Municipal Courts Initiative

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Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich announced the Municipal Courts Initiative this morning. Schweich's auditors will be looking for, among other things: compliance with Mack's Creek Law (revenue generated from traffic violations exceeding 30% of total revenue for municipalities shall be remitted to the state), statistics on warrants, and corruption. Ten municipalities throughout Missouri have been targeted though Schweich noted that this list was not exclusive: Bella Vista, Ferguson, Pine Lawn & St. Ann in STL County; Foristell in St. Charles County; Foley & Winfield in Lincoln County; Leadington in St. Francois County; Linn Creek in Camden County; Mosby in Clay...

Once More Unto the Breach

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Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more; Or close the wall up with our English dead. In peace there's nothing so becomes a man As modest stillness and humility: But when the blast of war blows in our ears, Then imitate the action of the tiger; Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood, Disguise fair nature with hard-favour'd rage; Then lend the eye a terrible aspect; Let pry through the portage of the head Like the brass cannon; let the brow o'erwhelm it As fearfully as doth a galled rock O'erhang and jutty his confounded base, Swill'd with...

ACTION: Tell Missouri Legislature to Pass Tax Holiday for Ferguson

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Original Post: ACTION: Tell Missouri Legislature to Pass Tax Holiday for Ferguson.

We’ve officially kicked off the #Ferguson BUYcott, but we’re far from done. First, we’re asking people to keep the BUYcott going while we organize a bigger event for Labor Day Weekend. Second, I texted Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones on Thursday with another idea: an emergency Sales Tax Holiday for Ferguson/Dellwood area.  Please contact your…

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It’s Hard to Deny North County Has Problems with Police and Courts

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Original Post: It’s Hard to Deny North County Has Problems with Police and Courts.

What did you think when you first heard reports of violence in Ferguson? I mean, after the shooting death of Michael Brown? Did you ever for a moment think, “this is about more than just Michael Brown?” I hate to say that. It’s embarrassing to admit that I’m so jaded as to think “that’s all”…

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Ferguson is the Canary in the Coal Mine” for St. Louis County

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Original Post: Ferguson is the Canary in the Coal Mine” for St. Louis County.

The next St. Louis County Executive better brace himself for this: poverty is exploding in the county. I’m not saying poor people do bad things. I’m saying that, at some point, eliminating jobs and hope will drive people to take things. And they will take things by force. And they will show no mercy to…

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Check Out The Missouri Torch

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Original Post: Check Out The Missouri Torch.

If you don’t get The Missouri Torch delivered to your inbox every day, you’re missing out. Duane Lester has built a fantastic blog. The Missouri Torch captures the most important Missouri political news every day and sends you a convenient link list. Plus, Duane’s original pieces are crisp, smart, witty, and dead on. And, like…

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7 Fascinating Results In The Missouri Primary

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Original Post: 7 Fascinating Results In The Missouri Primary.

Well, this got people talking. (See the comments.) Yesterday was the Missouri Primary. Congratulations to Rick Stream, Jay Ashcroft, and Martin Baker on their wins in contested races for St. Louis County Executive, State Senate District 24, and US House District 1, respectively. All three men face important races in November, and I’m proud to…

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Here’s How I’m Voting August 5 (with printable grid of ballot measures) *Update*

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Original Post: Here’s How I’m Voting August 5 (with printable grid of ballot measures) *Update*.

You’d think being a political animal of sorts, election season would be my favorite time of year. It’s not. I hate elections. I hate the crappy, predictable radio ads (above all else). I know, they do it because it works. Well, not really, but I’m not going to give a free marketing statistics lesson here.…

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Surprised? Transportation Empowerment Act Was Ronald Reagan’s Idea—In 1967!

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Original Post: Surprised? Transportation Empowerment Act Was Ronald Reagan’s Idea—In 1967!.

Last week I blogged that Ronald Reagan would love the Transportation Empowerment Act (TEA). I included audio of Reagan talking to Bill Buckley on Firing Line about the burden on states from onerous federal taxes and grants. Forgive me, but that was sort of a tease. Here’s the meat: Reagan wrote a proposal for the…

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What Francis Slay Won’t Tell You About Missouri Roads—VIDEO

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Original Post: What Francis Slay Won’t Tell You About Missouri Roads—VIDEO.

Proponents of Amendment 7 are telling a lot of lies. (I’m looking at you, St. Louis Business Journal.) The biggest lie involves the quality of Missouri’s roads and bridges. While Mayor Slay and the St. Louis Business Journal tell you Missouri’s roads are “crumbling,” two independent studies say the opposite. In fact, Missouri has some…

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