuts were given to businesses at the expense of education (his favorite whipping...

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United for Missouri Recommends

United for Missouri Recommends

Tomorrow when we go to the polls we will be asked to vote on state and local candidates for office. United for Missouri does not endorse or oppose candidates for office. However, we will also be voting on five (5) proposed amendments to our state Constitution. We the People reserved the right to change our Constitution to ourselves which means the Governor nor the General Assembly may do so on...

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2014 Legislative Scorecard

2014 Legislative Scorecard

United for Missouri is committed to educating and mobilizing citizens about the impact of limited government and economic policy on the state and the impact of the federal government exceeding its Constitutional limits on achieving growth, opportunity and prosperity. United for Missouri’s programs, analyses and issue advocacy will help state and federal legislators, state wide elected...

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Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

Today we celebrate our independence. Today, let’s commit to keeping it!  

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ATTENTION: Public Hearings on Noranda versus Ameren

ATTENTION: Public Hearings on Noranda versus Ameren

GET ENGAGED IN OUR ENERGY POLICY INITIATIVE PUBLIC HEARING OPPORTUNITIES June 9 at 6:00 p.m. Caruthersville Armory 801 West 3rd Street Caruthersville, MO June 10 at 6:00 p.m. Harris Stowe State University Givens Administration Building Main Auditorium, #112, 3026 Laclede St. Louis, MO June 11 at 6:00 p.m. Governor Office Building 200 Madison Street Room #450 Jefferson City, MO The PSC...

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70th Anniversary of D-Day

70th Anniversary of D-Day

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Energy Policy Initiative

Energy Policy Initiative

Stay tuned for an announcement and opportunity to get engaged in shaping our state’s energy policy! In the meantime, here’s a great piece by our friend Phil Kerpen about what these “pollution” issues are really all about. Enjoy! http://www.americancommitment.org/content/pollution-and-english-language Pollution and the English Language By Phil Kerpen You wouldn’t know...

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For Those Who Gave Their All for Us

For Those Who Gave Their All for Us

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ATTENTION St Charles County – Urgent Action Required

ATTENTION St Charles County – Urgent Action Required

Red Light Cameras are an Attack on Your Liberties! County Councilman Joe Brazil has sponsored an amendment to the St Charles County Charter (the county’s constitution) that would prohibit red light cameras anywhere in the county including any municipality.  As you might suspect, municipalities don’t like the idea. While they claim that red light cameras area about safety, we know that...

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Historic Tax Cut Now Law!

Historic Tax Cut Now Law!

Yesterday, the Missouri House joined with the Missouri Senate in an override of Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of Senate Bill (SB) 509. SB509 is the first broad-based tax cut for working Missourians in 93 years. It’s a very modest tax cut that will give every working Missourian a tax cut when it begins to phase-in in 2017. Here are the basic elements of SB509: The top income tax rate of 6% will...

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Statement on Nixa R-II Bond Issue

Statement on Nixa R-II Bond Issue

(Springfield, MO) – United for Missouri has over 76,000 grassroots members statewide. Many of our members are in Southwest Missouri and a large number in the Springfield/Nixa area. We were contacted by a member who expressed concern about the bond issue. We had recently reviewed the Auditor’s report on bonding. Nixa had participated in 3 no-bid bond issuances according to the Auditor’s...

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The Use of False Narratives to Defend Obamacaid

The Use of False Narratives to Defend Obamacaid

Occasionally my name will come up on the floor of the House or Senate. Most of the time, it’s a kind reference. Other times, it’s not so kind and without exception, demonstrably untrue. Such was the case last week. During debate on Senator Gary Romine’s Medicaid reform bill, Senator John Lamping and four other senators made it clear they would not let the bill pass as a vehicle...

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URGENT ACTION – House Committee to Hear Medicaid Expansion Bill!

URGENT ACTION – House Committee to Hear Medicaid Expansion Bill!

I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.- James Madison   CLICK HERE to let your elected officials know you oppose the Obamacare Medicaid expansion supported by Governor Nixon and big government spending special interests. Tell them to vote NO on...

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Legislative Update 2014-01

Legislative Update 2014-01

The Missouri General Assembly has been in session for about a month.  This is the second regular session which means things move a little faster than when the new legislative body is convened. Today, we will take a look at some key areas making their way through the legislature. Tax Reform The Senate and the House are moving quickly on providing all Missourians a broad based income tax cut. The...

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Using Obamacare to Stop Obamacare!

Using Obamacare to Stop Obamacare!

The following is a post from Jim Lembke. Jim’s post describes Senator John Lamping’s skillful use of Obamacare to stop Obamacare in Missouri! ===================================================================== In 2012 the U.S. Supreme Court made two profound statements within it’s less than profound opinion NFIB vs. Sebelius: “By denying any one government complete...

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Real Jay Nixon Delivered State of the State Speech!

Real Jay Nixon Delivered State of the State Speech!

Last night, Governor Jeremiah Wilson Nixon re-introduced himself to the liberal wing of the national Democrat party (h/t Sen John Lamping) with a rousing, budget busting speech. Rousing that is if you are a believer that government is the solution to problems – despite the fact that government causes more problems than they solve! Borrowing from the DC play book, he proposed spending money...

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Be Wary of What You Hear in the State of the State!

Be Wary of What You Hear in the State of the State!

Governor Nixon will deliver the State of the State (SoS) address on Tuesday, January 21, 2014. The SoS usually contains a list of accomplishments and the Governor’s budget proposal. You can count on the fact that there will be some things left out of the address. For example, you will hear about all the promises to education and the proposed increased spending in the budget. What you...

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97th General Assembly – Part Deux, Episode 2

97th General Assembly – Part Deux, Episode 2

Yesterday we wrote about our members’ priorities for the legislative session.  They are: Tax Reform No Medicaid Expansion Employee Freedom Based on real-world data, our members believe the best way to stimulate our state’s economy is through tax reform.  You can read our blog posting about that issue here. Today, we talk about the second priority – No Medicaid...

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97th General Assembly – Part Deux

97th General Assembly – Part Deux

The 97th General Assembly, Second Regular session will begin at noon on Wednesday, January 8, 2014. Our membership has coalesced around three primary issues for the upcoming session which will end on May 16, 2014. Tax Reform No Medicaid Expansion Employee Freedom The first priority we will discuss today is Tax Reform. Tax Reform Missouri’s economy and it’s recovery is lagging even...

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

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The Wall of Shame Rides Again!

The Wall of Shame Rides Again!

Perhaps you remember our little band of legislators on the Wall of Shame. They became members by giving Missouri taxpayers and small businesses the figurative finger by agreeing with Governor Nixon that letting those taxpayers keep more of their own money was a bad idea. Why the nerve of Missourians thinking they could possibly spend their hard earned money better than their state government!...

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Urgent Alert: Stop the Governor’s Proposed Expansion of Corporate Welfare!

Urgent Alert: Stop the Governor’s Proposed Expansion of Corporate Welfare!

The Second Regular Session of the 97th General Assembly begins in just over a month.  United for Missouri has traveled the state extensively discussing issues with our nearly 73,000 members since the end of session. The consensus was the top three priorities for 2014 are: Tax reform including broad based tax cuts and tax credit reform. Medicaid Reform but NO expansion disguised as...

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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Remembering those that Served and are Serving

Remembering those that Served and are Serving

Thank you!  

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Healthcare Law a Moral Failure – Guest Oped: Phil Kerpen

Healthcare Law a Moral Failure – Guest Oped: Phil Kerpen

http://www.americancommitment.org/content/health-care-law-moral-failure Health care law is a moral failure By Phil Kerpen The United States federal government is now mandating, under penalty of law, that millions of Americans purchase a product through a broken website. Is that fair? Is it moral? An estimated 16 million people recently received letters indicating that their health plans are no...

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97th General Assembly, First Regular Session Scorecard

97th General Assembly, First Regular Session Scorecard

The final actions of the 2013 General Assembly are in the books, the likelihood of a special session being very slim.  United for Missouri has selected a set of bills and amendments in both the House and the Senate and evaluated them against fiscal responsible, limited government criteria. A detailed explanation of how the scorecard was developed can be found here. A legislator who was absent...

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UPDATE: Missouri’s Wall of Shame

UPDATE: Missouri’s Wall of Shame

Since publishing the original Wall of Shame, I’ve gotten a lot of feedback. As you can imagine, some were glad that those who failed Missourians on the veto override of HB253 were identified.  Others, not so much! One of the pieces of feedback I received was why all the people who had either changed their vote or voted NO after being absent on the first vote were not listed? After reviewing...

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Missouri’s Wall of Shame

Missouri’s Wall of Shame

Today a minority of the Missouri legislature was successful in their attempt to let state government continue to collect surplus funds and spend our money rather than let us spend it. Despite the hardcore, real-world evidence that broad-based income tax cuts such as the very modest ones in House Bill 253 actually generate more government revenue, many let scare tactics determine their...

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URGENT ACTION: Grow the Economy Not Government!

URGENT ACTION: Grow the Economy Not Government!

 The time is near. The veto session for the first regular session of the Missouri 97th General Assembly begins Wednesday, September 11, 2013. Your elected officials will be voting on a historic tax cut — House Bill (HB) 253.   The choice is clear – will your legislator vote to let you keep more of your money stimulating our state’s economy or will they vote to...

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The Jay Nixon Record – Part II

The Jay Nixon Record – Part II

Recently we published a blog outlining Governor Jay Nixon’s less than stellar record of being upfront with Missourians. Nixon Administration Misleading Record In true “the buck doesn’t stop here fashion” Governor Nixon ran from his record calling the video in the blog a “personal attack”. Knowing that the Governor’s record is less than stellar, I can...

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Nixon Administration Misleading Record

Nixon Administration Misleading Record

Governor Nixon is crisscrossing the state flying in a $5.6 million airplane the taxpayers purchased for him telling those same taxpayers that they should not be allowed to keep more of their money! The Governor is feverishly working against an override of his veto of House Bill (HB) 253. And he isn’t afraid to stretch the truth in doing so. No one should really be surprised that Governor...

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EXTREMELY URGENT ACTION REQUIRED – Medicaid Expansion Testimony Needed!

EXTREMELY URGENT ACTION REQUIRED – Medicaid Expansion Testimony Needed!

I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.- James Madison   CLICK HERE to let your elected officials know you oppose the Obamacare Medicaid expansion supported by Governor Nixon and big government spending special interests!   ‎When asked, Missouri...

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Action Alert – Override HB253!

Action Alert – Override HB253!

CLICK HERE to support an override of Governor Nixon’s veto of the tax cut bill.   2013 Legislative Review Your Urgent Action Required!   The first regular session of the Missouri 97th General Assembly came to an end on May 17, 2013.  As usual, there was some good, some bad and some ugly! Throughout the session United for Missouri’s Future kept members and the general public...

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2013 Legislative Review – Maysville & Kansas City Area

2013 Legislative Review – Maysville & Kansas City Area

United for Missouri’s Future 2013 Legislature Year End Review   Tuesday, July 16, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT) Dekalb County Courthouse – Basement Room 109 West Main Street Maysville, MO 64469 Click Here to register to attend   Wednesday, July 17, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT) Gladstone Community Center 6901 N Holmes St Gladstone, MO 64118 View Map Click Here to...

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Budget Deja Vu

Budget Deja Vu

Underscoring his belief that government can spend our money better and more wisely than we can, Governor Jay Nixon vetoed House Bill (HB) 253 – the first state income tax cut in almost 100 years.  He has since engaged in a propaganda campaign designed to deceive and bully Missourians into not supporting a veto override.  Missourians deserve better from the Governor! The Governor and his...

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2013 Legislative Year End Review – Cape Girardeau

2013 Legislative Year End Review – Cape Girardeau

United for Missouri’s Future will be conducting several meetings across the state providing our members and the general public an update on three important issues addressed during the legislative session. We will provide updates on those issues. The issues to be covered are: DOR Scanning Scandal First Income Tax Cut in almost 100 Years Medicaid Expansion We ask everyone to register to...

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How to Parse Like the Rogue Nixon DOR

How to Parse Like the Rogue Nixon DOR

Which of these is a picture of the Mona Lisa? If you think that they are comparable but not the same picture due to the color difference then you have a future in the Nixon Administration. You can parse with the best of them. I know what most of you are thinking – that they are both pictures of the Mona Lisa it’s just one is in color and one is in black and white. If you think the...

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Rogue DOR Scanning Scandal Hearings, Day One

Rogue DOR Scanning Scandal Hearings, Day One

The Bipartisan Investigative Committee on Personal Privacy met for just over six hours today. The bottom line is that the Nixon administration is about 87% compliant with REAL-ID. But, because they are not 100% compliant they claim what they are doing is not REAL-ID. That’s a wheel barrel full of bovine fecal matter! Duane Lester, aka, The Missouri Torch has kindly made available a live...

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Hearing on Rogue DOR Scanning Scandal Live

Hearing on Rogue DOR Scanning Scandal Live

You can watch and listen to the Bipartisan Investigative Committee on Privacy Protection (Rogue DOR Scanning Scandal) HERE: You can follow me on Twitter @United4MO and the Missouri Torch (Duane Lester) @Bodhi1. #wrongwayjay

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First State Income Tax Reduction in Nearly 100 Years!

First State Income Tax Reduction in Nearly 100 Years!

The Missouri General Assembly passed the first state income tax reduction in nearly 100 years when they Truly  Agreed and Finally Passed House Bill (HB) 253! Now, they are one vote away from taking the largest step they can to improve Missouri’s competitiveness and economy. Senator Eric Schmitt did a great job of describing what HB 253 really does and means to the state.  Listen to his...

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